Posted on December 20, 2014
Days 1 & 2 post op
This will be the last thorough post I’ll probably write. I wanted to document my experience with FAI surgery in the hopes it will help others and ease some anxiety about the process. Plus chances are I will have to get my right hip done one day and I want to will be able to look back and say, hey it’s really not that big of a deal. Because really, it’s NOT. 🙂
With that said, here we go…
I had to fast before surgery and the hardest part about it was not being able to drink water. I was very dehydrated the rest of the night. I woke up not feeling well-a bit dizzy, groggy/out of it and had a feeling it was due to dehydration. So I spent the day chugging water and asking Mike to help me up so I could pee. Ha! Now that’s marriage right there.
As the day progressed I felt better and was in some pain around lunch time so I took a Tylenol with codeine and Mike helped me get in bed for an afternoon nap.
Honestly, I can not remember the last time I took a nap. That groggy feeling usually isn’t worth it, but with all the meds they had me on, time was thrown completely out the window and I just rolled with how I was feeling. Oh on a side note, I ALWAYS have to take a shower and shave my legs before bed. Every night. Like I can not stand the thought of going to bed dirty, but as soon as we got home from surgery, I went straight to bed without even thinking about taking a shower. Funny how your priorities change when big life changes happen. Well, at least it’s sort of a big deal to me.
Mike, Bam & I spent the first day mostly on the couch watching movies and our new favorite shows, Lillyhammer and Longmire. Love me a nice rugged cowboy.
My appetite was slowly coming back but there still wasn’t much that sounded appealing other than fresh fruit and ice water, but we made due.
The whole day was a blur as the anesthesia/drugs were still wearing off, but day 2 post op I finally felt back to normal. Every day I feel a little less sore and haven’t really had to take a whole lot of heavy pain meds. In fact I switched to Tylenol with Codeine once a day to take the edge off. My surgeon advised it’s okay to feel some pain and the safest way to use these meds is just to take the edge off. So far it’s working beautifully.
Day 2 post op
Feeling much more like myself, though I still spent most of the day parked on the couch until Mike convinced me I should give cycling a try. I was really comfy doing nothing on the couch snuggled with Bam but I knew he was right. Plus my only excuse was the only loose pair of sweatpants I owned was in the wash. Mike went through my closet and found my PUMA capsule pants which worked like a charm.
He snapped this pic as I was walking into my physical therapy office to use their stationary bike. I have a great relationship with Will my PT at Ryan Ranch. He kinda held my hand through this whole grandma hip process and did some digging around to find the best specialist around, Dr. Sampson. I am forever thankful for Will.
When you find fantastic health professionals who take a genuine interest in your wellbeing, make good friends with them.
He was really excited to see me and hear all about the surgery.
I rode the bike for 10 whole minutes and felt amazing to move around. I took it really easy, no resistance and just moved.
I’m kinda like his pet project since he was the only one who could prove the problem was in my hip and convinced me to see Dr. Sampson for a 5th opinion. Yes, 4 other specialists said there’s nothing wrong with your MRI, go run. Or the worst, maybe running isn’t for you, maybe you should take up another sport.
I feel like sending that doctor a Christmas card that says ‘eat it. I’ll see you at the finish line punk.’
But I won’t waste my time.
Anyhoo on our way out, Will was excited to show me some exercises I will be doing when the time comes. It was really uplifting to see him so excited and telling others about how we are going to get me back out running!
Annnnd that’s a wrap. If you have any questions, feel free to ask away. I’m no expert but I am always happy to speak from my experiences.
I hope you have a beautiful pre Christmas weekend with friends + family. <3