Friday, December 16, 2011

Jumping The Gun

Remind me to NEVER write new posts on a weekend....when my ability to somewhat "take it easy" and sit and stand and walk at my choosing creates a false sense of "hey, this isn't so bad...I'm getting better!"  'Cause this past Monday and Tuesday just slapped that optimistic grin right off my face!  Came home from work Monday to hubby's greeting of "woah, you're limping again!"  And I probably could've gotten a speeding ticket after work Tuesday, from rushing home to my Norco and ice.
Well, there you have it.  Foot in mouth.  I am not invincible, nor am I recovering at a "speed of light" pace.  Sounds like I'm right alongside all my other hipchicks (and dudes!) in this 'what feels like slow as molasses' recovery.  And this is only scratching the surface.  Day by day by day.....

Sunday, December 11, 2011

One Month Post-Op

One month since my hip arthroscopy....honestly, it does get a little better day by day.  And I'll be starting hydrotherapy with PT next week, cannot wait to get moving!!!  But, there are still a few things I cannot do and I'm sure this is more to do with the underlying dysplasia and not from the hip scope itself.  For example, tying shoes is quite the challenge!  I can't sit and bend over without pain and I can't cross my legs without pain, so I wind up in this funny contorted state just to tie my shoes!  Also I find that certain chairs, sofas, stools at work, the pews at church, etc. are just NOT suited to my funky, anatomically messed-up hips!  No matter how I fidget and adjust, there is something pinching in much so, that it's a relief to stand up!  And it's standing and walking that is typically most painful...go figure!  But, all in is much less painful than it was last week and even more so than the week before.  I am very rarely taking my "narc-y-narcs" (another adorable term from my dear friend, Carla) and haven't seen an ice pack in nearly a whole week.  Just taking the NSAIDS seem to do the trick.  My crutches and cane are in the corner, resting up until my next surgical adventure.  Thank you again to all of you who have been praying for me and sending me well-wishes!  You just don't know how very much it means to me to know that I'm not on this road all to all!!! xoxo

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Fire and Ice

Not gonna lie.  Not gonna sugar-coat it.  Worked two "full" days...and I feel like I've been stabbed in both hips with a fiery hot poker.  It has been absolutely WONDERFUL to be back at work, and my Day Surgery girls have been amazing to me!  But, when my very sweet nursing manager called me to let me know that we were overstaffed for tomorrow, and would I like to be called-off...well, I nearly leaped through the phone!  Ummm YEAH I'll take a day off!  So, here I am...back on the Tempur Pedic, with my ice packs and laptop.  I am starting to wonder what exactly IS this pain I am experiencing.  Is this just the residual pain from the underlying deformity, that really isn't going to go away until surgically fixed?  Or am I simply just still healing from the scope, nearly 4 weeks ago?  Or, has the labral tear that Dr. Stocks trimmed, torn all over again?  He said that was a likely possibility if I'm walking at all...but this soon??  And...not only am I having the typical sharp, bone grinding, catching, popping pain in the groin...but having those sensations deep into the buttocks as well.  What's up with that???  Well, all I know HURTS!!!  Like, "I wanna cry and hollar and throw things" hurts!  And that's just not 'me'.  I'm not my typical "ziploc bag full of sunshine and crack" Amy (as my dear friend, Carla calls me).  I'm not my usual smiley and fun and uber-friendly self....not at all.  And that hurts more than anything....
Yup.  Feels kinda like this....

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Helloooo Nurse!

I survived!  Back to work was wonderful...albeit very painful, but so great to be back!  I only worked about 5 hours on both Thursday and Friday, which was about perfect.  I'm a nurse again!  I even made it back to "Nutcracker" rehearsal today!  My daughter, Lily and I are both performing in our local ballet performance of "The Nutcracker" this year.  She is doubling as a very sneaky mouse AND a mischievous, but adorable clown.  As for me...well, I'm a very exuberant "party goer" in the opening scene.  No big complicated dance steps...the occasional pas de bourree, but that's it.  Nothing crazy and painful.  And that's just peachy keen with me!  Very, very happy to be back doing the things I love!  I might even get a little wild and try to put the Christmas tree up later... we need a little Christmas, right this very minute!!!