Big day today - rode my non-electric bike to work and back today for the first time in…I don’t even know, 3+ years? I’ve been waiting to take this on for a while since there’s a solid San Francisco uphill on the ride home. But I made it! More cowbell!
It's been 1 year to the day since I woke up with a couple of fresh incisions and a pair of log legs. Here's where we are now. A bit of a recap for anyone tuning in late
I wrapped up physical therapy about 6 months ago, and transitioned to working with a personal trainer to work on regaining overall strength and mobility, 2-3x a week. She's a 'virtual' trainer, which has worked out great - she sends me workouts, I video myself doing the workouts in the app (both for proof I really did them, and for feedback on form), and within a day or so she sends me back feedback. Plus we do occasional realtime video sessions for longer term planning and checkins. That experience has been great (pricey, but I'm worth it!) - much more flexible scheduling than live at a gym or a live video session. It helps a lot that my wife had already invested a lot in our home gym setup during COVID so I can do most of the working out at home. I've progressed a ton thanks to all the PT's and my trainer. Today I can do full-range bodyweight squats and lunges, even adding a few dumbbells to the mix. Pre-op I put down 'do a squat' and 'do a lunge' on my post-op goals list, almost as a joke, but ... here we are. It's a miracle. My trainer even featured me on her client of the month instagram, with a bunch of before/after videos of the results of 6 months of work. So now I'm instagram famous
I bought myself a nice road bike in the spring, and have been getting out for ~20 mile rides almost every weekend. Over the long July 4th weekend I put in 50 miles and 2000 feet of climbing on the bike over 3 days. Sign me up for the Tour de France?
If I woke up with amnesia, I honestly might not even guess that my L hip got operated on, other than the scar. It's 100%. R hip is a bit more complicated, but still totally great, I'd give it a 95%. Since day 1 the R had some tightness / soft tissue trauma in the hip flexor near the incision, and a bit less ROM than the L. To be fair, that hip was in worse shape pre-op. Those issues are SLOWLY fading; but at this point there's still a bit of extra stiffness in the R side, and the ROM is totally fine, but just noticeably a bit less than the L. There's also, still, a numb patch of skin on my R thigh which, honestly, goes in the "who cares" file given where everything else is at.
I just got back from the 1-year checkin with the doc this morning. X-rays are looking good, positioning and bonding of the implants are where they ought to be. The standing X-rays show some tilt to my pelvis and lower back (likely some muscle imbalance) which doc thinks I can improve with a bit of additional PT, so I'll be going back to my PT for a little while to work on that.
Doc greenlighted getting back out on the ski slopes this coming winter (!!!!) without a blink. "Just stay off the double blacks". I think I'll still invest in some padded shorts (as recommended in one of the other threads by a hockey enthusiast) and keep it chill on the greens and blues with my kids.
Next checkin with the doc is in 2 years.
Cheers all, and thanks to everyone on the forum for your advice and thoughts on this journey.
Admins: The title of my thread is feeling a little stale, now that we're so far into the adventure. Can we change it to something like "cold_brew's Big Bilateral THR Adventure"?
[edit, adding a couple of notes I forgot]
I still do feel a bit of discomfort when I accidentally come down hard on my heel. Body is definitely saying I'm not going to be going back to jogging, which is expected / fine. Maybe if I lost 15 lbs magically?
Speaking of weight, so far I haven't been very successful taking off the pounds I added in the years running up to the surgery -- so far I'm down just a couple of pounds from my post op weight. Better than up a couple pounds, I guess, but taking a few more pounds off is a good goal for year 2.
Way to go. You are so brave to do both at once !! We are at the same place almost. I had my 2nd done 7/14 and here I thought I was the only person who watched all 2,160 miles of the Tour de France. Since this was my plan all along thought I’d share my special toes in honor of the surgery and occasion!!! Wasn’t it SO much fun to mindlessly watch !! I’ve moved on to “old classic movies/musicals” as I can’t seem to concentrate reading. Good luck and keep posting
Pretty good day yesterday, back to my old swimming shenanigans. It’s been a couple years since the last escape but tell the sharks at Alcatraz I’m back! A little sore today after a salty mile and a half in SF bay.
For a sunny Northern California November week perfect for putting some miles on the bike
For my surgeon, PTs, and trainers and everyone else on the team who got me back on my feet over the last year and a half
For my wife’s support getting through it all and making sure I get up early for my workouts
Hope everyone had a restful and healing (US!) Thanksgiving week and lots of healthy (lol) food to fuel their recoveries. And best to everyone outside the US that may not have loaded up on as much turkey.
You are doing great! Awesome, we've been having some very nice weather here in Northeast as well. One day last week it was 64 so put up Christmas lights outside, seize the moment!
Chilly last couple of AM's but today 50??? I'll take it for late November.
Enjoy your bike rides.