Borderline 9 months PO – R hip pinning
I tried playing tennis again. My precious 20 minutes on the court, very simplified and very careful.
Short balls? Nope. Wide balls? I am letting go as well. At this stage it’s not about improving my tennis technique or kicking butt, it’s about being out there and making contact with the ball. Back to the basics.
Might not be the best tennis I can play, but hey, beats being on crutches ANY day!
I still have to work on my R side. Especially the rotation part, strength and sprinting. I tried for a few balls to get to it and while my left side felt great, my op side leg felt like I am a marionette. Stiff and wooden.
We got another bill from insurance, telling us my physical therapy cost of almost $ 3,000 was covered. Yeah.
This rounds the whole ski accident, with surgery, ambulance, hospital stay, meds ect. ect. up to a whooping $ 50,000. What a memorable vacation.
The one advice I can give to others who are going through this is, keep every single bill and paper you get. I have a whole folder with bills from the hospital, insurance and PT. They came for months afterwards and if one is not organized, one can lose track easily. I seriously felt like Harry Potter at some point…
To make my strengthening exercises “fresh”, I got a book – “exercises for glutes and squats” and looked up some videos on youtube, using your own bodyweight. Kinda nice, doing something new after many months, doing the same old exercises.
Some exercises go well and confuse my muscles in a good way, others are barely to not at all happening.
“Bulgarian squats” aka one legged squats?
Work well on my left leg, my right leg with the operated hip – much weaker and the balance is not the best either.
Sideplanks. (For the record, I hate “plank – anything”, but I guess they are good for you. So I have a love/ hate relationship with them.)
Ideally, this is what it looks like…
Mine look like this on my left side. On my right, my hip stays firmly on the ground. It does not feel too well in the op hip and I guess my cores on that side also need more love.
The other day I saw my regular doctor and of course my latest hip surgery came up. She assumed I had “ORIF” = open reduction and internal fixation. (Basically the surgeon cuts the thigh, goes through muscles and opens up the hip capsule, to realign the bones with orthopedic hardware.) A way more invasive surgery than mine.
My surgery was percutaneous pinning.
Anyways, two different approaches and two different recoveries. When I corrected her and said I did not have ORIF, her response was “oh…! So you just had hip pinning done??”
(What the hell?) I have gotten this response several times already and each time from a medically trained person. “Just hip pinning?” Did I miss something? They make it sound like it was nothing. This was one brutal recovery, I am not sure why it is being belittled.
She did get a bonus point again when she told me, I am more active after recovering from a complete hip fracture than the average healthy person though.
I also finally had my appointment with the Endocrinologist, to see if there is another reason why my hip broke. He said having borderline low bone density and a fractured hip at my age AND being pre- menopausal makes it not just very uncommon but tricky. (Welcome to my world.)
He examined me, asked 1000 questions, blood was taken and as a special treat I am supposed to collect my urin for 24 h in this container. No comment.
The results from the lab will be discussed at my next appointment.
Already about 10 minutes in my new doctor threw the name of a medication (“Fosamax”) at me and suggested trying it out for five years.
I have made enough research to know, this is not something I want to take. It increases your bone density but also makes it more brittle at the same time and it comes with an increased risk of hip, femur, shoulder and knee fractures. Nope. Definitely NOT signing up for this one.
Before I left a nurse shoved a little plastic container in my face and looked anxiously at me. I had no idea what she wanted from me and told her so. “Pee in it” was the response. (Talk about clear instructions and making minimalistic conversation with a patient.)
So, for now – back to the gym, work on my right side and one of those days is dedicated “orange bottle time”… The fun just never stops.