March 20, 2014

T Minus 12 and Counting

I'm doing it. I'm excited. And I'm not really feeling inspired to write about it...but here's a little bit.

MILF Runner Blog tends to be super obnoxious. And I am. But not ALL THE TIME. A lot of the time, yes. ALL of the time, no. Right now I'm totally NOT feeling obnoxious.

My hip has been hurting a ton. Some days, I can go from one end of the house to the other without my cane. Others, I can hardly make the turn from the stove to the sink without literally crying out in excruciating pain. It's a difficult pain to describe, this bone-on-bone grinding. At some level, it is now constant. I don't take any medication for it. Neither Tylenol nor Advil. No oxycontin. No heroin. I'm not sure why. It never really occurred to me to take pain killers...or relievers. I always thought it would be better if I could feel the pain because it's trying to tell me something. I'm hoping this makes post-operative pain management easier. I'm probably kidding myself.

Those big plans I had to get in killer shape prior to surgery and to lose this weirdly sudden extra 18 lbs I've been lugging around since the Fall fell by the wayside quickly. Every time I'd hit up the gym, I was in agony for the next several days. Not worth it. As for the weight gain, what the fuck? First of all, how in the hell did it happen? No one knows. Don't give me a line about cals in vs. cals out because that doesn't seem to matter in this case. I'm going with the theory that the stress of the intense pain has fucked with my system really badly so that it thinks it needs to "fill out" with some fat storage. Awesome. I'm going to deal with it post-surgery.

The past month and a half have been spent trying to figure out how the family will handle me being unable to drive anywhere for up to 6 weeks and fairly incapacitated for about 2-4 weeks. It should be interesting. I'm guessing some good family lore will come of it ;-)

Overall, I'm feeling very positive about my upcoming operation and recovery. I like feeling positive. I'm currently gravitating toward things that perpetuate this. If you have any links to awesome inspirational quotes or stories or pictures of kittens doing pull-ups... Just kidding. But funny stories, positive thoughts and words are very welcome. Of course, if you'd rather be super obnoxious at me – go for it.

I find my brain drifting toward recovery goals. Then I remind myself that I have NO IDEA what it's going to be like! I hope that one day I can match my daughter ...


Jumping over the waves... that would be spectacular! For now, I'll set one goal...by the end of the summer, I want to hop on my right foot without screaming, crying or falling down. I have zero clue as to whether or not that's overly ambitious or entirely wimpy. We shall see...we shall see.



38 comments:

  1. oh my god, how are you coping (please say ice-cream or wine!) as for the 18lbs - cortisol? I gained weight and got all kinds of puffy last year when I broke my ankle and had to keep working on it for 7 months - stress makes you gain weight. and that's not half the pain I imagine you're going through. It drove me mental but its true that after the ankle healed and I had a good 6 weeks completely off of work the weight started to slowly leave me. I hope your fam finds a way to baby the shit out of you while you recover.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sadly no ice cream or wine. I try to keep busy...not hard with a bunch of kids. I'll be sure to read this comment aloud to my family ;-)

      Delete
  2. Looking forward to hearing all about your post-surgery progression and hopping on one foot (hopefully much more). Sending good vibes and wishes your way.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much! Here's to hopping soon :)

      Delete
  3. This ones 3 for 3: Motivational; a low calorie drink option to help curb that weight gain; and some workout ideas for postop goals all in one …
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvEOjDeLWkA
    (And best wishes for the op from a random internet stranger.)

    ReplyDelete
  4. … just incase the Club Mix is more your style…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTn8qoI8hTQ

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAH! love the workout kittens! Thanks!

      Delete
  5. I have never had major surgery so I have no words of wisdom to offer about recovery but I am certain that one or another you will come out of this feeling relief on a lot of levels.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Rawk the surgery! Here is to awesomeness in recovery and to more obnoxious posts. But nothing as heinous as those awful kale chips you had....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OMG. Those things were SOOOO nasty!!!!!! seriously like the scrapings off a dead, dirty, ancient aquarium. Made the whole truck STINK!!!!

      Delete
  7. Crossing all my fingers for luck!! My extra weight is me laying in my bed of candy and tears!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! What's your candy of choice?

      Delete
  8. I've been thinking of you constantly and this answers my questions. So sorry you're in such pain. WIsh I was closer I'd help with the mom taxi duties. Hang in there girl. It will get better. It has to, right?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It would be awesome if we lived closer...meaning you lived HERE where we have nice weather :) Thanks so much for keeping me in your thoughts! Yes...it HAS to! I would be hard to get worse ;-)

      Delete
  9. Thinking of you MILF runner!! I hope everything goes well and you will find relief from the pain.

    ReplyDelete
  10. You know you don't get a gold star for not taking medicine, especially things like anti-inflammatory drugs which need up to month of constant dosage to work effectively but can help create an environment for faster healing post surgery. I don't really understand why you wouldn't be on a regimen like that already, but the three people I know who had hip replacement surgery all had the same surgeon and perhaps his methods are different.

    Managing your pain is not a sign of weakness and if you take that same "my body is trying to tell me something" attitude about taking meds post surgery, you may actually impede your recovery because your body can't heal when it is stressed. My husband refused to take his pain meds after one of his surgeries and his doctor actually called him at home to chew him about about how pain stresses your body and you can't heal in those circumstances. You also have to stay on top of your pain, which means you take the pills on the prescribed time table, even if it is before you feel pain.

    Your tolerance levels are low, which will make post-op pain management a little easier, but you also don't know which pain pills agree with you best. Trust me when I say it's not usually the first one they try. I was glad that I was very familiar with how my body responded to different drugs before I had surgery so I knew which script to request for recovery.

