18 MONTHS POST OPERATIVE
Some of you might be wondering why I was MIA for the last few weeks. I had major security issues with my blog and had to shut it down.
Much has happened since I last had the pleasure.
About a month ago I felt a big push in my recovery. It really feels like pieces are falling into place. Finally.
I went on a pretty far away trip which involved a lot of sitting, just getting there, and once there, we walked and walked and walked. All day long. Up to 11 miles/ 18 km a day and on a “slow day” a minimum of 6 miles/ almost 10 km.
At home I am back in my garden and can do 1-2 hours of garden work a few times a week. I try to take turns with one day garden work, the next day gym, to not stress things out too much.
I can do so many things again , it’s amazing. On an average day, I just do my things and most of the times I am pain free and not even aching. (The cortisone shot from beginning of May still seems to work too.)
A few things are still difficult for me, like sports. That progress is reeeal s-l-o-w.
My gym status is right now:
- Elliptical, 13 minutes/ level 1
- stationary bike, 15 minutes/ level 1
- treadmill – walking, NO incline, 20 minutes/ medium pace
Not spectacular but not bad for where I am coming from either.
I tried tennis again, after having to take a 6 months break because of a frozen shoulder (also super fun!), and that would get the headline “felt great while I did it…”
The aftermath was not pretty. The following night my hip and the surrounding soft tissue was deeply throbbing away and kept me awake till 5 am. Good times… Till everything had calmed down again took about five days.
I guess the pounding on cement was not ideal and my hip & the soft tissue is not used to doing “real” workouts anymore. In comparison, skiing was easier. That I did nicely already at 13 months PO.
Next time I will bury my hip under ice and take Ibuprofen afterwards. On purpose I didn’t do this last time, to “see” where my hip is at. If I numb it up with ice and a handful of Ibuprofen right away, I can’t tell how it truly feels. Makes sense?
I still have soft tissue issues in my hip, groin and thigh but it’s getting better too.
Overall I am really happy, life has picked up again and even though sports are still quite limited, except for that, I can finally say… I feel like ME again!
That’s all I ever wanted.