Welcome to my blog. I will be having hip replacement surgery in early December, and I thought it might help other patients to hear about my pre and post-operative experiences. Plus it’s cheap therapy for me during a stressful time!
Reading the NJR patient information and talking with other patients has been really beneficial for me, and I want to return the favour by passing on anything that might help other patients, too.
Let’s face it. None of us wants to hear that we have to have major surgery. Although the statistics are very encouraging, and joint replacement surgery is a success for the vast majority of patients, it’s still a last resort option.
Despite its determination to cause me constant pain, unwillingness to move as nature intended, and – recently – its propensity to give way, I’m quite attached to my hip. But, after four years of steady deterioration, I’ve agreed the time has come for us to part company. So, soon, it will be farewell to my old hip.
The top 5 things I’m looking forward to saying goodbye to with my old hip:
1. Constant pain
2. Sleepless nights
3. Struggling with stairs
4. Walking at a snail-like pace
5. Inability to put my socks on.
I had a fall at the end of July when I was coming down my front steps. My hip gave way, and I landed in an ungainly heap at the bottom of the steps, whacking my nose on my car bumper on the way down.
My fall happened during that spell of glorious, hot weather we enjoyed in the summer. The weather turned out to be both a bad thing and a good thing. It was bad in that, as it was so hot, I was wearing shorts; my landing on the road therefore created some pretty dramatic road rash on the knee and shin of my good leg.
On the other hand, the hot weather was a good thing in that all the windows were open, and my son heard my keys clatter onto the ground and stuck his head out the window, asking, “Mum, why are you sitting on the ground?”
He came out to my rescue and his first aid training came to the fore. I was proud to note that he was not squeamish at the sight of blood and that he was very calm and reassuring. Being calm in a crisis and unfazed by blood are important qualities for Harry who is in his second year of medical school. He passed this unplanned, practical exam with flying colours, demonstrating compassion and clear thinking under pressure. Here is a photo of my leg post-fall. Look away if you don’t like gore!
And here is the same leg today, nearly three months later.
Just as the District Nurse who saw me foretold, it does look like I’m going to have some permanent, unsightly reminders of my fall.
I’ve been told Bio-Oil is good for scars. Any other suggestions?