I am back from vacation.
Had a great time and it was my first “sightseeing” vacation since my ski accident/ hip pinning surgery and I know now where I am at in my recovery (5 months PO).
The good news – I could do more than expected but I also learnt a few tough lessons.
At the airport I could walk to gates which where nearby, longer distances I still used the wheelchair assistance. Carrying my backpack not only slowed my walking down, it made me limp and used up more energy, faster.
I had my crutches along and would have actually used them but at the time of need I was stuck nowhere near our hotel (where my crutches were) and had to deal with the situation, without them.
One time in particular I completely misjudged the walking distance and not only ran out of energy but went into pure survival mode. Sights which I usually would have enjoyed and taken photographs of did not matter to me anymore; I shuffled away in slow motion, tiny steps and with a big limp, till the next bench. It was brutal. I would have given something to have access to my crutches at this point.
It was not that the hip itself was hurting, it was the missing muscle mass, on my op side. Atrophy is a real bitch.
Most days I stayed around 8,000 steps which is all I can do right now and not be aching. I overdid it a few times and paid for it, every single time.
- Pulling a heavy suitcase? Pain level 5/10 in the hip throughout the entire night and the whole hip joint felt bruised on the inside.
- Walking up and down hills results in an aching hip.
- Walking over cobblestone and uneven ground – hip is not very forgiving.
- Hip flexor on my op side joined the party pretty much every day and gave a lot of additional “joy”.
On the bright side, I was able to walk behind a waterfall; sitting in trains, cars & planes was not a problem and my icepack was a lifesaver several times.
I certainly had my moments in which I thought “this is so lame” – for example, trying to take part in a 90 minute walking tour. Brilliant idea!
The group took off and I was always the last one and never heard a word of what was being said.
At some point I called it quits and left the tour. I could not keep up and nobody cared or asked if I was okay either. So, another one for the list, “guided city walking tours” – not happening at the moment.
I was slow to begin with but the longer the vacation went on, the more aching my hip became and the slower I walked. My good hip was aching off and on as well.
Overall I could do many things though and had quality time with the hubby. Things went better than expected but still lots of work ahead.
Endurance and strength I have to continue working on. But I am sure my PT will have some good exercises up his sleeve when I see him next week. No rest for the weary.