I thought I’d take a few moments to check in with everyone. I am on the mend following total hip replacement surgery 11 days ago. I just got home from physical therapy.
I’m in bed, reclining on some ice packs. The recovery journey has made me a big believer in icing down after physical activity. Post-operation swelling has been limited to around the incision area. I’d like to keep it this way!A brand new hip doesn’t automatically fix the bad habits picked up pre-surgery. The last several days have been an effort to “re-learn” proper walking posture and stride. More walking and new exercises are helping me improve my mechanics and to gain confidence.
There’s still lots of work to do before “graduating” to a cane or taking on a flight of stairs. Both are likely in the coming weeks, not days. I have moments of impatience when thinking of the long road ahead. Fortunately, these thoughts are infrequent. The energy and effort invested in rehab keeps my mind more on the progress than on the distance from the finish line.
This week I am scouting locations in the house to use as my temporary “Wake Up Memphis” studio. Depending on whether I’m allowed some ambient noise (others
Meanwhile, I’ve been sleeping great and learning new things. For instance, I’ve been experimenting with my reacher/grabber to test it limitations. There are a lot of things it can’t do, but I did find it’s able to hang on to:
- Cell phones
- Dry towels
- Shoes (if you know where to grab them)
- Most clothes
- Paperback books under 500 pages
As always, thank you for your support and encouragement.