Mind over Matter. Thursday 29th March.

On Maundy Thursday last year I was setting out on my walk through Scotland, propping myself up on my poles of Hazel and Ash and heading for Knoydart. This Easter I’ll have to stay at home, while the others head to Gometra, and hope to be ready to go with them in July.

Yvette Primrose Knoydart#

Until Tuesday (a week after the surgery) I couldn’t lift my leg up at all, and now I’ve noticed that I can’t lift it out sideways (abduction). Tuesday evening I sat and stared at it trying to get a message through, but it was playing completely dead. It’s a weird feeling, almost like having forgotten how to move, and is like trying to lift something inert with the power of my mind – using psychokinesis. I had quite a supernatural feeling when the leg eventually, and haltingly, lifted a few inches. I went through the whole thing again this morning, lying on my side and trying to lift the leg upwards (sideways).

It’s been scary, thinking that I might have a damaged femoral nerve, but even if that’s true I’m guessing that being able to move the leg, even with effort, means that any problem is likely to be reversible. The op was, after all, a controlled car crash, so the nerve might have been stretched or compressed a bit. The bruising on the thigh is starting to show now, giving some sign of the trauma.

On most of the websites discussing this anterior approach to hip replacement, they say that there is no reason why the patient shouldn’t be walking in a few days after surgery, and without crutches after a week or two. But the forum threads I’ve read show a range of recovery times well beyond this.

I’m trying to reassure myself that my complete dependence on crutches, 9 days after the surgery, is perfectly fine. I’ve also decided that the only way that I’m going to be able to keep moving, trusting that this is the best form of rehab., is to stay on high doses of pain relief.


3 thoughts on “Mind over Matter. Thursday 29th March.

  1. Gosh, what a contrast between this year and last for you. I imagine it feels tough. Convalescence can be a slow process, “average” recovery times not always helpful! Plus the statistical outliers can be so annoying………I came across one person after stoma surgery who said she only needed pain relief for one week and was back at work after a fortnight…….and she couldn’t see why anyone needed to be off for any longer……amazingly I managed not to thump her when I met her!

    I’ve just embarked on reading the Scottish section of your expedition, it – and you – are amazing.

    Concert on Radio 3 tomorrow evening, Dream of Gerontius from Kings, will probably be breathtaking if you’re looking for something to do – and if you like Elgar and Newman’s poetry, of course!


    1. Earlier reply went too soon on account of waving my hand too near the screen! The concert sounds just the thing for me just now so will put in the gaping schedule of activities 😊


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