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7/30/14 10:53 A

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It has been a while since I have checked in. Glad to see a few people around. Sorry to see people if you need a replacement. I found this forums excellent when a I was going through my TRHR.
I will try and check in every day or so. emoticon emoticon

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Not sure where to post this but want to thank you for the goodie on my page. I am being brave or crazy but starting a work-out program from Beach Body called 21 Day Fix this week and it help with portion control and exercise. Had to get advice on modifying one, push-ups! no way can I do that with my hips even before the operations. Adding this to the ones I do leg stretches to stay limber.


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I went to my ortho dr this past Tues for my knees, but also had him check out my right hip. It has been giving me some pain and the xray showed a little flattening of the ball. He is going to send me for an MRI to see if I have avascular necrosis going on in this hip. I had it in the left hip and had a total replacement 6 yrs ago. Not sure when my mri will be since it has to be approved first by the insurance co.

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Good luck on Thursday, you will do fine!!

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Hi ... read old posts and appreciate each one. See the team is not as active but the previous posts are motivators for me. I have my RH replaced in a couple of days. On Thursday the 7th of Feb 2013. I can hardly wait. I need both done, so am wondering if I will feel that good once the first is done. They are really crying right now.

Once I am tied to the house for a few weeks I hope to have time to check back.

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Hi all and a Very Happy New Year to everyone.
I try to check in every few days....
I am doing very well since my surgery.I have found Tai Chi has helped me keep very flexable.
So glad you were able to find a job. emoticon
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Hi Mary, I can't believe how time flies too. I will be going on 6 yrs for me in June. I need to lose the weight as well. I have put some on in the last month or so. I've been a little stressed with not having a job and not knowing if unemployment would be extented or not. Luckily, I did get a job just before Christmas.

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Just checking in. I see this team is no longer active but I want to RE-thank those that were here and supported me when I was having my surgeries. I still limp a little but no real complaints. It was 2 yrs Dec 21st since my first. How time flies. Even now, I feel little improvements. I gained 40 and am now losing again. This time for good...I pray!

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I will welcome you. I used to be a leader of the team, but had to drop as a leader as I just did not have the time. I usually will stop in and answer posts. I don't know where either one is now. I guess we haven't had too many recent replacements so the team is dead. Thanks for dropping by anyway!

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This team seems to be dead. I joined a few days ago and think I have not received a welcome.
Do you know where the leader is? Is she sick.
I think I will withdraw as the other team on knee and hip replacement is very active. I am looking to have a knee replacement. Had a hip replacement quite a few years back.


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Thanks for sharing!

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Hi everyone

I have not been on to this group for some time .. today I thought I should begin the day whilst waiting for my mother to come down for her breakfast (full time carer for her).. that I would write my list of chores ..and boy is it a long list! So I thought whilst waiting I would clean up my SP profile too. I felt drawn in to here and read all your posts of some of you back earlier in the year who were having post operative concerns ie the scar tissue pulling or itching or your leg not feeling like your own and how long it was all taking til you could drive or do anything around the house etc.. I know .. I have been in your shoes 3 times over the past 37 years.

Reading them, reminded me how scary it all can be when you have a THR or any replacement surgery come to that.. you are asking a lot of your body it seems to accept this chunk of metal and yet in some miraculous way, for the most part it does. It is 16 years this October 26th since I had mine done. It was my 5th hip operation since I was 1 year old as had complex problems in that area since birth, not a straight forward clicky hips or dislocation.. no acetablum at all which back 58 years ago caused them a lot of consternation and serious concerns as to my ability to ever walk. Thanks and I do thank the surgeon's courage and determination and belief that he could perform the huge operation that it then took as as a small baby... to make it possible for me to walk.. not only did I walk.. I climbed trees, jumped, ran and skipped my way through my childhood!! emoticon Yep climbed trees.. that was banned but I could not resist it .. there was something so enticing about that .. I rarely got down on my own though, would have to sit up there until my dad got home from work to get a ladder and come and get me and then I would get scolded .. and I would go and do it again a few days later.. my upper body was strong from having spent over a year in hospital with my hip in traction.... I had muscles in my arms and shoulders which meant climbing trees was a piece of cake .. yeah going up was a doddle coming down required more for my legs than arms...

