Sunday, 7 October 2012

Update

It's been so long since I posted I thought I'd better do a quick update!  I am now at exactly the same stage as my last posting but in this case with the other hip.  I did really well for a short time doing plenty of walking but unfortunately both my right knee and back were giving me a lot of grief.  I went back to see Dr Bled in St Brieuc and he arranged for me to have more physio sessions on my knee (the x-rays on my knees showed I have no arthritis in my knees - thank goodness), another injection into my spine to help with that pain and to go and get fitted for special insoles for my shoes to correct the way I walk (my knees knocking together due to the hips).

After the physio on my knee and the injection in my lower spine I felt so good I did lots of exercise, unfortunately the more I walked the worse my left hip got!  When I saw Dr Boscher (my surgeon) at my 6-week appointment after the first operation he asked me if I wanted to go ahead and get the other hip done.  I said I didn't feel I was ready because of the pain I was getting in my right knee (this was before I saw Dr Bled and had the extra physio) as I didn't feel my right leg would be strong enough to hold me up when the left one was out of action.  He decided we would give it a bit longer and made an appointment for me to go back and see him again at the beginning of July. 

I went back to see Dr Boscher on 3rd July and the x-rays showed my left hip was in just about as bad a state as my right hip had been so he booked me in for his first day back after holidays to do the same operation on the left side.  I went into hospital on Sunday 19th August, had the operation the next morning and came home again the following Sunday.  The surgery went well, apparently there was a little scare in the recovery room, I think the drain from the wound became blocked and they had to put in a second drain but nothing major to worry about.  After the first horrible couple of days I found this time in hospital much easier than the last because I was much stronger, I had built up the strength in my right leg and arms so could move myself about much easier.  I also didn't seem to have as much pain as the first time and Nigel and I think maybe I had a little infection in the wound the first time, I know this time they seemed to be keeping me pumped full of antibiotics for ages.

I've now finished my injections and physio for my left hip replacement and am really happy with it, it seems to have been much easier this time and my left hip is brilliant.  I am now walking really well, still with one crutch but I don't think that will be for too long, I hardly have any pain when walking.  My main problem now seems to be in the right leg, the hip is great but there is a muscle or tendon or something in my groin which is very painful when I raise my leg, ie climbing.  I have to lift my leg to get into bed and can't get through the night without pain.  Something to bring up with Dr Boscher when I see him on Tuesday!