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Labral Tear Journey, Entry Eight - Reveal Day!

Updated: Jul 4, 2023

Today was a great day!


How about you - how is your day going today? I hope it's been good 😊


I started out my day by crutching into the kitchen while the house still slept and made my

own coffee! This felt great! I then figured out, if I had a mug

with a thin enough handle, I could hold it and the crutch handle at the same time. I could then crutch with my coffee the five or six steps to the table and sit down to enjoy it. I remembered a light, glass mug with lid a dear friend gave me, and it worked perfectly, without spilling a drop.


As I sat at the table looking out the window (not stuck off in the recliner in my bedroom) I was proud of myself for figuring this all out. 😄 Yes, today’s gonna be a great day!


I am now past three days post-op so today I remove my surgical bandaging and reveal my incisions! Excited and nervous!


The bandaging is mostly thick gauze taped over the surgical area and it came off easily. Wow, I’m surprised I don’t have more bruising! There are little, yellow surgical tapes over

the incisions, but I can see the incisions are smaller than I expected. Yay! As I examine them, I’m also surprised at their locations. I thought they would be higher up on my hip instead of thigh. I guess this was a lesson in anatomy for me. 🤣


With the surgical bandaging removed, I can now take a real shower - oh yippee!

It took a moment to figure out how to step up across the raised opening into the shower without using my surgical leg. (I didn’t have the shower chair yet.) Hubby placed a large beach towel on the shower floor so it would not be slippery, and I ended up propelling myself inside the glass shower door with my crutches, and to the little ledge on the inside corner. Gratefully, I made it without falling, and sat. I’m not supposed to let the water run directly on the incisions yet, so I covered them with a dry washcloth. Hubby turned on the water and handed me the hand-held shower. I perched on the small ledge as I slowly and carefully got gloriously clean! Ooooooo how good it feels to wash my hair!


Now, how to get out? Hmmm. Hubby handed me the crutches and I crutched to the shower door where I stood and dried off. I let go of the crutch on the surgical side and hubby braced that side and helped pick me up over the shower door ledge. This seemed more difficult than it actually was.


Surgical dressing off and first shower done – what a great day! Glory hallelujah 🙌


*I highly recommend planning/practicing your entry/exit from your shower before surgery, remembering you cannot put any weight on your surgical leg. We didn’t think to, and it caused Hubby much angst as he was afraid I would fall and undo the surgical work. I think this recovery has been harder on him than it has me. Poor guy ❤️


Stay tuned for Entry 9 – I Am Dressed!


Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 118:1


Dear God,

Thank you so much for the good days I am having in my recovery, when I was fearful they would be bad. Thank you that I am still not having pain. Thank you for my hubby who is taking such good care of me. Please bless him and help him let go of the stress.

Lord, please be with those reading, bless them and give them peace in whatever their next steps in their lives are. Help them look to you for your leading. Most of all, help them feel loved and wanted for all time.

Thank you, God, I love you,

Amen.


The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13


Love and blessings,

Mindy 💗




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