There was not much I was not allowed to do except go skiing or gymnastics or anything that involved climbing (re the risk of falling and the ensuing damage that could be done resulting from a fall from a height).. that did not bother me too much I have to say but I did enjoy track at school. Anything that was a quick and short sprints I could manage very well.. I loved to run..I was always chosen for the relay as I was fast! Ha ha..wish I could say the same now!! Since I was 21 though I have had 3 hip operations.. the last was the THR. Now I can do a slow trot.. I have not been actually able to run since having it and before that couldn't for the best part of 9 years so all in I have not been able to run for about 25 years.. its okay I accept that is the case. I take my blessings and gratitude from all the years I could run .. in my childhood when it was important to me more than ever and give thanks to that wonderful surgeon the hospital took out of retirement all those years ago who had the faith that he could make a difference to a small baby .. many have said his work then was nothing short of miraculous and in some countries (live in the UK where we have a great health service).. I would have just been assigned to a wheelchair and my parents would have been prepared for the worse.. that I would not ever walk again.. that was not the case and I had a wonderful fun filled childhood as a result and I am always always always grateful for that and give thanks!

Coming up to the present time.. my hip was checked in April this year and I was so relieved when my wonderful surgeon advised that my hip was stilll looking good on the xray.. no sign of wear and tear whatsoever and that I would probably outlast him and that he would mostly likely retire before my hip gave up the ghost in favour of a replacement. I would much rather he did it as he has been with me on this journey a long time but that would mean I was wishing my hip replacement was done sooner than later and trust me on that one I am not! I will cross that bridge when I come to it. I trust his judgement entirely and know that he will place me in the care of someone equally gifted if its in his power to do so.

I remember though 16 years ago being in the place many of you are now.. the tingling and stinging scar tissue.. the feeling that the hip did not 'belong' to your body.. it didn't.. it was and still is a foreign body.. but we do get used to it .. or most do. It does feel sometimes that you never will.. but you will. I am aware of mine at times though I have to say.. it never is going to feel like your other 'good' hip.. its functionality is going to feel strange .. the range may not be so good or it may be different .. I had to learn to do things in different ways .You may find that after a lot of walking or housework .. that your hip does ache.. you learn to listen to your body and act accordingly or sometimes you may throw caution to the wind and dance all night at a local gig and ache for 3 days after.. you will learn to read your body.. to know what the aches and pains mean .. when to rest and when to keep moving and so will you. You will become the expert on your body by listening to what it is telling you and what is only a perceived fear and not a real one. It is a frightening experience I grant you that.. so accept it.. acknowledge it and then let it go. Concentrate on what you can do and that you are doing it without that awful gut wrenching arthritic pain. The post op pain is nothing like that .. it will pass eventually. Don't let your body get into a place of being in pain though .. if you are prescribed painkillers use them. Get through the 1st few weeks. by 6 months you should feel a whole lot different. I know I did. Even by the 2nd day post operatively the surgeon asked me was I pain free? I nearly laughed in his face.. I had been in agony all night .. morphine injections every 4 hours .. for some reason the aneasthetist had not put me on a continuous feed drip which probably would have been better but there we go.. so every 4 hours I had my morphine to keep those levels managed. If you have a good anaesthetist they will tell you that too.. don't let it get to the point of excrutiating pain before you ask for meds.. don't see it as a weakness in asking... take them.. that is why they are prescribed.. there are plenty of other moments to be a hero/heroine and this is not one of them! Trust me please on this! Its very important in your recovery. I have a very high pain threshhold given the years I have dealt with hip surgery but even I gave in to this method. I kept it topped up rather than letting it diminish and then having to get you back to that point of being comfortable again is much much more difficult for them and for you. So take the injections.. and sleep .. your body needs to rest and recuperate .. recovery of all of the cells and nerves and tissue only takes place when you are sleeping or for the most part anyway.

Finding balance is the key.. but in those early days it will feel like you will never get used to it and it does seem a long time til you can drive or do anything .. I remember sitting on that stool to wash dishes or peel potatoes drove me nuts.. I hated that stool sometimes and having to sit on it to do anything felt like it would be forever..my car sat on the drive for 17 weeks before I was allowed to drive due to the complexity of my surgery .. and it felt like forever too.....but it clearly wasn't!!

I was 42 years old then and had a husband to support me and my children too were great ..and what does scare me now is when I do need this one replaced and it will not last forever..is how I will manage as I am divorced and alone with an 89 year old blind mother .. but that is like saying is the sun going to shine .. when will it stop raining.....? WHO KNOWS!! All I know is what is here today today and I will worry about tomorrow when it comes! We have no control over the future. The past is gone.. today is where I am! So for today I accept the days when my hip aches and I listen to my body's signals for rest or activity.

