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3 Day Road Trip

At 9 weeks post-op (left hip), beginning of July, we headed to PEI for my best friends wedding. I had just started to drive 6 days earlier.  Yes, it was to the grocery store, and yes, the boyfriend was with me but still a major step forward (both of our vehicles are standards so both legs are required).

Day 1

Well, I drove the entire way to Levis, Quebec!  That’s roughly an 8  hour drive without stopping (we stopped several times).  I arrived without much discomfort in my new hip (the left) but did have some shooting pain in the afternoon in my right leg and knee.  Nothing compared to any pain I’ve dealt with before but I could tell that things were getting a workout and still settling into place.  We took several bathroom and food breaks, along with stretching breaks to ensure that I was driving safely.

Cruise control was very helpful!  Not having to continually apply pressure (even with my right leg) makes it much easier, and since it was highway driving there was almost no clutch work.  An exercise that I did while in the drivers seat was glut clenches.  Literally just tightening up my butt 10 times for 3 seats helped in keeping my butt awake and blood circulating.  I did that several times, my boyfriend laughed almost every time as I wouldn’t tell him what I was doing, he would just see me bobbing up and down.

Once we arrived in Levis, Quebec we took our bags to the room, laid down for a moment (stretched out the low back cause whether you have hip problems or not, driving that long affects you).

I walked to dinner and the grocery store without pain or a limp! WTF!!  I could get used to this.  I believe this is the first time I truly felt the freedom.  Usually after a day of sitting (or anything really) I’d be limping and not moving at any speed at all.  It was magical.  As for sleep, I would previously get at least, a lot of restless leg feelings after a day of sitting on top of my hip and leg pain.

Day 2

My boyfriend did most of the driving this day, 7 hours of it.  Not because I was in pain or anything but because he wanted to contribute.  This allowed me to do some exercises (more than just butt clenches) while he drove.  I used my green band for resistance training with my legs:

It helped to keep my butt awake and to pass the time.  I didn’t want to lose any more muscle mass or momentum that I had gained, if possible, I wanted to continue moving forward.  So I did a few sets several times through the day.

That evening we stayed with family in New Brunswick.  I arrived with no pain and was feeling pretty good.

Day 3

The last leg to Charlottetown, PEI.  Pain free and so beautiful! That is the one eastern province I had not yet been to.  It was the shortest of all the days but I don’t think I complained once.  First for a three day road trip EVER.

Throughout the entire drive out east I found myself with more patience, I snacked less and could manage a lot more since I wasn’t in pain and constantly uncomfortable.  Perhaps some of my previous ‘hangry’ was more pain related than I thought.

Hmmmm… I should ask my boyfriend what he thinks about that.

A Flashback of an Old Hip Road Trip

Back at the beginning of July it was road trip time!

The 5 hour drive north wasn’t bad, I was a little surprised how good I felt through the entire ride, especially considering I was just over 6 weeks post-op for my second hip replacement.

Flashback to Another Time

This drive north always gives me flashbacks to one year (2015) when we started the trip following a rainy rugby game. I can still feel the pain, somethings will never leave my memory.  (It actually makes me want to cry as I type this.)  I remember how painful that ride was, even while being able to re-position in the passenger seat and stretch out (if you have arthritis you know that doesn’t help!).

The rugby game itself also still stands out in my mind as I was a peg leg most of the time.  If you don’t know what I mean by peg leg that’s when your one leg (my right at the time) would basically stop working and you just throw my leg forward from the hip area to try to move it.  It’s actually a little easier to do this when you’re trying to move faster (which isn’t really fast at all in reality).  So I looked like a running pirate.  This sometimes happened to me later in games (almost always afterwards) but it was a very wet day and that made things much, MUCH worse from the very beginning.  I was in so much pain.

And then I hoped into a car for 5-6 hours.  Not that going home and laying down would have drastically changed my pain levels and mobility.  It took me several days to recover from that game and car ride (this was a year before I learned I needed hip replacements) and that will live in my memory forever.

It’s flashbacks like that that I try to look at through the lens of appreciation.  I appreciate where I am now, that I have had the opportunities to become pain free and mobile again.

