Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hipsters R Us

Well, I am about five days out of THR surgery and I have to say I feel pretty darn good.  Gone is the stabbing, grinding pain that inhibited nearly every movement pre-surgery.  I do have some dull aching (and butt swelling!), which increases when I do my exercises, but I'll take it.  Every day gets better and better, already there are movements I can do that I couldn't before the surgery, it's truly changed my life already!  I won't write a long post, I'm still feeling a bit of an energy drain.  Just stopping in to thank everyone for their well wishes!


  1. Hooray! Can't wait to talk to you tomorrow!!! :D

  2. Yay! This is awesome news. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Saw your comment on Kara's blog and had to come visit. My THR is scheduled for April 1st. Feeling scared and excited like you mentioned in your previous post! Any pointers? I haven't met any young replacement people.

    1. Hmm, I was big on doing A LOT of research before my surgery (including watching surgery videos). It's really helpful to me to know exactly what they are going to do. However, not all people are like that, and you have to figure out which one you are :) Don't unnecessarily scare yourself.

      Some pointers:
      - prep a space that you will be spending most of your time. For me, it was my couch (and also my bed for naps!). My couch is high, and easy to get out of. I had two of those little fold-out tables. One right in front of the couch (slightly to the side of where I was sitting) where I kept my laptop - an important time-killing machine. The other table was on the side of the couch where you can keep lip balm, moisturizer, a water bottle, kleenex, a phone, remotes, anything you might need in a run of a day.
      -make sure you have a clear path (free of wires or slippy rugs) between your space and the bathroom/kitchen).
      -be patient with yourself. Healing takes time, and some days will be frustrating.
      -take your pain meds! Don't let your pain get out of control, it takes forever to get it back under control.
      -do your physio. You need to strengthen those muscles so they can support your new hip.
      -accept help. This is a tough one, but if people offer help, accept it.

      I'm sure there are tons more, please feel free to email me anytime with questions. Best of luck with your surgery! I can still say, two years later, that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

    2. Super helpful pointers! Thanks...I'm really looking forward to less pain.

    3. You are welcome! Honestly, I was in less pain instantly. Of course I had some pretty intense pain from the surgery, but it was controlled by meds and was temporary. Also, it's a totally different pain than damaged joint pain. Again, best of luck!