We have finally made it November. What a month this is going to be. I did have a good scare this month, so read on to find out what it was. Once again I will try to pick the most important days. Writing all of this down has helped me come to terms with everything that is going on. It has helped show me that I can do this, it might just take awhile.
Thursday November 1 Day 47
What a great day I went to Wegmans for the first time without my cane. First outing without the cane all together. They were impressed with how well I was walking. I love surprising them at work. I’m getting there it is just taking time. The pain is going away. Totally waiting to see how this journey is going to play out. Here is to more days like this.
Friday November 2 Day 48 7 weeks.
Today was the day that I was not looking forward to. It was Joe’s last day. We did a lot of work together today. He did say that I could start using the weight machines for my legs. Joe was very impressed that I could hold my foot up with the Bioness off. Joe has been a great support since January. Thank you God for giving me so many amazing people in my life. Today I need to say good bye to one of the most amazing people I know. He has been there through this journey of mine and made it more bearable. Joe worked on more then just my hip, he helped with my CP. He is one reason why I have my bioness. He got me to try OT for my right arm. You helped me be me again. You gave words of support and encouragement. Thanks Joe words can’t say enough. You are amazing.
Today I hit a major mile stone I was able to put my sock on with out the sock aide for the first time in 2 years. I got into the pool again, it felt really good. I can tell my leg is still weaker than it was before surgery. Maybe it will take me time getting used to using my leg the right way for he first time in my life. Happy 7 week Hipaversary!!
Sunday November 4 Day 50
What an amazing day I hit two mile stones today. First when we were at church I cried tries of happiness. I knelt for the first time without pain. It was amazing. The second mile stone came later, I went for a drive with Mom in an empty parking lot. Gave Mom a little bit of whip lash practicing an emergency stop LOL. I drove Mom back home and took myself for a short ride. Can you guess where I went, yup Wegmans. I saw some of the people I work with on Sundays it was so nice. Back home and all safe and sound. I stood and walked for a whole hour and a half with out my cane.
Wednesday November 7 Day 53
Today I started to really workout again. I did the seated stair stepper for 10min, walked on the treadmill for 10 min and rode the bike for 10 min. After all that I did the weight machines for both my arms and legs. I started light like Joe said. Getting back in the swing of things. There was still more work to do I was headed off to the pool. What a busy day so far. After all that I fun I cleaned up and went to Wegmans. I have been trying to make a weekly visit there. Today I took a well deserved nap. I made dinner all by myself. I even put my socks on twice today with out any aide and drove every where I went. The best part is I went to bed after Mom and Dad for the first time in awhile. I am getting there slowly but surely.
Friday November 9 Day 55 8 weeks.
This was going to be a fun filled day. I went for a walk with my PT in my backyard. I am seeing a PT that comes to my house now. I walked up the hill with out my cane and my PT behind me. Well the PT said that my left leg was really strong while we were walking up the hill. While no da, it was doing everything for a long time. Tonight we went and saw Bill Cosby. He was amazingly funny. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. What a way to spend my 8 week Hipaversary!!
Sunday November 11 Day 57
Oh man what a day is all I can say. I sat on the floor the first time Indian style. Just a few seconds. I then decided to play Wii fit with my nephew. Everyone came over for dinner and we had a great time. Always a lot of fun when we get together. After dinner things went down hill from there. My nephew and I were joking and messing around and he decided to be funny and pull the foot stool out from under me. I fell right on my butt. I must have laid on the floor for what seemed like 5 minutes crying. I was so scared I didn’t know what to do. Finally my brother and sister came to help me. My brother asked questions. He asked if I could move my toes. Couldn’t do that before surgery so NO. Second he asked if I could lift my leg straight in the air. No couldn’t do that after surgery yet. After that was settled my sister decided I could try to get up. I got up all by myself. I was able to stand and walk so we knew it was not dislocated. PHEW! The pain however just kept getting worse through the night. I headed to bed with my ice, a pain pill and a Valium. I was still pretty shaken when I went to bed. I think I scared myself more than anything. My nephew felt awful. I told him that I was ok and that he actually helped. He helped me get over my fear of falling. Thank you.
Monday November 12 Day 58.