My New Hip Long-Weekend

It was a weekend of firsts!  This was the first time I went swimming, the first time I stood up in a shower and the first time I went on a hike (a very short hike but none the less).

The first two days went very well.  I could feel myself get very noticeably stronger.  Lots of walking, stairs and daily physio exercises (people were impressed with my dedication while drinking Caesars).  Come the third/fourth day I started to get very sore and tight/stiff.  I was losing some of the progress that I felt I had gained over the previous days since arriving up north.  Prior to this there were a few moments when I had actually forgotten that I was still in recovery mode.  Just relaxing I felt no pain, no limitations and a glimpse into what the future could/would be like.  It brought a feeling of joy and peace of mind of the potential that the future had.  BUT… I had pushed myself a little too hard and was feeling the consequence of that.

All recoveries have it’s ups and downs.  Try to keep that in mind when a set back feels like a failure, it’s not.  Recovery is a process, not a straight forward guarantee.

 

 

6 Week Follow Up Appointment

The Day Before

I attended physio, did some new things, including more standing exercises that involved full range (but still within my restrictions).  The video of the squats was shown in my November 6, 2017 blog post since I didn’t have a video with the modifications.

I usually start to get nervous the day before follow up appointments.  And this wasn’t any different.  Not because anything feels wrong but because I just never know.  Maybe something shows up on the x-ray that I can’t feel.  I lived for years with problems I didn’t know the extend of.  So just some nerves, normal nerves.  Things that just don’t let me fully fall asleep at night.  (It may also be due to the anticipation of being able to work away from crutches… so many thoughts and possibilities, no wonder my brain never stopped moving).

Follow Up Day!

This was the day I’ve been waiting for.  All the work leads up to this check point.  Things are feeling great but there is always the feat that something inside is off or not how it should be.  The x-ray tells all today!

Once in the hospital I checked in at the fracture clinic, got my x-ray requisition, a ‘Falls Risk’ wrist band (say that 5 times fast) for the first time ever and waited.

Falls Risk Wrist Band

Waiting is always the main part of the hospital trips.  The x-ray was quick and easy.  They get you to lay in two positions: flat on your back (for a pelvic and single hip image) and half up on a wedge (for an angled image of your operated hip).  They cover all the angles.

Time to wait again.  Once I was called into the clinic and I wait a little longer, I am seen by a physiotherapist.  They run through a couple of physical tests.  Flexibility (moving around the leg and hip) and strength based on the knee and ankle resistance.  She said I was very strong after the tests were completed and that things seemed good.  Yippee!!

Next I would wait for the surgeon to speak with the physiotherapist and review the x-ray.  Based on these analysis he would give me the next steps.

I was anticipating weight bearing restrictions to be removed but to still have some restrictions for the following 6 weeks (as I did after my first hip replacement).

Nope!

While my weight bearing restrictions were removed (as anticipated) everything else was too!  I was so insanely excited!!  I can’t even describe it.  I thanked my surgeon, repeatedly.  He asked if I regretted my decision at all.  I told him, no way.  I couldn’t be happier and more pleased with the results.

Leaving the Hospital

I used both crutches to leave the hospital but did try a couple independent steps in the parking lot.  They didn’t go to badly, pretty well actually.  Unlike my initial step following my first hip replacement (in the same parking lot) which resulted in my boyfriend laughing at me for about an hour cause it was kinda a huge hilarious fail.

Walking with a Cane

We went out to lunch to celebrate.  I had packed my cane in the car for afterwards ad used it to walk into the restaurant.  I was a little twisted and wobbly but it was a nice change.  Below is a video taken once we got home of me walking:

The next surgeon follow up was set for 3 months in the future!  At the 1 year mark from my first replacement.

The Following Day

I went to Physio and my therapist was happy to hear I was off weight bearing but shocked to hear I didn’t have any restrictions at all!  And honestly, I was still in shock as well.

We went over some exercises and safe ways to do them.  Squats, balance exercises and he provided me with some sheets of water exercises for the lake at the cottage.  Basically, anything I wanted to do above water (and can’t right now) I was allowed to do in the water.  Water therapy is the BEST!

