It’s official! I’m a Registered Nurse in NY State!

March 18th, 2011 2 comments

I took and passed my boards (the dreaded NCLEX) on March 3rd, and just got my license in the mail today. Guess I have to get a job now!

NY State Registered Nurse

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6-week post THR appointment

February 12th, 2011 2 comments

Had my 6-week followup with my surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery. The appointment went well. He said I still have about 6 weeks of recovery left. I was happy to hear that the hip precautions are gone, except for crossing my right leg over my left. That will make things easier. He also said I’m allowed to sleep on my right side again. That’s not going to happen quite yet, since sleeping on that side was painful even before the surgery.

He reiterated that “walking is my friend,” and encouraged me to do it often. He explained that during the hip replacement, they cut through my iliotibial band, which is why I’m still not walking very well.

One month after THR

February 6th, 2011 1 comment

It’s been a month since I had my total hip replacement. For the most part things have been progressing slowly, but they are definitely moving in the right direction. The hip is feeling really good. It’s amazing to be able to sit on the subway or in a restaurant and not be in terrible pain. Walking is still difficult, but I already am walking better than I did prior to the replacement, albeit with a cane. The strength still isn’t there, but the range of motion is better, which allows me to take more normal strides and also stand up straight.

My first follow-up with my surgeon is scheduled for this coming Friday, February 11th. I’m interested to hear what he has to say about my status, especially since I didn’t really get a chance to talk to him after the surgery. I also hope to get copies of my latest x-rays. I only got a glimpse of my new hip when they took a post-op x-ray in the PACU.

THR physical therapy

January 26th, 2011 1 comment

Began my outpatient physical therapy yesterday. Their location is great, I can almost see the facility from my bedroom window. My therapist is very orthopedically experienced and I hope it will be a good match. I’m going twice this week, but will start going three days a week beginning Monday.

The leg has been feeling great. This surgery was 100 times easier than my last surgery (the FVFG). I’m only using one crutch outside, and when I’m home I use my cane or nothing at all. Sleeping has been difficult, but I assume it will get better with time. Thanks to the years of uneven legs and compensating with my left leg, I have some significant lower back issues which I’m looking forward to resolving. It actually hurts more than my operated leg, if you could believe that.

At this point I am very optimistic. I’m confident that I am in more control over my body now than I’ve been for a very long time, and it feels great.

THR incision photos

January 19th, 2011 No comments

Took a couple photos of my incision. It is much shorter than my FVFG incision, but follows the same path.

THR incision photo

In this photo, you can see the FVFG incision extend down the leg underneath the THR incision.

It’s been two weeks since my surgery, so I can finally can get the staples removed today.