Be patient though in these early days as you 'find your feet'. and gain confidence.. stick to the rules of no twisting, no bending and no stretching.. push that operated leg out behind you when you have to bend .. Don't rush into anything.. the jobs you may see needing doing .. yeah sure they are there.. and they will be there tomorrow too .. and if you pop your clogs they will still be there.. so worry about them less and give yourself and your body time to heal... and when you look back 16 years on you will look back knowing that you did good! You played it by the rule book and it paid off. I hope when I have my hip replaced again in due course that you will all remind me of this!!! ha ha .. and give me the much needed kick up the backside that I may need to stay on the path!

Anyone thinking of having a THR.. go for it.. if your specialist thinks its the best thing for you.. then be guided by that but remember those rules and stick to them and for the most part you should be fine! There will be exceptions to this rule and each and every surgeon knows that .. but everything we do in life holds the same risk.. crossing the road .. driving our cars... cooking even.. I heard a case recently where a disabled child had helped his mother who had slipped in the kitchen whilst cooking and hit her head knocking her unconscious .. he dragged himself along the floor to get to her and then to the front door to let the paramedics in! The human spirit is strong remember and what feels like a bad day today will be over soon and you will be able to look back and give yourself a pat on the back! You did it! emoticon

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Thanks! I need all the positive energy I can get, because mine is sure low! I just signed up for a class at the university to continue on with my degree. I found a class that was on a Sat morning, so it shouldn't interfer with finding a weekday job ....hopefuly!! I wish I could take more, but don't want to sign up for more since I don't know what my schedule will be. I just go a couple more rejection letters I sent applications to or interviewed with. Very depressing.

We are supposed to get rain too. We need it.

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Sorry to hear about the job situation.I will keep you in my thoughts and send out positive thought your way!
It is a little cooler here today and hope we get rain over night and into tomorrow.as the weather man says.It needs to be slow and steady as everything is so dry!

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How is everyone doing? Another hot day in store today. I am still looking for a job and have had a couple of interviews, but nothing comes of them. I thought one interview went very well and then was turned down for the job. Very disappointing!! Not much out there either that is decent in pay or full-time. I may have to start working part-time jobs, but I need benefits. I will have no medical insurance after the 31st. Can't afford it.

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Glad to hear everything is working ok! Stay cool! Another HOT one today then we should start to cool down by 20 degrees next week.

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It is heating up for sure.Going to feel like 40C here (close to 104) emoticon
Had my check up (my 6 month BUT it was 10months as we were away )..... for my Right Hip Replacement and everything went well. He must have put my leg in every possible direction.He took X-rays to check the hip out and it is just dandy. I do not have to go back now for a year. I can do most activities now but no running/jogging.
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Hope everyone stays cool today!! It is supposed to be closed to 100 degrees today with the "feel-like" temp over 100 degrees!!

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Happy 4th of July!
Hope that you are able to find insurance soon.Hopefully your knee will be feeling better soon.

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I guess I can say a little early - Happy 4th of July!!

I don't think the lubricant in my knee has really worked. It seems to hurt more than it did before, but I have been painting my bedroom and been up and down on a ladder and on the floor. So if it doesn't change, I am going to call to see if get back in to the doctor. I have an appt in Aug, but don't if I will have insurance by then. I can't afford COBRA and I am looking for another plan, but need to know the cost or if I will even be approved with all my conditions. I am still looking for a job and hope to get insurance through the employer.

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I pray you get a job soon. Hope the lubricant works!

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I went to my ortho dr today to get a shot of lubricant in my knee. The shot for the lidocaine hurt, but this one did not. Now I just hope it does what it is suppose to do and I have no more pain. He said to come back in 2 months for a cortisone shot to really kick in the lubricant. He said to cancel if I feel I don't need the cortisone and the lube is work. I hope it does work because I probably won't have health insurance in 2 months anyways! I am out of work and cannot afford COBRA to continue my coverage. I am really going to be struggling with costs/expenses when on unemployment. Need to find a decent paying job that is full-time with benefits ASAP!