He also had very good advice on protecting my incision while I was in the water.  So I had a small pin hole at the bottom of my incision still from the close up stitch.  To prevent water from getting inside he recommended using new skin and Vaseline while in the water to create a barrier, and then some polysporin once out of the water to clean and disinfect it.

Big Crowds and Crutches

As a birthday present I received tickets to the Canada v. USA Rugby Game at the Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton on June 24, 2017.  I originally was not going as I wasn’t sure where I would be in my recovery, but, because my boyfriend is awesome, he got me tickets once he knew I would be able to handle the event.

Preparing for the Day

The day started early.  I showered on my own for the first time! Well, the boyfriend was close but I was independent the entire time. I set up the bathroom the evening before.  Ensured that all my containers I would need would be within reach (without breaking 90 degrees).  It was a great success!!  I could get in and out of the tub independently from my chair,  water didn’t get everywhere (which is challenging when sitting and shower even without limitations) and my boyfriend was able to continue sleeping (although I’m sure he had one eye open just in case).  Everyone won!!

After I went downstairs, made myself and the boyfriend breakfast and continued getting ready.  A frustration that plagues me is my speed on the stairs.  I can’t just run to do something or get something.  It has to all be planned out,  so at times when I’m anxious and feel like I need to get so much more done (like this morning) I get frustrated and annoyed easily.  Some of the things I just can’t get done, like make-up or more attention to my hair, sacrifices had to be made.

Pre-Game

Anyways, a girlfriend drove us to Hamilton.  We started at a friends house for some drinks and food.  I 1 crutched around her yard and the house. When I sat on the outside couch everyone would alway leave me wiggle room and when I went inside to watch something someone would give up their spot on the couch with back support for me (so I could lean back a little and relax).  I told them I could have sat on the floor but they wouldn’t hear of it.  My friends are sweethearts.

Later a bus picked us all up to go to the rugby game.  I made sure to have both crutches. It’s one thing to move around a home with only a few people with 1 crutch and another when I’m out in public places.  The bus ride was fine for my hip, luckily as wasn’t very sensitive to bumps anymore.  Otherwise I would not have attempted the bus ride… that wouldn’t have been insane.  Also, school buses are not designed for people with crutches.  The isle is so narrow!!  I already knew that it was tight but you really feel it when you are trying to crutch down it to get to a seat.  So needless to say I sat near the front, I couldn’t get any further.


So before the game even started there was a tailgate party included in the festivities.  As the bus approached the stadium it kept driving past it… for a couple of blocks.  I was like WTF!!  I had no idea the tailgate wasn’t at the stadium as it had been for other events in the past.  This now meant a bit of a walk for someone on crutches… I was a little nervous (and so was the boyfriend).

But after a beer and part of a hamburger the boyfriend and I started to make our way to the stadium (before most other people haha).  We took our time (and a break or two) and finally arrived at our gate.  Time to head to our seats!

Note: If you are at a public event on crutches, people will often help you out.  It was nice how helpful Ruggers (rugby people) are!

Game Time

When we arrived to the stadium we got to the elevator (it was huge!).  The security guard at the elevator used a metal detector to scan us.  That’s a 1st for me with new hips.  Did you know that the beeping noise is different for implants compared to other external metal?  Me neither.  That was a cool learning experience.  (I have since been through other ones and I haven’t had the same response, so it may be related to the type of metal detector they used).  The security guard knew a lot.  Kinda cool to hear my hips go off, cause they don’t do anything in the big walk through scanners at the airport.

We had box seats and they were pretty sweet!  Not only because of the view but also because I knew there wouldn’t be randoms trying to get passed me and I could stretch my newest hip leg straight out to not break my 90 degree restriction.  I could also stand whenever needed to stretch out and move around.  Normal seats would not have been safe for me at this point in recovery.


Ever since finding out that I needed hip replacements I have gotten into some very interesting conversations.  And today was no exception.  So many people with so many different experiences with pain, joint replacements and tons of other relate able topics.  Sure having to get hip replacements suck but it has also enriched my life in so many ways (beside no longer being in pain).

