One week ago I was lying here with an aching, burning hip, anxious about the following morning's surgery. Today I can truly say that the deep joint pain is gone! I'm down to hydrocodone 5mg/APAP 325mg about every 6 hours and slept better last night than I have in years!
Tomorrow I will try longer walks around the house. It's been very cold here with some patches of ice on the sidewalk, so I haven't considered walking outdoors. By Wednesday it will warm up and rain, rain, rain - not too appealing either.
Still haven't conquered the constipation issue, but have high hopes for tomorrow! Bran Muffins, prunes, lots of water, stool softeners, fiber supplements, and tonight the old standby, Milk of Magnesia. Bubbly belly.
I'm feeling very steady on my walker, and really think my gait is even with straight toes. Very cool!
The best thing I purchased for recovery is a pillow recommended by someone on BoneSmart - can't recall who. It's called the Lounge Doctor, and keeps the legs perfectly elevated and aligned for sleep and rest. I rest my legs on it most of the time when lying down. It keeps my back in a very comfortable position. . I was really worried about back pain from lying about, but haven't had any issues. I was never a back sleeper, and really think this pillow made adjusting possible. And I actually was able to sleep about an hour last night on my non-op side!
Tomorrow I get to remove the dressing. Will be good to see how the incision looks.
All in all, a terrific week!