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Jul. 24th, 2010 @ 06:41 pm Five year update
I'd intended to update this after seeing my local orthopedic surgeon for a 5-year check-up. However, I had to put that off after finding out that I am pregnant back in February.

My hip has held up quite well so far. At 7 months pregnant, I haven't had much in the way of hip pain unless I've done a lot of walking (and I do have some residual osteoarthritis in that hip). I had problems in my first pregnancy when lying down, and I've been able to help that some with a memory foam pad on my bed.

This baby is head down and I hope to be able to share if I had any issues during the pushing phase of labor. I have a fear of a nurse pushing my thigh back too far and re-injuring my hip.
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Oct. 17th, 2009 @ 08:51 pm Looking for Guest Posts
Over the last four years, I've been asked a lot of questions that I can't answer. People will ask about returning to running, recovery with children, and other things that I didn't experience. Rather than let this blog languish as just the record of my experience, I'd like to offer others a place to share their stories. Just comment here and let me know if you'd like to contribute. I will not publish the comments publicly so you can keep as much online anonymity as you'd like.
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Sep. 10th, 2009 @ 09:22 pm New Links Added
I've added new links to the top of the page.

Hip Universe is a great resource for all hip issues, including PAO and THR (total hip replacement). Their forum is a wonderful resource for learning about other people's experiences and for asking questions.

HipWomen is a support group geared toward women with CHD/DDH (hip dysplasia).

I've also linked to my surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, as well as two good pages explaining the procedure I had.

If you know of any links I should add, please leave the information in a comment. Thank you!
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Jun. 30th, 2009 @ 09:32 am 4 years after PAO

That's what my scar looks like after 4 years. It's certainly not pretty, and it does show both above and below my swimsuit bottoms. I also have some nerve damage that appears to be permanent. It feels like a slightly ticklish, sensitive spot running across the top of my thigh. It has diminished significantly with time, and I hardly notice it now.

But I can run and jog and jump and chase after my little boy, who is now almost two. He runs and skips everywhere and speaks in complete sentences. I'm so glad I had the surgery when I did, because being off my feet now would be tough.

Before surgery, I weighed 150 lb. I had trouble going up stairs, and my hip throbbed when I stood for any length of time. When the surgeons opened me up, they found a ganglion cyst as well as the early osteoarthritis we already knew about. Six months after surgery, I weighed 165 lb. That was my heaviest point. I wasn't working the physical therapy the way I needed to and still had some issues with weakness.

Today, I weigh about 118 lb. I can chase around my son, jog around the neighborhood with my dog, and run up the stairs. At 31, I feel good.
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Jun. 9th, 2008 @ 01:02 pm summer again
Well, it's summer again, thank goodness. I got extremely tired of snow this winter. My hip continues to do pretty well, although it is not perfect. I'm most comfortable carrying my son on my right hip, and unfortunately that does make it ache some. Walking around with him at night when he needs soothing can hurt a bit too. But that is to be expected with 18 pounds of squirmy boy holding onto me.

I still haven't made it to the gym, but we are walking every day, sometimes twice a day. My lowest weight was 128 back in February, and now I'm up to 133, so I'm trying to cut back on the cookies, but it's tough!

Here's my little man, who just started to crawl.

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Feb. 20th, 2008 @ 03:38 pm missing photos
Just wanted to update that I know all the images on this blog have disappeared. Comcast is "upgrading" their website building services, and in the process they've removed access to everything I have stored there. They've also changed it so that all my images are marked as private, so they don't show up online anymore. As soon as I can resolve that, photos will be put back.
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Jan. 4th, 2008 @ 02:47 pm long overdue update
My son is now almost five months old. He ended up spending 40 days in the NICU and came home at 5 lb 4 oz. Last week he weighed 12 lb 9 oz. He rolls over from tummy to back, holds his head up, blows bubbles, smiles and coos and laughs, and loves his bath. Right around his due date he even finally learned how to nurse (I'd been warned it probably wouldn't happen), and was exclusively breastfed until I went back to work after Thanksgiving. Now I pump and he gets bottles during the day. He has already been sick once, with bronchiolitis he caught during his first week in daycare (of course), but breathing treatments helped clear that up. Aside from being a bit small for his age and his continuing issues with acid reflux (he takes Prevacid), he is a pretty normal kid.

As for Mama, between not gaining much during pregnancy, pumping and nursing, and giving up dairy because it upset his stomach, I am now down to 130 pounds. I haven't been at this weight since my wedding six years ago. I feel pretty good, though I wish I could get back to the gym. I haven't been there since I was put on bedrest in July. I do still have days where my hip is stiff, and in the fall sometimes it would ache when we took walks in the cold. But it is still miles better than it was pre-surgery. I will try to see my local OS at Illinois Bone and Joint this spring and see how it looks on x-ray.
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Sep. 11th, 2007 @ 03:06 pm Quick update
After one month in the Special Care nursery, my son now weighs 4 lb 9 oz and is eating more than half his food through a bottle rather than the tube. We hope he'll be home in about two weeks. I've recovered quite well from surgery and feel a bit tired but generally fine.

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Aug. 16th, 2007 @ 02:04 pm well, that was unexpected...
Well, Sunday I wasn't feeling well, and had some pains that started getting closer together. I called the doctor and he suggested I come in for monitoring, but he wasn't concerned. When I arrived at the hospital at 9 p.m., the nurse checked me and found that I was completely dilated and my baby was breech. Owen arrived by c-section at 10:39 p.m., 9 weeks and 3 days early.

So I won't be able to share with you all what the third trimester is like after PAO, nor can I share anything on pushing with a PAO. Instead, much of my time is now taken up with my own recovery from surgery, pumping breastmilk every two hours, and visiting my little boy in the NICU every day. He's beautiful and doing very well, but he won't be home for about six weeks.

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Jul. 13th, 2007 @ 06:27 pm new developments
Well, my hips have begun to get sore lately, mostly from being stuck on my side and having to sleep only on my sides. I haven't seen my surgeons since April 2006, so I haven't been able to ask any questions about PAO and pregnancy, but they never had any concerns before I got pregnant.

Unfortunately, the uterine anomaly I've mentioned has caused some weakness in my cervix and I've been placed on bedrest as of Wednesday. I'm not sure how long it will last, but I'm only 26 weeks pregnant, so this little man needs quite a few more weeks inside me to fully cook.

Sorry I haven't responded to comments lately; this has been pretty scary for us.
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