Day 7! What a difference a week can make
Thank you so much for all of your replies, especially in the last two days when I was having some worries
I still get this gnawing "bone healing pain" (I decided this is what we are calling it) from time to time, but the frequency + intensity peak was definitely on day 5 in the evening. I was thinking about calling the hospital, but decided to give it time and not try to come up with worst case scenarios.
Here's where I am one week in:
- I had very minimal swelling after surgery, and this has also since gone down even further. No bruising (yet at least).
- I can lift my leg up onto a bed with full strength which I didn't expect would be possible at all in the first weeks
- I can walk without a limp with one crutch now, but still choose to walk with two crutches a lot of the time, because my left palm gets sore otherwise.
- The hip has stiffness but I keep seeing little improvements each day (without attempting any stretching exercises). A good measure of the improvements for me is how comfortable I am sitting on a toilet ;)
- Sitting in general is not my favourite at the moment. My incision site gets a bit "spicy" after I stay in a sitting position for a longer time, so I have been opting for a more reclined position in my bed.
- I keep my legs slightly elevated most of the day and at night, and I am using an ice pack 6-7 times a day.
- I was not looking forward to sleeping on my back - surprisingly, not an issue at all
- Also unexpectedly I am able to sleep through the night and squeeze in an afternoon nap most days as well.
- Pain is alright today, I get those zips and zaps that everyone is talking about, and thigh, and knee, and ankle pain... but there is no constant pain anywhere, it all comes more like little ping notifications ;)
- My non-operated leg knee swell but doesn't hurt. It has been prone to Baker's cyst since forever, it shows up when I overwork it, which has definitely been the case in the last week. I am trying to be more concious with twists and bends, I wish I had a little stabilising bandage at home to give it even more TLC.
The unforeseen obstacle has been the weather. It has snowed last weekend, and it seems it will stay for at least another week, which makes me housebound :( I would otherwise feel ready to do little walks outside.
My OS recommends focusing on healing in the first 2,5-3 weeks, and asked to book physio only after the stitches come off, which for me will be April 12th. I spoke to my physiotherapist today, and we will see each other on the 13th. It seems far away, but time has been going by very fast. I think it's because everything takes 3x more time for me to do right now ;)
I hope you are all having a good day!