It's a long recovery.
When friends, family, co-workers and strangers have comments or questions about the surgery, it's usually something like: "That sounds awful!" or "Was it really painful?" or "Scary."
Truth is, while it was awful, painful and scary at times, this whole time, it simply has been long. At four months post-op, I still feel remnants of surgery in my hip. I still can't lie on my op side for longer than an hour or two without discomfort, and I still have to help my leg in and out of the car on occasion. My hip is still tender to the touch, and of course, that tailbone ...
Don't get me wrong. I have SO much to celebrate, and I can't imagine myself happier with my left hip. I have recovered smoothly and quickly. I'm not asking for anything more. That being said, I have made the following progress in the past two weeks:
- Graduated from physical therapy! (a post on that tomorrow)
- Go full-out when walking
- Go 90 percent in Body Jam, while playing basketball or on the elliptical
- Go 30 percent when weight lifting on op leg (this is hard not to push, but my body just won't let me)
- Get in and out of the car/lift my leg mostly without the use of my hands
- Feel more sensation on my thigh
- See a slight difference in the coloring of my scar. It's starting to become less pink on the edges. (Below are pics from 2 months, left, and today.)