Thursday, September 21, 2006

4 Month Update

Things are good. My operated side feels really good. I STILL can't lie comfortably on that side for any length of time and I have no idea why, but that's ok. I front half of the operated thigh and most of the hip is still numb but that, too, is ok. My other side, the "new bad hip" is holding steady. I decided to cook us a full fledged dinner last night, with heavy cast iron pots and by the end of it all I was limping on my non-op side. While it was temporary, that does scare me a bit, what with me starting culinary school in the spring.....

I have new and improved goals. I bought an elliptical machine (a really cheap one) and its fun. I am so out of shape, I can only do 5 minutes at a time before I feel like I am going to die. So, I figure if I can do 5 minutes a day, soon I'll be able to do 10 minutes a day, etc. etc. The elliptical is great b/c its super low impact on your joints. Its even better for your joints than walking and it doesn't bother either of my hips. I want to lose about 40 lbs. Getting the extra weight off of my hips will be sooooo good for them, it might even eliminate the pain I am feeling now. Also, it will put me well within the "healthy BMI range" which is someplace I don't think I have ever been. I hear it's nice. Warm and sunny, all the time. And its always bathing suit appropriate.

We'll see.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Finally Crutch Free!!!

Yesterday, day 97, I was FINALLY given the go ahead to lose the crutches. No cane, no crutches, just my own two legs with the following restrictions:

1. No running/jogging - this is soooo not a problem

2. No contact sports - you mean i can't continue my career as a NFL pro? OK.

3. No breast stroke in the pool - still no whip kicks, which is my favorite kick, but I can deal with that.

4. No "strenuous" yoga - only b/c my drs wife took a class obviously way above her level and did some sort of damage. He really didn't know anything about yoga, but that experience was enough to put him off. I'm still going to take yoga though. Having taken it on and off for years, I know what my body can and can't do.

SO, that's it! He wants me to start walking right away and he thinks my hip is healing really great. As for the other hip, or my "new bad hip" as I'm calling it, it is also dysplastic, but mildly so. Dr. said that if my op hip showed moderate dysplasia, than my "new bad hip" only showed mild dysplasia. This means, we'll be taking a wait and see approach to it. However, I asked him if it was common for the non-op side to start acting up after so long a recovery and he said absolutely. So that's good to know.

BTW, I just got back from a walk round my neighborhood. I walked (with hand weights) for 30 minutes, pain free. When we got to the end of our block, I asked Josh how long it had been since I had walked that far, we came up with 3 years. I kept walking for another 25 minutes after that. A little clicking in my op side, but NO PAIN.

Excellent!