The Hipster Returns
Saturday, March 12, 2016
so. I was sick a couple of weeks ago and it turned in to a resistant asthma attack which simply was not responding to treatment. ON March 1st I was admitted to the hospital to try to get things under control again. By my second week in the hospital, the asthma began to respond and I made plans to come home. On the day of my antiicpated discharge, I was sitting on the edge of the bed and bent over to pick up a sock. And POP!! Out came my hip from the socket which causes instant immobiility and excruciating pain the likes of which most people will never in their lives experience....
I was put in to the bed and the nurses scurried to contact doctors and get orders for pain meds for me. I spent that entire day shaking and crying in pain...taking IV after IV of Dilaudid. By midnight they took me down to the OR and put me to sleep while a doctor tried to manipulate my leg back into the socket. HOwever they were unsuccessful at that. The next morning my Ortho surgeon returned from his vacation and once again I was under competent care. A driver was dispatched to Albany to pick up my new hip joint. SO it was another midnight visit to the OR...this time for a complete total hip replacement.
I should mention that prior to 2013 I had had 6 dislocations and 3 revision surgeries. This was my 7th dislocation and 4th surgery! (in that hip. I also had one replacement done in my other hip)...So I got home from the hospital yesterday and now am taking the long road back to recovery at home.
I have to realize that this joint is and always will be extremely fragile. I have to be conscious and deliberate in each motion. I cannot put any strain on it what so ever. This will have a real impact on what exercises I am able to do. I will do some easy walking on my driveway and some basic hip strengthening exercises. And maybe work with some resistance bands but for now...I have to allow it to heal.
Pain has been generally pretty well managed for me during this hospital stay due to the fact that I've been on ridiculously high doses of steroids. So now that I'm weaning off of those, the pain will once more be an unwelcome visitor.
I was curious what I would weigh following all those steroids and was SO HAPPY to find that my weight had dropped another 4 pounds during those two weeks! I'm now at my lowest weight since 2011! In fact, another 4 pounds will put me at my goal weight on track timewise. I was hoping to be 190 by then end of June. I should easily accomplish that by much sooner than that time frame.