My 6th Week of Healing from Hip Surgery
Dun dun dun. Your girl here with week 6 of healing from hip surgery! I’ve been off Norco for a couple weeks now and holding strong. I also got to start physical therapy and finally take my brace off. If you want to start my journey from the beginning you can check it out here!
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Abdominal pain is minimal and no pain after eating. ::Doeshappydance::
I’m back on track with my biking even though I want to set it on fire in the middle of the night. Mwahahaha. I entertained myself with trying on a bunch of spring outfits and playing around with my hair. Distractions are so necessary for me because it keeps me from going stir crazy or pushing myself too hard.
This red dress from Hello Molly is too cute for spring with its ruffles and bright red color. If you can’t tell I love anything that has a wrap top to it. I’m a proud card-carrying member of the itty bitty titty committee and wrap tops are so flattering. The light blue romper fits that ticket perfectly too and is super comfortable! I love UOIONLINE for quality, but affordable outfits. They also have fabulous customer service.
I’m feeling epically tired today so I’m just blogging and binge-watching. The two B’s.
I also tried some self-tanner. REGRET! I immediately dropped some all over the carpet and, as usual, a was streaky. I can never seem to get this fake tanner thing. My boyfriend was so sweet though and told me he loves me and my pale as Casper’s ass self.
I biked and slept most of the day. No idea why I was so tired, but I wasn’t fighting it!
I also had a phone call with a women’s health website about a partnership to share my experience with Endometriosis. I couldn’t be more excited. Sharing my stories, advocating for others and helping others feel less alone is exactly why I started Buddha Belly. The meeting went fantastically and it feels like a dream come true.
I got to meet with my new integrative doctor. I had made this appointment 6 months ago because it takes that long to see her and completely forgot about it. Thankfully my mom was off so I didn’t have to uber it.
They spent 1.5 hours with me and went over my whole medical history. I’ve seen 2 other integrative doctors and this one is my favorite. I guess the third time really is the charm!
My previous integrative doctors leaned more toward the alternative medicine side of things, but my new one seems like a really good balance of both. Plus, she can be my primary care doctor whereas others couldn’t and I really need one since I haven’t had one in two years.
Integrative doctors are really awesome because ideally the blend together western and alternative medicine. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find one that is good AND takes insurance. I feel like a won the lottery.
They did a blood test and a stress test. I came back low in vitamin D (probably from being a shut-in for the last 1.5 months) and a couple other vitamins. I also came back with a few allergies. I’m waiting to get a call back to go over the specifics. My stress test came back great which is surprising because I always feel stressed from anxiety and how much pressure I put on myself. It must be being off work on short-term disability, haha. My inflammation was also high, but that was most likely due to my hip surgery.
I had to do a stool test for my integrative doctor. Sounds sexy, right? She just wanted to make sure that we didn’t overlook anything.
I did my biking and then rewarded myself with a smoothie. I’ve gotten really into making smoothies and I’ve been having fun experimenting in the kitchen. One of them was super pukey, but I think that was because the frozen mangos tasted funny. I found a winner in a pina colada smoothie with collage and protein powder. Delish!
I like to combine as much healthy stuff into my smoothies as possible. Food that is nutritious and delicious is always a good choice. Please let me know if you have any smoothie recipe recommendations below!
I biked, watched Jessica Jones with Ty and had Chipotle. All in all, it was an excellent day.
I also reorganized my closet so it was in rainbow order. Previously, it had been organized by type of shirt so it went from tank top to short-sleeves to long-sleeved shirts, etc. I was still having a hard time searching for everything so I thought I’d shake things up. I keep the majority of my pants in drawers so they few I have hanging up don’t really need to be organized. I also did my skirts in rainbow order. Now I just have to tackle my other closet with jackets and dresses. I know, I know. I have a clothing problem, haha.
Tyler mainly has things that don’t need to be hung up so I’ve been slowly taking over our walk-in closet. If he’s noticed he hasn’t said anything so I’ll consider that a win. Plus, his stuff takes up like ALL of our storage shed so we’re pretty even.
It’s really nice to be able to have the time to do all the things I’ve wanted to do but just couldn’t fit in. Next up is taking photos of all my clothes and putting them into an app. I’ve always been in love with Cher’s closet in Clueless and this is as close as I can get to her amazing electronic closet.
I definitely set my alarm for midnight so I could take off my brace as soon as possible. I was so excited to sleep without that brace since I first had hip surgery 6 weeks ago. No uncomfortable contraption standing between comfort and I. Score!
Before that, I spent the day biking and working on my blog. I also tried cleaning up when Tyler wasn’t looking so he couldn’t make me stop, haha.
I practiced walking around without my crutches today and, lordy, I look like a baby giraffe trying to walk for the first time. I’m having a really hard time standing up straight because my psoas healed so tightly despite laying flat and doing tummy time (tummy time sounds like baby’s workout plan) for a good amount of time. I would definitely say that trying to walk again is one of the hardest parts of healing from hip surgery.
The highlight of my day was going to PT. I’m so excited to be able to progress to my next level of healing and I know I’m in great hands with my physical therapist and Body Gears.
When I first arrived they did my intake testing so they could figure out where to start, went over my treatment plan from my surgeon, figured out what needed to be worked on first and gave me my at home exercises. The goal is to do 3 sessions a week for one month and then 2 sessions a week for around 2 months.
Two of my scars healed really well and the other two healed with a good amount of scar tissue. So I need a lot of scar tissue and psoas massages to help release them. It’s about as fun as it sounds. It honestly hurts even worse than the scar tissue massages did the day after my hip surgery in 2011. Ouchies. I had to wait longer to start PT this time around because they did a lot more work, but that also means the scars have time to heal tightly.
Today was also my last day of taking Naproxen and my PT warned me that I could have some withdrawal symptoms once I stopped. It can cause you to feel like you’re in a LOT more pain than you really are, but then again isn’t all pain just signals firing in your brain?
They got me walking without crutches, but it wasn’t pretty. They said with time as my psoas releases my walking will look a lot more smooth. I spent the rest of the day walking around my apartment as homework. My exercises are clamshells, marching with abdominal bracing while laying down, heel slides with a yoga strap and backward leg lifts while standing.
My goals right now are to start training my abs to start engaging again. Right now I’m flexing a lot in my upper spine when walking instead of at my psoas where I should be. My body is trying to completely lock down everything around my right hip when I walk to protect it.
I woke up that night in a ton of pain and cramping in my right quad, but I expected a lot of pain since I’m starting PT and coming off Naproxen.
Week 6 of healing from hip surgery has been so good to me and it’s nice to finally not have to take soooo many pills. My purse looks a lot less like a pharmacy now. I got to take my brace off, take my first steps without crutches and go to my first PT session!
I still use my crutches when I’m walking longer distances like when we went to Whole Foods, but I go solo when I’m at home. I have to walk extremely slowly and think about each step to make sure I’m in proper position, but I’m getting there slowly but surely.
I definitely feel like I’m on stage 2 of my healing journey and it’s nice to be able to do more things now for my health.
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