Post-Game

When the game was done we rushed back to the bus.  The shenanigans continued back at my friends house.  I’ll be honest I did fall once that evening, it was onto my right knee (the recovered, good leg).  I was exhausted and it just gave out for a second (I only had my one crutch with me at the time).  I honestly don’t remember a trigger, it was just more tired then I was registering, I think.  It was a little embarrassing but it happened.  I was fine, I didn’t go all the way down, just onto my good knee.

The Following Day or Two

I slept like a baby and just watched TV all day. My right left felt sore (like it had a good workout the day before… which it did).  My right butt and leg could feel the effects of all the activities for a few days.

I’m getting comfortable laying on my operated side.  It doesn’t cause pain to lay on that side anymore but it still feels a little weird and some pressure if that makes sense (it’s hard to explain).  I laid on my left side for a good 10 minutes while watching a movie.

Moving Forward

I was starting to get super excited about moving forward with life.  Once I’m off crutches (less then a week at this point) that’s it for me, I’m off crutches.  There isn’t another hip waiting to be changed, there isn’t another surgery or rehabilitation from surgery for many many years!  The last year or so has been me waiting and anticipating… but not anymore!  The possibilities are soon endless and limitations (both pre-surgery pain and post-surgery restrictions) will be GONE!!

 

First Full Week of Physio

Note:  If you are interested in trying any of the exercises below please seek a therapist for assistance and clearance, especially if you are still in the recovery stage.

Tuesday

The end of week 5 and start of week 6 was my first full week of physiotherapy and I learned a few new things!  Mark showed me how I could do some squats!

  •  I placed my operated leg up on a block/step stool (something with some height) to prevent full weight bearing, my feet were about shoulder width apart.  A Bosu ball is placed behind my back and against the wall.  Crutches are out in front of me for balance/support.  Now squat (while not breaking 90 degrees) and using your crutches to assist in balancing and helping yourself up if needed. (The video below is without the assistance but you get the idea)
  • It’s important to keep your knee in line with your foot.  You don’t want it to collapse inwards.
  • I did these exercises with my legs closed, shoulder width apart and wider.  This worked different areas of my muscles.

I love squats and always have so I am so happy to have this variation! And especially following surgery it helps me feel more mobile and adds some variation to my physio exercises.

We also went over a more intense bridge exercise:

  • Using a Bosu ball I placed my legs on the ball while laying on myback.  The none operated leg was be positioned closer to my body, to allow me to work the new hip with more intensity.  *This does not cause a problem for any weight bearing restrictions.
  • I was also allowed to roll the ball into my body at the top of the bridge.  This adds more glute activation.  Slow roll, then lower the bridge.

Squats are still my favourite but always glad to get more and more intense exercises.

That evening I laid on my left (new hip) side for 10 seconds, just to see if I could do it.  I didn’t scream!  It’s improving!!

Wednesday

I had a long nap this afternoon. I think the last several days (especially my birthday weekend) are catching up with me and not having a nap the day of Physio.

When trying to fall asleep this night I want to stretch out my lower back so badly!  My legs felt a bit restless (which I use to have a lot before my replacements) and it took a while for me to actually fall asleep.

Thursday

Hard to get up this morning.  All my activities are catching up with me (and it’s a rainy day, always harder to get motivated on rainy days, even without arthritis).

At 11 am I had physio. I started on the bike (as always) but then we moved onto exercises first instead of manual stretching (which we did at the end).  This session included the following exercises:

  1. Laying down leg raises (w. Assistance). They are still very challenging.  My therapist would hold me leg at different heights for me to hold and then release.  This allows me to work every angel of the muscle and build more range so that it can all get stronger together and not just one aspect of the muscles,
  2. Did some more Bosu ball bridges and rolls.  He didn’t want me to fully do 1 leg yet because of the twisting limitation (in case I lose balance).  He did show me that I can scatter the placement of my feet (forward and backwards) to increase intensity.
  3. Glute exercises.  He wanted to see if things were firing well.  I lay on my stomach and raise my left leg as high as possible.  A pillow or two under my abdomen to prevent my back from compensating is always helpful.
  4. Another glute exercise.  In the same position (on your stomach) raise your foot into the air (so now it’s an L with your butt) and then lift my foot up into the air. Goal is not to activate the thigh for more then just holding my leg up.  My therapist eventually gave me a rope to help relax my leg and allow things to focus on my gluts.  (If any of these don’t make sense I will be doing videos in the future, or ask and I can send it to you easily).

