I had my Five week follow up yesterday. I didn’t post yesterday because I also had my repeat OB/GYN visit (Love the doc, his assistants are irritating.), then the follow up, then a visit to employee health, then PT. After all that, I was done done done. Especially after going to the OB for a quick follow up for my osteopenia and being grilled by the assistant about my choice of birth control!
I had really worked myself up into a lather about how I was doing. I think it did not help that the Physical Therapist was entirely never reassuring, he just always looked worried about my pain.
SO. My pain is normal. I am doing well. I am progressing like I am supposed to be. The PT was basing his concern (if he was concerned?) on one other person who had a similar procedure and became pain free.
What a relief! Dr. Brcka explained to me, without violating HIPPA that the procedure I had was more complicated than the other one that my PT was referring to and that it was definitely going to be more painful. I can deal with pain, as long as I know it is supposed to be present.
He also gave me a copy of the actual rehab protocol. I should have asked the PT for it, because now I can see exactly what I am supposed to be doing and how often! I feel a little more in control.
My PT looked pretty relieved when he saw me smiling away as I cycled. The first thing he said was, “Wow, big smile!”
I noticed, not surprisingly, he was much more willing to work with me as a cheerful person…and I think he was a lot less concerned regarding having me do the exercises. I know I have issues with very negative people when I am working….so not surprising that he may have as well.
He did, I noticed, stop really distracting my hip from the joint, and then asked me what the doc had said about that….which was nothing. This does make me think some sort of communication went on between the two of them that i am unaware of, in that perhaps he was told *not* to do it. But its just hard to tell.
One thing I think would be nice is if rather than having me go to the appointment and then relay information…I think the MD, the PT and the patient could all sit down together for 20 mins. I know that would be expensive, but it would surely make communication much much easier. I have a slight advantage being a Nurse, so I can not even imagine how confusing all this would be if I were not.
And I have one more month off of work. Employee health was not entirely excited about that, in fact they were surprised. But I am protected by law, and really after she got over it she mentioned several times how much worse it would be if I were to go back against the physicians recommendations. Since I am feeling better, I do plan to try to make the best of my month off and really care for my body and my home. I hope to get rid of a lot of clutter…and maybe arrange things in a more comfortable fashion. Plus I need to start eating normally again. My trainer really got me hooked on Milkshakes. Yum Yum. I have put on 8 pounds! Soo, I brought him one the other night because he could put on 8 with no issues….