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  1. Sushi

    Ahhh, great post, my friend. You speak the truth. And, that’s a great thing. Hang in there. It WILL get better. YOU will get there!!! Love you.

  2. Michelle Senior

    Yikes! We hear so many miracle stories online and I too am thinking oh yeah I’ll be working by the second week, maybe not…. Hang in there, you need to remember like me you had no other options left. June 17th is coming quick and I’m scared out of my every living mind but can’t do this much longer. My left SI has been hurting all week and it’s always just been my right side. Now I’m thinking should I hold off and see if I need both done! Spazing right beside you girlfriend!

  3. Hey Trish, I’ve been kinda radio silent lately, both on my blog and on FB; I’m moving on Tuesday and still trying to pack and get ready. But I wanted to jump in here and offer a shot of support: you’re going to be okay. You are the go-getter or all go-getters. You’re not fooling around with this thing we call life. How do I know this? Because if you spot it, you’ve got it (i.e. I am the same way.) In one sense it’s such a gift! But it can really be a liability when we can’t throw on the cape and fly. I am four months post op. And I’ve been doing quite well, though as you know I wouldn’t say I’m ever 100% pain-free. I had the biggest setback yet this week. In my last PT appointment, the therapist was getting pretty deep in to my hind side, and kept asking, “Is this okay? Should I back off?” I kept saying, “no, it’s okay.” At the time it felt pretty good, though I knew she was doing some major stuff. Then I woke up the next day (yesterday.) And WOW. Back up to a 7 or 8 on the pain scale. Hard day. I kept beating myself over the head with, “Laura, of all the times to do aggressive myofascial release, this was possibly the worst. Especially on the area where you had surgery. You are MOVING in five days. You have to PACK!” This morning I”m a little better, but still having burning in my hamstring and aching in my hip/butt. I’m eating the NSAIDS like crazy. I know it will pass; I just got too aggressive on trying to heal (if a LITTLE myofascial release is good, a LOT is better, right?) It’s that whole go-getter thing. To be fair to my therapist, she was more concerned than I was at the time, and kept going ONLY because I told her it was fine.

    Something to keep in mind: pain meds are great, and it’s clearly not the time for you to be trying to get off of them. But in one sense they’re false advertising. They make you feel like you’re able to do more than you should, and when you don’t have them, you get the true snapshot of where you are in your recovery. And here’s where you are in your recovery: EARLY. Also, I’ve heard that the body can only perceive pain in increments. I’m sure there’s some compensating going on, but it’s also possible that your right side was SO noisy, that the left could never get a word in edgewise. And now it’s all, “time for my song!” Adopt the mantra: “Easy Does It.” If you think you can go 10 steps, go nine. If you think you can sit for two hours, sit for one. You may have to distract yourself over the next few weeks. Get hooked on a Netflix series. Pick up a super compelling book. Go through all those family pictures you’ve been meaning to sort. Anything to keep you from watching and waiting for the water to boil. Hang in there and absolutely refuse to give in to fear and regret. Goodness and mercy is going to follow you all the days of your life. Surgery or no surgery. Period.

    • Trish

      Ah!! You have no idea how much I needed to hear that this morning. Thank you! You’ve been very inspirational in all of this for me. And you’re probably right, I think my left side couldn’t get a word in edgewise. Time will tell. I want to fly now, lol! Thank you, my friend. And go easy on the butt.

  4. I’ve read these posts at least 3 times before, but now I’m reading them again post op. Yesterday I had the KNIFE feeling when standing up. Then again when bending over a little to far. I’ve been kicking myself all day feeling like I “messed it up”. Reading your post again has me in tears. Again, thank you for sharing your experiences, they are just what I needed to read right now.

    • Trish

      Girl, you got this! Totally normal! Wish I had a blog to read when I was going through, so please keep writing YOUR blog. We need more experiences out there. So proud of you.

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