Today is officially four weeks post op. It’s almost comical how much I downplayed this surgery in the beginning. I acted as if I was getting a cavity filled. Here is an update:
- My lady parts still aren’t 100% normal. They are better, but still don’t have all of the feeling back. Definitely not cool. I must be the small percentage that can go up to 6 weeks with numbness.
- I am still trying to ice on a daily basis.
- I can still only work a few hours at a time without being in pain.
- I am now able to do PT exercises like the rocker board, and can use 6lbs of weight (ankle weight) for my exercises.
- I am officially allowed to do situps. But plain and simple ones and can’t lift above my shoulders. And I can only do 20 of them. Don’t get to excited yall.
What has been the most interesting is the muscle spasms. My glutes literally sieze up and I have to massage my butt. Literally, stop in public and grab my ass. I’m sure people think I’ve lost it. The muscle spasms are completely normal, but they are painful and also end up altering my gait and I end up limping. This happens every, single day.
The most annoying thing is about my pain meds. I don’t like them. Call me crazy, but feeling loopy and lazy is not one of my favorite things in the world. I have figured out (several weeks ago) that I only need a half a pill of both my muscle relaxer and pain med. The full pill makes me high as a kite, half a pill just a little buzzed and fuzzy. I was/am slightly worried that I was dependant on them to sleep. For the past week or so I have only been taking a half a muscle relaxer, and I know that isn’t a lot, I just didn’t want it to be a crutch. I decided on Sunday to see how I would do without it. I slept okay, not great and had PT on Monday.
That no pill thing was a terrible idea…I honestly was in more pain yesterday than I have been in over 2 weeks. I had to go to a girlfriends house to get on a heating pad and work from her house until my last appointment (that was near her house). My glute and hip muscles were so tight and wouldn’t relax. It was a rough day. So back to the pain meds.
I haven’t let the surgery keep me too down though. On the weekends I’ve tried to stay busy as best as I can. I’ve learned I can do a few hours of something in the morning, take a break to rest and ice, and then do something again at night.
This weekend included my first ever Hawks game (and last of the season since they lost)
I did some shopping on Saturday in search for the perfect flats for a wedding that I will be heading to this weekend (I MISS HIGH HEELS). And then I headed to the first annual Shaky Knees Festival. Band of Horses is one of my all time favorite, okay favorite, bands and I’ve seen them live 6 or so times and I couldn’t pass up another show especially when it’s a mile from my house.
Did I mention it was raining all day Saturday? Yes, my girlfriend Kelsey was a trooper and we stood in the rain for several hours to hear them. It was a great show. I skipped the day concerts because of the weather and ended up skipping Sundays shows because of the weather too. One night of the mud was enough.I also managed to squeeze in time with my favorite little nugget last night before heading out of town for work today. I’m a little worried about the travel. I truly thought I would be better when I planned all of this. I’m stopping to stretch every hour and bringing my ice machine with me and have told myself that I have to stop working when I start hurting. Here’s hoping it won’t be too bad. I’ve got several days on the road before heading home for the wedding I mentioned above-it’s one of my best friends from high schools big day, and I’m looking forward to some QT with the ladies that know me best.
How was your weekend? Anything exciting? Pain pills-take them or leave them? Would you skip a concert in the rain or tough it out?