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Coming Back (mid-surgery report)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Today was a busy day...too busy for my little supply of strength being about one month post op after a hip replacement. Actually it's been a really busy four days! It either is completely dull or hopping around here...Wish there was some kind of middle ground.

Yesterday I had a visit from a Physical Therapist whom I'd never seen thus far. She was great! I told her that I was ready to stop the bi-weekly at home PT visits and we agreed that they would only come one more time in two weeks to check me over and give me some more demanding exercises to work on. She reviewed and we did the ones that I'd been given thus far and then she added several more. When I told her my usual routine, she laughed and said as she added more, that soon I'd be doing nothing BUT exercising!

Today, I wanted to work out again, but wanted to give the muscles I'd worked hard yesterday a chance to recover so I decided to focus more on the core muscles. I had a bit of a hard time finding core muscle exercises which did not break my "Hip Precautions" which are about three rules that one MUST NOT break for at least two months post-op. And they are such common movements - and NECESSARY ones - that I'm having a really hard time avoiding them...but know that it is essential if this hip is not to become dislocated like the last one did. But ultimately, after reviewing and watching the demos for every single core exercise on Spark's demo list; I came up with about 8 exercises that I could do...so I did those along with the 5 or so that the PT had added yesterday. This took about an hour (just the exercise part), so I felt that it had been a good workout, and it was good to know that what I'm doing is safe for my new hip.

I'd gained over ten pounds in the time prior to and throughout my hospitalization (not quite sure how that happened but there it was). And I'm glad to say that 8 or 9 of them are now gone. (I didn't change the weight on the weigh in at Spark...too bummed out by the gain to do so,... so this loss is not reflected there.)

Tomorrow looks like it will be a demanding day as well. Although, hopefully on Tues and Wed I will have the chance to recover a bit. I've been fighting with bronchitis and unfortunately just today, it finally hit my lungs and now asthma has kicked in. I'm doing everything in my arsenal to overcome this because I know very well that the next step is likely either oral steroids or to the hospital for Intravenous ones. And THAT is one step I do NOT want to take! That could mean the regaining of many MANY hard-lost pounds. And I can't even think about this right now; so am changing the subject.

Ummm. Next subject? Mind is a blank...so maybe on the above bleak note I will have to end this. No. I can't do that.

I know that God is more powerful than my case of asthma so am praying and would appreciate your prayers that He would see fit to heal me of this and not permit said landslide into disaster. So let's believe that together shall we? God has OTHER plans for me! I hope an pray that is the case. And I am so much looking forward to getting this next surgery (on Mar. 29th to replace my right hip as well) done and out of the way, so that late this spring and into the summer; you will find me out power-walking up a storm again! Well, maybe not powerwalking this spring...but you know what I mean...working my way back to it!! I can't wait...Will have to program some new music into my mp3 in anticipation of needing a bit of a kick of energy as I do that.
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  • VXWALL1942
    You8r attitude is great. You can do this!!! You have all the pieces, now just to get them together. I'm here for you.

    3490 days ago
  • KAT7457
    wow both hips I will say a prayer for you that this hip replacement and the next will be even better, good luck to you and get plenty of rest and drink your water and dont hurt yourself hope your asthma gets better. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3491 days ago
  • JUNEBUG1944
    Whoa! You are really moving, girl! Good for you! That weight gain really sucks, doesn't it? I gained 10# pre & post surgery and FINALLY got rid of it. Not fair, is it? Here we're suffering and then gain weight, our mortal enemy, too! I hope you are feeling better and can get rid of that Bronchitis and Asthma quickly.
    3491 days ago
    You have done very well to seek out ways to exercise while looking after your hip better this time. Its hard to be a patient patient (I know all about that), but its doable..
    I am so glad to be getting this recovery out of the way in our horrible winter weather as well. I am so looking forward to an active summer!!! Maybe we can go on a virtual walk together!
    Sending healing thoughts your way so you don't have to go on those horrible steroids!!
    Stay strong!
    3492 days ago
    Your the first person I had to check on !

    Your doing Great ! I am actually very PROUD of you . You were beat down and here you are right back up!

    You Cynthia inspire me!

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    3492 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    You are a fighter! there is no doubt about it !!. I remember the intravenous cortisone and the oxygen .. very distinctly ..Now it is all just a bad dream ... I was lucky .. the medication they gave me to clear the clots in my arteries.... when I had my heart attacks actually cleared my lungs too !
    I know how you are feeling ... but don't give up!!
    Hopefully this will pass and you will be all stations go for your next op !! then look at you go!
    hugs Susie

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    3492 days ago
    I think I will have to officially call you a Hippy! emoticon
    3492 days ago
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