This isn’t the official list topic, but it works for what I have to say with this update:
- Recovery continues to go well, all things being equal.
- I need to remain on an anticoagulant until
at least mid-Maymid-August.* Hopefully, that will be the end of it, as I can’t do any high-risk things (e.g. outdoor cycling) while on said medication.
- I now have a hematologist who will give me a date certain for cessation of the anticoagulant.*
- I saw my orthopedist yesterday. He’s impressed with the bone healing and the building muscle strength in my leg, and cleared me for full weight bearing – woo-hoo!
- My outpatient physical therapy is quite challenging. Both of the therapists I’m seeing (my main PT and another PT who previously worked on my shoulder) have me on an aggressive strength and flexibility program. They do deep-tissue massage on my hip and knee to loosen the atrophied muscles.
- After all of the workout and massage, these muscles are sore, especially my adductors and iliacus groups. The upside: I see tangible improvement from day to day and week to week.
- I’m walking around a lot, and my walking gait is far better as my leg gets stronger and more flexible.
- Last week at PT, I was introduced to a Pilates Reformer. It was a good challenge for my still-wobbly leg muscles.
- Riding a stationary bike will likely start this coming week, though I’ll know more about this after tomorrow’s outpatient PT appointment.
- I return to work on April 10.
I think that covers it, really. Despite today’s snow, DC’s spring seems to be rolling in.
Days since surgery: 72
ETA on 4/18/14: corrected end date for anticoagulant drugs to mid-August.