I have my follow up with the Surgeon this morning. I expect it will go well. But I am taking a moment to reflect on where I am now compared to where I was about a month ago. And WOW it really is different.
I walk almost 100% normally now. I think on occasion I sort of hobble, but its more out of habit than anything. A lot of my co-workers have pointed out that I am lacking the huge limp. I was not aware that I had a huge limp but I guess I did prior to the surgery!
I’m running short distance on the treadmill now. No more running in the pool. I do some deep water pool running with friends, but, I am not doing the shallow water running any more. I took a run out on the NTC track on Labor Day. It was fun, and not very challenging, as I can only run the straights, but it was nice to be out of doors and doing a little running. THank goodness our track does not look like this one!
I’m still allowed to use the elliptical, and have gone as far as 3 miles on it in 27 minutes. I love using it because I don’t have to worry about gait, or too much strain on my hip. Three miles seems to be my patience limit with that machine. It’s boring.
I’m able to do a great deal of weights at the gym, though not everything. I was told by the PT that I can do “Everything” but of course any time I do something that seems to cause pain, he wisely says, “I wouldn’t have chosen that exercise for you” so….everything…well ….hmmmm
It doesn’t include Mountain Climbers. It may not include planks, but I like planking so much that I’ll never tell!
I can put my shoes and socks on normally.
My hip is flexible and feels a lot like it did before the surgery in terms of flexibility.
My Scars now are extremely insignificant.
I am now able to react faster to changing situations and turning and pivoting is not so painful.
I spend a good deal of time at the gym standing on one leg on a piece of foam, throwing and catching a weighted ball. I assume this has helped the stability and also my ability to react to things.
I got brave and signed up for the Seaside Half Marathon. It was a total “impulse buy” as I am feeling a little unsure about how fast I can progress, but…I ran it last year and liked it a lot. I have one friend signed up for it with me, and I have about 4-5 considering it. The plan is to rent out a beach house, chill on the Gulf coast, and then run the race, eat some good food, and have a really nice Vacation type experience. problem is that people in general, and some people in specifical…move slowly. THen race spots sell out and no one is happy.
I have finally been returned to my trainer. He seems nervous about having me as a client, but…also happy. With the economy so suckky people aren’t into personal training like they were. For me it is still a great investment, I don’t go to the movies but 1-2 times a year, so I figure it’s like going to the films a lot, very expensive movies…
Over all, 13-14 weeks Post operatively…I am extremely happy I had the surgery. My Pain is significantly less. I am almost running. THings are looking good.