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  1. desertrat

    THR Elf1 Recovery Road

    For bruising, soaking in epsom salt dissolved in warm water seems to help, @Elf1.
  2. desertrat

    THR Elf1 Recovery Road

    So sorry to hear this @Elf1! That must be so frustrating and disappointing! :thud: Like everyone else says, at least your OS is okay and can hopefully do the surgery soon. He's probably frustrated too. Things will get better soon! :fingersx: Hang in there.
  3. desertrat

    THR Anterior THR

    Hi @Debru4, nice to hear from you! How are you doing these days? Have you done any traveling? I don't have any trips planned but Boyfriend and I want to go wine tasting around the state one of these days. Believe it or not, there are several vineyard/wineries around AZ. :beer: They are in higher...
  4. desertrat

    THR Anterior THR

    Today is 6 months for me! My hip feels almost normal - most of the time I pretty much forget about it. Stutter step is gone and it feels strong and stable. I'm not assuming it is healed though, I know that takes a while and I'm still careful with it, but I feel like I can push it a little with...
  5. desertrat

    THR Moving into calmer waters'

    @Trailgirl you sound so much better since you quit your job. It's a shame you were forced to do that, but no job is worth your health. At least the job market is good now. You are talking about your hip and healing (and being impatient and frustrated :dubious:) now instead of how you are sick...
  6. desertrat

    Hip Infection THR from hell

    Yay, glad you are doing better @Fractured!
  7. desertrat

    THR Getting mixed messages on PT after THR<

    @Debru4 I also am wondering how much to push this thing. At 4 months I know I have a fair amount of healing to do but I'm feeling somewhat solid and wondering how much strain I dare put on it. I probably should be patient and keep being careful for a while yet. Still achy when I get up after...
  8. desertrat

    THR Anterior THR

    Thanks @Layla, you are always so kind. I'm still doing great and improving. I feel pretty strong and confident now, but still a little nervous about falling or dislocating. I still get stiff when I sit for a while and have to do the "stutter step" for a few. :old: Will probably go for another...
  9. desertrat

    THR Getting mixed messages on PT after THR<

    Leki says to adjust them so your forearms are parallel with the ground. That's how I have mine and it seems to work well. Check out the Leki videos on youtube, they should be pretty good guidance since they've been making poles for hiking and skiing for a long time. Like Layla and Hertshippy...
  10. desertrat

    THR Moving into calmer waters'

    @Trailgirl, that does sound like a toxic work environment - not something you need anytime, but especially not now, while you're healing. Are they harassing you because you took time off to get your hip done? If you decide to go to HR, which I agree you probably should, make sure to document...
  11. desertrat

    THR Anterior THR

    Went for a 4 mile hike Wed morning. It was really nice out, balmy and breezy with a thin cloud cover so it didn't get too warm. It's about to start heating up here. That's my husky mix, Shiro.
  12. desertrat

    THR Natural Recovery: relief with no drugs

    Sounds like you're doing well. The forum advisers say to ice your hip for 40 minutes at a time several times a day, with a towel or something between the ice and your skin of course. Also, elevate the leg often. Are you doing that? Someone who knows more than me will be on here shortly to answer...
  13. desertrat

    THR When can I get back to the gym?<

    @erwrightie what most on this forum say is walk. If you want to exercise and increase your stamina, walk increasing distance, but don't overdo it and set yourself back. At 6 wks my OS said I could increase my stamina with the stationary bike. The problem with actual bicycling is you could always...
  14. desertrat

    THR Getting mixed messages on PT after THR<

    Another thing you could try for balance is yoga. If you haven't done it, start with a beginner class and learn the poses. There is a lot of balance work in yoga, besides flexibility, core work and strength. Pilates is good too though - it's kind of similar and they use some of the same poses. I...
  15. desertrat

    THR Getting mixed messages on PT after THR<

    @Debru4 I had my trekking poles a while before the surgery. I would clip the dogs to my belt with a carabiner and use the poles for hiking, especially in sand washes. :dogwalk: It makes slogging through sand seem easier but is quite a good workout - including upper body. Think cross-country...
  16. desertrat

    THR Getting mixed messages on PT after THR<

    I didn't have a 6 month follow up either - just 2 wks, 6 wks and 1 year from surgery, unless of course I have problems. @Debru4 I finally went for a short hike yesterday - about 2 1/2-3 miles. It's warming up here and the wildflowers are about peaked. They are fleeting. Boyfriend and I took my...
  17. desertrat

    THR Anterior THR

    Well, it's my 3 month hipversery :beer:. All is well and my leg is feeling stronger - "log leg" is pretty much gone. Leg is still a little sore and gets tired easy. I think it's time to start building my stamina, which I haven't done much of yet. OS said use stationary bike so I need to start...
  18. desertrat

    THR Anterior THR

    @GrannyC I'm hoping to make a little money with my jewelry too, was thinking of an Etsy store. But I don't want to count on it - that would kind of take the fun out of it. I used to sew too, made some of my own clothes, but haven't much in many years. Every few years I make a new Halloween...
  19. desertrat

    THR Getting mixed messages on PT after THR<

    @SurreyGirl Yes finances in retirement are a little scary. We have Social Security here in the US which we pay into through our employers. We have to save a substantial amount on top of that to have a good retirement, or some still have pensions. I hope I've saved enough. Don't know how things...
  20. desertrat

    THR 1-8-19 hip surgery recovery

    Hi @goblue61, sounds like you are doing great, already walking a couple of miles. Glad you are out of the ODIC. I'm just about 3 months post op and still have the stiffness with a little pain for 3 or 4 steps when I get up. It's getting better. When I stand, I put weight on my surgery leg slowly...

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