My Surgery Experience – My Hip Artrhoscopy Labrum Repair and FAI – Part 3

Post op day 5:

That morning I took one surgical dressing off. I was scared, but the incisions looked good. The other incision is still with butterfly straps on it and did not come off yet.   I was also instructed to watch for fluid that oozed a green/yellow color, which may also be a sign of infection. As instructed, I replaced dressing with a few breathable, sterile band-aids over the incisions after a shower, I try to keep the area always dry and for today was pretty ok, not many changes but it was hard sleeping and the pain in the glutes and lower back keeps oscillating. I put ice in the morning. The night was ok… but still dealing with constipation and no bowel movements yet. Last night I tried to put some heating pat on the back to see if releases the tensions.

No medications are taken except for a simple Tylenol before bedtime. I could manage the pain and deal with a clean organism with those pain meds that just makes me more constipated and more feeling wacky Incisions Day 6, labrum arthroscopy

Incisions Day 6

Today is my day 6 of recovering –  Happy Hump Day! Last week today I was ok, today it is not okay, but I got out of my room and went to the pool just to get some sun and feel better. I had a nice dinner cooking food from hometown. I felt better. Felt like is slowly getting better.

I spent the whole afternoon without the stocking because that thing really annoys but I will wear at bedtime.

I still have one incision still intact nothing came out yet. I have band aids on it to make sure is fine.  I feel fine but limping and walking with crutches for support and not twisting the hips.

 

I took a lot of rest this morning and had late lunch at 3 pm. I had some mash potatoes and steak leftovers from last night for lunch. I feel more normal, but still no bowel movement. I literally stop the meds thru the day nothing was taken and decided to easy on the intake and had nothing heavy for breakfast just my normal yogurt with Probiotics and decided to just drink more water than normally I take and have some faith. I went to the pool and chill out for a bit was nice outside nice breeze and warm feeling. It was hard to sit still on those pool chairs the back hurts I have to keep spinning like a rotisserie chicken.

Also had a nice Brazilian meal for dinner that felt like been home during pain recovering.


I hope that I can sleep tonight.

 

 

My Surgery Experience – Hip Arthroscopy Labrum Repair and FAI. Part 2

Post op Day 4 

The pain is much less than before but still constipated and going thru a massive flow of period that should have stopped. I am taking the fiber powder to help with eating less but getting things moving. I decrease the pain pills for one a day because I hate to take something that is not making more benefits only constipating and somehow increasing my headaches.  I kindly did some housework with my partners in crime – my crunches  around the apartment, just light things, but is not good to cross the limit then I  shower and ice the hip most of the day and had some rest, by the evening we went out to dinner in a nice Japanese Restaurant and we had to request to sit in the booth because the tiny tables would make hard to get out and I can’t even try or play in twisting the hip.  I did not get lots of done but felt like I did … I have a hard time with the exhaustion but overall a slight improvement.

I have been very tired but trying to taking slow and be patient. I don’t have much help here since my whole family is in Brazil and my boyfriend is been working during the day and most of the people are working during the day.  I do my best and pray for the best.

The are is still bruising and the butterfly band-aids still on it did not fall yet. Noticed how swollen is it but the icing is going to help.

Hoping the next will be better. I already schedule PT for next week and can’t wait to start the official recovery.

My Surgery Experience – Hip Arthroscopy FAI Labral Repair Part 1

First 3 days and First experience in this recovery process.

For the first five days were rough, although I was in better shape than I had expected to be. If you are needing to have this surgery, make sure you have help 24/7 for the first 5-7 days. I needed help with *everything*, especially getting up to go to the bathroom overnight. I am stubborn and on the 3 days I kind of tried doing things on my on and just felt frustrated and went to the shower and cried my pain out.

Week 1 recovery from labrum and FAI hip arthroscopy.