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I had unexplained tenderness 4 months after my surgery; however, I did not worry about it, because I was following protocol. I think it takes time for nerves and muscle to heal. Plus, all the time we are healing, we are also using the hip joint. Unless, your joint is my popping (my therapist said that would be "I want to go to the ER time", I wouldn't worry about it. Of course, the best thing is to tell your doctor when you go to your check up. My knee started hurting after my surgery, and my orthopedist set my mind to rest about that. It was normal for it to hurt, because it was getting stressed more, whille my muscles healed and goty stronger. I would ice it and wear a knee brace if I knew I was going to be on my feet for any length of time. I also find that my heating pad is my really good friend. emoticon It stays out most of the time. And resting your leg is as important as using it. Also, when you are cooking, sit on a stool while you prepare food, as much as possible. Standing in one place seems to be more painful than walking. I bought a cart so I could push it over to the refrigerator to get the things I need (I have a long, galley type kitchen). It has several shelves. I would put bowls, food, etc. on it and sit near the sink, while I prepared recipes. Hope this helps.

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Thank you for the replies... I have a doctors appoitment on Friday so I will ask the doc then. My hips are quite big so it may just be taking longer then normal for all the tissue to heal.

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I would think it wouldn't be tender anymore after 4 months. I don't remember my THR as it as been 5 yrs ago, but I recently had abdominal surgery (in Feb) and they haven't hurt since March. I would call your doctor and ask him.

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I noticed that after a lot of walking my incision would sting in places. My PT told me as an incision heals it may help break up scar tissue to massage it across the incision (not up and down) a bit. She also said that ice, elevation, and sometimes heat help an incision feel better. Mine is all closed up but can feel tender from time to time. I am about 2 months post op. My PT also told me it takes a while, depending on how much of you was cut up, for the leg to heal.

Nothing is better than checking with your surgeon if you have any concerns. My incision "spit" a stitch about 2 weeks ago, near the end of my incision, and I cleaned it out and it sealed right up. Talking to my surgeon, he said I did the right thing. He told me it could take up to a full year before things feel "normal" and you forget you even had a hip replacement.

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Im wondering how long it takes until it doesnt hurt to touch the incision?? I had 38 staples so mine is fairly big. I am 4 months post op and it is still tender. the incision is totally healed up but the muscles still must be healing?? I am not back to work yet, and probably won't be for a couple more months, then I will return on light duty. I am a Home Support Worker!

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Not sure what the R stands for in RHR, but obviously not a Total HR and you had the anterior incision! No wonder you are doing so well!!

They had an article in the paper that I have read yet about that surgery. I hope I can have that done if I ever have to do this again. My knees are hurting, only because I have been on kneeling a lot the last couple of days working in my yard. I need to call my ortho doctor to see about getting the gel shots in my knees for the other condition I have. The cortisone shot I got didn't last very long.

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Update: RHR on April 4. I had an anterior procedure. My incision is about 6 inches long and I didn't have any physical therapy because no muscle was cut. I have been driving for about a week and a half. I am not using a cane or anything except if I get up during the night. Just want to make sure I don't fall LOL. I usually make it until early evening, but then I really need to be home as sometimes I still need to go to sleep very, very early. I see the surgeon tomorrow for the big post-op appointment. Hopefully I will be able to get back in the pool soon. I really miss the water.

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My job is fairly sedentary but I wear out about noon and everyone understands. It was a total hip replacement. I rest a lot on the weekends and try to get to bed early every night. It was my left hip, so driving an automatic is no problem.. I worry that I am overdoing it so I sit around a lot, lie on an ice pack and do my exercises. Going to work is hard and if I were still a classroom teacher I would be home for the rest of the year.

..and the cares of tomorrow can wait, 'till this day is done.


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Did you have a total hip replacement? I cannot believe you are back to work within a month and driving. I was off 6 weeks and only went back to work part time for a week, but was still exhausted when I went back full time. Wow!!

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Hi everyone! An update: LHR on 4/5/12. Back to work 4/23. Driving 4/30. Unfortunately, my appetite is back and it is time to get back on program! Icing a couple of times a day(Approach was on my side, 12 inch incision, it looks like.) Cane walking almost exclusively. Off Teds and warfarin last Friday!!! Yesterday I spent in the yard, telling my teenage son what weeds I wanted pulled. I'm doing well, healing well and looking forward to an active summer!

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Wow! I didn't drive for 6 weeks after my surgery!

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I drove today for the first time. Not too far, but it gave me such freedom. I'm definitely on the road to recovery.

