9 months under the belt, not bad.
Overall I am doing really well and I am more than grateful for it.
Here is where I am at, WORKOUT wise:
- Treadmill, 22 minutes/ 1.9 speed. Walking, no running.
- Elliptical, 16 minutes/ level 1, medium speed walking
- Stationary bike, 20 minutes/ level 1
I “tried” walking 25 minutes on the TM the other day, sucked the life out of me. Back to 22 minutes.
I also tried going for 17 minutes instead of 16 minutes on the Elliptical and paid for an entire week for it. Not cool. (That much to “try to push yourself!”)
My workout routine consists of 2x the TM, 2x the Elliptical, 2x the stationary bike a week. Combined with different hip friendly exercises every day, 6x a week/ 1 h each time.
One thing is for sure, if you want to get fit, get yourself a nice little hip surgery recovery. Alone the ongoing PT will whip you in the best shape of your life.
Walking outdoors is fine, I aim for 10,000 steps a day. I probably can do 1.5 miles now in one piece. I also noticed, if I walk slower, I can walk a bit longer. (Back to senior citizen speed.)
A big goal of mine is to do a 5 k walk. (At some point in the future.) I wanted to do it last year, to celebrate coming back after recovering for three years from two previous hip surgeries, but there were no 5 k’s offered.
So, whenever I am ready for this, I’d like to do one. I really don’t care about the time. I just want to be able to say “I did it and I made it.”
Doing real sports is only happening in a very limited way so far.
I hit some balls with my husband on the tennis court once a week, to not stress anything out down there, for 20-30 minutes. My tennis game is at about 30% to where it used to be, before I broke my hip BUT it still might get some better. My optimism never dies.
Afterall my OS told me it takes a minimum of one year for the bone to heal. Not taking in account that lovely atrophy I am still having BIG time and not even mentioning lacking endurance and strength.
So, talking of one year is very realistic and I believe it. (Not to be a partypooper but, I am counting on more like two years for me. Anything less is a bonus.)
Outdoor biking on a real bike also has not happened yet and will not happen this year. It is what it is.
For everydays life, running the household & errands I am fine, but as soon as it gets it bit more… my hip/ muscles tell me loud and clear when it’s enough.
My PAIN LEVEL is very low, if I am not having a flare like last week, usually it’s around 2/10, which I am not complaining about at all. Aches get up to 4/10. Bad flares 5/10.
The “clicking” in my lower butt is also pretty much gone but I still get butt ache from the hip sometimes. (That’s the beauty in it, my hip is quite “flexible”, sometimes it aches in the groin and sometimes in the butt. Just to keep things interesting.)
Can I feel my SCREWS ? Yes, sometimes, at weight transferal from one leg to the other. I learnt to do certain moves a bit slower. I feel the screws inside my femoral neck.
I also can feel them sometimes on the outside of my thigh, at the incision sites; it aches and the area around it is lumpy bumpy. I asked my ART (active release theraphy) lady if she feels any scar tissue and she said, she doesn’t; but I do. Well, I guess that’s not going anywhere.
But overall, the aches of the screws are tolerable. I have made my peace with the screws now. I had a hard time accepting those guys for the first few weeks, it’s just weird to know you have foreign objects in your body but I am good with it now.
Bending down to do pedicure is still a pain in the butt with my op side leg and honestly, I don’t see this getting better. Certain rotations and exercises are not great either yet but if this is all that’s not perfect, I thank my lucky stars.
Things could have gone wrong so many times and they didn’t. All considered, I am a lucky girl.