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.