It kind of went like this:
Draining wound => Fever, chills, short illness => Bactrim DS prescription => Terrible oral ulcers, mostly under the tongue, a Bactrim side effect => Guyon's Canal Syndrome
Guyon's Canal Syndrome is basically a pinched ulnar nerve, thanks to pressure on the palms while on crutches. It's not the end of the world, but my pinky fingers are numb and my palms ache. It makes using crutches tough. Now I'm working with crutches I can't use, and I can barely speak thanks to mouth sores. Not exactly a picnic.
Oh, and finally my hip started complaining a little. I'm probably putting a little pressure on it because I'm struggling with the crutches, and it aches and pinches. I was worried that I'm feeling a pinch right where I felt pain before the surgery, but I think that's normal - after all, that's where the work was done! A really nice member of Varsity Sports, my running group, emailed me about her surgery last year. I've never met her before (we're a large group and I only run with them for Monday track) but she saw my post to the group about surgery and reached out to me. I asked her about the pain and she said she felt the same thing, and it takes a long time to return to normal. She's 9 months out and still in PT, although she's finally back to running, so that is a sobering lesson to me to not expect too much, too soon.
This weekend I had to go to a nephew's birthday party at that hell-hole, Chuck E Cheese's, and the theme was Transformers. I impressed by being the only grown up in a Transformer costume:
|I transform into a wheelchair, I suppose.|
Speaking of costumes, dressing with the brace has been a bit of a challenge. One look I like is a tight undershirt or camisole that stays put under the brace, then a boxy crop top over it. It sort of minimizes the brace. You can't really tell in this picture...which is the point. I just look a little lumpy.
|Those are wedges, but yes, I have definitely worn heels while on crutches!|
I still feel like a blob in an awkward brace, but at least I'm a coordinated slob in a trendy crop top.