Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Day 16 Post Surgery Day 9 At Home

Finally got to see the surgeon today to get the stitches out and a consult. They took some X-Rays of the hip and the doctor measured the difference between the legs. He claims the difference is only 1/4". First I want to say the surgeon who I know for about 12 years or so and has done prior preservation of my body is a cowboy. By that I mean if he thinks the patient is doing well he will let the patient basically do whatever the patient, me, feels I can do within some kind of reason which I haven't figured out yet.

So Gerry you are progressing very well, the X-Rays look great and you can do whatever you want. You mean I can throw the crutches away? Sure. How about driving? No problem. Go to work? Why not. Now the question I was sure he would say wait.... No not that....... Can I ride my bike? Yes with the only caveat I have enough range of motion to rotate the pedals. Which I think I do.

Well fortunately the patient is only a dude ranch cowboy.  I still have a light to moderate amount of pain which I guess is my body telling me I still should hold back a little. I did the therapist's list of 7 leg exercises, Sets of 30 each and I am pretty sore from that. In addition April  and I spent about 30 minutes walking around Whole Foods, which crutches appropriate for the dude ranch cowboy which wiped me out. Both fiscally and physically. (they don't call it Whole Paycheck for nothing) I did however get in the car with Allison for a nice drive to Starbucks for a treat. Yahoo!!!

1 comment:

  1. Way to go!!!! It won't be long and you will be back on your bike....I was back in the saddle at 6 weeks...half the time I waited for the first hip....Not posting yet..but just glad to be able to sit and not have a pinched look on my horse is much happier too....I know she could feel how tight I was.....Life is good...keep it up....So glad your feeling better! Hugs from Kansas