Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
I am going in Monday to have all 8 screws on both sides taken out. Normally Dr Peters doesn't take them out, but I asked him to because I can feel them sometimes and I don't like that. I told him when I saw hime at my 2 week follow up after the first pao that I want them out so he has been prepared. He told me he wants them in for a year before they come out, but that was also negotiable. I decided to wait until now so he can do both sides at once, but it has only been 10 months for the left side. He is doing it early so I don't miss any of the ski season. I bought new skis and plan to be on the slopes in a few weeks trying them out.
I will be so happy to have this whole thing done. It seem slike I just had the first surgery,but it has been quite a while. I had both knees done after the hips so after 4 major surgeries in 17 months I plan to be done and just let myself heal. I am not nervous about this surgery at all, but I am excited because it is the end. I can't wait. I will post when I get home on Monday, and may even have pictures. Oh, and I am keeping my screws.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Everything from above me knees to my feet has so much bruising I am starting to feel like Barney the dinosaur. I have committed myself to resting and icing for the next few days. Yesterday was a really bad day so I probably deserved all of the bruising, but I committed to hosting a bachelor/ bachelorette party and driving so I had to do it. After working for 7 hours I came home then went out to a bar to listen to a really good 80s hair cover band and didn't get home until 3am. I did sit the entire time (I am so glad I thought to reserve tables) but bar stools didn't feel that good on my knees. The only thing I have done today is sleep, wake up, tan for 2 hours, ice, nap, ice again, now I am in bed again. Tomorrow I have to go into work for 4 hours, but I will be able to sit for most of it, then I will come home and rest. Hopefully by Monday I will feel normal again and can start riding the bike.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Isn't that pretty. Now I am getting more color and the bruising is starting to turn green and yellow. Anytime you can get multiple colors in a bruise you know it is a good one. The next pic was taken today, but you don't get the full effect of the bruise because of the angle I took it at.
Suffice it to say that my entire leg is one big bruise. It goes down into my shin and all the way around the back of the knee. The hole on the top you can see also likes to bleed on a regular basis so I really am getting it all. I am going to go rest now. I will post again tomorrow when I know what all was done to me.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Now the bad. Once my hips were realigned the knee issues I have had my entire life began to flair up. I have put way more than my 36 years on these knees. I think I have put enough wear on them for a 60 year old man, and I walk like one according to my friends. Now that the hips are fixed and the knees thought they would come out and say hi, I decided it was rime to see a doc about them. The doc came highly recommended and he knows Dr Peters, my hip doc. He is also familiar with the hip surgeries I had so that is a bonus. He checked my knees, felt the grinding under the kneecap, then felt how tight the tendons on the outside of my knee were. He told me he wasn't expecting me to be a surgery case because usually when it is a female in their 30's complaining of both knees hurting it is a pt issue, but I am not. He asked if I wanted to start with one knee or do them both at the same time and I told him I wanted both so I didn't have to go through it again. The goal is to clean up all of the damaged cartilage, fix the meniscus tear he thinks is in there, and release the tendon on the outside. He won't know until he gets in there and sees the damage if there is anything else he will need to do. The amazing thing is the timing on the whole knee issue. I called for an appointment and got in with 10 days. At that appt he told me about surgery and scheduled a date- July 2nd. That is only 15 days after I first saw him. The day after seeing him I was in my preop visit. That is a really fast office. Oh well, the sooner the better. I will post when I get more info.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
On a side note, my skin cancer screening also went well. I have something on my cheek that I was told to watch, but that didn't need to be removed yet. I have been outside in the sun my whole life and never used sunscreen as my parents never used it. Now my dad has some minor skin cancers and I have lots of sun damaged skin and a mark to watch. All of the years of lifeguarding and now running pools will eventually catch up, but for now I am good.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Thursday event 1 (jumpers)- did one jump (out of 16) then jumped out of the ring to find me since Dave was running him.
Thursday event 2 (standard)- this time I walked Ripken inside to where I was going to be since I had to watch Dave's toy booth. I handed him off to Dave who then took him outside to run him. He did the whole course, though he did run around a little and missed the bottom contact. All in all, it was his best event of the weekend.
