Tuesday, December 23, 2008

7 weeks post op RPAO

I can hardly believe I have only one week left on crutches. The thought makes my heart dive into my stomach and my stomach leap into my heart.

Next Monday at my follow-up appointment, my follow-up doctor, Dr. Thomas, will take a gander at my follow-up x-rays to make sure all is healing well. I talked to Dr. Mayo yesterday and he said he trusts Dr. Thomas to read the films and give me the thumbs up to start fully weight bearing. Last time around, I had to wait for the x-rays to be shipped and then I impatiently waited for Dr. Mayo to have an office day and call me with the news.

I'll be off crutches in five and a half days! Of course, I'll still need one until my muscles are strong enough to walk again, but not needing them full time is the best Christmas/New Year's present ever.

Updates are few:
  • I have zero pain in my right hip at all times.
  • The outside of my hip is still tender, and I'm trying my best to massage the scar, but it just feels so weird. Still haven't gotten used to it; I wonder if I ever will. There's less numbness on this side than the last, but it still freaks me out.
  • My first PAO is starting to buckle under the pressure. Pain is hitting on the outside of my left hip. I'm also still dealing with the pain on the underside of my pelvis. Dr. Mayo said this is where stress fractures usually occur, though he didn't see anything on my last x-ray. Not going to worry about it yet.
  • I'll be off crutches in five and a half days!
The biggest part of my PAO challenges is coming to an end. It's amazing how crazy it feels to know something you've been anticipating for so long is here. Did I mention I'm almost off crutches? :)

3 comments:

the girl said...

YAY! I almost wish they still gave out wooden crutches so we could have crutch burning ceremonies. I am a bit scared of wandering the streets of NYC with its icy sidewalks but I am sure I will get over it.

Cass said...

Mom and I decided since we can't burn 'em, I should throw my crutches off my second-story apartment balcony.
Then I'll probably go pick them up. If I get rid of them permanently, I'll probably have some reason to need them again, and I don't want that!

Hip Chick said...

Yay Cass! I'm glad to hear you're doing well and are soon to be walking again. I've had to use a walker most of the time for this surgery (since he went into both sides) and I almost feel like it will be easier to walk again this time because of it. Who knows! I too dream of walking again - can't wait. It's good to be past the toughest parts of this whole ordeal.

Happy Holidays and all that!

best,
Laura