The first thing I remember after my surgery was asking the nurse "When is the surgery?" For about the next 12 hours, I really wasn't sure what planet I was on as I dozed in and out of drug-induced sleep every couple of hours. I'm told the operation was much better than expected, and they were actually able to repair the labrum, instead of removing and reconstructing it. Now that my not be accurate, I meet with the Doc next week and will hopefully get a clearer picture. He also fixed my impingement by basically grinding down my "too round" femur head so it would fit in the socket better. I'm hoping that all means an easier and quicker recovery and I'll learn more when I start PT on Friday. I haven't struggled to come out of anesthesia like I did with this procedure since my first operation in 1999, however, I'm chalking that up to it being a late afternoon procedure and going almost 20 hours without food or water prior too. They also gave me a recording of my operation, so you may get a chance to see some actual footage, which I think is kind of neat. I haven't watched it, so we'll see.
I don't remember too much of that first night other than being pretty uncomfortable and sleeping a lot. Yesterday was all about taking it easy and being comfortable, so I took my pills every four hours and embarked on a glorious day of binge watching. I finished the last half of House of Cards, season 4 (better than season 3, still nowhere close to 1 and 2), and got through the first half of season 2 of Bloodline (great!). Next up in the queue is season 3 of Peaky Blinders, and Season 5 of Hell on Wheels. Of course I've also got to stay on top of Game of Thrones (questionable writing this season) and we recently started Deadwood. That's a lot of TV! Too much probably, which is why I'm already itching to move around and do something now that the fog of surgery has finally lifted. Just a quick update for now, lots more to come as I regain all of my faculties....today's big goal is to have a successful bowel movement, which is TMI unless you've had surgery and understand that feeling! I joined a Facebook group called "Labral Tear Recovery" and it is quite amazing how many people have been through this injury, and they have all been very supportive. If you've got this injury, you should check that group out. Also, Rule The Lake is on Facebook too, don't forget to like my page!
This is my fourth go around on crutches, and I've become pretty good with them. However, you're going to want to have a few things in order to help your quality of life. Definitely use a backpack and have a "grabber" so you don't have to bend over. Perhaps the most convenient thing though, is a crutch bag/pocket that easily attaches to your crutches and so you can carry your things and stay balanced. It's also nice to be married or have someone at home with you all the time! I can't thank my wife enough and it's only the second day. She has already gone above and beyond, and I am eternally grateful. You can't get one of those on Amazon (yet?), but you can get your crutch accessories. Here are some that I've bought.
Thanks for reading, check back for more. I've been going through a lot of my files from my coaching days and will be posting several workout plans, plus some book reviews that I'm also working on reading in-between naps and Netflix! Physical Therapy begins tomorrow morning, and I'm looking forward to getting after it!