Yes, I said I’d give more regular updates about the new hip.
And I’ve not done so – at least not on this site. Bugger. Sorry about that.
I’ll make it brief and bulleted:
- I made it through the high-risk for deep-vein thrombosis time without incident. Yes, there was a bit of a pickle with the anticoagulant meds, but that was fixed quickly and, as I said, no problems.
- I was off crutches within less than two weeks of surgery, and off a cane not long after that.
- My physical therapists have kicked my butt, and the result is ever-improving strength and range of motion.
- I’ve put in over 1,000 miles on the bike since I was cleared to ride back in mid-July. There was a lot of rust at first, but things have come back quickly.
- I’m now at around 80-85 percent of maximum possible strength, and as I’m already feeling far better than I did even after #projectfemur healing in 2014, this is a good sign.
- My orthopedist says the new joint has healed really well, is stable, and should be good for a long while. My PTs appreciate that I do my work to build fitness and flexibility.
And that’s about it! There haven’t been any major bumps in the road, for which I’m grateful. I know that things can challenge me in the coming months and years, but I’m prepared in case things go off the rails. I’m carrying on, and should be all set for ski season well before the snow flies.
Days since surgery: 118