6.5 months PO
I am doing good. My hips like my new PT/ workout routine much better than physical therapy which turned into bootcamp in the end.
I still get achey with my op hip, on “very special” days it’s both hips, but in general they are much calmer. Compared to two months ago I feel much stronger too. Of course that will be put to the test at some point and I probably still can’t keep up with others over longer distances but I am getting there.
For example, I can walk a bit more than a mile now and I even can pass people, so I am officially not the slowest one in the park anymore. Ha!
- My Elliptical is up to 11 minutes on level 1,
- the stationary bike I can do 16 minutes on level 1 and
- walking on the treadmill is also okay for 16 minutes, medium fast walking speed. I guess adding a minute every two weeks is safe. Of course it’d be nice to go for more but what’s the result? Two pissed off hips.
At my 6 month follow up with my orthopedic surgeon X-rays were taken and everything is healing nicely. There is continued bone healing and bone remodeling taking place and no complications.
He reminded me again, that this is a recovery that can take up to a year. I believe it but I do feel like I have, for the most part, my life back already.
I can take care of my family again, run the household & errands and except for doing sports, I am the same as before I so geniusly kissed the snow. Now it’s all about fine tuning.
He examined my hip and it is gliding smoothly and its mechanics work well. It is not completely anatomic anymore since the fracture was impacted and I might have aches here and there from now on, but when do I not? I expect things to get even better with time and I am already very happy with the healing process.
I should “keep doing what I am doing” with my exercises and should be able to go skiing again early next year. Music to my ears!
My daily steps are also improving. I am now doing 10,000 steps several times a week but I also learnt two lessons the hard way last week.
a) I went too fast on my stationary bike and was limping and hurting the whole next day.
b) I have to watch my walking speed and gait. For one of my walks I walked too fast and my stride was too long, was hurting the whole night. So back to walking a bit slower again and making smaller steps.