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Chrissy Bailey

Posted on September 03 2014

In March of 2009 I started having pain when I walked and at first I blew it off as muscle spasms but then it got worse. I saw my doctor who had me get x rays right away. Later that day I was told I had Avascular Necrosis. On April 12, 2009 I had my first surgery but they did not want to do a hip replacement due to my age at the time (43) so they did what is called a drill and fill. This is where the drill a whole and fill it with bone pieces and fragments. Since my bones were so brittle, In June of 2009 I broke my femur bone so they had to put a rod in from my hip to my knee. Then my left leg started to get worse so they did a complete hip replacement in 2010 when I was 44. The drill and fill they did on my right hip did not last very long so they had to do a complete hip replacement on my right hip but first they had to take the rod out of my leg. That surgery was done July of 2011. I had to wait about 6 months to heal from that and then in April of 2012 I had a total hip replacement on my right hip. So since 2009 when this whole thing started I had a total of 5 surgeries on my right leg and 1 on my left leg. Now due to all the surgeries and trauma to my legs, I know have Lymphedema in both legs with the right leg being worse then that left. I also now have a pump at home that I have to use approximately 30 minutes a day to help with circulation. Most days I have pain. I can't sit too long, walk to long or stand to long. I am only 48 and have to live with the fact that the 2 hip replacements effect a lot of aspects of my life and what I can and can't do. I went from working full time at a job I loved and making a good living to now being on SS disability and I can only work PT. My income dropped about less then half of what I was making so I have had to make a lot of adjustments. The good side is I am alive, I can walk, I have family and friends that love and support me and it could always be worse. I try to make the most of my situation and I try not to feel sorry for myself as that is not going to get me anywhere.

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