Last night marked my one-year anniversary of my right PAO surgery. I’ve come a long way, baby! This year has not been without its challenges, most recently being the loss of my fur baby of 14 years, Evie (she crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 11/10/15). Evie was with me for a large part of my recoveries, laying and purring right next to each operated hip. The void is immense, but I am eternally grateful for her company while I was at my weakest, saddest, and loneliest. I joke and say she was the love of my life, and in a way, she was. Here is a picture of us when I was eight weeks post op from my first (left) PAO:
Despite my loss, I have so much to celebrate. I FINALLY feel normal. My “new normal” feels good, though I still have stiffness and soreness. I ignore it as I know I am bad about stretching and its different than the 24/7 pain that I used to have. I don’t have to think about proper gait when I walk. I can run. Last month, I started kickboxing (with heavy bags and speed bags, this is the real deal!) three times a week and I feel great. I am entertaining being on a relay team of fellow PAO Warriors for the 2016 Colorado Trail Ragnar in Snowmass in early June (I would run 3×5 miles). I started The PAO Project, so those diagnosed with hip dysplasia, considering PAO surgery or recovering from surgery can find a source of information and inspiration. This led to the recent publication of my anthology, “Onward! Navigating Hip Dysplasia, PAO Surgery, and Beyond.” I hope that this is the beginning of bigger and better things regarding increasing awareness of hip dysplasia, and I want to be instrumental in making that happen.
If you are interested in purchasing the anthology, here are the links:
Worldwide: Order through my Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/260688343/onward-navigating-hip-dysplasia-pao?ref=shop_home_active_2
My final post op appointment is February 19, 2016. I am sure things will change a lot by then for the better; I am planning on it!