Working (it all) out

1 year/ 1 month/ 1 week post operative

 

Back from skiing – meh.

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Our journey back was very “interesting”, thanks to United, making a big mess out of it. At arrival, my op hip was solid angry, like 5/10 and delighted me the whole night.

I am still thrilled about me going back to skiing, it’s a huge achievement for me and very encouraging  but this is a new week and I need to keep working on gaining strength and endurance. No rest for the weary.

 

To not stress things out too much, I added “1 minute” to the Elliptical, the stationary bike and the TM.

Elliptical and stationary bike were fine with 16 minutes/ level 1; 16 minutes  TM were not. For a change “both” hips were aching afterwards. Keeps things fresh I guess.

 

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I was asked several times why I am not working out with a personal trainer. Well, that’s easy, because there is no personal trainer out there who knows about labral tears & hip fracture with hip pinning in “a young adult”.

I checked on the internet. Nothing. Nada.

The same old song…” this is a fracture for old people and old people a) get a THR and b) are not looking for a trainer”, or I get refered to “rehab methods for  THR  patients” or, alternative No. 3 – “physical therapy in the early stages after hip pinning”. Been there, done that.

The absolutely  LAST  thing I need right now is to have some gym gorilla yell at me with the attitude “no pain, no gain” and risk injury or a huge setback.

 

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Two years ago I asked around for a personal trainer already and asked each time if they have experience with labral tears. (My labral tears got fixed but I still have cartiledge damage in my hips.) Nobody. They looked at me like I am a Martian.

 

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So why would anybody know how to deal with somebody with two labral tears AND a hip fracture on top of it, at my age? Even my  PT  with a doctorate degree had a tough time guiding me, since I was his first young hip patient ever. It’s just not a common injury for young adults at all.

 

My hips have healed, I am still finetuning things, but an operated hip is just never the same as a healthy, untouched hip, ever again. The rehab is very delicate and even a year out, I can stress my latest op hip out, overdo it easily and get a flare out of nowhere. A person not familiar with these injuries will not understand the fine line I am walking since many years.

To a non- hipster my workout routine might seem very slow, tedious and wimpy, a fellow hipster will get it. Why I am doing this and not that, why certain things can trigger flares or why flares can just show up for no good reason. The whole dimension of having hip issues is hard to explain to somebody who doesn’t have any.

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Nevertheless, I guess a trainer is not meant to be, so I will continue doing what I am doing and make more research for new hip friendly exercises. Nobody knows my body and my limits better than me.  One way or another, I will make progress.

I am excited to see what my second year after surgery will be like. Last year was dedicated to doing serious time on crutches, working my butt off in PT and learning how to walk and function again. Now it’s time to play.

 

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