A Different Kind of Build Thread

Jul 4, 2015
May 11th
Post Op Day 16: Sanity

Been a while since I've checked in, but things are progressing slowly. Still have pain, but my whole left leg is only attached by 3 screws so...ya know.

Passed my two week anniversary on Thursday! Bone should be forming the very first tendrils by now. The leg is getting smaller and I've lost 13 lbs since surgery. PT went well, very basic. Had to be at the doc for 4 freaking hours on Monday, plus over an hour drive each way. What a pain.

The days pass by with little action. Pax (doberman puppy) has been really good with me during the day, and of course the cat comes to hang out when Pax isn't around.

Dex (black dragon water monitor) escaped his enclosure the other day, but the sun room is also his domain. He allowed me to approach with a walker and I picked him up with no fight. Jax (regular water monitor) is getting so big! She went for a roam a few days ago and also had to come inspect my walker. My husband has been doing a phenomenal job keeping everyone clean and happy.

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Started writing articles for The Watercraft Journal again, nice to be able to join the ski world if only on edges.


Huge thanks to my coworkers for sending me some Omaha Steaks and coming to hang out with much missed Starbucks! Was SO nice to talk to more people. Bums ya out to be alone for most of the day, most days.

Got a sweet basket for my walker so I can now take care of some of my creatures and feed them!

All in all these are all 1st world problem complaints. I'm healing, and things will progress as they do. The biggest difficulty is keeping my mind from wandering into the darkness. Xbox, fitness, and dreaming about skis tends to help

......and not gonna lie. That motorcycle I was wanting to get is quickly turning in to wanting another freestyle ski. A true flatwater ski this time. What did that take...two months? Jeez lol
Jul 4, 2015
Post Op Day 47: No More Sad Sack

Finally, it isn't oh woe-is-me talk, right?
Visited the surgeon and physical therapy yesterday and blew them away with how far along I am. My bone is growing back, going to keep my screws though. Kinda like 'em. The coverage is SO much more! My musculature has waned quite a bit, that's where that initial 15 lbs of weight loss went the first two weeks after surgery.


I was able to walk for the first time yesterday, under the supervision of PT. Walked better without the crutches than with, fancy that! Not even a limp, even the therapist rolled her eyes haha. Yay for high protein keto and an iron will of working out a few hours every day. They say only 25% weight-bearing for this week, then 50%, 75%, etc as the weeks progress. I think they are just pulling CYA, I could walk now unaided. Pain doesn't bother me so much, but the problem is knowing good pain vs. bad pain so I'll play it....mostly...safe. My home gym has really progressed during this time. Added bands, dumbells, and kettlebells. Developing some killer back muscles and working on my grip so I can join a rock gym once I get back to work.


Speaking of work, I'll get back to my collision center parts department June 24. Can't. Freaking. Wait! I drive a manual so that should be fun, of course, the surgery was on my clutch leg.

My right hip is bothering me now. Preeeeeety sure it is nice and torn after supporting all of my weight for the last 6 weeks. Pops, grinds, hurts, catches - all the good stuff. Not enough short term disability and Leave left from my company, so I'll have to wait a year and let it roll over before considering a second PAO. My team has been doing a great job, but tough when the manager is gone for a whole 8 weeks! Looks like MRI and probably cortisone (hate them) shots are in my future. Right knee makes an audible grinding sound when bending and it has gotten worse with stressing the leg.

I guess good and bad news is I will be able to ride a stand up, start running, and returning to normal weight lifting 6 months from now. Damn that is a long time! Cool thing is it will be right on my birthday so I'm going to party on my new 550! Picked it up from a local friend for cheap, runs, rides, all the good stuff. Let some friends ride it a few weeks ago and it never missed a beat after sitting for years. Pretty neat.



Anyway. Still super bored, just writing articles, researching, and brainstorming ideas. Taking care of my reptiles, fully into breeding and hatching season now. Ready to get back out into the world again. Really appreciate everyone encouraging me through this process, far from over, but everything helps!
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