Thursday, January 29, 2009

1 Week Post PAO- My First Outing

Today I got bored so I decided to go on an outing. The whole purpose was to go to walmart and get the cling wrap for use during showering. Because it is my left hip that was done I was able to drive myself and that was nice. I made a detour to work to say hi to friends. Everybody was surprised to see me, but I was feeling good. I am supposed to take about 6 weeks off work but my manager was guessing I would be back in next week. He was close. Today is alos the day I was targeting to get off pain pills. I am basically there, but still need 1 or 2 each night. Sleeping is the hardest part of the whole surgery because I can't roll over at all. I am pain pill free during the day though so I am almost at my goal. Today I had to take one, but that was because of my outing. Getting in and out of the car sent a few really sharp twinges into my hip and now I am a little more swollen than I was and I think that is why I am hurting now. Here is my one week list.

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.