The best laid plans, etc... I wanted to get all the surgical stuff behind me before Riley turned one. For those of you who don't remember I was originally supposed to have my hip replaced and it was only at the last minute that the dr decided to operate on my back. Before my back surgery it was clear that my hip needed to come out as soon as possible. It was also impossible to tell which pain was coming from my back and which was coming from my hip.
Now I'm 2mo post-op so the surgical pain has subsided. Since the surgery I no longer have constant unrelenting back pain so I can pinpoint the origins of my pain with much less difficulty. I can tell you without a doubt my hips hurt. Since the first time I stood up after surgery my hip pain has been substantial.
I went for a follow up visit with the ortho. He was very pleased with how my back is healing. When I was in the hospital I was told if I was healing well we could replace my hip in 6-8wks. At this appointment he explained that "surgery is a tremendous insult to the body" and we should wait until at least October to replace my hip.
I think he never reads the chart before he comes in the room. I formulated this theory when he insisted after being told my left foot kept going numb that I was too young to have issues with circulation. Um, hello! Remember 13 orthopedic surgeries and avascular necrosis of the hip? Sigh, read the chart. Anyway, this time he went on and on about giving it time and then said "we have to get the hip and all that." Nope. You already have the hip we were ready to operate and you changed the plan a week before, remember? Read the chart. Or listen when I correct you.
October?!? We'll see. So, other than that gem he also informed me "all restrictions are lifted." I decided to take a crack at driving. Mike and I went out to the car and spent 20min adjusting the seat, etc once I was comfortable enough I attempted to put my foot on the petal. I failed. My leg was weak and initially it hurt. With some persistence I made a few practice trips around the block and then I cautiously went on my first drive. By the time I got where I was going I was completely exhausted after an hour of sitting I was afraid I wouldn't have the energy to drive home. I got home just fine, but decided I wasn't really ready for driving, yet.
Come on body, heal faster!