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3 years on & lots to celebrate June 7, 2013

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I haven’t updated this blog for a long time but recently received a comment which showed that least a few people were still coming across it and finding it useful.

So, in case anyone else finds these pages and is wondering whether to go through with a PAO or not, I thought I would write another quick update to let you know how well I am getting on.

It is now almost 3 years since I had my surgery and I’m feeling good. Apart from the occasional ache in my hip when the weather is very cold or after carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder, it doesn’t bother me at all. I discovered pilates and found that to be a huge help for returning flexibility and strength back to my hip. I am finding I can bend and stretch in ways I was never able to before which is really motivating!

Last September I went for my annual check up. The doctors were really pleased with my progress and said I wouldn’t have to come back for 2 years unless there were any problems.

The fact that my hip isn’t on my mind very often at the moment must be a good sign that the surgery was worthwhile. I know there will come a time in a few years (hopefully quite a few years) when it may start causing me trouble again but I’ll worry about that when the time comes.

My sister found out a while ago that she has the same problem – but not with out lots of persistent questioning to her unhelpful doctors. One kept telling her that some people just get pain and have to deal with it!! Unfortunately, after a delay in her diagnosis, her health authority now won’t prioritise her surgery so she is having to wait even longer.

Hopefully she’ll be able to get it fixed soon and I can pass on my lovely stockings!

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Hospital bureaucracy September 27, 2009

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I was supposed to be checking out of hospital in 30 minutes but it appears the occupational therapy box hasn’t been ticked so I am stuck here until tomorrow now. Very annoying. They need confirm whether I need any special equipment at home such as a booster seat for the toilet or something to raise the height of the bed.

On the plus side, I have gone up and down a flight of stairs today which is the last physio thing you have to be able to do before you can go home. It wasn’t as hard as I thought but you have to remember to move your legs and the crutches in the correct order:  good leg up to heaven, bad leg down to hell!