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Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Bone-obo, May 29, 2018.

  1. Bone-obo

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    I'm on the other side of Challenge Week: the week of not quite testing to destruction, where I stared the ODIC in the face and double dog dared them to bring it! Not by design - it just kinda worked out that way.

    Roughly, there were four Challenges: distance walking, my job, partying, and triking, which I'll take in order.

    DISTANCE WALKING
    Once the kind Dr. V freed me from all constraints, bonds and obligations last Monday, on Tuesday I set out to amp up the walking from 1.5 miles to a solid 2.0, including all manner of light hills and uneven sidewalks. That seemed to work okay, and the logical and appropriate thing to have done would be to add maybe .25 miles to the walk on Wednesday and see how that went. Yeah, no: I doubled it to 4 miles. Which is exactly what I did last time, which landed me in the ODIC for a week, proving yet again how slow a learner I am and how short my memory is.

    This time, however, aside from minor knee soreness (ice, ice, the beautiful fruit...) there were no serious repercussions. So 4 miles/walk seems to be a safe distance. Huh.

    RESULT OF DISTANCE WALKING CHALLENGE: PASS

    MY JOB
    Part of my job is shooting video, something that sent me into the ODIC something fierce when I tried it at 3 weeks last hip. This week I had 3 shoots, all simple 1/2 day interview style, with a minimum of equipment. A lot of my gear weighs 25-35 pounds (11-15 kilos), and it has to be lifted off the floor, which means squatting - something I've never been able to do very well. This time, though, no problem!

    Well, some problems. All those sleepy muscles in my hip and hamstrings suddenly woke up and have spent the week grousing at me every time I move. Not a big deal - they'll get over it, and I'll have stronger hips when the soreness passes.

    RESULTS OF MY JOB CHALLENGE: PASS

    PARTYING
    A friend of mine invited us to her 90th birthday party, and no way could I or would I miss this event. The downside is that parties require standing for hours while you chat or get chatted at, and before either hip was replaced if I stood more than 15 minutes, my hips would lock and I'd need a smallish crane to relocate. This time, I stood for 2 hours, and other than some minor discomfort on the youngest hip, the left, I was fine, and nobody needed to help me down the stairs. (Which actually happened once. Humiliating.) I could offset the discomfort easily by shifting my position while standing, although I'm sure my friends probably thought I had to pee.

    One nice thing I heard a lot of was "wow, you're so tall now!", which is almost as affirming as "wow, you've lost so much weight!"

    RESULT OF PARTYING CHALLENGE: BIG PASS

    TRIKING
    This was the one I anticipated the most! I'd cleaned the chain, changed the crankset for one with longer crank arms, shortened the boom, and generally babied and fussed over the machine while waiting for some free time to get outdoors on Saturday. The weather Saturday was perfect: 60º, partly sunny - idyllic cycling weather. We took our trikes out to a flat spot on the local greenway trail, and set off. The first thing I noticed was that my left foot was still moving the same way it did before surgery, twisting on each pedal stroke like I was crushing a cigarette. Focussing on straightening the left side out, the right knee blind-sided me, suddenly shrieking "ALERT! ALERT! MALFUNCTION IMMINENT! THIS IS NOT A DRILL!" So less than 1/4 mile in, we turned around and limped back to the car.

    RESULT OF TRIKING CHALLENGE: FAIL FAIL FAIL

    Ah well. Clearly I need to spend some time with my trike on the trainer this week before I get out in the real world.

    Other than that, I tried out @Klassy's suggestion vis a vis shoes: I just bent down and grabbed the shoelaces. EZ on the right, challenging but doable on the left, especially with the newly awakened and excessively whiney hip muscles. I also tried getting on a regular upright bicycle while I was shopping for trike stuff: hahahahahaha. Dunno if that'll ever happen. No biggie if it doesn't.
     
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    Happy Monday :SUNsmile:
    You're doing so well, Bone-obo. I'm very happy for you.
    Day 54 looks small compared to Day 251 and look how well you're doing and all the progress
    you've made in 8 months. Triking will come and I'm glad you're taking it slow.
    It's still early days....the sky is the limit.
    I hope you have a wonderful week!
    @Bone-obo
     
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    @Bone-obo Well 3 out of 4 challenges ain't bad! You are indeed a slow learner but you are doing this recovery your way. Well done!
     
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    Whoa, @Bone-obo, you walked four miles without incredible suffering post walk?! AH-mazing! Okay, so biking is still on the "to do" list, but very impressive that you're meeting all your other goals. It is a snowy mess in my neighborhood this morning, so I won't be venturing out at all. The weather has officially given me permission to be a slug--ah, I'm not complaining. Anyway, bully for you--you are really moving along on the recovery route!
     
