After everything that happened with Boston, my surgery seemed so trivial. I wanted to wait a few more days to post.
Last Tuesday, my sister (and baby A) were fabulous and took me to the hospital at 5:45 am. Allison thought it was hilarious to see how much I hate needles and how freaked out I was by the IV. I sat in a room for a while getting fluids and then was moved downstairs near surgery.
She also thought I looked awful in my “surgery outfit” and good lawd I will agree. Yall should be scared. Honestly, can’t believe I would even post it…but here ya go. I was trying not to cry. I think. YIKES.The last thing I remember is going to the bathroom. I was out after that. I remember waking up and thinking that the nurse in post-op was a total witch. I vaguely remember the ride home, even though I proceded to take work phone calls, NBD, pretty sure lost a sale on that convo.
My mom decided to come up last minute. I honestly have never been more thankful in my whole life (more on that in a minute). I’m quite independent and way downplayed this surgery. She got to my house a few minutes after I got home.
The first day sucked. BAD. I don’t remember much, I was in pain, attempting to work, and felt sick as shit from all the meds and the anesethisia. I barely got out of bed the first two days and had to have help going to the bathroom and getting in and out of bed. Below is a prime example of how I felt (mom took this one).I am incredibly lucky to have such fabulous family and friends. Thank you all for your kind texts, emails, tweets, calls, etc. I continue to be amazed at my friends, especially my blogger/running friends (Corey, you outdid yourself). You have given me support that I will never forget. My local friends (you know who you are), thank you for the meals and company. I love you all!
To give you an idea of what all the surgery entailed as far as recovery:
- No weightbaring for 2 weeks. Crutches for those 2 weeks.
- Couldn’t get the incision site wet for 7 days. My mother had to sponge bath me. I had to wash my hair in the kitchen sink.
- My vagina and leg was/is numb. Doc told me genitals can go numb for up to three weeks. Lucky me. Still working on that one, but getting better. Ladies, imagine not being able to feel when you wipe. TMI, sorry, but didn’t want to leave out a single detail.
- Living in medical compression for 2 weeks. I cheated the last 5 days and wore running compression socks. That medical compression started to itch like crazy.
- Giving myself (really, mom did this the entire time she was here) blood thinner shots to make sure I don’t get a blood clot. 2 weeks, twice a day.
- Using the legasus machine for 3 hours a day. Also sleeping in it for 2 weeks. I can’t roll over and get my leg/hip in my usual (fetal) sleeping position. I’ve slept on my back with my leg in the air for 2 flipping weeks. HELL.
- Using the compression ice machine several times a day.
When I say I could not have done this with out my mom, that it a huge understandment. She brought me every meal in bed, helped me get in/out of bed, helped me up and down the stairs to my condo, drove me to my PT appointments, gave me all my meds, moved the legasus cpm machine and ice machine, bathed me, helped me go to the bathroom, wiped away my tears (more than once) and was such a lifesaver. It definitely doesn’t hurt that she is a nurse by trade, but she is my momma. And sometimes that’s all you need.
I had my followup with Dr.Hyman on Thursday and he gave me images of the surgery. The only thing they didn’t have to do was stitch my labrum back together…this is huge news-it speeds up my recovery time and allows me to do a little bit more a bit faster. I will explain each pic below. Sorry if they are too graphic.
I thought it would be cool to show yall what actually happened on the inside. What is crazy? That all of that was done through these two incisions.
So as of this past Thursday, I am using 1 crutch, doing some driving (it hurts and I can only go short distances right now), and I was able to stop the blood thinner shots. I will be able to stop wearing compression and bend my leg at 90 degrees on Tuesday.
The toughest part, doc said, is me being patient and understanding not to do too much (me? never!). While the outside incision may look good, the inside still has a lot of healing to do. My bone has to heal from where he shaved it down. To be 100% realistic, he said I won’t be running till August. MAJOR MAJOR BUMMER.
As for now, expect Madonna arms and rockstar abs by the end of summer-because that will be all I’m allowed to do.
Totally creep you out? Can you suggest any good arm workouts?