Back to work full time this week. Monday was dreadful. I just sat in my computer chair trying to get caught up. By the time I got off work, I was swollen from my hip to my foot and wiped out. I second guessed my decision to return to work, but I have been a lot more diligent and disciplined about following post-op care instructions since then. I take breaks throughout the day to ice, elevate, walk, and stretch. I have been wearing light compression socks which helps a lot, too. I raise my desk to standing during meetings. Feeling much better now that I have a good routine figured out.
In fact, I can’t complain. I am feeling pretty darn great. I take ibuprofen 2x/day now: in the morning and before bed. I have been doing yard work and gardening. I give my hips a pretty good stretch. I can walk 1 mile+ without aid or breaks and I’m walking about 3 mph hour. I’m faster than that normally, but considering I still have a pretty good clunking going on in that hip, I am pleased with 3 mph for now.
I was really hoping to get my bad eating habits under control but I am not quite there yet. For now, I have cut out sweets and I am trying to be more active. Now is probably not the time to diet anyway. But at least I don’t want to keep gaining weight!
We have a music festival this weekend. I am feeling pretty confident about it. Luckily it’s local so I can scram if I get too tired or uncomfortable. I took Friday off. I took the Friday of Memorial Day weekend off, too. I have a ton of PTO to use up but I don’t want to schedule it while I am gimpy.
I should know better how far my healing has come by Memorial Day weekend. I can do a lot of stuff already, but I am not ready for anything like camping (we tent camp in a glamping tent, but it’s still an effort getting up and down off the air mattress bed) or long hikes. Hopefully, by mid July!
ETA: I just realized today it’s been 5 weeks since surgery! I am way ahead of my last recovery. Last time, I remember being concerned about being off my cane by my 6-week checkup. My PA set a goal to for me to be off the cane and not limping by then. I think I was only using my cane until 3 weeks this time! I have never limped with either hip. But I think I am also more confident this time. With the first surgery, I was afraid to be caught somewhere without my cane and need it.