My 6th Week of Healing from Hip Surgery

6th week 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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Week 6

 

Day 37-

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.

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Day 38-

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.

Day 39- 

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.

Day 40-

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!

 

healing from hip surgery smoothie bowl

 

Day 41-

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.

Day 42-

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.

 



 

Day 43-

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.

Holla at your girl with any questions or comments you may have! I love connecting with others.

 

 

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54 Comments

  1. April 1, 2018 / 2:29 am

    Wow, what a journey you have been on! I’m glad your recovery is going well and you are out of your brace and starting PT. Wishing you the best of luck!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Beverly! It’s just nice to be able to work on something besides just laying around. 🙂

  2. April 1, 2018 / 2:56 am

    I’m glad you were finally able to that brace off. I remember wearing a half body cast for six weeks after being in the hospital in traction for four weeks. I was one happy camper when it came off. I love that res dress and would wear it in a minute if I was say thirty years younger. Haha

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      You definitely had it worse than me! Congrats on making it through.

      Haha, it’s one of my faves! I’m sure you could still rock it 😉

  3. Elizabeth O
    April 1, 2018 / 11:44 am

    So happy to read your recovery is going so well and you have your back brace off. You look gorgeous in those outfits you chose, the red dress is absolutely gorgeous on you!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thanks so much!

  4. April 1, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    I really admire your strength and your kindness for sharing your experience with everyone, I’ve never seen a recovery blog before but I am sure it will help reassure so many people. I am glad you are doing better and in less pain, it sounds like you’ve got a really great time on your side and I hope you continue to improve 🙂 Also agree with Elizabeth, stunning dress! It suits you perfectly!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Thanks so much for reading! It’s actually just a portion of what I blog about, but a lot of hip surgery patients don’t know what to expect in the aftermath of their hip surgery so I thought it would be helpful to document it for all for all of them 🙂

      Aw, thanks so much. That dress is one of my faves!

  5. April 1, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Wow this is amazing! I admire your strength to document your journey. The red romper looks amazing on you. Keep on fighting and going strong. You look amazing for 6 week post opt hip surgery.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 1, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      Thanks so much. I appreciate it, Karen!

  6. April 2, 2018 / 7:11 am

    I glad that you feeling better after a major surgery like that. It is great that you are moving around, it is better to do so and not sit around all day.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 2, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      Yes, it’s so nice to actually be able to go outside without a hassle!

  7. April 2, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    YOur are progressing on your healing journey nicely it seems. I love the red dress. I’m a sucker for lace.

  8. April 2, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Oh my goodness, congratulations on a new state of being! Healing is a journey and takes time and patience. Bless you for you willingness to be present to it, and to share your experiences. I am seeing you run around in increased healing and health each and everyday. Xo, 💕 Evelyn, PathofPresence.com 🦋

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 2, 2018 / 3:50 pm

      Hi Evelyn,

      That means so much to me. Thank you! My PT said something amazing to me the other day…sometimes you aren’t going through a trial to teach you something, but so that you can teach others something. I took that to heart 🙂

  9. April 2, 2018 / 3:53 pm

    Sounds like you are doing really well and looking good in these pics too!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 2, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      Aw, thanks so much. 🙂

  10. Megan
    April 2, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing this update –– so glad to hear you’re doing well. Love and light to you <3 xx

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 2, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks so Much, Megan. Good vibes right back at ya!

  11. April 2, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Sounds like you’re doing much better now, and you look fantastic 🙂 I love that red dress on you x

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 2, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you so much, Becca!

  12. April 2, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Glad to hear your recovery is going well. Having major surgery is definitely something that can change your motivation…glad to see you are doing well!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 2, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      It was definitely for the best. I’m way happier and so much less anxious, haha!

  13. April 2, 2018 / 11:32 pm

    So glad to hear you’re feeling up so well. Good luck on your PT. I’m loving that red dress with red lace trim.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 3, 2018 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you! The red one seems to be a fan favorite, haha!

  14. Sonal
    April 3, 2018 / 2:16 am

    You go girl! Such a warrior and champ you are! Give a pat on your back… I wish you quicker healing and a peaceful one too!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 3, 2018 / 5:02 pm

      Hi Sonal,

      Thanks so much for the good vibes! I appreciate it 🙂

  15. April 3, 2018 / 3:00 am

    Oh goodness, what a wellness journey! Glad your hip surgery recovery is going well ! PS. Love your outfits!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 3, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      Thank you, Britney! You’re a sweetheart!

  16. April 3, 2018 / 3:17 am

    So glad to read that your recovery is going on very well. You look so pretty in all the dresses, especially the red one.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 3, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      Aw, thanks so much Preet!

  17. April 3, 2018 / 4:11 am

    Healing from surgery can be so rough! It seems like you’re handling it well and feeling better every day! Also, I recently discovered Hello Molly and love all of there stuff! That red dress is so cute <3

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 3, 2018 / 4:56 pm

      Hi Pippa (I love your name btw!),

      Omg, yes. Hello Molly is so freaking cute!

      I’m having a bad couple pain days, but I’m remaining positive and hanging in there. It’s normal since I started walking again.

  18. April 3, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Oh my word you’ve been through a rough 6 weeks and you sound so amazingly positive. Kudos to you. It must’ve been really tough, but you pulled through with a smile. So inspiring. Wishing you strength and good vibes for the rest of your recovery

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 3, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      I’m definitely getting there. Having a bad week now pain-wise, but trying to be positive. They said it may flare up again.

  19. April 3, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    Everything sounds like it’s going super well, I’m so pleased. I love that you set your alarm so you could take your brace off the minute you could!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 3, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Emily. I was uber ready for that thing to come off asap!

  20. April 3, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    I’m so glad that your healing is coming along! Before you know it, you’ll be able to run and move about freely once again. 🙂

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 5, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      I’m hoping so. It’s a painful journey, but I’m getting there!

  21. April 3, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    So glad to hear about your recovery. I am sure you will be back to being 100% fine soon. You look amazing in all the outfits here.

    ❥ tanvii.com

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 5, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      Aw, thanks so much Tanvi!

  22. Stephanie Jeannot
    April 4, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    Glad that you are able to do a whole lot more with your recovery instead of having to have a long, drawn out and extensive time getting back to your old self. God is good!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 5, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Thanks so much, chica!

  23. April 4, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    It sounds like recovery is going really well! That’s great that you found a new intergrative doctor. I love those dresses, especially the red one! 🙂 Hope your recovery continues to go well.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 5, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      Hi Samantha,

      Thanks so much, lovely!

  24. April 5, 2018 / 8:43 am

    I’m glad to read that you are slowly recovering and that you don’t need so many pills now. Trying spring outfits cheers me up too!

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 5, 2018 / 6:48 pm

      Bring on the sunshine! Thanks, Natalia!

  25. April 6, 2018 / 11:44 pm

    Aww I am so pleased to know about your recovery process. The outfits are so cute. I love your positive vibes 🙂

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 7, 2018 / 12:38 am

      Hi Fiona,

      Thanks so much! You’re a sweetheart!

  26. April 9, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    I hope you are on your full recovery now. I love the red dress you wearing. Looks so gorgeous in you.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 9, 2018 / 9:23 pm

      Hi Chei,

      Thanks so much. I’m definitely on the mend!

  27. April 26, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    so glad that your recovery is going well .you’re such an inspiration.

    • awaitressnomore
      Author
      April 27, 2018 / 1:52 am

      Hi Christiana,

      You are too sweet. Thank you so much for your kind compliments. You know how to lift a girl up 😉

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