Sunday, May 4, 2008

PAO Pre-Op Completed

I had my final appointment with Dr. Ellis this week. I am all cleared for surgery on June 11th. I feel SO incredibly empowered walking into his office armed with the knowledge I've gleaned from the Hip Sisters! He was able to answer the great questions I had and even had a few for me! :-) I now have appointments to bank my blood and a prescription for Millennial Crutches! I'll take the script to the Medical Supply store tomorrow.

I owe such a debt of gratitude to all of the phenomenal gals who shared their experience and knowledge with me prior to my appointment. I would have never know what to talk tot he doctor about if I hadn't found the Yahoo! Hippy Women group or the circle of blogs here on PAO.

I am totally ready for this surgery. I am totally NOT ready for the blood thinning shots. My dad has agreed to give them to me. Thanks Dad!

There's No Place Like Home!

Okay, I'm back... seems I've not been very diligent in keeping this up to date, but I vow to get better! I promised to fill you in on the rest of the hip arthroscopy story, so here goes...

Once I got home after getting thrown out of the hospital it didn't really get much better. My dad and husband had to CARRY my up the two steps to the front porch so I could get in the house. The crutches didn't seem to do very well, as my left leg had virtually NO feeling. I've discovered that it is hard to walk on crutches when your "good leg" is actually a bad leg. Once they carried me into the house I made it to the kitchen table to find flowers and twizzlers! Woohoo twizzlers - John's the best! The flowers were nice too! :-) Then I parked myself on the couch for the night. My son decided to sleep downstairs on the floor to be close in case I needed anything. (He's such a good nurse).

About an hour or so after getting home I realized that I was going to have to get to the bathroom. I thought about it for quite a while and worked up the confidence to stand up. I got my crutches on my right side to help me stand up. Good left leg and crutches on the right, just like that told me at the hospital! I got about halfway up and crumpled right down onto the floor. So, there I laid in a pile on the floor with my mom and son staring at me, mortified!! I eventually managed to pull myself up on the couch and then get up to the bathroom. In the night I had to go to the bathroom again, and the event repeated itself. Yes, I fell TWICE that night.

I should have been in the hospital. Do you hear me OSU East? I should have stayed in the hospital!

When I went back to see Dr. Ellis' assistant Stephanie to have my stitches out she was appalled to hear my story and assured me that Dr. Ellis and the director of surgery at OSU East would know what happened. I hope my situation helps another patient someday. I know my insurance approved an overnight stay, my doctor cleared it as well. I just can't seem to figure out why I had to go home that night. The recovery room staff never considered admitting me, so very disappointing.

I ditched the crutches after just a few days (surgery Wednesday, crutch-free on Saturday) and did really well with the recovery. I have noticed a "tightness" since but it seems to be working itself out. It's been 6 weeks and I feel just like I did pre-surgery! Now I'm ready for PAO... here we come again!!!!