But here I am, stronger than ever and a very different person than I was before I knew how to pronounce periacetabular osteotomy. Surgery is a faint memory, hip pain a whisper.
I return to these posts and remember the anxiety, heartache and fear. I draw a deep breath, grateful beyond words and calm through my soul.
These surgeries saved me.
I think of my indecision to go under the knife and scoff at myself for worrying how others would perceive my choice to walk into an elective surgery just to be wheeled out a week later. This is my life. It was my decision, and I'm so glad I made the right one for me.
I'm happy to report that the issues I had at the one-year mark have greatly improved and I have practically zero problems or pain. Some things are different, however:
- Range of motion is about 90 percent of what it was pre-surgery.
- I can feel the entire section of my thigh, though mostly with a tingly sensation.
- I still get deep random stabbing/itching sensation every once in a while, as the nerves slowly recover.
- My right leg is smaller than the left. At this point, I don't know if the muscles will ever catch up, but it's a subtle difference.
- A glint of hope has appeared on the tailbone front. It's overall a bit better, so I keep wishing for continued improvement.