This morning, I woke up at 5am. Normally, like any young adult, my reaction would be to groan at waking up at such an ungodly hour, but today I was ecstatic, I slept for five consecutive hours last night! After the week I’ve had, where I’ve been lucky to get an hour total, it felt absolutely amazing to get some proper sleep.
My pain is now finally under control as well. It’s still there, and probably will be for a while, but unfortunately there’s no magic pill that I can take where suddenly poof, I’m cured.
I had my appointment with my physiotherapist today, and that was like another weight lifted off my chest. After the initial part of my consultation, where I discussed the history of this injury, he confirmed that, contrary to what the hospital had said, I was correct in my assumption that the hip subluxed. That’s not to say that it was pointless going to the hospital, as I could not have coped with another day in as much agony as I had been suffering, but from previous experience A&E are ill-equiped to deal with joint and soft-tissue related injuries. During the appointment, he did some gentle distraction of the hip joint, as well as some pain relief treatment with the laser pen and TENS electrotherapy.
Because it’s been a while since I’ve seen him, we also discussed what’s coming up in relation to my medical team and care plan. He was pleased that I had continued with the Exercise Physiologist he referred me to in November, but agreed that, as my general symptoms were getting worse and several doctors this year had queried EDS, it was a good idea to be seeing a Rheumatologist next week to determine where exactly I fall on the spectrum of the various hypermobility disorders.
I came out of the appointment finally feeling positive about my health for the first time this week. He gave me a forearm crutch to trial, and I’m already a massive fan. Honestly, I’ve known my physio since I was 13, and he always goes above and beyond to make sure I get the care that I need. Because it’s a public holiday on Monday, and I am hoping to return to work and resume my uni assessments on Tuesday, he’ll call me specially tomorrow to assess whether I need to come in on Saturday to be cleared for work, or if I require additional rest.
Personally, as much as I love snuggling up in bed with a fluffy blanket and a good book, I’m starting to go crazy stuck at home. I’m crossing all my fingers (and toes!) that I can get out of here on Tuesday!