Monday, November 24, 2008

My misstep

Since my misstep on Friday, I have been feeling much more soreness and pain all around my hip joint.

Scared that I'd done some damage to the bone that's trying so hard to heal, I e-mailed Dr. Mayo's office to ask if I should be concerned. His patient coordinator, Keri, wrote back saying, "You should be fine; most patients who have taken a step experience more of a strain or soreness, nothing bone-wise."

Whew. While I'm disappointed to have regressed on my recovery, I'm relieved that things should be okay in the long run. I'm popping a few more Tylenol than usual, but won't let myself return to the oxycodone.

So please be careful, all you ladies currently or approaching recovering. Each step is important.

4 comments:

abnacy said...

Glad to hear that you didn't do too much damage, what a relief:) When I first started trying crutches early on I did that and got really scared, it also hurt! Trying hard not to do that again, but my balance isn't very good :)
Thanks for the comment on my blog, will post an update after my appt.
Take care! Happy Thanksgiving too.

the girl said...

I had the same kind of scare when I wasn't looking and one of my crutches landed on the bed skirt and went sliding forward. In panic, I put weight on my hip and almost passed out from the pain. I felt nauseous and had to sit down to breathe it out. Definitely sore for a few days but it totally went away!

Glad to hear you are doing so exceptionally well!

SHC said...

It can be scary, but the good thing is you called your doctor's office and they responded...not everyone has such a good post-op response with a problem or even a setback (or maybe that's just ME!?).

Word of caution to everyone also when crutching out in the "real" world: as careful as we try to be, watch out for "invisible" hazards as well. About 2 months ago while we were grocery shopping (me, hubby, & the kids) I was hobbling along on the crutches and I THOUGHT being careful of every possible thing I could be careful of (too many times on crutches now, so I thought I had it all figured out) when all of a sudden one of the crutches went out from under me.

What had happened is that as we rounded a corner (one of those end displays one would find at grocery stores) apparently the clear liquid laundry detergent from one (or some?) of them was leaking onto the floor and had spread out to about 12 inches or so from the shelves. Not enough to see, but enough to leave a nice slick floor.

Let me tell you that laundry detergent can NOT be wiped off of the end tip of the crutches very easily, either. It took us roughly 10 minutes of wiping on everything but it was still slipping. Finally, I saw some paper towels at one of the registers and my son got them and my hubby (a Marine) totally wiped his hardest to get 'em to come clean.

Needless to say, the personnel at the store that were walking by us this entire time did NOTHING. I had to pull one of them aside and point out to them what we were doing and WHY...and to tell them they needed to CLEAN it AND put a sign up. Their ONLY concern was IF I had fallen. Plenty of practice, so the answer was no (thankfully). I was able to catch myself on my "good" leg. (maybe I should have said yes?! nahhhhhhh) Even more of a reason to really make sure we walk properly with those crutches.

Anyway, my point (and my long stories you all know me SO well for...lol) is that even when we are careful things can still happen. So, do be careful but also realize that sometimes things are unavoidable...even for the "pros".

Hope with rest and time this is a short lived setback for you though and you continue to move on...TO FREEDOM! =)

All my best~
SHC

Shelley said...

I remember when I was about 3 or 4 weeks out from my pao and I thought I was good enough at balancing that I could put both crutches off to the side and reach down into a lower drawer to get something. I started to fall and couldn't figure out how to stop myself without putting all of my weight on my bad side. well, before I could process those thoughts I was on the ground having landed hard on my kneee on the bad side. I was terrified. My doc said the same thing- the bones are good because the screws are in there to protect the bone from mistakes. Just that reassurance really helps. Good luck with the rest of recovery and be careful.
Shelley