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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Just Do It: THE PAO

The PAO.  Those letters sound terrifying.  Really.  Who wants their pelvis broken, twisted, then screwed back together.  Nobody in their right mind.  So, perhaps I am crazy, but I am going to call the surgeon's office this week and schedule a left PAO.  Ugh, I can't believe that I just typed that. 

So here are the plans: suck up the next 6-7 months doing medical school rotations and then take all of my vacation at one time (giving me 7 weeks off).  So at 8 weeks post op, I will return back for one month of rotations (likely radiology/pathology...something that is not very intense), and then I'll have a month off after this rotation before I start residency.  It ends up that I will be 15ish weeks when I start up my new job (wherever that may be).  It sounds reasonable to me!

In the mean time I have a lot of 'hanging in there' to do!  It's a daily struggle as I can't stand for more than 2 minutes without needing to sit down. I'm taking Tramadol almost daily.  I am not sleeping well anymore.  I suppose this all comes with the territory of having dysplasia, but doesn't mean I have to like it.  So, that's the scoop.

Now I have several months to mentally prepare myself for this surgery.  And I'm gonna kick the PAO in the butt! The left hip better watch out, cuz he won't know what hit him!

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