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[THR] Trenna's recovery thread

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by trenna, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Layla

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    Hey @trenna
    Great news! Staples out, things are looking good and you're spending some time with the fam.
    Enjoy cuddling with the cats and have a great Thursday! :)
     
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    Great update!
    Glad those staples are gone and you are feeling good!
    Hope today is A Good Day!:flwrysmile:
     
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    Last couple of nights have been miserable as I've been repeatedly woken up by pain. And I'm having swelling issues again. It's all bunching up in my upper thigh and along the incision site. Temperature wise, it feels no different from the rest of my skin so I'm not terribly worried about it. I've just been icing, acetaminophen(1200mg) during the day and percocet(10mg/650mg) at night.

    Some of it I think has to do with the weather, and some of the pain has to be from a different activity level. There are more stairs at my parents place, the house is longer and walking on uneven ground instead of city sidewalks.

    I'm still resting a lot. Fatigue hits me hard maybe half an hour after an activity and I have to lay down and rest, if not fully sleep for a half hour or so. My dad's chair is mine for now, as he built a raiser platform under it because of his knees. I wish my sleep wasn't so broken at night.
     
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    Sleeping through the night was a super source of frustration for me too.
    Many nights I just gave up and kept the recliner company and zoned through mindless TV.
    Power naps were in order.
    I hope things ease soon and hope you have a peaceful Sunday with lots of:ice:
     
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    @trenna, glad you are doing so well! Your mom sounds amazing. :)
     
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    I'm at that stage where I want to break my 50% weight restriction. It's annoying because I know I'm not quite ready to, but I want freedom from the crutches. I have to be careful not to break other restrictions too because my hips feel better than they have in my entire life.

    Now, I did something to my right hip today trying to sit down. I went for the couch knee first and felt something twist. The pain has been relatively low, maybe a 2,but it's more than I've had in a few days. I'm keeping an eye on it and will go to the hospital if anything feels off.

    I had a full 7 hours of sleep last night! Victory is mine. Mind you I went shopping yesterday for my 3 week right hipiversary and treated myself to a pair of new pants that fit my new hips.

    I can't believe that getting my hips replaced changed my body shape and my hyperlordosis is starting to self-correct.
     
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    :friends:You will get there.
    Glad you were able to get some good restorative sleep.:sleeep:
    Try to keep that patience muscle flexed...
    Onward and upward:ok:
     
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    It's a milestone for Lefty. Happy Three Month Anniversary!
    I hope you're doing well as you're healing from your two surgeries.
    Would love to read an update.
    Best wishes for a lovely Spring a great rest of the week!
    @trenna
     
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    Hello :hi:
    One Anniversary after another. :happydance:
    Happy One Month Anniversary to Righty today, bionic babe that you are now.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    @trenna
     
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    I'm back from my country vacation. It was a well needed relaxation period and honestly got me walking on uneven surfaces which I can tell re ally helped strengthen my legs.

    I start physio tomorrow and boy am I ever glad. I need the gait training so badly.I 'm off 50% weight bearing, and have been doing my day at half on two crutches and half on one crutch. I'm noticing how bad of a "waddle" or a wobble I have without using 2 crutches.

    Things have pretty much just been progressing but I'm still dealing with some swelling and incision site issues. I bought some compression shorts because the swelling is so high up, and I'm icing 2-3 hours a day. I also bought some non-prescription compression socks because from using the TEDs I learned that the compression reduces the pain I get in my ankles and knees.

    Sleep is still an issue for me {see posting time lol)}. I think some of it is actually my mattress though. I went from the nice mattress in the guest room at my parents house back to mine and cursed at how uncomfortable mine is and how much it hurts to lay on.

    I really can't believe that I'm 3 months and 1 month out from my new hips. They're literally life-changing just in how much more supported my body feels.

