I’m envious you are swimming! At 8 weeks and 2 days, I still have scabs on my right hip! The left side has been fully healed for weeks. I’m not to go swimming until the scabs have completely fallen off.
When I first tried lying on my side in bed, which was at 5 days, it felt wonderful - for about a minute. Then not so good so I would ease back onto my back and try the other side. Same thing.
After 12 days of slowly increasing the minutes, I found that by 12 days I was able to actually fall asleep for an hour or two, then I’d switch sides. It gradually became longer.
I don’t think I have any swelling anymore. But when I gently stroke my upper, outer thighs, and the upper front thighs just below my incisions, it is still a bit numb. Also it feels bruised although I haven’t had any visable bruising for weeks.
As for the walking, the first 6 weeks, I had discomfort walking after just one third of a mile. After that, it seemed I was suddenly able to increase my distance and speed. Twice just this week, I walked a 2 mile consecutive walk, which included a block long hill! No problem at all. I would call that an excersise walk. Once a week, for 2 weeks now, I take a “ fun” walk with my daughter, with our dogs. I use my hiking poles then so I can go a bit faster with her.
My 6 week checkup was also just shy of 7 weeks! Sounds like we’re both coming along just fine!