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The importance of listening to my body is so necessary. Today I walked a block so I could get a cab - went to the library and walked half a block to the bank. Took a cab to get my hair cut and then walked three blocks home. I was exhausted. I closed my eyes and the next thing I knew - 3-1/2 hours had gone by. A lot of healing is still going on in my body.

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Glad to hear you are feeling better, just remember to listen to your body and take it easy!

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Today was the last day of the antibiotic regimen. I am hoping the infection is behind me. I am working on rebuilding muscle strength this week. During the second hospitalization I lost a lot of muscle mass. It is a beautiful day and I am meeting a friend for dinner. I am going to take the bus and then walk all of three blocks to the restaurant - a big excursion.

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It is a busy beginning of the week for me. Finals week at the university. I just took my math final this afternoon and need to take my marine bio final this evening.

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Just stopped in to say Hi!! Hope everyone is doing fine!!

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Sorry missed your updates, glad your feeling so much better!!

I'm playing catch up have been taking work home most nights and then doing yard work of my own and parents so haven't had much time. Did go for a short walk this weekend trying to take it real slow since having over doing it. Take care and have a great week!!

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Oh OZARKMARY and SOPHIEMAE - you are so right. What I didn't say about yesterday is that I had my husband drop me off at the train station here in DC. I didn't want him to have to take most of a day off to take me to and from the surgeon. I took AMTRAK to Baltimore to the surgeon's. Of course, the RedCap did not have a wheelchair at the curb booth so I walked into the station where he did meet me and take me right to the train. In Baltimore, although I requested a RedCap meet the train, none was there. It is a small station so not too much walking to get to the taxi stand. Very little walking to and from the doctor's office in the hospital, then back in a cab to reverse the process. I did fine the whole day, got home and took a two-hour nap - and thought I had done just fine.

Well I slept from about 10:30 last night to 9 this morning. I never sleep that long. Seven hours maximum. Clearly I spent a huge amount of energy even though it didn't feel like that at the time. I am going to be a little more careful about outings and what I can do over the next couple of weeks. No harm done yesterday, but a good lesson.

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I'm agreeing with SOPHIEMAE. We tend to feel so much better that we want to get back to our "before the need of THR" routine. Now that I am a yr and a half post surgery, I look back and see I really wasn't as healed as I thought. Just keep doing any therapy exercises and enjoy your days.

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I probably would feel the same way...wanting reassurance that the infection was gone.

Just remember that you may be feeling great and want to really get moving, but you still have a ways to go to heal. Don't over do it as some people have in the past and end up having surgery again because they dislocated their hip before it was healed completely. I was told 6 mos to a year and rather than be safe, I waited to do somethings, but I wasn't much of an active person to begin with so it didn't bother me to wait. Some people are dying to get back to their exercise program or running and find out they can't do it or end hurting themselves.

Again, always check with your doctor first!!!

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I went to see the surgeon today for the followup appointment from leaving the hospital last Thursday. She had called to check on me on Saturday to see if the infection was still improving. She said I could wait a week more to come in. I realized yesterday that mentally I needed to be reassured that I really was on the mend. And I am. She said everything looked great and that I was where I should be finally. I even walked across the examination room without crutches or cane. Hopefully this means that the end of the recuperation is in sight.

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While I am waiting for my dinner to warm up, I thought I would hop on here really quick. It is a busy week this week. I have been taking a class to become a Certified Interpretive Guide and I can use this to give nature tours at the parks. I have been volunteering there for the last couple of yrs. Tomorrow I have to give a 10 minute presentation and it will be on backyard birdfeeding. Also I thought it would look good on a resume.

This is also my last week of classes at the University, so I need to do some reading and studying and then my finals are next week.

I have an interview for a job on Thursday, so I should be looking at the company I will be interviewing at and get familiar with it. Psych myself up for it too! I previously interviewed with them several years ago and they didn't pay enough then, so I they probably still don't pay what I need. We'll see what happens!

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Hope everyone has a great day!! Won't have internet tonight hope everyone is still doing well!!

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Hey way to go!! I remember how excited I was when I didn't need those pills any more. Stay well!!

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Not a single pain pill yesterday - just didn't need one. Same today. Now I am really working on my walking. I'm hoping I can finally say that I am recovering.

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Glad you've gotten pain relief. Each day is so much better! Enjoy your weekend!

