December 9, 2009 Ah, yes, the bed-and-sleeping breakthrough showed up yesterday. I was able to get my leg into the bed unassisted, and I actually did sleep on the affected side for a short time last night. Sleeping on the unaffected side has been increasingly more comfortable, which I’m happy about since I am a side sleeper, too.
I don’t need stitches out at all.
Yes, I’m a ‘sporty’ type. I LOVE to bicycle commute – vehicular cycling. For most of my life I’ve rode my bicycle everywhere I’ve needed to go, until about three years ago when my hip pain got bad enough that I had to start driving a car. I can’t wait to get back on my bicycle.
I also love to hike steep hills. I love social dancing – ballroom, rhythm, and swing; west coast swing being my favorite.
Dancing was the very last activity to go as my pain increased.
Yesterday I walked a mile at a pretty good pace and with a cane. I haven’t been able to walk that far in about three-plus years.
I took six weeks off post op. I didn’t work a lick (my job is somewhat physical – massage therapy). Then at the six week mark, I eased back into working over the course of the next month. Around week 13 post op I started having pain such that I needed a cane again and was unhappy with the “set back”. I don’t think I did anything that was damaging or caused the set back… I had an xray and everything is fine. Just have to limit my activity and take anti-inflammatories.
My doctor (Dr. Gross) says 6 months to a year for the healing – and the ups and downs that go along with healing apparently. But mostly I’m good. After sitting I’m stiff and walk funny for a bit, but once I’m up and atom I’m good – like dancing is no problem, and my daily walks are pretty good.