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    Love the bit about the party and the comments re growing taller etc. The friends, who had not seen me for a while kept offering me seats which I didn’t need. I can identify with that having gone to a party that lasted nine hours and involved a lot of socialising, standing, eating and dancing!

    Re your trike. I had a similar reaction when in a hobie cat and trying to move across the boat quickly and slight false move and “ouch”! Iced and elevated afterwards and all fine. Then I broke my toe (sigh).

    We will get there!!
     
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    I agree, 3 out of 4 is great! And to hear “wow, you’re so tall”, what a buzz.
     
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    Erratum: I think I gave the impression I walked 4 miles contiguously. Untruth! I walk 2 miles, rest a few hours, then walk 2 more in the evening. That's about the best I can do for now!
     
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    Wow, good to read this--I was seriously feeling like a major piker before I read this addendum. I did a three mile walk with friends on new year's day and ached for days afterwards! I think I could manage a two and then another two, but not four all together. Still impressive, @Bone-obo, so keep up the good work.
     
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    Is amazing how TALL we look when we aren't leaning and limping and holding on to things:)
    You sound great but agreed...not time for triking yet.
    Not even two months...that sawed off femer and new tie rod and ball joint might need a bit longer to settle in. My guess is by summer you will be golden...if you can keep things at an even pace until then. Two words:
    Be Have
    That's with a long A Have.:friends:
     
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    - that is a very technical term - do you think most people know what "actuarial" means?!?
     
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    Sure.

    Lots of smart folks here...even ones who don't know what an actuary is.
    We are all somehow familiar with risk and uncertainty certainly.

    Bone-obo would agree that measuring risk and uncertainty will not assure preferred results.

    Let us err on the side of caution, wouldn't you agree dear friend @Bone-obo.
    Sincerely, Cassandra:curtsey:
     
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    I feel for you! Two days ago I did a 2.5 - whew! Pass the vitamin M (Meloxicam) and set my state to stunned.

    Maybe, but soon! Real soon! I'm working my time up on the trainer and eyeing next weekend as time for another shot. And I've still got reservations for April's ride, which features rides from 5 to 100 miles long, depending on mood and fitness level. It would tingle my nether parts something fierce to be fit for a nice 30+ miler at that point.

    True dat.

    I'd forgotten that was an option, so after reading this I tried crossing old Day 255 (the right hip) over the left knee and danged if it didn't work! Not ... comfortably, but hey, it's progress! Thanks, @Klassy! I'd forgotten hoo-mans were capable of such gymnastics!

    You are the sweetest, most darlingest Cassandra I know, and I'm gonna have a talk with mean old Apollo about you and see if we can get you all fixed up so peeps believe you!
     
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    What a “Classic” Bunch we all are!
     
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    Good midday, @Bone-obo. I am sitting at my laptop and watching the sky vomit snow. I am NOT happy about this. I hate snow. Got in a 30 minute workout at the gym before it started snowing, but as I do not drive on the white stuff, who knows when I'll make it to the gym again, at least for a few days. Hope you are pushing ahead. I am drinking wine now for lunch, as no milk or eggs in the house. Not that these items are essential for one's lunch, but NOT having them available (all sold out in local grocery stores, and I went to 3 of 'em) is annoying, and makes one's mind immediately, of course, turn to wine for lunch.
     
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    Goodness, @Barbaraj, next time you head to the gym we're gonna have to assign you a designated driver!

    I loved snow when I was a kid in the NC mountains, but here in the piedmont it's slushy, ugly, and useless for sledding or snow art, plus it frequently turns into sleet and freezing rain which leads to power outages and icy roads, so that mess can just :censored: right off.

    Toss one back for me tonight, and tomorrow for your workout you can hulk out by the fire with the emergency Dynabands.
     
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    Well, @Bone-obo, if you "love" snow, you'd probably be a happy camper if you lived in my neck of the woods today. It's not melted to an ugly slush yet, it's all beautifully white and pristine so far. Went to a neighborhood gathering last night (husband drove, although I was prepared to trek) and did toss back a few drinks. Husband just told me he's driving to the gym (!) so I guess I'll get dressed and go with him. Cabin fever is a real issue on days like today.
     
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    Well-played, Mama Cass!
     
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    Yes don't rev your nuts off your new car/hip @Bone-obo !
     
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    They're torqued on pretty good, but I'll know I've messed up when I no longer hear 'em clanking.
     
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