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I've certainly often said TGIF, but today I am so grateful for Friday. Today I am almost pain free. I have energy. My hip is a little stiff, but the difference from even yesterday is incredible. The difference from Monday - I don't have the words. Thanks for all the encouragement.

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Glad you are feeling so much better!! And even better no additional surgery!! And yes getting rid of that grinding pain is an incredible feeling!!

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Glad to hear you are feeling so much better!

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I am finally home from the hospital. They tried an intravenous antibiotic yesterday afternoon and overnight. By this morning the difference in how the incision looks and the decrease in pain was incredible. So they gave me one more intravenous dose this morning and sent me home with meds. The difference in getting in and out of car from Monday today was incredible. Sure I was stiff and had to go slowly, but I wasn't screaming with pain as I was four days ago.

So I am going to concentrate on my walking. I'm going to take it slow, but I'm just about ready to start using a cane.

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Hello MYSTERY4EVER! I'm glad you are feeling better. I am amazed to look back at how I THOUGHT how well I was doing each week but now one year later, I'm feeling fantastic! Prayers and best wishes to you. Just keep going, doing what you should without over-doing. Yes, it's awesome NOT TAKING pain meds!

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Great news!

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Update: I'm still in the hospital. They didn't go in yesterday because my blood was still too thin. They just did intensive icing. This morning there was some improvement, so they decided to wait again. I had not had any antibiotics because they wanted to culture when they went in. Now with the improvement I'm going to be getting intravenous antibiotics and see if by tomorrow I can go home with no further surgery. Yeah!
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One good thing is how easily I can walk on the smooth, wide corridors. It has been very encouraging how far I have come in two weeks. Even through the pain of the current complication, I realized how wonderful it is to not have the grinding pain deep in the hip that never really went away. Thanks for all the good wishes. I have appreciated them.


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Just wanted to stop in and say Hi and have a great day!!

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Thinking of you and you will be on my thoughts and prayers.

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Thoughts and prayers, hope they find the problem quickly!!

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Thoughts and prayers that they find what is wrong and that you have a speedy recovery.

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Greetings from.....my hospital room. They are going to go in again tomorrow and see what's up. Surgeon would have done it today, but they need to reverse the blood thinner I have been taking since the surgery. Stay tuned for Take 2.

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Sounds like an infection. I hope not! Good luck tomorrow!!

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Well I am admitting that something is not quite right with my hip replacement. I actually have more pain today than a week ago. I don't like how the incision looks either. I spoke with the doctor's PA on Friday who didn't think it was a big concern, but she said I could come in tomorrow. Well off I will go in the morning. Think positive thoughts for me that it is nothing big.

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Since I've started losing the weight I don't have near the problems with my knees. They still aren't great, but losing the 30 lbs has certainly helped. The fact that I was losing weight was also one of the factors that the surgeon took into consideration when I had my hip replaced. I still think he was going to send me home and make me wait if I hadn't mentioned the weight loss and my concern about keeping on going. Now just need to motivate myself to continue to lose.

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Yes, I am sure my knee joints and foot (I have plantar fascitis) would feel alot better if I lost the weight.

My replacement hip is doing fine and I am not having any issues with my other hip.

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Don't know much about knees, except at some point both mine need to be replaced. The orthopedist told me about 5 years ago that he would do them whenever I couldn't take the pain. I was getting to that point and started doing research. One of the first things I learned was that losing even 10 pounds makes the recovery easier. This was one of my motivations to lose weight. I realized after about 25 pounds that my knees were feeling much better. Now I rarely, if ever, have knee pain except when it is going to storm badly and the barometric pressure falls.

Good luck with your knees, but how are your hips?

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." The Way of Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher (604 BC - 531 BC)

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Went to my ortho dr yesterday to check my knee and mri that I had done. He suggest no surgery as he did not see any rips or tears. He felt that I should try a cortisone shot first and then the lubricant injection if that is approved my insurance. He felt that both the
osteoarthritis, which he felt was present, would be taken care with the cortisone. So I got that shot yesterday and it hurt going in. My knee kind of felt weird during the evening and they said it might hurt the next day or two. So far no pain. They said I might want to come in next week to have my other knee shot up if this one feels good! The knee I didn't get the shot is hurt today. Hmm!!?? Go figure! I'll see how it does over the weekend.

Need to get to work on my science project. It is due on Monday and I have pretty much been working on it since Weds. More to it than I planned and it is keeping me at my desk all day!!

