3 Weeks Post Op

I am down to one crutch! There is such a greater level of independence with one crutch then two, like I can hold my coffee/tea by my self.
The simple joy of carrying your own cup!

My PT is very happy with where I am at. I am in no hip pain. My PT is actually worried about me overdoing it, which is a problem I never had with my knee surgery. In fact this whole recovery process has been like day and night to last year's. I feel very confident in my ability to walk on my hip (even over a year later I am not sure I can say this about my knee) I also am in no pain (which I can NOT say right now about my knees).

To make up for the lack of pain in my right hip, my left hip as well as my knees and shoulders have been acting up a ton! I am hoping to be completely off crutches by next week, and hopefully that will help my other joints calm down.

I am not on crutches for fun!

Tonight I went to a Purim carnival, for those who don't know what Purim is, it is a Jewish holiday where people dress up. I decided on a penguin, so I could make my crutches wings.


I thought it was a good idea, but since it was the first time I had seen most people there since I had surgery, they couldn't get past the fact I was on crutches again. Mind you it has been a year since the last time I was on crutches. Everyone kept asking if the crutches were my costume. Why would I ever use crutches for fun? Ever?

Peoples reactions are really starting to get to me. Some people just stopped bothering to react to the fact I am on crutches, again it has been a year! Others tell me I am too young for hip surgery, well my hips disagree! Some people ask but don't know how to react when I tell them I had hip surgery at 17. Some people automatically assume there is something wrong with my knee, which I understand if they are aware of my knee problems, but if not they shouldn't assume.

I know I am being slightly crazy. It is just frustrating.

2 Weeks Post Op Appointment and the Hand Ultrasound

Ever wonder how to really confuse a radiology department? All you have to do is show up for a hip x-ray then come back an hour later for a hand ultrasound.

Now about the hip and everything. The appointment went really well. We went back over the fact the hip was worse than expected, with the added information that there was a bone spur. Even though it was bad I am doing really well with recovery. I got the ok to ditch the brace. In a week I get to stop using the CPM machine(I am going to have so much free time!) and in a week I also get to wean off crutches!

I was done with the OS before 8:30, even though my appointment wasn't even till 8:45! Even though my ultrasound appointment wasn't supposed to be till 11 we decided to go radiology to see if they could fit me in sooner, and they usually are pretty flexible so I got in pretty quickly. However since I was there an hour earlier, getting another type of imaging on another body part ordered by another doctor, there was a bit of confusion and it did not help that it was closer to my hip x-ray appointment time than my hand ultrasound time.

The ultrasound didn't actually show anything. I am not sure how I feel about that, on one hand it is good it did not show something was wrong. On the other hand until about 36/24hrs before the ultrasound my index and middle finger were really swollen and unusable, so I would like to know why. I guess that's Murphy's Law though.

IcyHot Hands

Friday night my fingers on my right hand started swelling and became painful. I ate dinner and brushed my teeth with me left hand. It only got worse Saturday morning, and I had a debate tournament.

Not willing to let myself or my partner down I still went. I took my NSAIDs as usual and added in some extra strength Tylenol. Determined to make it through I threw my roll-on thing of IcyHot in my bag. When I got there and was given the topic and had to start writing my case I could barely grip my pen. The swelling and pain in my pointer and middle finger were horrible so in a final attempt to be able to write I whipped out the IcyHot. A year ago I would have laughed if someone told me I would be using IcyHot on my hands, after-all the reason I have the roll-on kind is so it won't get on my hands! Desperate times call for desperate measures! It took a lot of application to kick in, which wasn't till half way through round 2.

To make matters worse the bolt that keeps the handle in place on one of my crutches came out at the beginning of round 3, so crutch required extra effort for the rest of the day.

Today I can still only use my left and and only couple of fingers from my right hand to type. AHHHH!!!!

I will update about my hip after my 2 week post op appointment on Tuesday because it is doing really great so I don't have much to say about it now:)

Lady Gaga and I

It was recently announced Lady Gaga has a torn labrum in her right hip, and will be undergoing surgery on it, just like the one I had last week. As sorry as I am for Lady Gaga, and do not want anyone to have to go through this I am also kind of excited.

I know that sounds horrible but have a celebrity have a hip scope will create awareness. When I tell people I had hip surgery they often assume I meant I had a hip replacement. And if someone asks why I am on crutches and I respond saying I had hip surgery, many times they do not know how to respond to a 17 year old who had hip surgery because clearly that can only happen to old people. Hip braces are so rare most people don't even know what it is, someone asked me why I had such a weird knee brace once (in their defense the top part was mostly covered).

