Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9 months post-op

9 months post-op is a wonderful place to be! I am also 1 month post-op from gallbladder removal. It was such a good decision and all of my side pain is gone. I can finally sit pain free! My crazy gallbladder was really affecting my hip, my PT, the way I walked, everything. It feels so good to experience my hip in a new way. Now I can really focus on how my hip actually feels.

I had to temporarily stop PT as I couldn't do much after abdominal surgery. Wow, compared to a PAO, this surgery was a quick recovery despite the intense pain and agony the first week. It was a nice feeling to be able to walk around for this recovery. I will never take walking for granted.

It took a few weeks before the abdominal pain went away and I was afraid of sitting. I went to the movies and sat through a movie where I would previously would have felt pain and nausea. I felt great, no nausea! What a relief. I am just so happy about it.

My joint is still stiff and sore in the mornings and during the night. I really have to stretch, strengthen and walk everyday. I was never able to do much intense strength training because of my highly inflamed and stone filled gallbladder so I am looking forward to starting. I guess I may be a little behind some other PAO warriors, but this is my path and I had to deal with two major health issues at once.

Tomorrow, Sep. 10th I will turn 30!!! I feel so positive and excited. For the first time in maybe 5 years I feel active, fairly pain free, energetic, optimistic and full of life. I enrolled in school to start my certificate program to be an Activities Director and work with seniors. I can now start planning for my future. Its such a big change. Two months ago, before my gallbladder diagnosis, I couldn't understand why I was having such a difficult and painful time sitting. I thought I was permanently crippled. Even my PAO surgeon told me it doesn't make sense and I just needed more PT. I was feeling pretty low. I felt stuck. But I am a strong person and I have dealt with so many doctors. I knew something was wrong and I kept pursing it, asking for help, not going away. As soon as my gallbladder was removed, I felt a huge wave of release and its like my brain can now stop sending so many pain signals. Also, I can eat whatever I want. I am vegan and am healthy, but any fat or oil just killed me. Avocados actually hurt me, how crazy. My digestion has really been amazing. I know gallbladder disease is common, but wow what a terrible thing to have to suffer through!

For my 30th, I am going to the beach for a week and want to hike around and SIT in many places. Im going to SIT on boulders and cliffs and grass and in the woods and on the beach and around a fire. I am feeling beyond grateful. I feel like I have been given a second chance. Happy 30th Birthday to me!