After my first visit with Dr. Sankar, I transitioned into routine trips into Philly. I’m typically a bit directionally-challenged, but I can (almost) guarantee I can give you (almost) perfect instructions for how to get to CHOP via public transportation.

My next visit, on SProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preseteptember 4, was actually to a branch of Jefferson Hospital to visit the colleague Dr. Sankar recommended, an experienced ultrasoundologist (Dr. Nazarian) who could take a close look at the inner-workings of my hip and provide clarity on my situation.

The ultrasound showed a tear in my labrum as well as an abnormally shaped IT band. Yet again my symptoms and test results collided in confusion.

Dr. Nazarian proposed the idea of a “needle tonotomy” to help break up what appeared to be scar tissue on my IT band. A “needle tonotomy” is a minor procedure in which a topical numbing agent is applied and a large needle is repeatedly stabbed into the area of scar tissue. (Lovely description, am I right?)

I thought he was mentioning it as an option and prepared to schedule another appointment to see him. Nope. He said, “As long as I am in the room with you, you are still my patient. Let’s give it a try right now.”

Thank you Dr. Nazarian for going out of your way in kindness, for demonstrating the heart of what it means to be a doctor: compassion. I haven’t seen you again, but you played a key role in my story. 

The main idea of getting the tonotomy was to follow it with 6-8 weeks of stretching and see if it alleviated my pain.

A few weeks later, I started physical therapy again (at Lancaster Physical Therapy) to work on stretching my IT band and overall strength in my hips.

Weeks went by and my body felt stronger but the pain remained…

So I returned to CHOP and Dr. Sankar on October 8.

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“Today…the news I had been waiting for, waiting waiting waiting for… was shared…oh, God…here I am – I’m getting hip surgery again. AGAIN. again – Again… I’ve been in this pain for over a year and a half with no respite and now 1 surgery, countless PT sessions, needles stabbed, tests taken, stretches and exercise and tears – I must undergo another operation…”

Fear.

I was overcome with fear, this all too familiar companion.

But, like Ann Voskamp says in one of my favorite books, One Thousand Gifts, “All fear is but the notion that God’s love ends.” And God’s love never ends.

Breathe deeply. Surgery #2 is necessary for true healing.

If you say “the Lord is my refuge,” and you make the most high your dwelling, no harm will overtake you… “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him.”
Psalm 91

0 thoughts on “AGAIN. Again. | My Hips Don’t Lie: Part 11

  1. Linz,
    Always such a meaningful recounting of all you have been through…I am amazed at the path that you have taken, and the trust you have developed in the process….!

  2. Lindsey,
    This is a great post. I really like your writing style! I thought it was neat how you included the picture of your journal as well. I think showing the actual writing, pen to paper, gave it a little more depth. The verse at the end was great too. Awesome job!

  3. Lindsey, I really like how you incorporate meaningful images. Obviously, you must be taking pictures all the time to get some of the photos you include :) . I also like how you mention the different doctors and what roles they played in your recovery. On that note, I think that it would be beneficial to have links to either hospital or even the pages that talk a little bit about the doctors. There may be someone reading your blog who has hip trouble too. This would make it easier for them to find the information. Keep up the good work!

  4. Your writing always compels me Lindsey. Compels me to put myself in your shoes and wonder if I would have responded with such grace but honesty as you did; thank you for sharing this journey with your readers. As far as the set up of your blog goes… brilliant! I love the picture at the top, signifying your city transportation. And then to see your hand-written journal entry was special, unique and made the reader feel like we are some how walking this journey with you. Great job Lindsey!

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