    I just don't want you to suffer anymore than you need to pre or post surgery. This kind of shit sucks, at least take a fucking Motrin (well, not a week before surgery, but you know what I mean)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME???? I was promised a gold star AND A MEDAL.

      I hear what your saying on the meds. I have other health issues that don't jibe well with most anti-inflammatories, most notably weird migraines. When I take meds, I get worse and often rebound headaches that are seriously incapacitating. I just opt for the anti-inflammatory diet and do my best. Remember: I've been dealing with this pain in some form for 14 years. It wasn't diagnosed until a year ago, and at the time I was actually feeling pretty good and thought the orthopedics guy was an idiot. (I'd just run 2 half-marathons and two distance relays, for crying out loud!)

      I'm not anti-medication and I certainly don't think I'm some sort of tough guy because I don't take anything at the moment. OH, AND...I would have to wean off of everything starting 2 weeks prior and go "clean" for 1 week prior to surgery. No vitamins, no fish oil, no anti-inflammatories, no pain meds, no nothing.... except one non-interactive prescription I take.

      I will be taking my pain meds as prescribed post-surgery. I know the importance of it vis à vis the healing process. I also know about staying on top of and ahead of the pain. I really don't like being in pain so fear not...I'll be pretty doped up. I promise.

      Thanks so much for mother-henning me :)

      Delete
    2. Haha anytime. Remember to print out this pain chart for your nurses. It helps them understand you better. http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/02/boyfriend-doesnt-have-ebola-probably.html

      Delete
    3. That pain chart is awesome. Unfortunately for me, I pretty much always LOOK like I'm registering a 0-3 even when experiencing ebola. People have a hard time believing my pain levels when I try to tell them.

      Delete
  11. Sending you good thoughts! Your family and the little details of post-surgery recovery will all work themselves out. If you experience turns out to be anything like my knee stuff where I was in so much pain prior to surgery --- you'll be so much better in the end and it'll be worth it. .

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's what everyone who's been through it has told me. I cannot wait!!!! Thanks for your kindness :)

      Delete
  12. Im glad you posted you have been on my mind! I am glad you are going through with the surgery and that you are feeling positive! There is a ton of time to lose that weight! You are active by nature and it won't take you long once you have recovered!
    Postive thoughts sent your way lady!~

    ReplyDelete
  13. Well, that pain just sucks. I'm sorry. I know I saw my husband go through it with his knee. And I was pretty set against him getting a replacement at such a young age, but you know what? Best thing he ever did. His quality of life returned and so will yours.

    If I lived closer, I'd be sure to help you out while you recover: lots of cauliflower pizza crust, purple sweet potatoes, Nuttzo, NUUN, etc., all stuffed in an Apera bag.

    I'll be thinking of you!

    ReplyDelete
  14. So sorry to hear that the pain has gotten so bad at times. BUT, glad your surgery is on the horizon & you're going into it upbeat. Good luck with it & hope you are leaping & jumping by the end of summer!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I completely get why you didn't take the pain pills. I skipped them too. Some of us are just that tough ;) Seriously, I feel terrible that you have to go through this. I'm glad you decided to get the surgery but I know its still incredibly frustrating and I feel for you. I wish I was on the West Coast and could bring you a case of wine. Now thats pain medicine ;) Keep us updated!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Krisssssss! Thanks for coming over multiple times and having comments eaten right and left and still persevering :) You are an awesome bloggybuddy :)

      (and there's a moderation delay... so your comments are never eaten!)

      Delete
  16. Thinking of you and hoping for the best for the surgery and recovery! Reading your comment on not taking pain pills and everyone's comments was interesting. I never think to take them. They just don't seem to do much.

    ReplyDelete
  17. You can start the "pain in temporary and the stories just get better"

    keep us up dated, we really care about you.

    xxx

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thinking of you over here. If you have time, read this blog from a blog buddy of mine. He was supposed to run the Marathon des Sables with me in 2011 but broke his hip at Leadville in Sept 2010. He had multiple surgeries, pins, bones cut shorter, artificial this, etc etc. He ran the MdS and Leadville in 2013. I am sure you will be giving us a similar success story in the next few years.
    http://www.the-poms.com/richard/2010/09/an-inconvenient-truth/

    ReplyDelete
  19. Sending positive vibes your way for sure!

    Funny story: I definitely decorated my crutches after my knee surgery. Think battery powered christmas lights. If you have to be on crutches, might as well make the most of it!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I had major reconstructive surgery done on my ankle the summer after my freshman year of college. It was pretty brutal, but I had torn all of the ligaments in the joint and couldn't do anything on it without having my ankle taped + wearing a brace. The weeks spent on crutches suck (no way to sugar coat it, sorry), and I wish I'd known about body glide bc I had serious chaffing on my arms from the crutches, but I also can't imagine my life now if I hadn't had the surgery. I never would have been able to run. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that the surgery gets you back to a pain-free and cane-free place!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I am so glad you finally updated! We need more milf! I hope your surgery goes well and you are able to hop up and down til your boobs get sore! :) I'm sending some good healing vibes your way!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I'll be thinking of you. I hope it goes well and I hope you enjoy your first foray into pain pills. At least if you'll be home and off Mom-duty you can get a little high while you watch trash TV. Sounds kind of fun, but more fun will be when you get to be mobile without pain.

    And kittens doing pushup photos? I'm on it...

    ReplyDelete
  23. will be thinking of you and good luck!! stay positive and just take recovery one day at a time...hang tough, and ALWAYS keep up with the wicked sense of humor, best coping mechanism i've ever found. always keep urself laughing. even when it's not 'haha' funny.
    positive vibes going out to u!

    ReplyDelete

Say it. But if you can't own your shit, don't dump it on me.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...