The session ended with stretching:

World Arthritis Day 2017

Are you living with arthritis? Have you lived with arthritis?

Arthritis used to be a large part of my life!  I wish I knew more about it when I suffered from it but I got diagnoses long after it started to be a problem for me, and is one of the lucky few who was able to get permanent relief.

My mom also has arthritis and deals with its struggles everyday, especially on rainy days like it use too (which coincidently today is a rainy day… blah).

I had osteoarthritis.  This type of arthritis is caused by aging joints, injury and obesity.  And while not all people that that osteoarthritis are obese, have a single injury that starts a problem or have the age where arthritis usually starts to occur, it can still happen.  And that is where I come in.

Due to the fact of being born with Dysplasia in both hips and it going undiagnosed, and therefore untreated, it caused my joints to age and wear down at a much higher rate than a normal person.  I could not tell you exactly when the arthritis started, whether I was really young or later in my teens or early 20s but something was always there.  And it wasn’t until I was told I needed a total hip replacement that the word arthritis was even brought up.  The x-rays didn’t show the normal colouring that would identify arthritis and the MRI showed so many problems that the word arthritis was likely not the biggest surprise so it was not mentioned.  OR perhaps people assumed I already knew that part so just never really talked about.  Either way it was there.

Many younger people don’t feel understood or believed when talking about joint pain.  I follow @curearthritis on Instagram, along with many other sources, and this has really helped me come to a better understanding of this disease, including the large variety of types (which I had previously had no idea about).

I’d love to hear your story about arthritis and how it has affected you or a loved one.  We are nothing without the support around us, I know that’s what helped me through it all.

Birthday Bash Weekend

There was a lot of prep and organization that went into my birthday party.  Honestly, I almost didn’t even do anything (didn’t necessarily feel up to it) but my boyfriend encouraged me otherwise and ultimately I’m glad he did.

Side Note: the feature image above is from the previous years birthday cause honestly I didn’t really take any photos this year.  The focus was on friends and appreciating the moment.  So much has happened since that photo was taken and I’m glad your following along in my journey.

Friday

On Friday I ran errands for my birthday party with my mom in the morning.  Fortino’s (for the cake) and Dollorama for the materials for Battleshots (yup, I decided to build a drinking game).

I spent most my day working at the dining room table on the game.  It was fun to get creative and design something.  It was hard to reach and get a few things done simply because of my mobility limitations that are still in place (and that I just physically can’t do).  Reaching across the table to draw lines for example was challenging.  Sitting wasn’t a problem (I was on my wedge mind you) and I didn’t get much tightness in the legs (as they are starting to get use to everything).  Mind you I still took some breaks and laid on the couch a few times.

Side Note: I often forget that sometimes people just don’t know how to walk with someone on crutches.  I found this when I went out with my mom.  While I spent a lot of time at her house being our in public is different when maneuvering and walking with crutches.  She just didn’t know if she should be beside me, ahead of me or behind me.  It was very confusing at first.  She would often stop in front of me to wait for me but I wouldn’t be able to go anywhere. I prefer that if there is a small area that the person not on crutches goes first.  I prefer to follow, it makes me feel safer so if someone or a cart comes out quickly it almost hits an able body person, not me recovering from hip replacements.  Also, my mom sometimes stood to close to me, which didn’t allow me to even move my crutch.  You can also walk behind someone on crutches if they prefer.  So yes, it can be challenging, but just be patient and let the other person know what you need (nicely).

Saturday

Birthday Bash Day!  I went out with my mom to Plato’s Closet and a few other stores to see if I could find something new to wear… sadly I did not.  It is hard to find even a shirt when you aren’t physically feeling yourself.  Nothing seems to fit the way you want it too.

The rest of the day I relaxed and finished the Battleshots game.  I knew it was going to be a busy evening/night so I didn’t want to exhaust myself before things even got started.

Two girlfriends came over for diner (I made them food… winning!) and we relaxed until we left for the party.  It was nice to have the day to myself since the boyfriend was away at a rugby game.

