Long time no update. I've been distracted with school and trying to get my life back in order. That isn't going too well, but that's not the point of this update. I just wanted to say that I'm doing OK. My crutches are long gone, and I'm walking more and more every day without trouble. I do still have some pain, but it is nothing like it was before the surgery. I still can't sleep on my left side, which makes me kind of sad, but I'm hoping it'll change once I'm more fully healed. I can sleep on my stomach and back comfortably now, which is very, very nice.
There are some motions that I've avoided for years that I can do now without any pain, which is nice. But there are some motions that still hurt quite a bit. They are very particular, such as crossing my right (operated side) leg over my left when I'm sitting in a chair. That lifting and swinging inward motion is ouch. I've been trying to strengthen those muscles with PT exercises, but I've been doing really terribly at keeping up with them. I'm SO SORE after I do them that I end up just avoiding them altogether and hoping things will heal naturally over time instead. I'm sure that's a bad idea, but it's what happening and I don't have enough motivation to change it.
My screws bug me. They poke and rub against the inside of my skin. I want to have them out, soon, but I really don't want to go back to the hospital anytime soon. So, it's a dilemma. I think I will wait until spring to have them out. It's kinda cool you know, having big hunks of metal in me.
I bet I'm going to have to get naked for the airport security people when I fly home for Christmas.