I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous...Now Read My HIPS!

Now Read My HIPS! is returning very soon. My blog is currently under construction. I am doing some minor renovating and will begin blogging for the New Year, possibly before. I can't wait to start up again. I have missed all of my followers! I love every single one of you! You have helped me to become who I am today! I could never have continued my blog without all of your support. Please be patient, and please continue to support this blog as well as my other blog Chronically Mommy. Pass this information on to anyone that you know may be interested in knowing...To be continued...

I had my shoulder and both hips replaced, and I am changing things up a bit on this blog! I began belly dancing in 2010! Yes you read that correctly!! I am going to be blogging about my experience as a woman with several joint diseases and conditions who had her shoulder and both hips replaced who now belly dances and performs! I still have pain, but I want to blog about how I have fun too! Now Read My HIPS! Please read Chronically Mommy (chronicallymommy.blogspot.com) for info on health/pain.

Hi, I have avascular necrosis in my shoulders, hips, and knees, psoriatic arthritis, sjogren's, fibromyalgia, and hypermobility. I found out that I have autoimmune arthritis in my cervical spine and a bulging disk in my lumbar spine. Seven years ago my spine orthopaedic surgeon told me I had a small amount of autoimmune arthritis in my SI joint. The question still remains: Is the spinal involvement due to Psoriatic Spondylitis, which is a more severe form of Psoriatic Arthritis or is it a new diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis? Whatever the diagnosis, the treatment will remain the same. I had my left hip replaced in 2003 & my right shoulder replaced in March of 2010. I literally gave my right arm to be ambidextrous! LOL! Lastly, I had my right hip replaced on May 10th, 2012.

I began belly dancing. Yes that's correct! I began belly dancing in 2010, so now it is time to "read my hips." Pain is still another part of my life. It is just a question of when, where and how much, but I would like to use this blog to write about my experience as a woman with several joint diseases and conditions who had both hips and a shoulder replaced and now spends her free time belly dancing and performing! I belong to a dance troupe since February of 2014, Seshambeh Dance Company. I am dancing weekly with my troupe in an advanced class and on Saturdays with another class which focuses on exercise and being a strong woman. I am performing a lot more often now, at least 4 or 5 times per year! Join me in my journey!

At times, I take 16 to 20 pills a day. I go every 4 weeks to the to get a 2 hour IV for my autoimmune arthritis diseases. Just when one thing seems to be doing better, something else goes downhill! My attitude, however, is always going uphill! I am 42 years old, have been married 16 years, and my husband and I adopted Mick in Dec. of 2010! I have a lot on my plate right now, but I take it one moment at a time. I believe that God will never give me more than I can handle. However, I do need to learn to ask for help sometimes instead of always doing it by myself!



(Formerly "I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous!")

Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
But every now and then I feel so insecure,
I know that I just need you like I've never done before.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these daya are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me, help me, help me, oh.

Now Read My HIPS!

Now Read My HIPS!
Asmara "Beautiful Butterfly"

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This Time I Really Did Give My Right Arm...At Least My Right Shoulder...

Well yesterday morn, I had a humeral head replacement surgery at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA.  The surgery lasted 2 hours. I did fine in recovery, and got to my room around 3 pm. They gave me a nerve block in that arm, along w/ general anesthesia.  I actually fely no pain yesterday, the day of surgery...of course, I knew it would be short lived. I was told by my surgeon that a normal sized adult who has a nerve block like I had, would have it wear off by midnight.  He said that for me though, since I'm so small, it probably wouldn't wear off until 2 a.m. Well, I proved him wrong.  My block wore off at 10:30 p.m.!!! That just goes to show you that when you take as many drugs as I do, your tolerance for those kinds of drugs goes up.  It truly is amazing.


So today, I woke up and thought, "who the hell beat the f*@& out of me in my sleep?"  It was a complete 180!

Today, I had 2 shots of morphine in my ass, oxycontin 20mg 12 hours apart, and 10mg of oxycodone every 3 to 4 hours.  It has been tough!  My doc changed my dressing and thought it would be a hoot to move my shoulder in a complete circular rotation!! WTF!!! Then P.T. came to work on my exercises!  Again WTF!!!

This is supposed to be the worst day--the day after surgery--2nd post-op day!!! I've almost made it through.  Tomorrow is another day!

2 comments:

Mo said...

Dana, I was thinking of you today because I know it was your surgery day. I can't even believe you actually got on the computer and posted! Praying the meds start working better and for a longer period of time. At least it's done now, but now you have new pains to handle. Keep your chin up Girlie!! I'll be thinking of you! Maureen

Mo said...

Just a note to say I hope you're feeling stronger today.
maureen

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