I still needed a lot of help setting up, since I’m still crutching around but I’ve learned to live with that (still a little bit of a struggle for me).  That’s where my friends were stepped up and didn’t complain at all (their so sweet).

The evening was a great success and while I wasn’t the first to leave the party I wasn’t the last!!  (score!)  Ever since surgery I’ve been going to sleep at 10-10:30 pm at the latest.  So this was a long and late day for me.  I think I crutched home at about 1 am (the party was held at the rugby club so super close to my house). I had gone downstairs with my boyfriend (cause they are steep stairs) to use the bathroom and knew that I didn’t have the energy to stay any longer (or get back up the stairs) so I headed home.  I didn’t get to say bye but everyone understood.

That night also wasn’t about getting drunk for me.  The cider was actually making my stomach a little sore.  While on crutches I don’t want to drink a ton and f@&% something up so it all worked out!  Also meant less of a hang over for Father’s Day.

My boyfriend offered to walk me home from the party but I told him not to worry about it and to go back upstairs and enjoy things.  However, once I got into my house I realized I could have used him for one things… to take off my left shoe.  I had worn sandals that zipped up at the back and while I could easily take the one off my right foot I was puzzled for a while about my left (newest hip).  I eventually brought my foot up to my butt and reach backwards to unzip it but I was sure for a while that my boyfriend would find me in bed with one shoe on.

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Sunday

Father’s Day!  I’ll be honest while I was at my parents I slept a lot!  Napped most of the afternoon on the couch until I made my Dad dinner.  Now, I joked with him that I was just spending time with him the way he spends time with me in the evening (sleeping on the couch while I watch TV).

Monday

My actual birthday!  I turned 31.

This is also the day I got to get my hair done. At almost the 5 week mark I would never have been able to sit for that long of a time after my first surgery.  There was no physical way I could do it.  This time around I could! I was so excited.  I went back to blonde and my months of grey was gone (Yes, I have a ton of greys, it runs in the family… I’m an old soul, my hips, well not any longer, and hair, in a young persons body).

Getting my hair done helped me feel even more like my normal, new functioning, self.

I headed into my next year with fresh hips and my hair done.  This years going to be a good year!

Costco Trip

After my first physio sessions it was time to go to Costco.  I headed in with both crutches and the guy at the entrance recommended (and encouraged) that I use a buggy.  I was hesitant.  I don’t see myself as someone who requires it (even though I’ve had two hip replacements… may not make sense to some I know) but I sucked it up and took one. (It was so much easier to make the leap with a supportive boyfriend encouraging you as well).

After reading all the instructions we starting shopping.  It took a couple of minutes but I got the hang of it.  And, yes, it beeps when you back up.  It can also turn on a dim!  It’s fairly slow, but that’s properly for a good reason.  People don’t always see you but look super apologetic about it when they cut you off or almost hit you.  The gentlemen at the front said I could leave/set my crutches with him so I didn’t have to go around with them but I felt like I need them with me to justify the buggy (same struggle I first had when my cane… I don’t look injured/disabled so I feel judged).

A side note: the basket may seem smaller (then the cart) but I ensure you they are practically the same size!  It’s insane.

The Start of Physio

I woke up excited to start physio with Mark!  This got me motivated to do my videos of the hospital physio exercises I’ve been meaning to complete (on Instagram and YouTube).

It’s now been 1 month since surgery.  Leading up to my left hip replacement I would only dream of getting to this point.  Having two pain free hips (even with limitations) was something I actually had a hard time believing would ever happen.  It was a dream I had for a long time but still felt unattainable.  But now i’m actually post-surgery and pushing forward. Next stop physio.

My first physio session for my left hip

Bike time! I use to start on the stationary bike, man I wish I had one at home. My cardio is better this time around.  Last time I felt dead in like 15 seconds once I started peddling.  This time it didn’t hit me until later.  I did a total of about 12 minutes.  There was lots of tightness through the quad and stiffness when starting, but it loosened up overtime.

