Recovery feels like shit. It didn’t feel like I was doing something good; it felt like I was giving up. It feels like having to learn how to walk all over again.”
― Portia de Rossi
I quickly abandoned my weekly posting after going back to work since it took all of my energy to stay upright at work for most of the day. I would have to say going back to work is the most difficult part of FAI surgery recovery for me. I get used to lounging around the house, sipping smoothies, and catering to my constant hip comforting needs like icing several times a day and putting the leg up when it starts to ache and well… going back to work just sucks. Work turns into some type of painful endurance activity with no apparent reward or end in sight.
Week 4 – Flu?!? You have got to be kidding!
Getting back to work just sucked after FAI surgery number two. I think it was because I was doing so well at home and I thought that getting back to work would be a breeze. I forgot how hard this recovery was going to be. By the end of the week I was so exhausted and down that I wrote this on my daily running blog:
December 6, 2013 – Here’s the truth about surgery #3, I am so depressed I am finding it difficult to function. I think 2 was my limit, this is not easy, it sucks, and I am pretty sure all this snow and ice is trying to kill me.
Turns out the absolute utter exhaustion I was experiencing was the beginning of the flu, the FOR REALS FLU. I spent the next few days whimpering in bed with terrible body aches and a fever as high as 103. Crutches plus fever plus constant snow/ice storms equaled the most pathetic version of myself ever. Through all the feverish delirium I still managed to do my daily physical therapy exercises since healing the hip is still my number one priority.
December 7, 2013 – I have felt super lethargic and just wiped these past few days which I attributed to being pathetically depressed and well after spending last night battling a 103+ degree fever, I think I am sick. So weak and sick that I can barely crutch to the kitchen. I ate a GU for lunch because I know I need the calories, but I don’t have the energy to cook up anything else. I can’t help but laugh at this new realm of patheticness! Seriously?!? I have barely left my house for 3 weeks, how can I get this sick?!?
AM: Still managed to do my morning PT except for glute squeezes.
PM: Evening PT minus hip circles. Too weak to fetch spider band…
Week 5 – Back on the up and ups!
I can’t imagine any better way to feel hopeful and optimistic about the world than to come out of Flu-ish haze and be able to walk (sort of) and carry things. I had been so preoccupied with the stupid flu that I didn’t realize my first four weeks were up and I could now go DOWN TO ONE CRUTCH and be able to CARRY THINGS meaning coffee.
As for more good news, my hip is moving well (passively) in physical therapy and I already have greater range of motion than I did pre-surgery. I am having a bit more tightness/pain in my groin region than I remember from past surgeries and the hip gets quite painful after a day of work. I use ice to help with the pain and only used ibuprofen a handful of times since week 3.
I am still limited to 10 minutes on the bike twice a day with no resistance and physical therapy consisting of a light hip flexor stretch, hip circles, scissors, and splitty things with spider band, leg raises, abductor and adductor raises, and glute squeezes.
I capped off week 5 with a trip to Lava Hot Springs, Idaho with lots of hot spring soaking, BINGO playing, and assorted debauchery. Achy hips love hot springs and full-strength beer (I have lived in Utah for too long).
Just happy to be back on the up and ups!