The evening after surgery: I was surprisingly exhausted coming home from surgery, especially with so many meds I couldn’t get up at all and my alert state was super weak., but then physical fatigue set in within an hour. I started waking up two hours after surgery about four hours after my surgery, and dosed up with pain meds on IV and then continued to take it every four hours. At the three and a half hour mark, the surgical pain would start to come back and I knew I was almost ready for another. I never asked for meds for pain such desperation The one downside for me was that my mouth very dry, I needed water constantly. At the pos operation room I was itching my ass off and I couldn’t stand it was really annoying me and makes me super itching. I had to get up to use the bathroom before leaving a lot with all the water consumption, and all the fluids given during surgery. I tried using crutches but was very unstable on them. I decided that my boyfriend could help me I was adjusting but felt frustrated because the nurses were putting pressure to me to leave and felt awful I could fully awake it was really hard. I pee and got dressed and they didn’t let us take our time to go slow it freak hurts and the nurses not even let me stay one night. It was hard. Omg!

The regular toilet seat is low but is life! As far as going to the bathroom, I needed help for the first few times, and also discovered that wearing underwear was challenging – one more thing to pull up and down over my dressing – so I couldn’t not ditched that for a few days and made sure to wear something more loose (but appropriate, having a surgery in the middle of my period sucks! But on the bright side with so many meds is no cramps at all – I also needed to keep my compression hose right away. In order to not have a blood clot is needed to use this pantyhose stocking helps with leg swelling and bruising is common because of the way that your leg is in traction for surgery – your leg is locked into a ski boot device and the leg is pulled to create more space in the joint for the camera and surgical instruments.

I was out and even didn’t see anything. Literally super out!

Leg discoloration from swelling

Overnight, We set an alarm on my Amazon eco every 4 hours to remind to take my next pill. Plus we got the lamps for the lights turn on and off my request.  Keeping on schedule with your pain medication is vital to a quicker recovery – if your body is busy fighting the surgical pain, it can’t use all of its resources to heal! The only thing I noticed at night was my surgical gauze under my clothes was dried and didn’t notice any leakage as expected. After 48hrs we removed the bandages and change gauzes,  it made sense that it was the bloody irrigation from the surgery (normal). It was just a little bit nothing that I would expect but didn’t increase in volume throughout the night. I just had so much headache and numbness was losing day after day.

Labrum Hip arthroscopy

Surgical Dressing, labrum arthroscopy

Post-op day 1: The morning was rough, I had barely any sleep overnight – partly due to the Medication effects and my alarm going off every four hours, and partly due to getting up at night to use restroom every two hours and my slow maneuvering with crutches I also had to sleep in one position all night, on my back wedged between two pillows to prevent rolling on my side, which was very awkward for me. My voice was also very hoarse the whole day due to intubation during the surgery. I also got some meds for the itching as well, to help decrease the itch while taking meds, I am taking Naproxen and OxyContin for few days –  I also started to take the stool softener to help with bowel movements – as I would learn as the days went on, Pills makes you VERY constipated. Started the softener stool on my 3rd day but I should have started on the first day. The hip was very sore, as to be expected, but my Quad muscles were tired and worn out with small movements. I tried using crutches more during the day and try to get up of this bed as much as I can so blood flows -I continued with preventative icing, icing the incision area with cooler machine and ice works most of the day not much worry of timing as much icing set in to be the best as I could ice the incisions and the side of the hip where I had muscle soreness all at the same time. I also found that the non-surgery leg and glute and neck was killing me were very sore from supporting all of my weight on the crutches.

The biggest surprise of the day was when my boyfriend talked to my doctor after surgery and from my surgeon stated that surgery went as planned and there were no surprises found, that was smoothly and no problems.  He saw the tear and stuck back on the bone and also saw large size bone and made shorter, to smooth the rotation as normal.

I’m very thankful I had the surgery when I did!

