Time for a quick update, it’s been 3 1/2 weeks since the op and the time has really flown by. I’m feeling a lot stronger and I’m able to walk to my local newspaper shop quite easily; about 1 mile round trip. As many have advised on here, good gait is worth waiting for so I’m sticking to the crutches but I am putting increasingly less weight through them. I’ve also worked out how to roll over onto my front in bed so my sleep quality has improved dramatically.
The most telling thing for me is, for the last few years I have been totally reliant on some form of painkiller to function; for the last week I have not needed any painkillers at all. My scars have healed well and I can get in and out of the bath unaided. I was advised not to try getting in and out of the bath until about 6 weeks post op in case I slipped, I simulated it until I was confident I could get in and out before I went for it – it was worth it for a warm soak! Prior to the op, when in the bath, I couldn’t get my legs to relax outwards and touch my knees to the side of the bath – now I can.
I continue to stick to the PT given by the hospital, things improve daily. The only exercise that is improving less quickly is abduction; when sitting with legs out straight in front, I’m still having difficulty doing 10 reps and the discomfort in the joint builds. I think part of this is overcoming friction when sliding the leg over the carpet, but it is improving with perseverance. If I do the same thing standing it’s fine and the ROM is far better than pre op.
I’m starting to crave swimming again and looking at my turbo trainer and trying to work out how to get on it! Don’t worry Hippys’ the advice is sound on here and I’m not going to overdo it, the turbo remains off limits for a while yet, but swimming will resume as soon as I can get to the pool. Out of interest, are there any post op turbo users out there, and when were you able to get back on it?
Best regards to all – Steve