It’s A Start

Finally - back to the weights

Ahhhh.  Finally I get to do some kind of workout.  Ball situps, bench flies, bicep curls, and tricep extensions.  Although It doesn’t make you sweat like running, at least it’s a workout.  Finally!  Each day I get closer and closer back to normal.  The hip pain is healing.  We had a big cold front move in making everything slippery and icy.   I’ve had to be more careful.  This has caused my hip to hurt more.  I think it’s because I’m tensing those hip muscles more than normal.  It’s  not stopping me from doing some strength work.  With each new day……the optimism grows…..

BIONIC FOR REAL

A whole exhibit on me at the Smithsonian
A whole exhibit on me at the Smithsonian

My oldest son Ryan is finishing up his final year at Georgetown University in Washington DC.  He texted me this picture with the caption, “It’s you at the Smithsonian”.  As you all may or may not know, I’ve been referring to my hip replacement as “bionics” since the beginning.  Need a refresher?  Check out these posts:  “The Bionics“, “It’s Official, I am Bionic”, and my favorite, “Optimistically Optimistic“.  It was nice to get validation from the Smithsonian on my choice of words.  As I’ve said in the past, I feel sorry, really, for all of my future competitors, I do I have one ….. er …… leg up on them with my new bionics.

SNOW DAY

SnowDay
Today is a Snow Day for the boys - No School

Last night my son Tommy and his friend Ned (5th Graders) made a pact.  “If tomorrow is a snow day, we’re going to go to Jack and Dan’s for lunch and we’re going to go sledding.  Deal?” .  Tommy exclaimed “Deal!”  We all chimed in, “Who’s Buying?” :).  So this morning I looked out the window and there was no new snow…..just the snow we got from the day before.  I promised my son Daniel that I’d check the school website as soon as I woke up and let him know whether he had to get up for school.  When I saw no new snow, I didn’t bother checking.  About a half hour later, he comes walking down the stairs and says…..”You told me you’d tell me if there was no school”.  He had checked it himself.  Here I was making their lunches and I didn’t have to.  Sure enough there was no school for either of the kids.  Then I started thinking about the timing of this hip replacement.  Running in the snow is good exercise but it truly is a pain.  I couldn’t have picked a better time to take a break, but I’m hopeful for the spring….and testing the new hip.  So with 2 bagged PB and J’s sitting on the counter, I headed off to work wondering if the boys had enough $$ to squeeze ME in for lunch at Jack and Dan’s today.

2 of a Kind

I was recently contacted through this blog by a friend of a friend who is a runner in his 30’s and he too had a bad hip. Jeremy got his replaced on Tuesday (1/17). I’m thinking there may be an epidemic of hip replacements going on here in Spokane. In his last email to me, his spirits sounded good. It will be good to get his input on his recovery. The best advice I ever received was from my friend Mark the pizza guy. He said the
first thing he had to convince himself about was that it was not an “Old Person
Disease”.  That discussion happened a year before I had my hip replacement.   It helped me to accept the inevitability of surgery. Jeremy is just another example of accepting the fact that hips go bad with anyone. It is now time for optimism. I ran into Mark and asked him how his hip was doing. He demonstrated hopping on one foot using the replaced hip. “Never Better!”. This is a new experience and I’m free falling into
it with great hope and optimism. Jeremy and I will be running when we’re 80. I
remain hopeful and optimistic about that.

 

Crutches Be Gone!

losing the crutches
I had my first post-op appointment today.  I thought I’d get my hand slapped for giving up on the crutches.   Dr. Tim wanted me to use them for 2 weeks and I ditched them on Saturday.  I was surprised to hear that they want  me to put weight on my hip and if my hip can take it I-Have-The-Green-Light!  Sweet.  So goodbye crutches and hello mobility!  I am just that much closer to being the old me.

TAKE…..IT…..EASY……BE….PATIENT.

Greg offering advice to take it easy. He can relate to the impatience that comes during recovery.

So I met up with a friend who I met through The Flying Irish Running Club.   Greg is an all-around nice guy.  The people who run at the Flying Irish Running Club are all that way.   During the spring, summer and fall, the club meets at O’Doherty’s Irish Grille in downtown Spokane.  It’s a fun club and its gotten incredibly popular.  So popular in fact that you have to bring a DTH(designated table holder) if you plan to have a seat in the bar after the weekly run.  Otherwise, it is standing room only.   Greg contacted me a few days ago asking if I wanted to meet up so that he could impart wisdom from his own experience on the whole recovery process.  His advice was simple and to the point.  Take it easy and be patient.  He had knee surgery several years ago and he too was antsy to get out and moving again.  From what he told me,  he tried to get back into his workout routine too soon and paid the price for it later.  It also sounds like his surgery didn’t go as well as it should have.  I need the constant reminders to be patient and wait.  I too am getting antsy to return to my regular routine, especially with the old hip pain gone and the hip healing and improving each day.  He leads a group of people every Saturday through “crossfit like” exercises and invited me to come along.  I may have to take him up on it at least while my running has been curtailed for the next 2 1/2 months.

Yet ANOTHER testimonial

Oh I like this one because it shows before and after proof.  All it takes is a positive outlook and Boom!  Great things happen.  Here is one comment from this article….

Proof - Running after Hip Replacement
Proof - Running after Hip Replacement

“About 1-year post op I was back to playing in a competitive league basketball, only now with much more flexibility and pain free. And 2-years post op I ran the 2000 Peachtree 10K Road Race with a time of 51:01.”

10 Day Assessment

It's easier to prepare my breakfast WITHOUT having to carry the crutches around

So it’s been 10 days since the bionics were inserted.  I’m finding myself relying less and less on the crutches.  I know…coach Tim has asked me to carry them around for 2 weeks and I’m trying to honor that request, but it is so much easier to prepare my waffles in the morning without having to carry my crutches under my arms while I’m walking my plate of waffles to the table.  The good news is that there is relatively little pain.  Coach Tim wants me to go to a cane after the crutches period is over (next Tuesday) – but I may have to draw the line.  On Tuesday I get to start walking for a little bit without the crutches or canes….I’m going to see how I feel.  I have to say, once the hip is finally fully healed and I start running again, I DO feel sorry for all of my opponents.  It’s really actually unfair that I have all of these bionics inside me and they have to compete against that.  All I can say is “Get your own bad hip!”. 🙂

 

Distractions

I just pitched a new technology approach for replacing our aging servers at my company.  It will be a fairly large investment for the company.  The bosses gave me the thumbs up.  For the next 3 months, I’m going to be buried learning and implementing this new technology.  This will be a good distraction and hopefully break me out of the funk that is beginning to overtake me.  The busier I stay….the better it will be.