Another thing about Lady Gaga is she tested borderline positive for Lupus, and auto-immune disease that can cause joint inflammation. The original reason she cancelled her tour was due to joint inflammation. Connection maybe? Yet the media keeps blaming it on her footwear and her active life style. As someone who probably has an auto-immune disease I really wish she would be more open about it to the public instead of letting the media make wrong assumptions.

1 Week Post Op!!!

I survived the first week! Funny how my head was a bigger problem then my hip. At one week my hip feels great!

Today I went to school for 3 hours, it was really tiring, but I made it. It was the first time I was crutching a lot since surgery and I had forgot how much I hate crutches. Although my hate might have grown on account of my other joints making it harder. Both knees have been bugging me. My left knee had been doing really well since the Euflexxa but now that it has to compensate it is NOT happy. After all I went through with the Euflexxa injection my knee better hold up till the end of this recovery! My right knee has also been annoying me, it really does not like the CPM machine, also the during the surgery the whole leg is pulled on through the foot which can cause knee pain. And my shoulders are freaking out with the whole crutches thing, and my hands(thumbs) and not excited either. In fact today I was having trouble holding a cup the regular way so I had to use two hands and switch my grip.

My right hip might actually be the least painful of all my problematic joints right now!

The amazing view I have for 6 hours a day!

Post Op Day 6 (Almost at 1 Week!)

I may have spoken to soon when I said my headache was gone yesterday, it came back later in the day with a vengeance. I guess it was pissed I dismissed it too soon. It attacked for a but this morning as I attempted to do some homework again, but went away around noon, this time for good I think.

I finally managed to complete some homework today. And I am going to school for about three periods tomorrow, I figured I would ease back into my normal routine. I will see how that goes. I am actually really excited to go. I get to see people who are not related to me or in the medical profession for the first time in like a week.

So now about my hip. It really has not been that painful, last night was probably the first time I really felt pain since the first day post op. Although the whole top of my thigh is just a huge bruise, I will not be winning any sexy leg contest in the near future. Everything just feels really tight, which is impressive considering I spend 6 hours a day using the CPM machine. Have I mention yet how much I hate the CPM? In case I have not yet, I hate it A LOT. Another thing I really hate is the brace I have to wear. It digs into my ginormous bruise and stitches, it is made mostly of plastic and metal, and only has a thin layer of padding. Who thought it would be a good idea to put hard plastic on a just operated on hip? All in all the hip is doing well, sorry for my rant.


Day 3, 4, and 5 Post Op and the Spinal Headache

I was doing pretty well with recovery. Ok so the CPM machine takes up most of my time but not too horrible.

Then around noon Thursday I started to have this terrible headache. After about an hour of it getting worse my mom called the OS's office and the PA said it was a spinal headache and prescribed some medication for it.

A spinal headache happens after a spinal procedure, in my case it was the block that was used as anesthesia during surgery. It happens because sometimes some spinal fluid leaks from the area punctured by the needle, this messes with the pressure and produces a wicked headache.

By Thursday night it was pretty much under control with medication and lots of water. On Friday I however had the brilliant idea of not taking any more percocet because my hip was feeling so good. The hip continued to feel good, my head on the other hand did not.

About an hour after I only took the headache medication but decided not to take another dose of percocet I pretty much thought I was going to die. The world was spinning, even when I closed my eyes, I don't think I can even start to convey how I felt at that second. I actually started crying for over a half an hour, although it felt like way longer. I finally manged to fall asleep. By the time I woke up I had been lying down long enough that the headache had retreated enough for me to almost think strait, I connected the dots and realized right before the headache got really bad again I had stop taking the percocet. So I took another one and about a half hour later I was actually almost functional.

I later realized that it was the Tylenol part of the percocet that was making the difference so we called the pharmacist to see if it was safe to switch the two, so I wouldn't be on any narcotics, and they said yes as long as it was only one pill of regular strength Tylenol. (quick fun fact- one of the things in the headache medication is the Tylenol thing) Of course we only had extra strength at my house and this was at the height on the snow storm Nemo, but my dd went out to CVS to get the Tylenol.

At this point I am off all the Tylenol and prescription headache medication and feeling Ok. Before the spinal headache I was hoping to go to school for at least half of the day, and it had been a very realistic goal. Now I am just hoping to go in for one period and that may be some what of a challenge.

Post Op Day 1 and 2


In the morning it was like a parade of doctors in my room, each one testing the exact same movements and feelings. The OS's resident came in an explained my hip looked "angry" (his words not mine). 

