Cheers to Two Weeks!

Today I am two weeks post-op! Yesterday I had my first in home PT session. Friday I returned to HSS for a post-op appointment with Dr. Allen. My stitches were removed and my brace extended from 60 degrees of flexion to 30! I will be getting back to work this week, but before I do I quick how-to guide:

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Did you think I was going to teach you how to rupture your hamstring?! In all seriousness, there are very few resources available online to help prepare for a hamstring repair: before, during hospital stay, and after. I was lucky to find a few good ones here, here and here, and am so grateful for extensive and ongoing communication with surgery veterans Michelle and Heather. Hopefully these ridiculous lists serve as a resource for others facing similar procedures!

Shopping List:

  1. Amazon Dot/Alexa
  2. Heavy Duty Crutch Tips
  3. Crutcheze: Crutch Pads + Crutch Bag
  4. Slippers/No-Slip Socks
  5. Body Pillow: essential for sleeping in the brace
  6. Slip-On Shoes/Hickies
  7. Elevated Toilet Seat with Arms
  8. Hip Replacement Kit: 26″ Grabber, Contoured Sponge, Sock & Stocking Aid, 18″ Plastic Shoehorn
  9. Shewee
  10. Ischial Tuberosity Pillow
  11. Baby Wipes
  12. Dry Shampoo
  13. Bed Pads 
  14. Nathan Power Shower 
  15. MedMobile Bathtub Grab Bar
  16. Safety Grab Bar 
  17. Side Snap/Velcro Thongs
  18. Thin Tapered Workout Pants: make sure you really like these because you won’t be taking them off for 10 days. Wear/bring these to the hospital
  19. Walker/Crutch Cup Holder
  20. Razor Extension
  21. Backpack
  22. Side Snap Warm Up Pants
  23. Waterproof Band Aids

Note: These are the need to haves. Nice to haves not included!

To Do List:

  1. Archie Bunker Chair (Couch)
  2. Line up six weeks of assisted living (babysitting!!)
  3. Move everything you might possibly need to high shelves/cabinets
  4. Clean
  5. Do Laundry
  6. Mani/Pedi
  7. Grocery Shop
  8. Do Hair: you won’t be washing it anytime soon!
  9. Wax/Shave: same concept as above
  10. Prep ice packs
  11. Cancel all outings/trips within six weeks of surgery date
  12. Make a work from home plan
  13. Brace (yourself!) for the visuals below
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10 Days Post-Op

 

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24/7 with this rib to ankle monster for four more weeks!

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The long crutch is the new long run!

Hanging on by a Hamstring

As usual many months have passed since my last blog post and unfortunately this time around the update is a lot more like this than this. WARNING: In the interest of keeping this short and (relatively) sweet, an excessive amount of GIFs will be used. So here we go…

Where have you been? After a great experience at Grandma’s in June,  I was eager to get back into the swing of marathon training with a full build-up. Chicago was close but seemed like a solid bet. I set my sights on a PR and got to work. My body had other plans. Training felt like this. 

Then what happened? This kind of email arrived in my inbox on September 3rd. It was from Susan Dun the USA Team Manager for the World 50k Championships offering me a spot on the team. I excitedly accepted and booked a ticket to Doha, Qatar. How could I turn down a spot on Team USA?!

And then? Everything about the experience was out of this world amazing except one teeny part: with about 10K left in the 50K race, my left hamstring did this. After 13 years of proximal hamstring tendinopathy that started during my years of competitive figure skating,  and continued on with me into my running career, my hammy was done.  I finished the race even thought it felt like this, survived the 14 hour flight home sitting next to this, and found out a few days later (MRI) that I had suffered a complete full-thickness tear of the left hamstring origin from the initial tuberosity with 3.1 cm tendon retraction superimposed on severe hamstring tendinosis.

Translation please!  I ripped my hamstring out of my ass and it needed to be reattached. Surgery would be the only way to reattach and reattaching would be the only way I would walk without a limp.

Is this a common injury? Nope! Usually happens to these types who do this or this.

How long is the recovery? #$%&?!

What is next? Returned home from HSS on 11/30 after a successful surgery performed by Drs. Answorth Allen & Duretti Fufa. Thanks to this superstar for getting me in with the best! Now lots of this, this and this!!

Stay tuned here for more (serious?) updates on my recovery!! xo Sarah