Oddly, I feel really good today! Don't know if it is mental, or if truly things are starting to work it self out. I was just thinking today about how horrible those first few days, weeks were after the surgery. I really wished that I was told more comprehensively how bad it was going to be. Most people, me being one of them, thought that once you had the hip replaced, you would be up and around, and all the pain you were experiencing would be gone! Ha! I guess it is common sense that undergoing such a big surgery, this is far from the truth. Why is it then, that all you hear is. "wow, you are going to love it!" Or my favorite, no one ever says they regretted getting it. Let me tell you though, honestly, there were days that I wish I never got it done. The recovery is NOT fun, and sometimes very frustrating.
I must say though today, I feel almost there and ready to start an exercise program soon. My hip oddly feels fine now, not that I had joint pain, but I had swelling of the tissues, and where the incision is was quite tender. Last Monday, I woke up to virtually no pain in that area, and it continues to feel just fine. My major up hill battle has been with my lower back. I ended up having to work on that issue with my physical therapist instead of the hip strengthening exercises. Last week the back started to give in and behave, with one little blip on Friday, but it is feeling so much better now.
Today, on my anniversary, I was able to vacuum, make my bed, do the dishes, go to Whole Foods without my cane, eat lunch there without my lumbar pillow, and I just finished baking some banana bread! Two weeks ago, I couldn't do any of this. I'm crossing my fingers, and being very careful not to over do it. I'm hoping by the 6th month mark, I can say that I am back to my water exercise class, and maybe doing more things that I love, like sitting down to sew.
If anyone stumbles upon this and needs some moral support, or any info on total hip replacement, please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail, I would be happy to give you any support, or info you need.
Cheer me on for another three months of recovery!