the waiting was the worse part

I typed this up on Friday, but since I had already posted about my overly enthusiastic son, I thought I’d just schedule this one to post on Monday.  Hopefully, by the time you read this, the constant pain in my hip will be a memory.

Today I’m bedridden.  Not for any serious health issues or anything, but it is doctor’s orders.  This morning I had the joy and privilege of getting an injection into my hip joint.  I don’t like needles.  I’ve mentioned this before when I talked about my appointment with the hip specialist.

I was at the hospital this morning for almost 2 hours for a 13 minute procedure.  Long time, I know.  The hip injection using a fluoroscope is treated very much like a surgery only there’s no general anesthesia.  Instead, they do a “local” using a small amount of a numbing agent to numb the skin where they do the injection.  They send in the dye to make sure the medicine is going in the right place, then they inject the steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.  It really was quite quick and not nearly the “needle of death” that I was expecting.  This was one of those situations that I can truly say, and believe myself when I say it, that the waiting was the worse part.

My hip has been marinating in cortizone since 10:00 this morning.  I hope it’s going to work.

Anyway, because they want the medicine to stay as close to the joint as possible, and because of the numbing agent they added to the cortizone inside the hip (to provide immediate relief from the pain while the cortizone works), the discharge orders were to “take it easy” for the rest of the day.

So I’ve been sitting in bed, surfing the internet, researching homeschool curriculae, finishing a book that’s overdue (The Apostle by Brad Thor.  In case you were curious) and basically enjoying not having to do anything for a while.  Oh, and I did manage to teach math and Language Arts to Monkey.  That was easy.

The kids have been remarkably well behaved.

Trey has been wonderfully helpful when I’ve needed it (and he’s cooking dinner tonight, too – yum!)

Maybe getting the hip injection wasn’t so bad after all.


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