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Bootcamp Re-Eval

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The effects - at least the positive effects - of my epidural are gone. The only thing left now is the enlarged stomach (steroids cause your fat deposits to rearrange themselves into your face and abdomen; lovely--just lovely) and the raging appetite. I won't BEGIN to tell you what I've eaten in the past two days: Probably more than I've eaten in any one, maybe two, weeks in the past year! And it's making me feel sick not only in spirit and mind, but physically as well. You know that clean, energized feeling you get when you eat well and sparingly? Well, think of the exact opposite feeling and that's me right now.
Normally, if I felt like this I would go out for a 3 mile brisk powerwalk. ...or do some DVDs to induce major sweating...However, my hands are tied even here.

And this is because the pain I normally experience is raging out of control. My hips are the main problem getting in the way of cardio. My right hip hurts because it needs to be replaced. My LEFT hip, which was just replaced last May, has also been really hurting deep in the joint. Now this is a distressing thing. And that is because, shortly after (like several days after) my replacement surgery, I got MRSA- a terrible , drug resistant infection- in my surgical site. Fortunately they did another surgery about a week later to clean it out and put me immediately on strong antibiotics for months to try to mitigate the damage this infection was doing. But at the time, they warned me, that even a year or more later, I can be at risk for the infection returning; deep in the new joint site...and this will be a HUGE problem...requiring them to go in and take out all the hardware - a tougher surgery than it was to put it in - and it will take several years of surgeries and pain and very limited mobility before I will, hopefully, recover.

And the one thing they told me to always watch out for is pain in the site. Because now that it's all healed...there is no reason to have pain there...after all, it is an artificial joint...not capable of pain. But in the past few days, I've been bothered by pain.

My hip surgeon is on vacation this week and I have an appointment to see him the day he returns which is next Monday. This makes me think that this problem, added to the instability I've had in that joint, will definitely cause him to suggest at the very least; a revision in the left hip and that will give him the opportunity to get down into that joint and check for infection.

RATS. (to put it politely).

This will sideline me for an indefinite period of time. And I know that it is going to be so hard to maintain my enthusiasm for fitness and my dedication to weight loss. ...Still, as sure as I am of what will likely transpire, it is best not to anticipate it and negatively project. It is best to focus on the here and now.

But frankly the "here and now" is just stinking up the place too.

I'm in so much pain I can barely sit or stand. And this is not conducive to exercise. My back pain is so bad I feel like throwing up.

I am thinking that it is probably foolish to continue the Bootcamp...although I seriously wanted to finish it. Other than needing to modify some of the dumbbell exercises to make them "hip replacement friendly" (which they certainly are NOT, taken in their original state)...I've had no problem with the videos ...in fact am finding them so easy that I'm wondering where the benefit will be in doing them. But still , it was important to me to continue. And right now, it is the cardio, which is presenting the greatest problem due to the hip issues.

So, all in all, I'm not a happy camper at the moment. It's 2:30 am and I've been up the majority of the night due to pain. Of course, I comforted myself by (actually was COMPELLED to ) stuffing my face... After a week of this behavior, I don't think there is another edible crumb in the house other than things like raw meat.

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  • VXWALL1942
    Oh darlin'! I am so sorry to hear of your condition. I know how hopeful you were and how well you were doing. Except of course for the appetite thing. How long 'til the steroids absorb or whatever it is they do to be gone? Keep fighting. You can't give in. You've worked too hard. Do some research and see what you can learn about ways to overcome the appetite thing. Do you actually feel hungry? So before I leave let me acknowledge this whole thing is rotten. Am willing positive things for you at the Dr visit Monday.
    3673 days ago
    Hugs, my friend - I have been using my heated rice filled bags on my hurting places, and my cat when he is cooperative. I empathize about the prednisone, and that is why I have refused any further injections. This frigid weather is making me hurt a lot more in all my bad places too. I know it is just as cold where you are! Stay warm, and hope you get some relief soon. Deborah
    3673 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8603687
    Oh,I am so sorry for your pain,you were doing so emoticon .May this pain become less and you feel better soon.My dh's Aunt had a hip replacement and got MRSA and they had to take it out,only to have the MRSA return and she had to have it out a while to make sure it was not MRSA anymore.So far do good.There is a recall on a brand of Hips installed and the problems are infections other problems with them working properly.I will go see if I have it still book marked and send you the information.BIg emoticon of support emoticon Diana
    3674 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    OOh Sweet heart I can so relate!!
    I don't have hip replacements LOL!!, but the fat zones on Predisolone I can!
    it is a horror drug but it did save my life..
    I suggest you give the idea of boot camp away!.

    It will just make it all worse .. do you have access to a heated pool?
    I think that will help you a lot if you can get to one ...
    Hopefully your surgeon will get on with the replacements and give you some relief soon.
    Hugs Susie
    3674 days ago
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