3 weeks Post Op

Three weeks today. Hard to imagine, but it’s true. I have been plugging away with my PT and doing my daily exercises as well. I have always been a pretty impatient person when it comes to healing and now find myself confronted with my biggest test yet. While I feel like I have made a ton of progress in 3 weeks, I’m trying not to feel discouraged. The incision scar remains very tender and I have to be wary about how I turn in places. I can put all my weight on my right hip and hold it for a minute without any problems. I think the biggest difficulty I am facing right now is to NOT LIMP. I have the strength to walk on my own, but  am still using a cane to try and wean my brain from protecting my hip, but it is a real struggle to say the least!! I have heard from friends who have had their own THR’s that there will be good days and bad days. The bad ones leaving you thinking that you wont find total relief. I am already dealing with that, but trying to remain positive.  Better days ahead!!

Week one

Well it’s been one week and I have to say that overall I am VERY pleased with where I am after 7 days. The day after the surgery I did have a lot of pain associated with movement. I CANNOT sleep on my back and not being able to turn over didn’t help matters. It is also important to note that the first time you have to navigate to the bathroom in the middle of the night is a serious reality check!,  but by the end of the day my spirits improved as that pain had already begun to subside. Day 3 was a work in progress as i started my at home exercises followed by an afternoon PT session. I got worked over pretty well, which resulted in some more discomfort (not pain) that night.  The next three days were much the same. A lot of REST… Pain meds and constant ICING. It’s day 7 now and I just finished with my second PT appointment. SO much improvement since my first visit. My motion has improved, my leg feels stronger and there is no need for my walker at all. I can do fine with a cane and that’s really more for balance than anything. I know i’m going to be feeling it once again tonight, but I have to say that I am very optimistic at this point and have NO regrets about getting this THR.