My mom commented today that she thinks I'm moving around much better than I was just a few days ago, but then she laughed as I crutched away, saying, "I can see your right calf muscle, but your left one is gone."
Yeah, my leg muscles have gone into a PAO hibernation, but not as badly as I thought. I'm doing most of my PT, which I think is helping, and I'm up to 63 degrees in the cpm.
I can now get my own shoes and socks on using the grabber; get in and out of the tub by using a long strap to lift my leg; get out of bed by myself as long as I'm not in the machine; get in and out of the pickup on my own; carry small objects or bags while crutching; and rise from a seated position without using my arms to haul myself up. My parents have left me for up to four hours at a time by myself on their trips to Billings to see my grandma in the hospital, and I've done just fine on my own.
Today, we made a trip to Target after visiting Grandma, my first big excursion out. Even though I'm slow and it was raining, I managed to get inside just fine, and then I used the motorized cart, which I swore to my friends I would never do! Mom took a picture on her phone as proof I actually used it. I only almost crashed once!
Enough of all this positive talk; here's a few of the things that have been hard on me. :)
Tougher than I expected
- Moving my leg ... it's so heavy!
- Getting comfortable in bed. (Though sleeping on my back hasn't been the torture I thought it would be.)
- Pain under my armpits from the crutch (temporarily fixed by wrapping a washcloth around the arms for extra padding)
- Twisting around to see things behind me
- Tenderness at the incision point/hip area, making getting dressed painful. This is getting much better with each day, however.
- Going to the bathroom. Not actually getting into the bathroom, but going. Sorry, but it's the truth. I'm taking the appropriate medicine to help me with this.
- Pain on the right side of my body. The first week in the hospital was the worst. I had a terrible bruising-type feeling on my butt and back from laying in bed for so long. The pain continued when I got home, but it's getting better now that I'm using a down pillow on the bed to cushion my derriere.