I have crossed the one year mark, so it is definitely time for a progress report. I started this blog with the intention of making witty observations for a full year of recovery from my hip replacement, but the simple truth is that I was sufficiently recovered after a few months to resume a full life. To write about my hip from that point on seemed redundant. So I didn’t.
I’ve spent the entire summer and fall and winter since then concentrating on my education as a paralegal. I’m still not at all sure what I will actually do with this certification once I complete it in December, but it has been fascinating and has the potential to be a life-changer.
I have not resumed dancing at the level I wanted to get back to. Sometimes I wonder if it’s even possible anymore. The hip is no longer a source of pain, but I am struggling still with stamina. I felt I was making good progress throughout the fall, but of course as soon as winter set in, I stopped my daily walks and the results are predictable. That’s a terribly feeble excuse since this was the mildest and shortest winter I’ve ever known. The real truth is that I prefer to exercise by turning the pages of a book. It’s always been that way, and I don’t see any likelihood of it changing now.
I did start a strength-training program back in January, and thanks to my personal trainer, I have stuck with it for 13 weeks so far. I can tell that my muscles are stronger….I am no longer telling the cashier at Meijer to pack my bags lightly. Another result of the exercising is that my left hip is squawking and rebelling at certain movements. Stairs are tricky once again, and sleeping on that side brings pain. Stiffness and soreness are once again daily companions.
Which brings me to the reason that I will keep this blog going a bit longer. After seeing my doc for the one year check-up, he informs me that yes, there is a bit more deterioration in the already terrible-looking left hip. Anytime I’m ready, don’t hesitate. I guess I’m ready, because I found myself saying yes, let’s do it this summer.
July 10th….after a fun trip to Costa Rica with my daughter. That’s the plan. Bring it on.