Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Today was a GREAT day! Went to the doctor for my 1st post-op check. I'm a few days shy of 4 weeks, visit was delayed by doctor's vacation. Came home with a printout of the x-ray of my shiny new hip to post on my bulletin board.
He was pleased & visibly surprised by how well I've recovered. We had a deal that he'd operate if I got below 300 lbs, but he still had misgivings about my weight, expected infection & for me to lay around & vegetate. I told him I've always done well with surgery & I'm really motivated to get mobile again--I guess now he believes me!
They took out a last stitch at each end of my incision (yay! those had been driving me nuts) and he told me to ditch the walker & start using a cane. I cannot express how happy that made me! I hated not having a hand free to carry things. 2 more weeks of aspirin (blood thinner) & TED hose & I do still have to do hip precautions for a couple more months.
I got home & tried out one of my canes, a little wobbly to start, but within a few minutes was walking pretty confidently. And for the first time in 3 years, without a limp! He wants me to go back to PT (outpatient this time) to make sure I re-develop a good gait & learn to do bendy things w/out risking dislocation. I've been wondering how to get a sock on without help or tools and still keep that 90* hip angle. Can I dare to dream of tying a shoe again? Getting pretty tired of wearing mules all the time! I expect I'll be sore tomorrow, but still happy.
He also released me to go back to work next week, 5 hrs/day then increase 1-2 hrs/week depending on how tired I get. That should allow me to avoid using any unpaid leave--a major worry off my mind. I'll still have to limit my walking, but I had been doing that before surgery so I don't think my patients will even notice. I've really missed them & my co-workers, heck, just the whole having a routine. And I think I will enjoy my beloved husband more once we're not together 24 hours/day. He'll have a much harder time hovering if I'm at work!
Speaking of hubby, the antibiotics worked & he has survived to get his bad tooth pulled tomorrow. My grandmother is also doing better. She's 97 and I know she will die in the forseeable future, but not last week as we feared. I had enough extra money to send flowers & called Mom every day (she doesn't usually like to talk on the phone) which she appreciated.
I've started logging my food again and set a new weight loss goal. Pain motivated me to start. I'm hoping that avoiding future pain plus reducing my need for prescriptions will motivate me to keep going. Oh, well, and also that I'm on the cusp of being able to buy clothes at department stores again. I've gone from a 5X to a 3X if it's cut generous. I'll never take being able to pop into the store, instead of forced to mail order, for granted again.
Thanks again to everyone who has been so supportive--couldn't have made it through all this without you!