I had a small breakfast. Finally at about 10 two PTs came, since I was not allowed out of bed at ALL until they helped me walk, I was really excited to see them. Along with them I think every doctor on the floor came int, there were about 6 people in my room who had never been there before for the most part.  I only crutch to the bathroom and down the hall and back but it was nice to get out of bed.

After lunch another PT came in and we attempted to put the brace on for the first time, it was big, like really big. This was not going to work so about an hour later a guy from the brace shop came. Apparently most of the time people are fit for braces in pre-op, but for some reason I never was. It took a few tries to get a brace to fit, sometimes being tall and skinny is hard.

The monstrous hip brace!

Finally I left the hospital, after I got home I spent pretty much the rest of my night in the CPM machine until I went to sleep. I slept pretty good, in 3-4 hour intervals, which was much better then the 1 hour intervals I was managing in the hospital.

Today, post-op day 2, I had my first shower, it was a bit of a challenge, but I managed. My lovely sister, who has been amazing to me, made me breakfast then I took a nap in  the CPM machine. 

I also had my first PT session today. It was pretty relaxed, just given a few isometric strengthening exercises, went over some of my restrictions again, decided I was putting way too much weight through my leg.

After PT I slept some more. Basically I slept all day.


Surgery Day

I arrived at HSS at 6 am and was brought back to pre-op. My medical history was taken, IV started, yadda yadda ya. All the my different doctors and residents came to talk to me, then it was off to the OR.

Instead of taking 1.5-2 hours the surgery took over 3 hours, I was out for over 4 hours. I woke up in quite a bit of pain because the spinal had worn off quite a bit since I had been under for so long. I had to eat half a cheese sandwich before I could take any pain meds. At this point my mouth was really dry (it is still pretty dry),  but I also really wanted the pain meds. So I ate the stupid sandwich, sipping juice in between each bite and the nurse was like "wow you are really hungry" I really wanted to shout at her "No I just really want the pills!" but I used my better judgment and did not. Finally she handed over the meds but I think they didn't do much so she gave another kind as well. I was in a lot of pain at this point. I also want to say the hospital rabbi came by at this point but the nurse manage to get him away. No offence but how many people want a chaplain to be the first person they see after surgery?

Finally at some point my mom came into the recovery room. Then my OS's PA came in but I was surprised when she came because she was a new PA, not the one I expect. I later learned the old PA moved away and it was the new one's 2nd day by herself. Anyway at some point my aunt switched with my mom and then later yet they left for a while to go get lunch. Sometime while I was in the recovery room my OS came and told me that my hip was in worse shape then he had thought but on the good side there was absolutely no signs of arthritis (no one thought there was in my hips but confirmation in always welcome). Also during my time in recovery it was decided I would stay overnight. After spending over five hours in the recovery room (the beds on both sides of me turned over three times while I was there) I was finally transferred to the pediatrics unit.

In the pediatrics unit I had the best nurse. I was also given a pain pump which really helped get the pain under control. They also gave me dinner, which was chicken nuggets and fries, I don't think anyone comes out of surgery and says "lets go eat some fried food." I tried to eat some of the roll but my mouth was still too dry and since there was no pain meds at stake this time I gave up and stuck to the vanilla pudding. After some time on the CPM machine and Bunheads I went to sleep.

The medieval torture device, I mean CPM machine. 
I only was able to sleep in about hour increments, I would sleep then go on my cell or my mom's I-pad a little then back to sleep. At one point I watched the Colbert Report.

I was going to write about today but I am just too tired so I will write tomorrow.

The Last Weekend

My right hip surgery is tomorrow. I have been trying to pack as much in to this weekend as possible before I am on crutches!

Saturday morning I woke up early for a debate tournament. It was the first time I had partnered with my best friend, and it turned out great! We went 3-0 and had so much fun. If we go 3-0 at another tournament we qualify for state championships. So even though I am missing the over night national tournament because of surgery at least this weekend's debate went really well.

After the debate the two of us rushed to our school to see our other friends in the senior show "The Awesome 80s Prom." 

Next had to rush over to a youth group dance and overnight, still wear my debate attire. I was utterly exhausted and in a ton of pain at this point, but it was totally worth it to see all my youth group friends. 

My dad picked me up this morning and I had just enough time at home to shower then I went to pick up my grandma from the airport. This afternoon I went with her, my aunt, mom, and sisters to get mani-pedis, and to pick up some clothes for post op. And yes I made sure the hospital.doctor did not have a policy against having nail polish on.
Prettiest Nails in the OR

I have to go now and get ready for tomorrow not to mention make my room crutch friendly again, guess next time I write I will be on the other side.