Tomorrow marks 8 weeks since my left hip Surgical Dislocation but today, for 26 minutes and 13 seconds, I rode a bike, outside, and was totally utterly free. No crutch, no cane, no limp! And it was fantastic! I love to bike ride and lucky for me, biking is one of the few activities I can do with only limited pain. Since there is a Citibike station around the corner from my apartment, I plan/hope to ride a bunch this summer.
In addition to getting back on a bike, over the last couple of weeks I have slowly been trying to get my life back on line. I started PT on Monday the 24th — mostly stationary biking, bridging, leg lifts — but it was kinda fun and my therapist was really helpful (which is good since I’ll continue to go 1-2/week for many months). I rode the subway for the first time since May 7th and was stunned by how exhausted I felt at the end of my trip. I’ve been using Access-a-Ride to go to the city to work two days a week. This past Saturday I met a friend for some shopping and brunch in the city and then my husband and I went out for dinner. I think I am finally, slowly coming out of the hermit’s lair I have resided in for the better part of 6.5 months.
In terms of how I’m feeling, I would say that I am doing OK but not great. I ache a lot more this time than I did after the PAO. My left hip hurts, at least mildly, almost all of the time and for the first time, I have had trouble sleeping because of the pain. I cannot stand on only my affected leg (the leg that had the SDD) or I fall over. Technically, I can walk without a crutch but not very far and only with a pronounced limp (the limp magically disappears when I use the crutch). Also, my PT says I’m not supposed to walk unaided until I get rid of the limp (they don’t want me to develop a bad habit) so anticipate I’ll be crutching for several more weeks at least. My right leg continues to have pain when I perform certain movements and it aches but only when I have been sitting for a long time.
So that’s that – just a quick note. Happy 4th of July to all!