My hip replacement didn’t turn out to be as smooth as I would have expected but my hip joint is fine and all the severe pain I had before the surgery is gone. It is a relief and makes the experience I had well worth the effort. The surgeon said my hip was warn out so I’m very glad he decided to do the surgery.
During Thanksgiving week I overdid walking with the cane and sitting too long. So yesterday during my physical therapy appointment, my therapist and I decided I needed to stay with the walker when I went out and use the cane for practice only at home. My pain had increased and I wasn’t doing as well.
Back to the drawing board. Time to let the inflammation in the hip heal and to follow the rules. And to rest more. I enjoy doing my assigned exercises. Resting more is hard.
I have had two RA flares since surgery. One was in the Rehab center as they had skipped my methotrexate dose. Why? They said because I was at my doctor’s appointment. Odd reason. I was finally given the shot. Amazing what a difference it makes. The second time was at home. My feet were badly inflamed as were my shoulders and wrists and hands. I added the Medrol dose pack. It always helps. I also rub a cannabis ointment into my feet and toes. This is a big help, too.
I am writing a small book on my hip experience. I will publish it in Kindle by the end of the month. I had the good fortune of working with kind, thoughtful people throughout my experience. I had run into one, maybe two unpleasant souls. So overall it was good. Lucky me.
So happy to hear your update, Mary. Pace yourself now! Something that is hard for us to do, I know.
I hope your inflammation goes down a little. I had my hip replaced in January 2013 and it took a good deal of time to get back up and running. The good news is that after 4 years the hip replacement is one of the best things I have ever done. I hope yours turns out even better than mine.
Thanks Rick, You are reassuring. I am doing much better than I had been doing. Of course, during Thanksgiving I seriously overdid it with my grandchildren in town. So I did back track. I have settled down to living with the 4 wheel walker until my hip is stronger. The cane just didn’t work for me. I am going to PT for another month. I love it and I happily do all my exercises. Life is good!