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Hip Labral Tear, Entry Seven - The Day After Surgery

Are you a coffee drinker? How about a don’t-nobody-talk-to-me-before-I-have-my-first-

cup, coffee drinker? My husband puts me in the latter group lol. He doesn’t drink coffee at all. However, the day after surgery he braved the Keurig coffee maker and started my morning right with a nice cup of coffee, complete with a liberal dose of sugar-free, liquid hazelnut creamer. My favorite! Thank you, Honey. 💗

Throughout the day I noticed the nerve block wearing off, with the feeling returning in my leg, but still felt no pain. The fact that the constant, painful, ache in my hip, which I’d had for so long, was now gone, was unbelievable, and exciting indeed! 🙌 If you have a hip labral tear and this surgery is an option, I highly recommend considering it.

I spent most of this day and the next, in the recliner, wrapped in a blanket, still in hospital gowns, resting off the anesthesia. I’m such a lightweight. 😆 Good thing my doctor recommended spending the first 48 hours quietly resting. I did enjoy eating some light food and watching a TV documentary show called, Shock Trauma: Edge of Life. The episodes were filmed in real time, documenting the actual trauma center and its patients. I learned a lot about trauma injury and how doctors respond/treat it, including the surgical procedures. Very interesting, though I've never been interested in this kind of thing before. 😆

Night Two

I was still feeling no pain, though this may be attributed to the two

Aleve tablets I took each morning and evening. My doctor prescribed these to inhibit unwanted bone formation in the soft tissue surrounding the surgical area, which sometimes grows after this type of surgery. Also, the Polar Ice unit which I had on continually all waking hours to keep the swelling down. I had taken no other pain meds, and was not in pain - incredible!

* I spent night two in the recliner. I couldn’t get into bed because it sits up too high to climb into without jumping up and bending my hip the wrong way. We did not anticipate this beforehand. If you have a high bed, I would consider lowering it before surgery.

Day 2 & 3 Post-Op

The second day after surgery, which I'm calling Day 2 post-op, I rejoiced in a sponge bath and clean nightie! Ahhhh, this felt heavenly! I highly recommend getting bath wipes such as in the side picture . They are large, refreshing, easy to soap up if you wish, and then toss away so you don’t add to your laundry load while convalescing.

I was experiencing no side effects from surgery or meds and enjoying getting up and down for small walks through the master bed/bathrooms. Who knew walking around my bedroom suite would be an exciting thing! Lol. My hip began to feel a little uncomfortable, but no pain. Yay! On Day 3, Hubby brought in my laptop, and I enjoyed catching up on email, messages, and happenings in the world. My thoughtful ladies group set up meals and a special lady brought us a delicious 3-course dinner. Hubby and I both thank you, Jeanette! ❤️

Tomorrow will be an exciting day as I get to remove the surgical bandages and see the incisions for the first time!

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you,

not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

Jeremiah 29:11

Stay tuned for Entry 8 – The Reveal!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you so much for the excitement I now have in a future without hip pain! I pray, God, anyone reading this who should also have this surgery, you will place peace in their heart to do so, and oversee a successful surgery and recovery for them. Thank you for being ever-present in our lives and having a good plan for each of us as we learn to follow your lead. Please continue to heal me up well and strong.

Thank you, God, I love you.


Love and blessings always,

Mindy 💗

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