The Bionics

OK So I visited with Dr. Tim today and got a good look at what I will be getting on Tuesday.  In time (if I am patient – and I promised that I would be),the bone will grow into these components.  Dr. Tim cautioned to take it slow to achieve the best results.  So Dr. Tim, has become “Coach Tim” for the next 3 months.  I am committed to the training plan that he has laid out for me.  (ugh….it’s going to be a boring 3 months).

Stop! Thief!

So this morning I’m heading to my favorite breakfast place to grab a quick egg McMuffin.  (Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day you know).  I’m thinking about my pre-op appointment and all of the questions that are going to be answered for me when all of the sudden…..this guy with a scraggly beard wearing a tattered camo jacket comes riding by……..on “MY” stolen mountain bike.  I wasn’t positive initially, but from a distance, the bright yellow Manitou forks and the pewter frame sure looked like mine.  As I got closer, I could see the model (Marin) boldly written on the frame.  THIS was MY bike.  It was beaten up.  The grips were mostly ripped off of the handlebars and this outstanding citizen had placed a plastic bag over the seat.  I can only guess he gave the bike a makeover to look less suspicious himself.  So when he crossed the busy street, I crossed the street too.  But he turned right on the sidewalk, and I had to keep going.  So I circled around the block but I was too late, he just crossed that intersection too.  He kind of looked back at me and I probably gave myself away, because when I turned around and went a block farther, he was gone.  If only I could have taken a picture, if only I could have been more calm, if only I had my bionic hip – I would have chased after him and gotten my bike back.

Titanium = Bionic

This post has me even more excited, hopeful and optimistic.  Amy Barrow was 44 when she had a “double hip replacement” using “the titanium spike and ball combo and the fancy new plastic cups” (This is what I’ll be getting).  Here is an excerpt from the article….

On New Year’s Day of 2006, 48-year-old Amy Barrow was the first woman home at the Resolution Run 5K in Nashville, beating accomplished runners half her age. The Nashvillian clocked 19 minutes and 40 seconds over a tough course that incorporates two bridges over the Cumberland River. Not too shabby, huh?

B-O-O-M!  The O-P-T-I-M-I-S-M continues…..

 

Last workout with the SDP

Just an example of what TRX looks like.
Just an example of what TRX looks like. Those ladies are not members of SDP.

I had my last practice with the SDP boys last night.  We did TRX.  TRX stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise. By the end of the class, it’s safe to say, we were all resistant to TRX.  Actually, we loved it. It was comical.  A bunch of runners doing planks and pushups.  Listening to Andy and Alex grunt and groan made the whole experience bearable.  At one point it was hard to tell if Alex, with his face buried into the floor, was crying or laughing.   Tye the TRX instructor sized us up at the start of the class and gave us one hell of a good core workout.  As we’re all sweating and groaning, he’s enthusiastically telling us that this is the 3rd class that he’s taught today.   Today I can feel the workout.  It’s a good feeling.

It’s amazing what $50 for six months will give you.  That is the token price you pay to be part of the SDP.  TOTALLY WORTH IT.  Every week we meet for a workout and then occasionally  we’ll grab a beer afterwards.  During these winter months, we’ve done some non-running stuff like working with physical therapists to improve running form, TRX Workouts (woohoo), and pool workouts.  Such variety!! I really am surprised that more of the SDP members don’t take advantage of the non-running workouts.  The workouts have been fantastic, but the camaraderie of the group is what I will be missing the most during the recovery period.  There is not one “heady” one in the bunch.  We all meet to run and to work hard.  Last night was no exception.

Christmas

So the boys are getting old enough that we all got to sleep in.  At 8:00 sharp the present opening began.  There is nothing like knowing that you nailed it with your kids presents.  Tommy 11 and Daniel – 15 Ipods.  Bam!  Brandon – 20 (Seattle U)  Hip Leather Coat (Very Seattle).  Boom!  Ryan – 21 (Georgetown)  Pea Coat for those power interviews he will be doing with major consulting firms soon.   Went on a run to celebrate. 1 hour and 20 minutes.  It was slow.  I savored it.  Snow all around me in Riverside State Park…..some virgin snow.  It’s always great to lay the first tracks down the trail.  What a great start to the day.  The hip hurt a little.  But the mind and the soul appreciated it.  The whole body experience – its one of the many reasons why I run.

 

Why I Run

REASONS THAT I RUN….{A RUNNING LIST}

  • I run to stay fit (of course), but that’s just the beginning.
  • I run because running is a way to celebrate.
  • I run because running heals not just the body, but also the mind and the soul.
  • I run because sometimes the best answers to my toughest problems are found when I’m running.
  • I run so that I can daydream without interruption.
  • I run to enjoy the comradery of old friends as well as meet new ones.
  • I run because it is a great form of meditation.  Sometimes I forget that I’m running.
  • I run because by running, I get that occasional dream where I’m running a familiar trail (its usual not familiar in real life, but in my dream I’ve run it hundreds of times) and there is no pain, I’m gliding and completely enjoying the experience.  I always wake up refreshed after a dream like that.
  • I run because like an old friend….running is good company.
  • I run because it’s an easy way to soak in some sun.
  • I run because it’s easier than dieting.