When I woke up my pain was pretty bad. We decided to call Dr. Clarke because my pain was not getting better but worse. They said that the doctor was going want to see me. Yeah there was no way that I was going to make it in the car that long. They said that they would talk to someone and get back to me. After what seemed like forever they did get back to me. They said by the symptoms that I was telling them that it was my back that I hurt. They said to start with Ibuprofen and keep an eye on it. If the pain got worse let them know. They also said that I could get it x-rayed locally if I wanted to. I was do to see my PT tomorrow and decided to text him to keep him in the loop. He said that it sound like I was doing everything that I should and to just take it easy and thanks for letting him know. The pain was still pretty bad at 6 that night so I decided to put my mind at ease and get some x-rays. Off to urgent care we went. The place that we went was amazing. The PA was very knowledgeable. He examined my hip. Moved it around and said it was moving ok. He said that he wanted to get x-rays to be on the safe side. God I am going to be glowing soon with all these x-rays. The PA never questioned my age which was really nice. Once again got the question from the x-ray tech aren’t you a little young for a hip replacement. Yes Yes I am. I explained that I had hip dysplasia. She knew what that was and I was impressed. Talked to the nice PA again and he said that everything was fine. I was probably really badly bruised. PHEW! What a great relief. I will defiantly go back there again if the need arises. They were super nice to me and I felt like I was in good hands. Mom felt that way too. I texted my PT and family to say that everything was ok, nothing to worry about. I felt better now. Finally home and got a fun surprise. The local fire department was lighting the house across the street unfired as a training thing. I stood there in the rain watching the house burn with my cane. It was very cool.
Just a quick note from Tuesday. Met with my PT and he said everything was moving ok, but since I was sore doing some things to take it easy and use the cane. No working out until Monday and lastly that no damage was done I am good. He did say that I did the right thing by getting it x-ray. I would have gone nuts if I didn’t.
Saturday November 17 Day 63.
Today was a big day in our household. It was Pumpkin Bread day. This is a family tradition that we have done as long as I can remember. We make pumpkin breads every year before Thanksgiving and then give them to people we are thankful for. This year we needed a 156 breads. It was going to be a lot of work. I was so excited for this whole thing. I was like a little kid again. I stood for 3 hours straight. Walking and standing and doing things that needed to be done. The only reason that I needed to stop was because my leg got tired. No real pain that I had experienced in the past when we had done this. I had a smile on my face the whole time. I did get a little muscle pain but nothing that stopped me. Lets remember I did fall 8 days ago. It was amazing. I was so proud of myself. I even treated myself to get in the jetted tube for the first time in a long time. I had a hard time getting out of the tub but I did it. What an amazing day!! I hope there are many more pain free pumpkin bread making in my future. Can’t wait to see what next year holds for me.
Wednesday November 21 Day 66
Today was so much fun. We were doing cooking for Thanksgiving. I helped Mom with the turkeys. The best part after all that was NO PAIN!!! Mom and I went and got our hair done. Terry and Micheal the hair dressers were so happy to see me. They hadn’t seen me since before surgery. They said that I was looking great. We both finished the day a little sore but was an amazing day.I was so happy that I could be here to help. The best part is I don’t hurt all the time.
Thursday November 22 Day 66.
Happy Thanksgiving!! It was an amazing day from start to finish. I had started a campaign on Facebook to write each day something that I was thankful for. This is the post from today: Thankful Note: today I am thankful for my NEW HIP!!! I am pain free most of the time. Still healing. It has made me into myself again. Enjoying life to the fullest. This was the best thing I could have done. Happy Thanksgiving!! Be thankful for something today!!!. I am saving the best one for the last day of November. I am truly thankful for the family that I have. I could have ended up somewhere else 28 years ago. I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade for the first time in 13 years. Thank you hip. I have worked every Thanksgiving since I started at Wegmans 13 years ago. Mom said I was like a little kid again watching that parade. Helped where I could. Set the table and things were ready for family time. Lots of laughs and good time’s. My niece made a joke about the foot stool and my fall. We had a good laugh at that one. Dinner was the best Thanksgiving dinner I thought. We had so much fun together. 9pm rolled around and one of my nieces and I were headed Black Friday shopping. That will go in Fridays post. Thank you God for everything that you have given me.
Friday November 23 Day 67 10 weeks.
What a great but long day. I was very happy to have my niece come along with me Black Friday shopping. After spending 3 hours in the cold on my feet the whole time I could still move. I was sore but not bad. My niece got picked up and I went to another store. 2 am rolled around and I headed home. After a 5 hour nap I was headed off again. I spent 3 more hours shopping and had so much fun. I did do something stupid. I lifted two things that weighed over 50 pounds. That is a big no no right now. I was ok. I headed home after all that. Time for another nap. I slept so much today. I was able to do all this with very little pain, just a very tired leg. The pain that I did have was muscle pain. Working very hard to get back to my normal. Mom really thought that I over did it today. Might have. I am just so happy to be able to help. What a way to spend my 10 week Hipaversary. I am getting closer and closer each day to being back to my normal.