    On a non-hip related achievement I hit half of my total weight loss goal! And let me tell you having the knowledge that I've reduced the amount of pressure on my joints and hit my lowest weight since I was 15 feels amazing.
     
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    :wowspring:
    Great job on the weight loss and the continuing great recovery.:yes:
     
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    Wonderful job on the weight loss! Congrats! :yay:
    It seems you're doing pretty well considering two major surgeries recently.
    Good luck with Physio. Take it easy and please don't let them push you into anything that hurts.
    I hope you have a great week!
    @trenna
     
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    So I think I have finally figured out what feels the most stable way to walk right now. My left hip wasn't liking the one crutch supporting my right hip with nothing supporting the left so I've been relying on 2 crutches a little more even though I've been using them more like Canes.

    I tried one crutch supporting my r hip and my urban walking pole supporting my l hip. It worked alright for outdoors but was awkward indoors. Finally I tried my crutch supporting my r hip and my cane supporting my L hip.

    These 2 different stages of healing are AWKWARD. Especially since I feel like my left has been set back in trying to rebuild muscle and has less muscle stamina than before.
     
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    Necessity is definitely the Mother of Invention.:)
    Whatever works, right?
    Two THRs in a span of three months is just ALOT of recovery drama!
    Healing hugs @trenna
    I know it's frustrating, but you will get there and it will all be worth these struggles.:dancy:
     
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    I laughed with my mom this week that she's gonna be an orthopedic care taking specialist by the end of this year because my dad booked his knee replacements for July and November earlier this week.
     
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    I think I've hit the recovery blues period. I feel like I'm not making enough progress, even though I know I'm making similar progress to my left hip. I went down to my cane on the weekend, and have been practicing stepping up with my right leg. Even if I'm not climbing with it forward yet. In physio I'm still taking things easy, as are they. Without the goal of the second hip coming shortly after starting physio, it feels like we're taking things slower this time too.

    I didn't need a nap today for once! My night sleep is still messy, but I've accepted that it's gonna be shofted towards a late schedule with a nap instead of an early one without a nap.
     
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    Hi @trenna :hi:
    The double hip, double post op blues.:sad:
    You have had so much going on with your body these past three months (and up until your surgeries also) that I shouldn't wonder you must get weary of all the "getting better"
    You do sound as if all is getting better and better so I do hope the blues give you a break!
    Would be awfully helpful if you could get a friend to take you out for a short drive...somewhere you can get out and get a change of scenery like a park.
    I hate to see you get down because you are such a brave lady.:)
    Sending healing hugs..:loveshwr:
     
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    Thanks @Mojo333. It's true I've had a lot going on with my body and continue to,especially with multiple chronic health problems.

    I asked at physio today if I could get my walking looked at because something felt wrong. Like it felt like my torso and ribs were moving when I walked. After I described the feeling the clinic had the head physiotherapist look at me instead of just the physio assistant who monitors me.

    It took like an extra twenty minutes at the end of the my appointment but I think it's going to be worth it.

    It turns out that the big issue with my walking is in my lower lumbar region. He said it's all stiff and tight and pinching nerves from the years of correcting for my hips before. He said that it doesn't move well it's forcing all of my movement to come from my hips instead of flowing naturally through my body. Without asking me about pain he identified exactly where my back is always hurting and described the nerve pain I've been getting.

    So starting next week, the head physio is going to work with me on my back doing some chiropractic adjustment (he trained as a chiropractor and physiotherapist) to help loosen up my low back.
     
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    @trenna that sounds awesome, seems you have a pretty sharp physiotherapist there. Wishing you the best!
     
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    I see my OS next week for my follow-up. I had my X-rays yesterday, so I'll soon have pictures of my pretty new right hip. (I put in my request for a copy for the X-ray).

    I started back on my meloxicam, and it's made a world of difference in my knees, ankles and back that have been holding me back. I honestly cannot believe how much better I feel between the new hips, being back on my meds and using just a cane.
     
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