Today I am 6 months post operative and hopefully things continue to go well for me.
The past half year was very tough, physically and mentally. First the ski accident and surgery that came out of nowhere, trying to accept the situation and the fact that I had to start from scratch yet once again; deal with brutal pain the first few weeks, to doing my 20 weeks on crutches – learning how to walk again, do stairs and just little things.
Especially “the little things in life” everybody takes for granted are not so little, if you can’t do them on your own or not for a long time.
I seriously could not have done it without the endless support and care of my husband. He was and is there for me when nobody else was/ is. ❤
This was my third and by far, the most difficult hip surgery recovery and what you learn very quickly is, who is a real friend and who truly cares. Let’s just say the list of people who stood by my side was very, very short. Teaches you a lot about people…
I started physical theraphy at 6 weeks PO with my PT and did home exercises on a daily basis at home ever since. I am still not done with it but the roughest part is over.
Now it’s all about endurance, strengthening, giving it time and waiting for things to fall into place.
My range of motion is good in my op hip, the pain level is okay on most days but I still get achey quite a bit. On a good day I am on a 1-2/10 pain level, on bad days it can go up to 5/10.
My gait looks good but the more tired I get, the more I will start limping. Also, still lots of compensation going on which my good hip is not too fond of and gets upset too. (Good times when both hips are cranky…)
Stairs are working fine, if they are reasonable and my op hip is in a good mood. The more tired or achey it is, the slower the stairs will be.
Driving my car is no problem anymore and sitting in general is fine.
I am still putting a huge effort into my recovery and do my exercises. As I know from my previous hip surgeries – “happy hips are a lifetime commitment”.
Atrophy (as well as scar tissue & adhesions) is also still a problem I am working on.
At this point I can walk 1 mile/ 1.6 km nicely. Not as fast as other people, but not slow either. I also can do about 8,000 steps/ day and feel fine. A bit more is doable but I will get achey. 8,000 steps is a good day.
This was last weeks summary, according to my Fitbit.
In general I feel good and I am happy again but I know there is still lots of work ahead.
Pretty much the only thing that is totally not happening right now is sports, anything beyond PT exercises. Hopefully this will come with time.
Till then, chin up and keep going.