My Experience

Preparing for More Surgery

Here we go again. I’m preparing for another surgery. I’m excited at the prospect of getting this done and over with. I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to receive great medical care. This surgery is going to be more complicated to prep for though. I need to have my left hip fixed. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that almost a year ago I had a labral repair on my right hip. Along with sewing my labrum back together, they pulled apart my tendon and shaved down my bone. I’m waiting to find out the extent of the surgery I need on the right hip.

For sure I have too much bone on my right hip. Best case scenario, that’s the extent of the damage. Worse case scenario, I have to go through everything I did with my right hip. Either way, I really can’t complain. I recovered very well from my initial surgery. I do have some reservations about this side though. I’ve heard horror stories of second surgeries being twenty times harder to recover from. I’m not pessimistic though. I honestly think it will go great. So why do I need to prep then?

This will be my first big surgery without my mom. In October I had my wisdom teeth removed under general but that was a piece of cake. This surgery is difficult because it’s my right hip. That means no driving. It means relying on my hip that had surgery only a year ago for sole support. It means having little to no help when I need it the most. So what am I going to do?

Honestly, I don’t know. The running plan as I know it is to recover at my mom’s apartment in Indiana. That means having surgery in Minnesota and driving to Fort Wayne the day of. It would be quite the trip. It’s the only way to get from point A to point B. Having surgery in Indiana was considered but isn’t a great option. My medical team and extensive medical history is all at Mayo. They take a laundry list of precautions to ensure I have the safest surgery possible. Starting over at a new hospital during surgery isn’t a great idea. There are too many risks for complications.

If I decide to recover in Indiana, I’ll have to fly back. That’s a complicated situation in itself. I’ll be on crutches or using my walker. I’ll have Crush by my side and I’ll be alone. I’ve flown alone before. I’m not nervous about that. By the time I will fly back, Crush will have practiced with me on an airplane. (Flight to Nowhere article coming soon!) It’s all of those factors together. I think it’s the most logical option. Especially when you consider that I couldn’t turn over by myself the first three days post surgery.

This is a confusing process. I don’t know how everything will turn out. Prepping for this surgery is unlike anything I’ve ever gone through before. I’ve accepted that it won’t look perfect. It will require a lot of help and patience. All I can hope for is the safest option that leaves me with the best health outcomes. I don’t know what that is yet but I’m working on it.

I hope that you’re having a great day. I hope that your day is filled with joy, positivity, and laughter. I hope that you find peace, love, and happiness.

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