I'm off the crutches and on my own two legs again!
After rough couple of days last week, it feels good to make some progress and have something to place in the "pros" column of my recovery pros and cons chart (Cons: brace, CPM machine, drainage, crutches, antibiotics, crutch chafing, Guyon's canal syndrome, near-miss with fatal skin reaction).
The first day I felt a little weak and awkward, and I discovered that walking normally in the brace is difficult (it's still set at 0 degrees extension, so all my walking has to be done ahead of my body).
The good news: the pain I felt prior to surgery is no longer there. It was a very distinct feeling, and I'm glad it's gone.
The bad news: I have some groin aching and pinching and hip flexor pain. I've been doing my best to avoid or minimize hip flexor tendinitis, but I appear to have a little.
I'm not sure what to make of the situation right now. I assume that the pain I'm feeling is normal, and it hurts because labrum was cut at that area and bone shaved down. I don't think it's a sign of failed surgery, because the pain I felt before is gone. I also don't think it's a sign of damage to the surgical site or weight-bearing too soon, because the pain is not really on impact. It grows after use (like, it hurts more after a long walk than after a night in bed resting), but pain is more related to internal rotation of the leg or adduction than weight-bearing. I think it's just pain because work was done in there, and it's still healing. I see the PT this morning, so I will check in with him and watch him Google it on his phone (his new phone - he upgraded with his first paycheck. This guy is an infant.).
Right now the pain isn't bad at all, but I don't want to do anything I shouldn't do, so I'm trying to take things easy. I know that it's my tendency to shrug off pain, and look where that got me? In a brace for 6 weeks!