I am slowly sneaking up to 1 year PO and what a year it has been. Ugh.
Two posts ago I wrote about the difficulties I had walking up and down a long hill. This made me think.
Before I broke my R hip, I had arthroscopic surgery for labral tears on both hips. I wrote blogs about both recoveries and was curious to see what I could do at 9 months PO, for “comparison”.
Each surgery was unique in its way and had a different recovery and circumstances (whereas the recovery of a hip fracture hit the ball out of the park!!).
I know I should not be comparing but I have no one to compare myself with, so the closest is my second recovery and interestingly enough, at 10 months post operative hip scope, I went skiing already and did triple the resistance with weights, Elliptical etc. in the gym.
Skiing @ 10 months PO hip scope
Right now, at 10 months PO after hip fracture, I am where I was at 5 months (!) PO after hip arthroscopic surgery. BAM!
It actually would even make sense because my muscle strength and endurance is just not there yet. I could not imagine going skiing right now and I wonder if it will happen this winter at all. It takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to build up muscle mass again.
This really shows me just how severe of an injury it was. Recovering from a labral tear was slow. This is at least twice as slow and requires twice the patience and the comparison to the previous hip surgery really put things in perspective.
Did I mention the results of the Endocrinologist came back? He found absolutely nothing wrong with me.
I have had some bone density loss over the years but otherwise, healthy as can be which comes back to my theory all along, it was just bad luck and a freak accident and once I am stronger, I will go skiing again. Got the okay from my OS already to give it a gentle try from 1 year PO on, but of course I have to wait and see how I feel this winter.
Even if I could just do a few runs, some easy blues, that’d be a victory for me already. I’d be happy with this for winter season 2019. I will be even stronger in 2020.
And how am I doing at 10 months PO? I am doing fine, have almost no pain; here and there some aches but overall I have more good days than bad.
My other hip also really has calmed down and is a happy hip again.
Still doing my daily workouts and actually cut back on them. I am no longer aiming for 20 minutes on the Elliptical or stationary bike, it’s just not happening yet. With 15 minutes I am keeping everybody happy. Less is more. Maybe I try again for it in a few months.
If I think back what my PT put me through at 5 months PO, I could smack him for it. The amount of exercises was brutal (432 repetions in 1.5 hours). I wouldn’t even attempt doing all this now. But of course, afterwards one is always smarter.
But so far, I am happy. It is a very slow recovery but I take a slow & smooth recovery over complications along the way ANY day.