Post-op Day 2: That night I slept better! I woke up with my alarm every four hours for pain meds and also got up to use the bathroom every time I needed to make things more efficient for me and my boyfriend finally slept more ( he deserved ) I still used the crutches at night, I felt more stable in the dark. Upon waking in the morning I had a moderate spasm in my erector muscles in the lumbar spine, most likely due to sleeping in one position at night and my new crutches. I applied an ice in the core areas back to relax the muscles while sitting on my sofa, and that seemed to help quite a bit within minutes I continued to have intermittent Quad pain and twitching around the knee, but it was less frequent. I remove the pads and no linkages and just sore, and the numbness in the Quad was less as well. I was still tired from meds too much headache and could not understand much pain and my boyfriend got me some Tylenol but we cut the strong meds for some hours since I have the Tylenol because my head can’t stop bouncing. Still no bowel movement at that point, so I continued with my meds as prescribed, light meals and soups. I took my first shower since surgery and definitely needed assistance getting in and out. I was holding the handle the whole time and focus on washing my hair that was itching a lot and easy to reach shower and wash my hair and let the water run thru my body and didn’t wash the area much since it was the First shower. My shower did not have a sprayer attachment so I would not be easier for me either. I was with my Surgery legs stretched out. So not the greatest shower but felt like a million bucks. That was great better than nothing.
Post-op Days 3 – These two days were more of the same from Day 2, but movement started getting easier, partly because I had less swelling in the joint and tissue, and partly because I had some functional processes down to help efficiency and mobility. The twitching migrated to my calf and glutes on my surgery side and less in the Quad. I felt less of a need for pain meds at the four-hour mark but continued every four hours to keep the pain managed. Once again I took a shower on Day 3 Maneuvering in and out of the shower was a little easier, but I still needed help but I kind of refused to it. He also had to help me put on my compression hose, underwear and pants because I still could not bend down in forwarding flexion. Directions from the surgeon indicated strict guidelines to not rotate the hip in the joint and not put the hip info extreme flexion (forward hip hinge) more than 90 degrees to protect the labrum repair and anchored sutures. Icing the hip also continued every few hours. I did some housework that was quite a lot and pushed hard and I shouldn’t so my back hurts now but promised myself not doing again. I am not going to be stubborn anymore.

It sucks but the floors need attention and need to change the sheets and I was frustrated because something that I usually accomplished in an hr was done for over 5 hours. I am the freak neat person and guys don’t care about that part as much as I do.

I am back in the bed and icing over the wounds and the sore parts and just going to be laying in this bed for the rest of the days ahead.

Excuse me, going to be sipping a smoothie that my boyfriend just made it.

I will keep you readers posted about this progress of mine.

 

 

Airlines failed

Disgusted by a man’s violent removal from an oversold flight, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called for a suspension to the widespread practice of overbooking.

Secondly, his words stated “To have somebody pay for a ticket, reserve a seat, be seated and then dragged off the plane physically by law enforcement officers at the direction of United (Airlines) — it’s outrageous,” Christie told CNN news.

It is definitely an absurd situation that is been around for years of Department of Transportation. Not only this situation as many others we have seen but this one video went viral and brutally shocking to see.

CEO of United Airlines had to experience something like that, which is very shame for a high-level company with someone so intelligent but too greedy to oversell tickets and let customers go thru this, he knew this policy and is not correct.

No human who pays for a flight ticket has the rights to be dragged out of this airplane. This is a clear and unfair situation that makes me so angry.

Policies of the department of transportation of Aviation should change this and pay more respect for customers. We are the ones who depend on flights and pays for it, and especially we are the ones who pays their salary and paychecks too.

In any circumstances an officer can cross boundaries when he is out there pulling people over, and be giving tickets or arresting people, we all need a probable cause to cross a certain line, but the officer is an officer who works for CPD which is very shame, been an order from united to drag someone from an airplane.

I am glad Christie can say something about it.

Maybe the Airlines should have offered more money, maybe the airlines should not have this form of discrimination buying people over.

Is gritty for a company not confessing that they are doing something simple wrong, overselling tickets.

Dr. Dao is not formed of guilt in this situation. The format of removing something out of aircraft is no difference than a cop using excessive force in a person out in the streets.

I am tired and exhausted to see scenes like this.

These companies are huge they are big,  they have money, competent people, at least that is what I want to believe. We have people that failed but we have to find a way to make changes that we don’t have to face situations like this again.