 

 

 

Optimism

I found some great posts on the web that I had to include in this area….I’ll continue to add as I find them.

GIMPY.  So this first testimonial is in response to an individual named Gimpy who had a hip replacement and was asking the community what they thought about running.  She had started to run, but was concerned about the long term effects.  There were several replies to her post.  The boo birds were there telling her all about the no-no’s of running after hip replacement, but one individual left the following quote:

4 years ago I had both hips replaced 7 weeks apart, my Dr. was fine with me running again so 6 weeks after my second hip I started running. It wasn’t easy but I stuck with it and last year I was able to run the Twincities Marathon. Now I run 6 miles three days a week and it’s like I never had arithritis. So Gimpy Keep running!

BOOM!

 

Optimistically Optimistic

When it's replaced...I'll be faster than the Bionic Man!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The picture says it all.   I was talking to 2 of my running buddies last night (Andy and Alex) and they told me that when the hip gets replaced, I’ll be the bionic man.  That’s how I feel…..the glass is at least half full. So it’s the 23th of December, and Christmas is just a few days away.  I’m hopeful and optimistic for the new year.  This year has been marked with some challenges, but I am excited for the new year and maybe more optimistic and hopeful than I’ve ever been.  Not much new to report until I go in for my pre-op appointment on the 12/29.  My Christmas gift is coming on 1/3/2012 and I’m as anxious as a little boy on Christmas eve waiting for the arrival of Santa.

My Questions and His Answers

OK….so I really need to know some answers to my questions. I won’t have answers until my pre-op appt on 12/29…but figured I should start writing them down.

  1. When will I be able to put weight on my hip?  Dr. Tim says that he wants me on crutches for 2 weeks.  He says that he KNOWS I will want to put full weight on my hip before then, but he wants to make sure that I gradually add the weight and give the joint time to heal.
  2. When will I be able to swim? He is recommending that I wait 1 month.
  3.  When will I be able to Spin?  No spinning until the 3 months are over.  Spinning puts pressure on the socket and he wants the initial bone growth into the new “bionics” <– my word not his, to be uninterrupted.
  4. When will I be able to go back to work? He said I would be able to go back to work when I am ready.  He suggested a reentry into the workforce
  5. Can I do pushups?  1 Month.
  6. What is the most therapeutic position during recovery?  Can I sit at a desk? Yes I can sit at a desk, but I should get up periodically and walk around.  (Again, Dr. Tim’s suggestions as far as reaclimating to work…were a bit extreme – but I didn’t think he’d mind if I didn’t completely follow those suggestions).
  7. When will I realize that hip replacement surgery is not an out-patient thing?  Answered:  I actually did think it was an outpatient procedure.  Talking with Mark the pizza guy – who had his hip replaced…….I figured I’d be walking out the door on crutches the same day and tossing the crutches the next.  Tommy Tommy Tommmy sooooo much to learn.  I will be in the hospital for 3 days.  But I will have a computer and my iphone and words-with-friends, plus a few books that my boys thought I would find entertaining while I’m cooped up.

Other things:

  • I can do upper body work (lifting) but not while standing.  As a matter of fact, I am supposed to lift nothing heavier than a coffee cup while I’m standing.
  • My leg will be longer after surgery. Yikes.  It’s already longer than the other leg.   More lifts in the shoes.
  • Situps in 2 weeks.
  • The walking training plan.  After I ditch the crutches.  Walk 1/2 block for 2-3 days and assess the pain.  If all is well then walk 1 block for 2-3 days and assess the pain. If all is well (i.e. not limping) than walk 2 blocks for 2-3 days …. and so on.  Slow and steady.
  • The hip will get as good as its going to get in 3 years.
  • Highest risk of dislocation happens in the first 3 months after surgery.
  • During the first 3 months, avoid any kind of twisting at the hip be conscious of your movements.
  • There is a 10% chance I will lose feeling on the skin of the thigh.
  • Whenever I go to the dentist for anything, cleaning, fillings, etc, I will have to take antibiotics the night before – for the rest of my life.  (WOW).

 

 

 

The Calm Before The Storm

So now that I know the day has come….I’m cherishing the remaining workouts I have until I head over to the dark side of the moon.  Today was easy.  No running.  Just spinning happily away on the bike followed by some lifting.  I can still work out mind you…..spinning especially is easier on the hip, but there is just nothing like a good run to clear your mind and change your mental outlook.  There are many questions that I need to ask Dr. Tim when I meet him for at my Pre-Op appointment on 12/29.  Can I lift weights?  How long before I can spin? When can I swim?  (I won’t even ask about running yet).   I’m guessing he will want to slow me down a bit and first talk about how to change underwear and put on socks.  Well I will need to know that too I guess.  It’s time to start writing these questions down so that I can be armed when I meet him.   Tonight I would like to send a shout out to the Spokane Swifts.  They are the female version of the men’s running group that I run with.  It is by their example that the Spokane Distance Project was born.  I received a nice card signed by many of them wishing me well and hope for a “SWIFT” recovery.  Thank you very much ladies…….your thoughts and well wishes are appreciated.