THR Cstinchcomb's Right Hip Recovery

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@cstinchcomb lovely for your swimming!!! Sounds like you are approaching it in a very good way.
Mr ZF told me he is trying really hard to leave the remaining scabs alone lol. Our pool used (16 years ago) to have an August membership special, so we may go with that. It's walking distance and outside, as opposed to our Y which is now about half an hour away.
The frog kick isn't comfortable on my hips (have wondered if it's a ROM issue or soft tissue!), and I haven't yet learned the kick my son used on swim team. Anyway, sadly, being in the water makes my chest feel like an elephant is sitting on it, and swimming requires better, faster, deeper breathing than my submerged asthma can provide. Or something like that. It's no fun anymore. Maybe a heated pool would be different than ocean water where 72 degrees is very warm water lol. OTOH the last time I tried was 2 years ago. Since my hips have a habit of continuous improvement, maybe I should try again. Frog kick backstroke, best of both worlds! But we aren't traveling this summer, so I have a whole nother year. My kayak is very lonesome up there....
 
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Swimming's the best, especially summertime swimming for me. @Schaargi, you'll be back in the pool soon. Maybe talk to your PT about it and look for a pool with walk-in entry. @SwimHip, so excellent -- looks like you got yours done right before the covid shutdown, congratulations! You're one of those morning people, I can tell.

For my first hip, I was swimming up until the day before surgery, 2km+, and back in the pool at about 7 weeks. This time, covid shutdown made my last swim about March 10th or so ... really glad to get back in.

@zauberflöte, kayaking sounds like sooo much fun ... swimming's not for everyone ...

And I really enjoy hiking -- it's been a couple years since I really wanted to walk anywhere. Got a few more weeks before my surgeon wants me on a bicycle ... Yay! So excited to be able to do these things again.
 
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@Mojo333 , these little animated emoji are ... hysterical. I am still, mostly, :walking: . Thanks.

I am grateful, for my new hip, and for the Bonesmart community. I know that not everyone gets to have this surgery, and that many of us don't pop out the other side as quickly as I have so far. Still trying to hold back, be careful and not mess it up.
 
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Just got back from :swim: no. 2 ... lane availability here is pretty random; I'm fortunate to have some flexibility in my schedule.

This is really great. I feel like I got the first cardio workout that I have had in four and a half months. Got in, did my standard breaststroke warmup lap; it wasn't until I was more than halfway back that I thought hmm, I am kicking like a normal breaststroke kick ... feels balanced and pain free. :SUNsmile:

So I didn't kill myself, but I just swam normally. I pulled with the buoy a few more laps than usual, and the 35-40 min swim time is about half my standard pre-covid swim time. No ill effects so far. I'm not doing any kickboard, and not expecting to use my training fins for quite a while. But the shorter swim time should help me swim faster ... eventually.

Yesterday I went out and walked near the bay. I managed to forget the poles and my ball cap :shrug: (I remembered my mask). Walked about 2.6 miles or so (I measure afterwards) on a dirt trail I normally bike on; this section is fairly flat. Tons of birds; I love watching the pelicans. That was my first walk outside my immediate neighborhood.
 

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Good job @cstinchcomb! You’ll be back to your former yardage (meters?) in no time. Do you use Zoomers, or longer fins? What’s your swim background? I’m so grateful for swimming lessons and the short amount of time I spent as a very mediocre swimmer on the swim team.
 
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Hi @SwimHip! Truly best wishes for your upcoming second replacement. It's much less nerve wracking than the first one, don't you think?

I use Zoomers, they're the old blue ones. With them, I ride higher in the water and go faster. But I want that femur stem to be super solid before I try them out. Without them, maybe my kick will improve?

My swim background such as it is ... I took lessons as a kid, then started swimming laps at my gym about 25 years ago. Masters is not really my thing, although I've done it off and on, and picked up some truly useful tips from the coaches. I like the meditative aspect; it helps my mind as much as my body. Sometimes I count laps, sometimes I swim by time, mostly freestyle, broken up every 15 min with a couple laps of something else, to keep me entertained. No butterfly, but decent freestyle, breast, back.

How about you? So nice to meet another swimmer here.
 

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Thank-you for the well wishes, @cstinchcomb. Yes, less nerve-wracking this time. Hoping my new right hip steps up to the challenge of aiding the left hip in recovery.

I use Zoomers Gold. I love the feeling of kicking and swimming with them, but try to limit their use and work on form without.

I’m going to start a swim thread in the Social Room and we can discuss more?
 

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