Everyone involved in my surgery has always said that the key hurdles would be the two week mark and the six week mark. Sure enough, they were right about the first two weeks at least. As I described in my previous post, I was pretty dependent on Greg for a lot of things and I spent almost all of my waking hours doing some form of physical therapy or stuck on the couch in the CPM machine.
|heading out to physical therapy on a rainy day|
The CPM machine was picked up on January 30th (hooray!). At my PT appointment on January 31st, my therapist checked my gait to make sure I could fully bear weight on my hip/leg and walk normally. I passed the test, so I got to start weaning myself off crutches. Initially my maximum standing time was about 30 minutes, then I would start to feel fatigue in my hip and had to sit & rest as long as needed before I did anything else.
|taking a break at Hawthorne Fred Meyer|
|shopping at Safeway|
I continued to stay out for longer periods of time, going to the library, post office, etc. but still carrying & using my crutches as needed. I finally felt strong enough to venture out without them on February 10th. That was my second big trip to the grocery store and, while I still got tired, I tolerated it much better than the first time. Now the crutches have been relegated to the basement (along with the shower chair) and I am cooking and doing light cleaning & yard work with no issues. If you had not seen me in previous weeks you would never know I had hip surgery!
|taking the elevator at the Central Library|
I've also had a few well-wishers in recent weeks. "Rose," the neighbor's cat, continues to check up on me every now & then. And my sweet friend, Cindy, brought yummy lunch from Lardo one afternoon!
|Rose wants to come inside|
|Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall|
|the last time I was at the Japanese Garden, when Greg's parents visited us in October 2012|