My last physical therapy.

I had my final session of physical therapy againย bright and early this morning…

It’ll be really weird to not come here twice a week. By my estimation, I think I put in over 30 hours of physical therapy between both hips.ย But it’s done its job. Both of my new hips are feeling really good, strong and relatively pain-free. A huge thank you to my therapists, Jenny and Greg for helping me get back on my feet. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฅโค๏ธ

My six-week post-op checkup.

Today, I had the six-week post-op check-up after my left hip revision surgery. The appointment was initially scheduled for next week but I called to have it moved it up to this morning.

Yesterday, I was experiencing a fair amount of discomfort in my right hip. I don’t know how to describe it other than it just didn’t feel right. It didn’t hurt at all. It was just no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get comfortable when I was sitting at work. It started to feel better once I got home and could lay down.

But better safe than sorry. They took X-rays of both hips together and then just the right one that was causing discomfort…

My doctor said that both hips looked great. They said that the liner slip that caused the revision surgery was very rare. The odds of it happening again or something happening to the other hip were astronomical. And that the discomfort I was experiencing was most likely a muscle issue that may arise from time to time. I’m still trying to figure out what the new normal is for me now.ย ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฅโค๏ธ

This is what I’ve waiting for.

This morning was my very first physical therapy with two new hips. I’ve been waiting so long for this moment. I’m very excited to start working on making both legs stronger…

I look forward to the day when I can walk again without any pain or discomfort. And hopefully, that day is quickly approaching very soon. Taken with Instagram.ย ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฅโค๏ธ

Good morning from Mount Auburn.

Good morning from The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center in Mount Auburn…

And after meeting with a couple of physical therapists, we were headed home.ย ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฅโค๏ธ

My left hip revision surgery.

This afternoon I went back to The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center to undergo my hip revision surgery on my total left hip replacement.

From what I was told, the procedure went great and the revision was a complete success. Genifer hung out with me until the Reds game was about to scheduled to start and then she left to let Mack out in our backyard to go potty…

The bear Genifer got me for my first left hip surgery kept me company…

I had a much better-positioned recovery room this time around for the Reds Friday Night Fireworks. Last time, I could kind of see the fireworks from my recovery room. This time around I had an excellent front room seat for the show…

I had a chef salad for an evening snack…

They had the best bread pudding. It was delicious. I’ll definitely miss having them bring me the delicious bread pudding with caramel sauce.

After a long rain delay, I finally got to watch the Reds game…

I saw bits and pieces of the game.ย I guess the Reds lost 12-1. Ouch.

It wasn’t exactly the way I planned on spending my Friday but all things considered, everything went very well. I rested comfortably for the rest of the evening.ย ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฅโค๏ธ

An unexpected change of plans.

I went to have x-rays of my hip this morning after yesterday morning’s mishap

After looking at the x-rays of my left hip, my doctor showed me how the poly liner in my new hip had somehow, inexplicably shifted out of position in the cup that holds it in place against my pelvic bone…

The friction that I was feeling in my hip was the stem head rubbing against the now out-of-position poly liner. Long story short, I have to undergo a total left hip revision surgery tomorrow at 3pm. It’s not the full total hip replacement surgery like before. From what I understand, they are just going to go in to replace the damaged poly liner and stem head. I’ll be staying overnight again but then afterward I should hopefully, be good to go once again. Fingers crossed.ย ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿคžโค๏ธ

That’s not good.

This morning as I was putting on my shoes and socks on the little red sofa in our office as we were getting ready for work. As I was getting up from the sofa, my newly replaced left hip moved in a very uncomfortable way like it popped out of socket just for a second and then returned to its original position. It didn’t really hurt. It just felt very, veryย  uncomfortable. When I stood up afterwards, my hip didn’t feel right. There was a kind of sickening sensation like a friction or rubbing feeling from inside my hip that wasn’t there before. And it started making very odd, unsettling creaking noise whenever I moved…

It’s funny how everything can be fine one second and then something as simple as putting on your shoes can really mess up your whole day.ย ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅโค๏ธ

Pause for paws.

Twelve days ago, I had my left hip completely replaced. Tonight, I took my dog on a walk around the block with just a little bit of help from my cane…

Modern medicine is truly awe-inspiring.ย ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฅโค๏ธ

My second hip surgery.

Early yesterday morning, we drove back over to The Christ Hospital in Mount Auburn for my second hip surgery. Today, I was scheduled for a total left hip replacement…

The prep for the surgery went very smooth and very quickly. The actual surgery seemed to be over in a snap of the fingers, and just like that next thing I knew, I was in post-op chomping on pieces of ice, and not long after that, I was up in the recovery room where Genfier was already waiting for me…

We could see downtown Cincinnati again from the big window in our room…

Genifer got me this awesome blue bear in the gift shop…

She said she wanted to get something that said the Christ Hospital on it. But they really didn’t have anything like that. This guy was about the closest thing she could find. But every time I see him, I’ll think of my surgeries. We hung out together all afternoon into the evening in our recovery room. We had some room service while we watched most of the Reds game on TV together before she left to go home to let Mack out of his crate. Oscar was staying with Genifer’s mom for the weekend. After the Reds lost to the Brewers, I could kind of almost see the Reds Friday Night Fireworks from our recovery room above my red bag on the sofa…

After the fireworks, I laid down to try to get some rest. But it’s really hard to get a lot of rest in a hospital because people keep coming in and poking and prodding you. I took a photo out the window every time someone came into the room and woke me up…

And I was pretty much awake at this point…

I met with a physical therapist at 7:30am who had me walking up and down the hallways with a walker…

After meeting with a physical therapist, I ordered us some breakfast…

Genifer brought us coffees from Sidewinder. We started watching the France versus Argentina Round of 16 World Cup match. When I left to meet with another physical therapist, France was up 2-1. When I got back to our room after walking some stairs and walking up and down the hallway on crutches, this is the score I saw…

By 12:30, we were in the car and on our way to Walgreens to fill my prescriptions. Then I was home resting comfortably in bed with my new friend. You’re my boy, blue!

When we got home, we laid around and watched Uruguay knock Portugal out of the World Cup and then a thriller of an MS match between Seattle and Portland before missing just our second home FC Cincinnati match ever, But we got to watch the FC|C match on TV. And they won, 2-0! My first day of recovering from hip replacement surgery hasn’t that bad at all. So far so good. I hope the rest of this recovery is as smooth and relatively pain-free as today has been. Fingers crossed. And once again,ย I canโ€™t really say enough about The Christ Hospital. The doctors and all the staff were just incredible. Everyone was so extraordinarily nice, so helpful and went out of their way to make sure I was always as comfortable as possible and that had everything I needed during my brief stay. It’ll be amazing once my physical therapy is complete and I’m back to 100% with no more hip pain. I don’t even know that I can fully fathom what that would be like. But I bet it’ll be pretty incredible. It’s been a very long time coming.
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Here we go again.

This afternoon I had my pre-operation physical and blood work done for my next surgery on Friday. They said that everything looked good. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to this but it’ll be good once it’s behind us.ย ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿฅโค๏ธ