Outrageous that not only someone has to experience that but others won’t trust anyone, any company again like this.

Takes time to rebuild a name, and certainly it will have to require a lot of the politicians to come in and take over this absurd aviation policies.

I have to open my business and comply to it, and not have a business and just think for myself.

I am not sure how much more we will have to see in order to things positive change.

My New Planners

My couple new planners for this 2017 was the most loveable one. I can’t wait to have more to plan.

I just can’t even imagine how much we addict on crafts can calculate the cost and the love we put for the sake of our happy souls.  Colors, layouts, and especially the accessories, stickers and especially the inserts. I can always find something to complete or to dress my planner.

The Posh Planner and the Reset Girl are the ones we see often in stores and easily to shop online. I didn’t fall in love with the Reset Girl you will be able to find those models on their page.

The pictures that I post are the Posh inserts and binders.

Every time I planning with my planner I want more and more – it is getting to the point that I am seriously planning and organizing, scary!

 

 

Faith Planner

 

 

2017 monthly/weekday/daily Planner

RESOURCES:

Planners and inserts by simplestories.com

Shopping:  scrapingbook.com, amazon.com, hobbylobby.com

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A Time Away From Dancing

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For years in my dance career, between shows, events, weddings, solos, duets and shaking until the feet, body was exhausted plus pictures, gratitude, counting, plus the appreciations and starting all over again weekly and monthly basis this was my life, living a passionate hobby that feels like I couldn’t stop but as we all know some tournaments have pauses and seasons, shows has come backs and a moment to recharge is always good. This time will take some routing changings. The past few months after my last training and teaching classes I never have experienced such a journey, dealing with joint paint, one of the most common issues in the world. The single pain has changed so much of my daily routine and life itself, that is very intense learning and going thru the process.

I have taken breaks from dancing for so many reasons because without feeling happy is hard to find the tune with the moves. Pain is not a happy thing!  Dancing put me in many happy and fun places. It is nothing in life that brings me more joy and inspiration than dancing.

I wish I could do more, but dancing, eating healthy, exercising was not only the point as too much of what you do can do, it might impact you positively but as well negatively.

I have been dealing with a pain in my hip and with so many investigations thru different doctors, X-Ray and MRI’s taken. We concluded the research that is absolutely a Tear Labral with Hip Impingement FAI that needs to be taken care and after a Shot of Anesthesia to numb the location and observe the process of pain we come to the conclusion that the doctor was not as professional as we wanted to be, back to square one, we decided to find another competent Orthopaedic Surgeon and  one of the best doctors in Austin for athletic individuals who go thru tough sports injuries and need to get fix and he actually helped me get clarification and more attention to this situation.

After consultations and exams at the same day, I walked out confident enough after the first appointment and since I don’t have time and many options we made a decision that would be better to make a procedure instead of more injections.

Dealing with the pain put me in the terrible mood. I kept thinking I can’t believe I am going thru this. Some people think is no big deal, another thing is serious, and most of the people who went thru this roller coaster know what is to be in it.

I love dancing and miss going to that routine, friends, every Friday night an opportunity to decompress… but healthy comes first as I advise.

After reading, watching videos, listening to many people I understood that hip injuries, traumas and problems like mine with procedures are very common in middle age, or among dancers and athletes. I could never in my life imagine a hip going bad. I have torn my ankle, my knee but a hip! Get out of town, right!

So many hip exercises which are intense hip exercises as a belly dancer that never thought it could be that possible. Insane!

Acetabular dysplasia. Some people are born with a hip socket that is too shallow or too deep. They usually have a very good range of motion— sometimes too good. This type of hip is very prone to labral tears and early arthritis and should not be turned out at all. This condition can be picked up on an MRI study. Acetabular dysplasia is not common, can easily rotate the hip partly out of a socket that is already too shallow. These dancers should dance parallel to protect their hips for situations like mine.