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Glad your feeling better today!! And way to go.

The weight loss will come you just have to be patient. I've been yo yoing 178 176 178 so can sympathize. Just keep up the work it will come!!

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I never had crutches when I had my hip done. I had a walker and then a cane. My mom passed her year anniversary of falling and breaking her thigh bone, close to the hip joint. She had something like a hip replacement or pin into the bone. She still walks with a cane and a walker, especially if it is going to be a long outing. Of course, she also just turned 86 on Sunday and her bad leg is now shorter than the other, so she does have a shoe lift and that is why she uses the cane so she isn't so off balance.

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Yesterday and today are my first days of being really alone. A bell wouldn't do much good when you're alone.

I was so exhausted yesterday. I had not slept well - just couldn't get comfortable and I had to be up early to go to the lab to have blood work because I am taking Coumadin. I would have loved to have someone take care of me, but I just took it easy, did my exercises and ate leftovers.

Today is a different story. I woke up at my regular time, got up washed my hair in the kitchen sink (I can't shower until tomorrow, but I couldn't take my hair another day). I realized as I was washing my hair that I was perfectly fine standing in front of the sink without crutches or even holding the counter. After breakfast I walked outside for about 20 minutes with the walker. Mostly I could roll the walker smoothly and take a small, slow regular gait without pain. In the house I have been walking with only one crutch. There was a huge improvement in one day.

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Yeah, I don't think many people would like the bell idea. LOL!! I know I tried to milk it for all its worth!! I had a hysterectomy in Feb (was supposed to be laproscopic, but turned out to be cut completely open due to complications). I didn't get to milk it for the help at home, but I did on going back to work. I could have gone back sooner, but I decided not just because I didn't want to go back. Little did I know I would soon be out of a job. On my 2nd week of being unemployed. I had 2 phone interviews so far, but no offers for a face to face yet. Working on my homework is pretty much what I have been doing this week or need to do this week. I seemed to take it easy last week and spent money, like I really had it. Now it is time to cut back and make intelligent choices in spending!! Ugh, need to pay bills!!

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alright, guys- i am frustrated! i am walking, working out, getting more active all the time and counting calories religiously and I seem to have hit a brick wall. I lost two pounds in two weeks, but this morning when I weighed it looked like 1 has come back. this is no bueno.

but i know, i know- keep making healthy choices and it will pay off. anyway- i am just venting here, and I will plunge on. but, arg. this can be a frustrating journey!

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lol at the pile of water bottles comment- it IS nice to have everything at the press of a button. i thought about getting a little bell to ring but my partner did NOT like that idea. for some strange reason. :)

it sounds like you have a great mindset for healing- keep it up! and remember to be patient with your body, too.

you are already well on your way to feeling great!

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Glad your doing so well! Those first walk are so nice!!!

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Hi mystery4ever, sounds like you are doing really well so far...it is nice to be home.... don't rush there is plenty of time to heal and you will be so happy when you are on the go again. I am almost 6weeks post op and ditched the crutches last week and have started to go walking.....not too far but it feels great to have the joint feeling brand new...which it is of course. Have just been to the garden to get some vegies and managed fine. Still can't get the sock on without the putter oner yet but can do the clothes without any equipment now so its great really. Am looking forward to my check with the surgeon and hoping I'lll get the all clear to start driving again on the 18th.
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I think it makes a big difference in being in your own home than being in a nursing facility to recuperate. I didn't that and it wasn't restful. If I had to do it again, I would go straight home or to my sisters' or mom's.

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Home Sweet Home - It felt so good to get home yesterday. It felt even better to get depp, deep sleep. Even though I live in the heart of a big city, I can put up with that kind of background noise so much better than the talking, beeps and pagings in the hospital. I do miss the ability to push the button and have water brought to my bedside. Somehow the pile of water bottles next to the couch does not translate into that type of service.

So now the real mending begins. I hope that being more calm in my mind will translate into healing better and sooner.

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You would think you would get some rest at a hospital, but you don't because there is so much noise and wake-ups for shots and meds. I was given a leg lifter too! It does help a lot getting into bed. Good luck at home!!

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I'm packing up to get ready to leave the hospital after final physical therapy. Had my final occupational therapy where she showed me a handy device called a leg lifter. She would have given me all the tools I already bought or had. LOL However, I imagine my insurance would have been billed for them. I'm eager to be home. There was more noise last night and i was woken up several times.

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