I now have to look back at previous posts or count on a calendar how many days post-op I am, which means we’re getting further and further away from surgery day and closer and closer to recovery! So exciting. I’m still not doing too many overly exciting things, but getting back to normal in daily life (and running, eventually) is high on the list, so sometimes you have to celebrate those little things. I’m getting around pretty well with one crutch, and I don’t use it when I’m walking around in the apartment. For the most part, I feel like I could go without a crutch, but stairs are still a little touch-and-go. If they’re short stairs, I’m okay, but tall stairs are harder and I lean more on the crutch/handrail. Of course, most subway stations have stairs and you never know when a restaurant is going to have a bathroom downstairs, so I’ll keep it with me for now. It keeps people away which is good! I feel like I’m cheating people when I momentarily pick up the crutch to walk through the subway turnstile, but I do still need it at times, so it’s fine.
My walking seems to be going pretty well, although I feel like my hips are rotated forward and I’m not quite standing up straight. I know before surgery my hips felt rotated forward and I would practice tucking my hips under (hello to anyone who has ever taken a barre class!), but it feels exaggerated and harder to get out of now. I’ll have to ask my PT about that. But those are the major updates…
Monday – Post-Op Day 24
I had physical therapy bright and early on Monday morning since I have class in the afternoon. It seems like exercises get added on a weekly basis, usually on Thursday since that’s closer to my “week” mark. (I had surgery on a Friday.) She massaged my quads, something near my hip bone, my hamstrings, and my butt. Right still feels a little tighter than the left. She also did range of motion with my hips (hip and knee both bent at 90 degrees, rotate in and out), and I didn’t have the pain that I had felt last week, so that was good. My right hip definitely feels more stiff and hits a point where it can’t rotate more, but I wouldn’t say it hurts. We also noticed that when my legs are straight and turning in and out, my right hip would rise when my left leg was externally rotated. I wasn’t trying to do it, it just happened. My physical therapist held my right hip down and externally rotated my left leg, and it eventually went away – just needed a stretch, I guess?
Otherwise, my exercises were all the same. A PT aide was helping me with them, and I heard him asking a physical therapist about why I was doing these exercises. She was explaining that I’m fairly limited in what I can do, so we’re building up all the muscles around the hips to get them ready for when I can do things. That sounds about right.
I finished up on the upright bike – 10 minutes with a tiny bit of a resistance. I hit around 80 RPMs and did 2.3 miles in ten minutes while working up a little bit of a sweat! Trying to balance NOT pushing too hard with trying to move a little bit, so that was good. Hardest workout in awhile. Wrapped up with some ice on my hips and headed home.
Class was fairly uneventful, but I did take the subway both ways. I also listened to Lindsey Hein’s podcast, I’ll Have Another, as she interviewed Jessie Sebor, who is the Editor in Chief at Women’s Running Magazine. She had put a call out for questions to ask Jessie, so I asked, “How do you differentiate between content for women vs content for all runners? Is there a difference?” I was so excited when she asked my question, and the answer was really awesome – listen to find out!
I had to swing by the program director’s office to pick up scrubs – obviously I have a crutch with me, so he asked what happened. Told him hip surgery, and he asked about what anesthesia they gave me. I told him and he said, “And do you remember anything?” “Nope!” “That’s how you do it!” Exactly what I’ll be learning over the next two years!
After class, I crutched into Trader Joe’s with lofty aspirations of buying spinach and bananas, but the line stretched all the way around the first floor, so I immediately left. Maybe at a less busy time, TJ…
Eric, however, did go to the grocery store and picked up stuff for dinner, and then I made dinner! Woooo yeahhhh! I made spaghetti carbonara from Runner’s World Meals on the Run cookbook, and it was delicious. (You can see the recipe here, or buy the book!) It was quick, easy, and delicious…and has made for great leftovers! Exciting to be able to do some things for myself, although I think getting the full grocery haul is a bit out of reach for me right now.
Then we watched the Bears lose, what else is new?
Tuesday – Post-Op Day 25
Tuesday is a long day at work! Two three hour classes plus an hour review session- oooof. I always say it’s never good to have nurses sitting for too long because we don’t sit too much at work, ha. But anyway. Our first class is new and interesting because it’s our first anesthesia class! So that was good. During a break, I walked to the bathroom without a crutch, being bold these days.
We have an hour for lunch between classes, so I headed to a nearby outdoor area and sat down on a bench. (With my leftovers and a book!) It’s a quiet park, and a guy sat down next to me talking to someone on his phone. I kept giving him the side eye because it’s a quiet park and he’s talking loudly on his phone…I understand it’s a public area, but still. I guess I gave him enough side eyes that he asked if he was annoying me, to which I responded, “I don’t want to be rude (I think I already was, maybe?), but kind of.” He said he didn’t mind getting up to walk around and saw that I had a crutch and couldn’t move easily. So that was nice of him. Of course, five minutes later, another woman sat down next to me and was Facetiming with someone…so much for that. Oh well. I walked past him on my way to class and he said he hopes I feel better, so that was nice.
Afternoon class was fine – learning more about action potentials which I think I’ve learned about seventeen times in my life, but at least it’s quite familiar. Wrapped up with a review session and headed out.
I found an ice cream place I wanted to check out, so Eric and I made plans to do so after school/work. I took the subway to the West Village and hung out on a bench until he got off from work. Eric carried my backpack for me, so that was great! We had dinner first at Keste, which is delicious pizza if you’ve never been. Mine had butternut squash, zucchini, and peppers, while Eric’s was marghertia pizza with sausage. So good. I made moves to go to the bathroom without a crutch, panicked when I thought it was downstairs, realized it was not, and life was good. This is how exciting my life is these days.
After dinner, we headed to I-CE-NY, which is smashed and rolled ice cream! You pick your ice cream flavor and mix-ins, then they prepare it in front of you and it ends up rolled in little cylinders with toppings on top! (Video on the website if you want to check it out.) Eric had a berry-inspired one and mine was vanilla with some banana and chocolate things mixed in. It’s an interesting concept and was fun to try (and take pictures of, ha) – Eric said it was some of the best he’s ever had, and I thought it was just like ice cream. Either way, worth trying out for something different.
We headed home and I still needed to do my PT exercises, so I did those and my electrical stimulation and called it a day. My brain was tired from all the school stuff, so I watched some Gossip Girl and hit the hay! I’ve putting wearing my FitBit when leaving the apartment (since you don’t get many steps in a 550sq foot apartment anyway…), and I got just over 8,000 steps – whoa! I felt good so I don’t think I’ve overdoing it.
Highlights: Getting to explore a little bit – walking around enough to get to places (that aren’t too far) is going well. Still no pain!
Downsides: Kind of wish I could ditch the crutch, but not quite there yet.