Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Hip rehab - Happy 6 month anniversary to me

Today I reached the 6 month anniversary since my ligamentum teres reconstruction.

Unfortunately I came down with a virus almost 3 weeks ago which I can't seem to shake, which everybody else I know including my family either didn't even get, or managed to get over in a few days. A week of antibiotics did nothing. A nurse friend suggested that sometimes a general anaesthetic can affect your immune system - which would explain a lot because clearly mine is rubbish! As a result, I haven't done much physio in the last 3 weeks because the slightest amount of exertion results in a coughing fit. I've rescheduled my physio appointment to next week, which means I haven't been back since the last time I posted.

Apart from that - I'm a bit over myself, but my hip is feeling OK. I tried to do some Christmas shopping and things got a little achey by the end of the day, but I don't know if that's from walking around or from not doing any exercise bike. I've managed to get out to a few events and parties in the last month and not be too exhausted the next day. However, my feet are killing me - I've worn not-runners a few times in the last few weeks and my feet aren't happy about it.

The other BIG problem is, I've put on about 10kg in the last 6 months and I'm really unhappy about it. Which I could start trying to lose, if only I could just stop being sick and start exercising properly. Massive Catch-22.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

5 months + 1 week post-hip-op

Today I returned to the physio with 2 hours of exercise bike under my belt. He did this completely awful painful thing to my left hamstring for what seemed like an hour but was probably only 7-8 minutes, then I stood up and - wow! I can now do a quad stretch like a normal person, for the first time since the op.

The weird thing about a hip procedure like this is, after 5 months you don't know if things are hurting because of the hip, or the knee, or just sleeping funny (he's fixed my neck twice and assured me it had nothing at all to do with the hip!). So when something gets fixed that you'd just gotten used to hurting, with a week of a specific exercise plus 7-8 minutes of (fairly intense) pain, it can seem a bit magical...

Next physio visit is in 2 weeks. Between now and then I have to aim for as many 1/2 hour bike sessions or 200 calories, as possible. I suspect he's aiming to force me to lose some weight and let's be honest, I need all the help I can get!

Today I also made the follow-up appointment with Mr O'Donnell, in December. So by the end of the year, the whole neighbourhood will be up for a giggle as I attempt to jog. :/