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Hip Replacement Recovery – Week 6

So, it’s been around 6 weeks since my hip replacement. I wrote about my initial recovery a few weeks ago and you can catch up with that here.

It has been a long 6 weeks. I suffered for around a fortnight with a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) and my ongoing bladder stone caused me some real serious pain for a few weeks. A few times I considered going to A&E but talked myself out of it each time, I didn’t like the idea of wasting anyones time. I spent alot of time sobbing in pain. Anyway, after a course of antibiotics and 24 hour hot water bottles, the bladder stone seems to have shifted itself elsewhere in my bladder and the infection has cleared, so I was able to concentrate on my recovery again.

The incision is looking really good. Here it is about 4 weeks ago.

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I’ve been keeping up with my exercises every day but I do experience some stiffness and pain in my leg. Usually in the morning or if I’ve been sat a while it goes very stiff and sore and takes a while for me to get going again.

I’m now down to one crutch around the house, I’m still using both crutches when I go out, for piece of mind and stability mostly – I’m terrified I might fall and I’ve become really paranoid that I might dislocate my hip!

I’ve been trying to keep my mind busy, I have a tendancy to get caught up inside my head and overthink things so I have been working on a cross-stitch which will become a Christmas gift when finished.

I also made an adorable London Bus out of Lego and have been working on a big Lego build – the Disney Cinderella Castle!!

If I am being completely honest with myself, I have probably been pushing myself a little too hard. I’ve been tidying and doing some cleaning which I shouldn’t really do but I’m struggling with my current lack of independance. I’ve been pretty lonely too and being stuck in the house is making me a little stir crazy. Neil took me out for breakfast a few times which has been really nice and you can read about my breakfast at Boston Tea Party here. The other day one of my lovely work friends took me out for coffee which was nice.

I have my review with my consultant soon, so I’m looking forward to finding out how he thinks I am progressing, I am also really excited to see my x-rays – I know, I’m weird.

This last week or so, my hip has been really hurting, it feels stiff and it does this mad spasm, twinge kind of thing which makes me jump and makes my eyes water. It hasn’t helped that I seemed to pick up a horrible wintery bug last week that had me running back and forth to the toilet. I convinced myself at 3 am the other morning that my body was rejecting my hip replacement, I spent around 2 hours on Dr Google to see if that was a thing – it is, but I’m pretty sure I’m ok (less sure when I’m awake in the early hours though).

I’m feeling a little cut off from the world, convinced that I am being phased out at work and will no longer be needed when I get back. I’ve felt like a total burden too, Neil has been stressed having to look after me and doing extra things around the house that I can’t do. I still can’t put my own socks on! Mum had to come and look after me while Neil was away for a week, she already does so much for us that I felt bad I had to be babysat for a week.

In terms of my physical recovery, I think it’s going well, I still can’t shake the feeling that there is a foreign object jammed in my body that still feels like it shouldn’t be there, so I’m hoping it starts to feel more normal soon. Most days I feel like I am walking a little better so that is really positive too. I am pretty sure I will get a good review from my consultant too. I am a little worried that my mental recovery is not going as well, but I will try to keep myself busy and not dwell too much.

Check back for more updates coming soon.

Have you got an tips for a healthy recovery from surgery? Or any tips to stay positive? Let me know below.

 

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11 thoughts on “Hip Replacement Recovery – Week 6

  1. I’m not sure if you’ve had any other hip surgeries, but I’ve had six (as you’ve read) and I may get a hip replacement this summer. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your recovery, and I wish you the best of luck! Embrace the old lady comments you’ll get: get your rest, and soak up the time off! Before you know it, you’ll be back to better-than-normal. xx

  2. Hang in there! It takes time, though. A friend of min had hip surgery last year. She was off work for five months but she was a different person when she came back. She was close to despair a few times, but she focused on her recovery and it worked.

    Sorry, I can’t give you any advice. And I’m sorry about your UTI and the bladder stone. Stay strong and hang in there! xx

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