Thursday event 3 (fast)- on the way inside to take Ripken to Dave we passed some food that was sitting out on a chair. Ripken was so focused on it I had to drag him by the collar to get him past it. At the start line for the event, Dave let him go and he didn't even do one jump, he simply ran to the corner of the ring where the food was, jumped out of the ring and stole a guy's brownie. He would have gotten the cookie to, but the frosting was so thick on the brownie he couldn't open his mouth enough for the cookie.
Friday event 1 (standard)- Ripken started the course and was perfect. He got halfway through the course before getting to the brownie corner from the night before. At the brownie corner he jumped out of the ring looking for more brownies (luckily he didn't get any this time).
Friday event 2 (fast)- By this point Dave and I are frustrated that Ripken keeps jumping out of the ring. We were going to pull him from the show then decided since it is fast (which is where you make up your own course) we would keep let him do it. We decided to do only 4 obstacles with him, all in the front of the ring so he doesn't get near the brownie corner. After the four obstacles they were going to leave the ring and Dave would praise him and give him lots of treats. Well, Ripken did the four obstacles, but at the exit where Dave was kneeling down to praise him, Ripken dodged by him and tried to steal a woman's sandwich. When he saw he wasn't getting nay, he made a break for the building I was in, 300 yards away. Dave finally caught him by the building and we decided to pull him from the last two days of the show.
Now, out plan is to practice with plates of food on the ground, and I am practicing just walking him by food and ignoring it. It is hard for him, but eventually it should work. Also, he won't compete in agility again until after he gets an obedience or rally title. Doing obedience/ rally will make him focus more and make him be in a ring under control. Once we have that, he can go back to agility, but not before. Anyway, that was my weekend. Ripken is so hard to train, but he is a great dog. Looking back, it really is funny what he did at the show, though it was frustrating at the time. Tomorrow night is more obedience so he better start to like it.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The reason I was at the show was for my dog to compete in agility. I obviously was not running him, my trainer was running him. It as a complete disaster and I will post about his exploits tomorrow when I am not so tired. It was definitely an experience. More tomorrow.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Unfortunately, when I got ready to go the canyon going down was closed because another avalanche had gone across the road. It was too far down the road to use the back way so I was stuck at Alta. Had I not done the last run I would have made it down before the closure, but instead I had to wait 2 hours for the road to open. At least it was a beautiful day so I sat outside the lodge in the sun with a diet pepsi just enjoying the sun. When the canyon opened, it took 90 minute dot get home when it normally only takes 20 minutes. I live 15 miles from Alta, but the traffic was so backed up and it is only one lane on a windy canyon road so it took forever.
It is now the next morning and I feel really good. I gave the dog a bath last night when I got home so we could go to the hospital today. I wasn't sure if I would feel up to it, but I wanted to bathe him just in case I felt okay. This morning my hip felt the same as it did before I went skiing so obviously I didn't break anything or do anything to the screws. I can't believe I was able to ski 12 weeks post pao, and it didn't hurt. The fall hurt, but the skiing didn't. I think that is progress. Now it is time to get ready to take Armstrong to Primary Children's.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Update- I just looked at my previous blog posts from the June surgery and the fence timing is actually exactly the same. The weekend of the 11th week it came down both times. What I did see that made me happy is that it was also at 11 weeks that I first could go up the stairs leading with both legs, not just the good one. This time, I was able to lead with both legs at about 8 weeks so I am ahead of schedule. That makes me happy, and usually I am not really happy around Easter. Now I am going to bed and going to watch the movie Milk. I have to see what Sean Penn did to beat Mickey Rourke for the Oscar. I saw The Wrestler and I can't believe anyone could beat Rourke so I am watching the movie to see what Penn did.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
I now just finished doing 10 miles in 30 minutes on the stationary bike at a level 7 so i am pretty proud of myself. The other thing I am proud of is that I went shopping because all of my shorts and pants are too big for me. I have been losing weight since last November when I originally hurt my hip. My goal was to lose weight so the joint wouldn't have to work as hard. I have been pretty successful, though this week has not been very good (stupid girl scout cookies). I have now gone down another pant size. That is 4 pant sizes, counting in two's in women's sizing. In men's sizes, yes I wear men's shorts all the time, I have gone down 6 inches in the waist size, and could go down another one but I hate clothes that actually fit. I wear everything baggy, but it is time to go down a size when I need a belt to hold the pants up. I have also had to get a new belt because the one I used in March I ran out of holes on. I am feeling pretty proud of myself today, even if my hip is hurting quite a bit. The weather is killing me. I just don't know how it can be 74 degrees on Saturday, 60 on Sunday early afternoon, and snowing at 10:00 that night. I now have 4 inches of snow in my yard and that is just not right, and it is not good for my hardware. Hopefully it warms up again soon.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
- my bones are healing really well, though they will not be completely healed for a few more months. The main structural bone in the hip that was cut and where the screws are has healed about 75%, and the bone in the groin that was cut is barely healed which is normal because it has to be shifted so much and barely touches the other side.
