Say Yes When You Are Saying No 

Yes, sometimes is just like that! We get invited to places and we throw out excuses “I am too busy” ” I have a lot of work to do” ” I can’t this time” ” “money is too short” etc… the basic trick of life is experiencing. I confess that life is not roses here, recently recovering from a surgery, away from work, and feeling extremely limited physically and financially speaking. I will tell you the ugly truth is that without money you don’t do anything but with friends around is always a room for chance to cheer someone up, to give some source of entertainment, there is nothing more exciting to be assisted in moments like this – that won’t put you back on the track but helps to live life still thinking is a good life, despite the odds.

I am grateful for having an amazing healing after my Hip Labrum Repair/ FAI  surgery and feeling positive but is, unfortunately, a long process and requires patience and dedication and money.

I didn’t want to get out feeling blah! But I say yes when I didn’t want to and took the opportunity to accept my boyfriend’s invitation to invite me to his parents home and enjoy the moments the scene and landscape. It truly raining cats and dogs here but didn’t impede us to have a great time outdoor and movie nights.

It just amazing when you open yourself up to experience new things when you feeling the worst! Oh boy, but those mojitos were fantastic and pretty much numb my senses and woke up like ” yes, I drank a lot”. It is been fun down here but definitely is something worth to experience and to make a difference! Been locked up at home with no social life truly drives me crazy but getting the final note of medical excuse and soon to be discharged. One more week and back to work!

Got to yes when I want to say no! Ha!

I  hope to be a smooth transition back to my old routine.

Hopefully, that works!

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Hip Labrum and FAI – PT Recovery

Hey, Folks!

Well, is been few days but I took more time to rest and get myself more organized this past few day. I am very happy to share that I have started my PT sessions and found a great place to kick off with great professionals; not much work to start out, but I had a great opportunity to know what to expect in the next sessions ahead.

I felt sore next day but very mild, nothing painful. I handled!  I have done some stubborn walking around the house. Urg… Dangerous, girl!

I had also last week my first post op appointment and things seem smooth like a butter. The doctor said I am doing great compared to some of his patients, is not everyone recovers in the same level. Recovery is a crucial part of going back feeling 100%. It truly depends on how much I am dedicating to continue the healing and requires a bit of discipline to keep up with good work.

The doctor also responds few questions but the good one is that  I can workout upper body and stay 5 weeks on crutches and have 8 weeks of PT once a week. So it isn’t bad as it looks, plus it isn’t forever.

Part of the whole deal feels like the time is going slow, but when I look back and see how much I survived it is amazing. The worst has passed!

I also had a good opportunity to do amazing things at home, like blogging, catching up with my fave shows and movies.

I love it all parts of the resting, but if you ask me if I would do all over again, I would but differently.

Yesterday, I submitted a feedback review for the Hospital as they requested and I had to be quite honest – I was rushed out after recovery like crazy, it was really stressful, zero respect!  OM goodness! I would never go back to that hospital again, for sure.

Let’s focus on the now, right?!

I did tons of things that put me into full recovery mode, mind, body, and soul! I hang at the pool this weekend 90 degrees here in Austin TX, super hot this Saturday. It feels nice to do something light and outdoor that don’t require much of my physical. I was super boring the entire weekend, for someone super active like me as to put up with the slow motion life, it the truly tough habit to grasp!

Anyways, I feel like new person adjusting at this point. I am back at work and feeling frustrating a little bit, part of the big frustrations are the walking around in crutches, it is tough, bathroom, lunch room, and halls back and forth. I stay in a special desk that raises when needed so helps 90% of the time.

My second PT appointment will be Thursday and hopefully will be a great one! Can’t wait! Super Excited! I am looking forward to the recovery.

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My Surgery Experience – Hip Arthroscopy Tear Labrum Repair and FAI

Post op 7th Day Recovering

One week is gone and I am still recovering with some pain but no medications thankfully, which has caused severe constipation and I finally had my bowel movement, halleluiah! After dramatic crying on my boyfriend’s shoulders, I decided to take the glycol powder laxative is very mild if taking right dosage. Amazing how that helped me; it is been a painful process but is the best. I had that from the previous time I had to take medications for pain, during my car accident recovering and felt constipated but never needed to take Glycol just change nutrition intake was enough to help me to make things change.  At this time it was really bad and I took Glycol with some water and boom! Such a relief feeling! Oh boy!

I am now for 7 days at home and been dealing with a crap TWC internet service which is the most dramatic process ever. Three technicians came to my house to fix a drop internet service – one week 3 tech visits, seriously?  and I have been paying cheap service to check emails and browse online which in one year never had problems but this time has been a nightmare.

I attempted to call research the opportunity with AT&T and sucks I can’t have it approved because ATT claims a $1000 bill in data usage of my old wireless account of  3 years ago for 10 years of relationship I had with them and since they can’t proof in papers what is the issue, they just went ahead and deny service. Beautiful, huh?! This is the world we are living! Not surprising I have been receiving checks of refunds of data for their lost lawsuits with federal trade department and each time proofs AT&T is under watch.

I have been having a terrible experience with Spectrum former TWC and imagine why someone bought it! I don’t see any future with this companies. I heard serious stories that I am from those technicians visiting my place, and didn’t sound professional but is the reality of this monopoly game with companies like this – they don’t deserve to succeed by misleading people while consumers are paying for a service and no service is been provided. It is super wrong!

Back into my recovering… I have been having a lower back pain and as I am looking for any form solution besides ice and heating pad I decided to flip my mattress to sleep, even though my mattress is not the double side, I had to flip anyways because we seemed to be syncing in a South Arabian sand called desert of Sahara while sleeping and I am waking up feeling awful body pain.

Socially speaking I had my first out and about and went to a happy hour and happy day and then we went to a karaoke see a couple of friends and left early, just a chill day for a chill couples. Funny how people look to you while walking in crunched, they are seeking the problem by X-ray vision on you and the problem is hidden!  Some people ask if I did hurt my feet I literally said: why my feet look fine!!!

Anyways…It was great, and confessing my sins I drank a little bit but my boyfriend was driving and since I’m not taking any medications it was great to feel normal for a bit. At least! Couple beers don’t kill!

It truly sucks not having full motion of your body and not able to be walking, as not yet fully active – I am slow motion person and no moving and the recovering is very long for someone who is zero patient with life and like me. I can handle but takes a lot bump on the roads to keep going.

At this point I am trying my best here to deal with the short-term leaving paycheck which will be less than I can manage and also with the pressure of the small medical bills and the monthly bill that I normally pay, it sucks the whole medical thing not only messes your body but your life in general. Some things are really stressful. Sometimes I feel completely losing my mind; hopefully things can change soon but for now, I am still grateful.

 

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.