Friday, February 24, 2017

7 Months L-Hip PAO Post-Op

Sorry for the lack of posts again, but for the most part my recovery has been extremely good! I did Physical Therapy once a week, then down to once every other week until the end of November 2016.  I felt like I was able to do most of his requests at home, so I discontinued my visits.  We also put in an offer on a home at that time, so life was busy with packing and moving.

I met with Dr. JS mid-January for 6-month post-op & x-rays. It showed 3 non-unions, with a possible 4th non-union (stress-fracture).  He ordered a CT scan, and then scheduled a follow-up visit with him and another Ortho Doctor on February 23rd to discuss the results.  I met with them and they suggested that I get a bone graft surgery along with a couple screws and a plate across my pelvic bone. They are converting my CT scan into a 3D Model, so they can practice the surgery first, as my anatomy isn't "normal" ... so, they want to make sure that it'll work first.

That's it for now ... keep y'all posted! :-)

X-Ray from October 27, 2016 Visit (3-Months Post-Op)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Four Weeks POST - Left Hip PAO

I had my four week post-op appointment this morning with Dr.JS. They took x-rays to review my progress. So far, everything is healing great! Dr. JS stated that I will start Physical Therapy in 2 weeks (6 weeks post-op).  At that time, I can start putting weight on my left leg ... 25% weight-bearing at 6-7 weeks, 50% weight-bearing at 7-8, 75% weight-bearing 8-9 weeks, 100% after that as long as I'm doing well. I'm so happy that everything is healing well and that I didn't have to go the full estimated 8 weeks non-weight-bearing (like I had to go for my right-hip PAO). 

My pain is very limited and minimal.  I've been experiencing some pain on my right rear-side of my hip.  I discussed this with Dr. JS, he wasn't too concerned at this time.  He's stated that it's probably irritated since it's working extra hard.

I haven't been sleeping the best, up several times a night.  I contacted my PCP yesterday and they prescribed me a sleep aid (since melatonin hasn't been working). Hoping that starts helping me get a little extra sleep at night.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Two Weeks Post-PAO

A couple days ago I tried to removed my bandage to take an evening shower, but it was sticking to my incision. I was able to remove it slowly with the help of warm water while showering. However, since it was still pretty sticky, I didn't re-bandage it that night. I kept the bandage off to air it out while I slept. Since I've only been able to sleep on my back, I knew that I wouldn't rip open the incision by rolling over or moving. Since then, I've been airing it out every night. The incision has been pretty itchy on and off - but since airing it out the past 3 nights, the itchyness has decrease.

I took my last Morphine pill on Sunday. Since then, my pain level has been about the same.  However, now I've been taking one Oxycodone in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Dr. JS expected that I would probably need to increase the Oxycodone once the Morphine ended. I'm happy that I've only had to add one dose.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Essential Oils

As most of you know, I LOVE my essential oils! I'm using this blend Post-PAO on my incision. I will continue to take pictures of my incision to show the healing progress.

Picture taken: 07/28/2016
The Oily Network

Thursday, July 28, 2016

10-Days Post-PAO Appointment

Today, I met with Dr. JS for my 10-day Post-Op Appointment. He removed my bandage and looked over my incision.  They closed me up with glue (rather than staples, stitches, etc), so nothing needed to be removed.  The incision looked good, so he re-bandaged my incision with a gauze bandage.  Picture of incision below.

I am still constipated, and shared that with Dr. JS.  He stated that since I am on narcotics for pain control after surgery - those are most likely causing it. I am currently down to 1 tablet of Morphine in the morning and 1 tablet of Oxycodone in the late afternoon.  My pain hasn't been too bad. The only complaint is that I get a 'sparking' feeling behind my knee when I stand at times.  Dr. JS told me that I could stop wearing the compression stockings at this time, to see if that helps with the sparking pain that I am experiencing.  However, if my legs start to swell, then I need to re-continue the stockings.

It seems like everyday gets easier and I am able to get around better.  I have been pretty energetic during the day, and have been able to complete some tasks around the house and make meals for myself and the kids.  However, by 8pm, I am ready to go to sleep - as I haven't been napping during the day.  Since stopping the night dose of Morphine, I've been sleeping much better. Which is the opposite of what I would have guessed, but that's ok!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Post-PAO (2-6 days)

Woke up on Thursday feeling great.  Dr. JS checked up on me in the morning.  He said that everything look great and that I could go home if the Physical Therapist 'passed' me.  At my 8:30am PT session - I walked with the walker to the stairs, went up and down them (while sitting and scooting myself up and down them). I did experience some pain in my inner hip while standing.  So, the Physical Therapist stated that I should rest and she would contact Dr. JS for peace of mind.  At my 1:30pm PT session, the Physical Therapist stated that the pain I was experiencing was normal and that I needed to keep moving it and it would eventually subside. During the afternoon PT session, we stimulated getting into a vehicle and getting out. I passed everything, so I was given the OK to be released.

I was released at about 5:30pm.  My husband and kids came to pick me up. I was able to scoot myself into the van and we were on our way.  Since it was rush hour, my husband took the side roads home. I felt a bit nauseous and dosed off a few times before getting home.  Once we got home, I had tackle the stairs to get into our apartment.  My husband was a huge help and we made it in! I was very tired at this point, but also felt really gross and wanted to take a shower.  So, my stubborn self took a shower.  I washed my hair and blow-dried it. I felt so much better!!! Went to sleep after and woke up almost every 2-3 hours.  

Woke up feeling pretty good.  Got up and ready right away in the morning as my kids started their in-home therapy at 8:30am.  My husband brought up a swivel computer chair to assist, in case I couldn't stand for long periods of time. I tried to balance walking, sitting and laying down throughout the day.  I took about two naps as well. I started weening myself off the pain pills today by cutting the dose in half.  I haven't felt too much more discomfort by doing so. I've been struggling trying to get into our bathroom.  It's pretty small, so I don't have much room to maneuver and have to swivel my right foot to get me over to the toilet.  Talking about the itoilet (another possible TMI) - I've been quite constipated.  Haven't been able to "go" since last Sunday (7.17.16).  Have been taking Senna since 7.20.16, Miralax once on 7.20.16, then 2 pills of Duralax today - and still nothing.
Been able to do my Physical Therapy at home! Everything is going great so far with that!

Still balancing walking, laying down and sitting. Having some pain, but it's manageable. Also, still very constipated - my husband picked up an Enema for me to take.  Totally TMI, so google it if you want more info. It helped me a bit, but still have stomach pain and still very much constipated.  Took another Duralax before going to bed. I am going to give it another day or two and may need to contact the doctor to see if there is anything else I can do. 

Did not sleep well last night, was up every hour (if not more).  Still constipated at this point, but enough about that at this point. 
Having more pain in my hip, thinking it may have to do with me moving more.  I've been icing it every few hours to reduce the pain and swelling - and that has been helping.  I have a bandage over my incision, so I can't actually see the incision, but it's starting to itch! Good sign, I guess, it's healing!