Labral tears are characterized by sudden pains in the groin that often occur with certain motions like moving sideways,  hip drops, twisting, turning, sitting and standing is painful. There is a specific test for labral tears during the physical exam: With the patient lying down on her back (supine), the affected hip is flexed first straight up toward the chest with the knee bent. This is usually not painful. But when the knee is brought up in the same motion but more toward the midline (addicted) it will cause pain in the hip if a labral tear is present. That’s “the flexion-adduction sign.” It is not 100 percent accurate, but is highly suggestive and is usually an indication for getting a special MRI. Some labral tears are not very painful, so a physician will just keep an eye on it over time. If it gets worse, the dancer/athlete may need arthroscopic surgery to fix the problem, like me… I am going under a surgery next April 20 to get this over with it – will be my first procedure in my body performed, over had any hospital experience regarding surgeries, as you can imagine I am freaking out. I got to the point enough is enough… the pain is affecting my routine and my social life. I need to be back into my normal lifestyle, dancing and dedicating myself back on a stage.

Dancers who deal with it may be prone to arthritis of the hip later in life, but this is not known for sure because the condition often occurs even in non-dancers. Symptomatic arthritis is the usual indication for a hip replacement.

Thankfully I have found in time a good partner to support me in this process, without the support, it is hard, especially if the injury has taken activities is been a scratch out of the list. Having good things happening in the background is all you need to keep going. I plan to keep positive with the details. I confess I am scared but as any other procedure, it will take time and as first-time trooper is normal.

I am glad I have a good partner, good doctor, a good job and few friends to be there and encourage me to come back on the floor feeling brand new.

Discipline and courage are needed and I will be back in training again soon. Surgery takes time and all depends on my recovery I will be away from work and of course in physical therapy for  5 months. It is better going thru this now than having serious problems later in old age. Dancing is fun but limitation should be never be ignored.

Visit your doctor if you face hip pain and check out for details.

Happy Dancing for all my readers! Until next week with more updates!

 

4 Signs You May Be Facing Employment Discrimination

No one wants to work in an unpleasant work environment. However, if you believe your negative workplace experience crosses the line into employment discrimination, you may have a legal cause of action. People who exhibit and perpetuate discriminatory or abusive behavior typically do not make their intentions clear. Therefore, identifying workplace discrimination may be difficult.

However, the following five signs may be strong indicators of illegal behavior. Are you facing employment discrimination?

1. High Turnover Rate

If your company seems to continually recruit heavily for workers all year due to a high resignation rate among employees, this is a signed employee are not happy with their workplace. While a high turnover rate is not alone indicative of a discrimination issue, most people have a degree of tolerance for an imperfect work environment. Therefore, if a large number of employees leave the company shortly after being hired, the phenomenon may be caused by a serious issue within the company, and employees should be mindful that there may be a problem.

2. Suspicious Interview Questions

Workplace discrimination may be apparent as early as the interview process. An interviewer who asks questions that reference a stereotype or are otherwise inappropriate may be more likely to continue the inappropriate behavior after hiring you. Many companies must comply with diversity policies; however, not all managers readily agree with diversifying the workplace. For this reason, members of a protected class may be hired. However, abusive, discriminatory behavior may persist once the employee begins work at the company.

3. Strategic Assignment Of Work Duties

Workers who are the target of discrimination are often given lesser tasks or tasks that are impossible to successfully complete. Discriminating managers often employ this tactic to re-enforce the stereotype that people who belong to certain groups are incompetent in the workplace. According to Gittens & Associates, this work tactic may also be used specifically to build a case for having the employee terminated.

4. Demeaning Conversation Style

Part of what makes a workplace unpleasant for workers who are subjected to discrimination is the manner in which discriminating coworkers or supervisors speak to them. If you are consistently spoken to in a harsh or belittling tone for no apparent reason, or if discriminatory jokes are told and offensive comments are made in your presence, it is likely that you are experiencing the effects of employment discrimination. This is especially true if the comments consistently and specifically reference race, gender, religion, age, or sexual orientation.

If you think you are being discriminated against, it is important that you contact a lawyer to discuss your case. Don’t try to fight this problem alone.

 

Resource: Workindaily