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.

5th Quarter Teammate

Hanging with my Basketball Team during the 5th Quarter - celebrating a win at Jack and Dan's
Every year during the winter months, a bunch of my buddies and I take to the hardwood to relive our high school glory days playing basketball.  When I signed up this year, it was before I knew I was going to have hip surgery, so I was a bit bummed about missing out this year (and this year only).   But I am only missing out on the first 4 quarters.  For the 5th quarter, I’m still a starter.   The fifth quarter is usually celebrated at our favorite watering hole – Jack and Dan’s.  Tonight, I was texted that the team had won again.  Instead of drowning my sorrows in a cold beverage, I’d be celebrating a win.    This year’s team has some mojo.  They are riding a 2 game winning streak.  Sure beats the last couple of years I’ve played with these guys when we’d get thumped night in and night out.   Wait a minute, who is missing from this picture?  Was I the weak link?  Well, still happy to be a 5th quarter teammate and a member of the team.

Day 2 – Even Better

Wow.  If I see improvement like this each day…..then I might just have a shot at the Olympics this summer!  Woo Hoo.   Not even half as fatigued as I was by the end of the day yesterday.  Days like today make me hopeful and optimistic about my recovery timeline.  It’s like riding a bike.  The first few times you get on it and you fall over…you just want to quit.  But after repeated tries, it starts getting easier and easier.  I got beyond that today.  Today it was like trying to ride with no hands (not a smart idea when you are just learning).  I have to be careful with my confidence.  I was zipping all over the building going up and down the stairs when one time on my way up, one of my crutches missed the next step but my body kept going.  I put all of my weight on my recovering hip….ouch.  It was a reminder…..to take…..it…..easy.  Still feeling optimistic though…..”And in lane 8 representing the USA, Tom Fuchs, an out-of-nowhere running sensation, has the fastest 10k time of all the athletes in the field“………{dreaming…}  But I know that would never happen, because bionics aren’t allowed in the Olympics.  I know….sucks to be me right?

 

End-of-Day Report

Shew!  Made it through the first day.  Dr. Tim (or should I say “Coach Tim”) told me that I would be feeling tired.  He was ok with me going back to work but, he suggested a more scaled back back-to-work approach than I could accept.  So I came in today with Guns Blazin’.  Now its 4:00 O’Clock….and I’m out of freakin’ ammo!  Drained.  Ready to go home and hit the hay.  I will call day 1 a success though.  The ladies in the accounting department are keeping after me making sure I don’t overdo it.  I just give them a quick “harumph!” and continue on my way.  But they know I appreciate their concern.  DAY 1 = SUCCESS.

 

Mid-Day Report

Well I’m halfway through my first work day.  I am an IT Manager for a company (EDMO Distributors, Inc) that sells aircraft avionics, installation supplies, pilot supplies, etc.  It’s a desk job.  And I couldn’t have asked for a better job to greet me on my first day back to work after hip surgery.  I am spending the day following up on emails, taking care of year end stuff, fixing issues with our mission critical business app…..all while I sit on my rump at my desk.  The founder of the company (Ed – The “Ed” of EDMO) stopped by my office to check in on me.  His wife Pat has had several hip replacements. We’ve chatted before about the fact that I was headed in that direction.  He always gives me a bad time about being overly active – all in fun.  It was good to see him.  I have gotten up occasionally just to stretch the legs, but so far, being back at work is a piece of cake.  The first Monday of each month, the company treats all of the employees to a free lunch.  Today it was Q’Doba.  Did I mention I have a pretty sweet job? 🙂