5 months/ 1 week PO
I finally reached walking one mile in the park, at 5 months PO hip fracture! I was very proud of it, did it quite well and when I told my PT, his very first question was “did you time yourself?” Huh? I am happy I could walk it, I could seriously not care less in what time. Weird.
In the past week I walked my precious mile three times. It goes a bit better each time but still takes a lot out of me.
At PT we increased the height for practicing doing steps. Now it’s an 8 inch height, which is pretty much the standard height for stairs. I can manage my staircase twice a day now – the “normal” way. But twice is MORE than enough. I feel it in both hips pretty much right away and it takes a tremendous effort.
Tomorrow we are going on vacation. My PT told me to take the crutches along. Just in case my hips get angry. Makes sense but I was kinda hoping I was done with them, but I am a good patient and take them along.
The Elliptical is up to 8 minutes on level 1, medium speed. I am happy with that. Lots of little improvements happening.
Pain is almost gone, the hips take turns in being achey and it of course depends on how much I do. Overall I feel pretty good and if it wasn’t for the lacking strength and endurance in my R op hip/ muscles; doing sports and moving faster on the staircases, I’d say I feel almost normal.
So now I can pack my suitcase.
Forget the cute shoes, it’s comfy sneakers with good support, icepack, Ibuprofen and crutches. Hooray. But I will make the best of it. I will have to choose wisely what I can do, judge walking distances and I will probably make friends with every single bench in sight. Hopefully this will be the last vacation with crutches.
As I said to my OS already, last time I saw him “the subject hips is not just getting old – it WAS old already five years ago” (when this “oh so fun journey” began).