- The doc said I will be one of the patients he always will remember because the way both of my hips have healed has shown him what is possible in recovering from this surgery. That made me very proud of myself and my perseverance in rehabbing and pushing myself in the healing process. I did it for myself, but if I can teach this well renowned doc something new it is a great feeling.
- I have been riding the stationary bike with no resistance since week 4, but now I am allowed to ride using resistance. I am also allowed to start using the elliptical machine right now which kind of surprised me.
- I can go golfing in 4 more weeks, which surprised me even more than the elliptical did. The fact my doc is letting me golf 10 weeks post op says something about his belief that being active will help the healing more than sitting around. Many others that have had this surgery are completely non weight bearing for 10-12 weeks so my doc is quite the renegade in rehabbing and healing. I have been 50% weight bearing since 2 hours after my surgery when pt came to my room, and I know that is different than most docs.
- I can't play softball for 3 months because the swing is different than a golf swing. Apparently the step that comes with the softball swing is what makes it bad, but he obviously hasn't seen my golf swing because it resembles swinging at a low pitch.
- My screws can't come out for a year. I could go in in June and have the right side taken out, but if I wait until January I can get both sides taken out at the same time. I am choosing the one surgery even though it means waiting for 6 extra months.
- As a joke I asked him if I can spring ski and he just laughed at me and told me not to push my luck. I will be ready for a full season next year, and I might even postpoine the screw removal a little bit to get and extra month or so of skiing in.
All in all it was a very productive day at the doc and I don't have to go back for a year to see him. Today was pretty tiring being the first day off of crutches. It didn't help that I had a 7 hour meeting for work, and it took place in a damp feeling farmhouse/ barn. We were sitting on metal folding chairs and by hour 4 I was hurting. At lunch time my boss went in search of a better chair for me, and tha helped. I got an ergonomic office chair for the final 3 hours which made it a little more tolerable, even if the meeting itself was not really tolerable. I had already scheduled a dog training class for the evening, but I was barely functioning by the end of the meeting so I pushed Ripken's class up and hour so I could come home and go to bed earlier. I am now in bed having taken a pain killer, and I will probably be asleep before 7pm. At least I am off crutches so I guess nothing else matters.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Now, on the after xray you can see how they rotated and fixed the socket so the ball fits better in it.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Things I can do:
- Get dressed by myself and put on the ted hose on my own
- Get in and out of the shower
- Shave my legs
- Drive on my own (which requires no pain pills taken)
- Get in and out of bed
- Pick stuff up off the floor that I have dropped
Things I can't do:
- Sleep through the night
- Roll over on either side to sleep
- No rehab yet
I still have pain, but in general it is not enough to need pain pills. I am doing better than most people after this surgery so I guess I can't complain about the little annoying things I can't do. I wish I could roll over, and can get onto my non op side, bu tonly for a minute or two at a time. Rolling over to sleep on my side is the mecca of this surgery, and by far the day I am looking forward to the most (next to pool rehab start). I will update again soon.