Monday November 26 Day 70
Another busy day. PT came and we had a good talk. He told me to be the Blaire that he knew going for it no matter what. Not an old lady. Gotcha will do. He reassured me that I can do no harm to my new hip. So here goes nothing. Now you or me are in trouble. I will do what ever it takes to be me again and feeling great. We had lots of laughs and fun today. We are working on my balance now and doing many fun things. After PT left I was headed for a work out at the JCC. It felt real good to keep moving. Things are moving along. Just not fast enough for me. After a great work out I headed to Wegmans. I turned in papers so I could start working again. I am working this Sunday and I can’t wait. It will be the first time in 12 weeks. I am only allowed to work a 2 hour shift but it is better than nothing. So I can’t wait to see everyone and try out this new hip. I truly can’t wait to see what the future holds. I bet you are sick of hearing that. Sorry.
Wednesday November 28 Day 72
What a fun day I had. I had a little melt down last night. I just don’t know why. I think it might be because I was so active before surgery and it is taking time to come back. I know it will come back and will be better then ever. I did get weigh and I have lost a total of 52 pounds since February 2012. Today started amazing though. I woke up PAIN FREE for the first time in a a very long time. It was the best feeling ever. I will take it. I headed over to the JCC for my workout. It was the best workout yet. I tried something new. I threw and kicked a big exercise ball against the wall. Who knew that could be so therapeutic. I even broke a sweat doing it. I truly enjoyed it. It did really work on my balance. After that I worked on the weights both legs and arms. Next I did the elliptical for 10 minutes and the step mill for 2 minutes alternating feet. Lastly I did the treadmill for 15 minutes. 7 minutes I walked backwards and the rest was a mix of side stepping. Love when I break a sweat. I even finished with a trip to the pool. I was very up beat after all that. I did get sore tonight but nothing that I couldn’t handle. I am getting there slow and steady wins the race.. What a great day. I can’t wait to do it all over again. Here is to Friday where I can try it all again.
Friday November 30 Day 74 11 Weeks.
What an amazing day. Could not have asked for the month of November to end any better. I had a great work out at the JCC. That was followed with a nice visit from my PT. He said that the joint is moving really well. He said that it was moving better then before surgery. We had some good laughs and a lot of work. After a nice talk about all the doctors that I had seen and how quality of life was important. He said even with his untrained eye he could tell that my natural hip was not going to last much longer if I waited. Check. The last thing that he said to me that was very heart warming was that I did the right thing by having it replaced. It meant a lot coming from him.
As the month of November comes to an end, I wrote my last tankful post on Facebook. I attached it hear as it means a great deal to me.
FINAL THANKFUL NOTE: Please read the whole thing, it is going to be a little long.
Today I am thankful for the journey that I have been put on. Yes I would never wish hip dysplasia upon any person. It truly sucks. However I was given this journey for a reason. Still not fully sure why but let me explain. Through this amazing journey I have learned many great things. First that determination and perseverance can take you far in life. I have gained new batch of friends that I would not have had other wise. It has reenforced that family is your family no matter what. I gained another family at Wegmans and thank every single one of them. Ever since I was little I have decided that I only get this one life to live, so I am going to live it my way and live it to the fullest. I am not going to let anything get in my way. Yes this journey has had its down moments but I live them when they happen and then move on to new and better things. This hip replacement has been life changing for me. I am getting to have the life that I never got to have. Being pain free!! I can’t explain the greatness of that. Hip dysplasia is truly a pain in the ass. But I have decided that I am going to kick its ass. Lastly I have started a mission to help others learn about hip dysplasia. So if you could do me a favor I am not asking much. Is to repost this with the link to my blog and lets pass this on. You can help me spread the word once and for all. There is a life after hip dysplasia. Thank you each and everyone of you for always being there. It has meant the world to me. Here is to seeing what the future holds. I will sign this last thankful post as I always do. LOVING ALL THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE. BE THANKFUL FOR SOMETHING TODAY.
Today I learned that this journey has made me into a 5 year old kid again I am experiencing the world with fresh eyes and new legs. Everything is a new adventure. It is the best.
We have reached the end of November and I am finally caught up. All post after this will be as they happen. This journey of mine will be never ending. As an other month has end I get to start December a new, what a feeling. Here are to bright and better days in the future.