Manual Manipulation

With Mark we started by putting some heat on my left hip to help warm up the muscles for some manual stretching.  Since he knows I do my exercises fairly religiously at home he helps with some manual manipulation and other stuff at the clinic.  He started by having my lay on my right side and stretching my left leg back with a bend in it, to stretch the quad and hip.  I had to be careful not to arch my back and keep my core engaged or else it wouldn’t be as effective cause he could just keep going (due to the flexibility in my back and core).  He then got me to roll onto my back and stretched my leg upwards.  At first what I felt was my quad and knee so he allowed me lower leg to hang and focus on the top (instead of the entire leg in the air).  Then after a while he put my leg straight up (at about 35-40 degree angle) and stretched the hip that way.  It was nice to have that done for me since I’m not able to do that on my own.

Exercises

We then went over how to make some of my exercises harder.  I asked for a harder quad activator:

  1. Put a folded pillow under your knee. This way you can raise your lower leg like normal and then lift from the hip.  The pillow should be folded away from you to allow it to open towards your feet.
  2. Using the bosu ball. Start with lifting your lower leg and then from the hip. Your legs should be on top of the bosu ball, right under your knee.

These two exercises allow work to be done at two different ranges of motion.  If i had a medium sized ball I could also work the middle.  This will allow t he entire range of motion to come back quicker and stronger (range of motion = ROM).

Water (Pool/Lake) Therapy

Mark cleared me for pool therapy (aka lake therapy at the cottage) since the incision is fully closed up and looks good.  However, he said to stay in the shallow end. no kicking or full swimming yet (Makes complete sense due to the restrictions of twisting and crossing). This means though that I could stand in the pool and do my physio exercises.  And I mean stand without assistance due to weight restrictions.  That’s exciting!  I need to find a pool with open time and minimal kids (since it was mid-June and school was almost out that would be near impossible, but that’s what cottages are for).

The Next 3-6 Months

Mark told me that the next 3-6 months may be a bit of a back and forth in relation to both my legs.  Meaning, sometimes I may have more trouble with my right then my left but they will even out and get consistently and equally better and stable.  Good to know!  I’m not sure I would have really thought of that.  I know my right hip is sometimes sore now but based on the use and laying on it only, not continuous healing (since it’s feel absolutely fabulous compared to before already).

End of Week 4

Monday, June 12

Got fully dressed all by myself.  I’ve done that a couple of times in the past week but it’s been getting easier and easier.  The struggle of putting on underwear and pants is losing it’s comedic effect and becoming more functional.

Today was a trip to the Chiropractors.  I will be happy once I am off the wedge in the car.  I mean it helps me feel better but sitting on it in the car can be a bit annoying.  My head doesn’t rest properly on the head rest (yes, I know the head rest can move) and my back feels a bit bent.  Like I’m sitting in a chair that wasn’t constructed properly (Cause dah… the car seat isn’t meant to have a wedge on it, and the wedge wasn’t designed for a car seat).  If anyone has found a wedge that is meant for a car then let me know!

Anyways, back to the Chiro appointment… I got myself face down on the table all by myself!  Independent women!!  BOOM!  I peeked my head around the corned to tell my boyfriend.

I’ve been a little annoyingly happy for him today (or at least for this early in the morning) but that’s what happens when I feel productive and boy have I felt productive today.  It honestly all started with me unpacking and hanging some of my own clothes up this morning.

Then when we got home from the Chiro I got a bunch of work To Do’s completed that had been lingering.  Also, I finally put all my drugs away (from my drug bag) and bandages and whatnot from my incision management stash.  Finally, I organized my office.  Labelled some baskets, scanned and filed material away.  Whenever I feel organized my spirits go way up!  So now I may be even more annoyingly happen when the boyfriend returns home later…. but I don’t care hehe

Walking the stairs in my house is getting easier.  My right leg (the first replacement) use to get sore and tired after a few trips but I don’t notice it anymore.  The muscle strength is returning which is awesome.

I walked down the street to the mailbox on my own.  I mailed a letter for work.  Small wins for independence.  One step at a time (literally).

No nap today but I did still have some down time.  Sitting with my leg out/up on a glad surface.  I don’t like to sit upright all the time.  I want to stretch out and not get my hip/quad/other muscles to tight.