What a week it has already been! I’m still in awe of the fact that I was able to walk within hours of a total hip replacement. The hip pain I had prior to surgery is GONE! What’s left is the pain you’d expect from being opened up.
THE WORK BEGINS
Just like the weekend, I’m still on a routine heavy on rest and painkillers. However, post-op rehab has now begun. I’ll be spending a few hours each of the next few weeks doing “the work” at Campbell Clinic.It was nice getting cleaned up and seeing the “outside world” again. So glad my pal Kristy Lance cut my hair last week, making me much more presentable to the public.
The first rehab session went very well. The biggest accomplishment was overcoming the fear of allowing my physical therapist to move my leg with various new motions. Letting go can be an internal struggle for many things in life. I’m glad I did, because I learned I’ve got more flexibility than I thought I’d have. By the end of the session, my therapist gave me even more exercises to do at home.
I’ve been able to walk more each day. On average, I am getting up and using my walker nine or 10 times per day. Each stroll is for just a few minutes, but it’s movement and recovery in the right direction.
Sleep is abundant but still a bit inconsistent. I haven’t quite figured out when the naps will occur, but at least I haven’t dozed off during a phone call!
A WORD OF THANKSI thought I’d take a moment and record a quick message for everyone. Please watch if you have time, especially you, KWAM family! Sometimes it’s easier to speak than to write out your thoughts.
Oh, here’s a close up on proof that Dr. Ford and his surgical team were extra careful before operating. I guess they’re like great carpenters: measure twice, cut once!
The messages keep coming in, and my family and I appreciate them all. Thank you family, friends, and team!