Here's an update for anyone curious. I feel fantastic! I simply cannot believe the difference that having 2 good hips actually makes. I have had chronic lower back pain for most of my adult life. I thought I had been cursed with my mother's back problems. Wrong! Now that both hips are functioning as they should be, my lower back issues have disappeared. I would occasionally get back spasms so bad that I would cry . .literally. Those are gone. I love to cook but had all but given it up because I couldn't stand on my feet for hours. That's over. I can stand on my feet for 8 hours with no resulting consequences. I would have to consider whether I was having a good enough hip day to go for a long walk. Again, gone. I can walk wherever, whenever and for as long as I want. No pain during and no consequences after. In fact, I haven't found anything yet that I can't do because of hip pain. I have finally accepted the fact that I am fixed. As you know, I had doubts after surgery with all of the muscle madness but it was really just that. I am good!!!
It's been 8 months since surgery. In some ways it seems like it was yesterday and in others, it seems like it was years ago. Looking back on it now, the only thing that I would change is getting the surgery sooner rather than later. I put it off way too long thinking the issue would go away. It didn't; it got worse. Now I regret that I lost the time limping about and being miserable.
As 2010 was approaching, I thought a lot about where I have been and where I want to go with my life. I suspect that turning 50 had something to do with that too. For the first time in years, I didn't have to think about something and then think that I couldn't do it because it would hurt my hip. Add to that the strength and muscles I have gotten from pt and strength training and I am in better shape now than I have been in 10 years. These could possibly be the best years of my life.
We are expecting 5 inches of snow in Indy today and tomorrow and I am surfing the web to find the best sledding hill around so I can go try the new Zipfy. Wishing I was back in Colorado so I could really give it a good run but Indy will do until I get back out there . .. hopefully sooner rather than later. I would still like to figure out a way to get out there and learn to snowboard this year even though every time I say snowboarding people try to discourage me. What is up with that???
It has been awesome to hear from fellow patients. Sometimes I thought I was the only one going through this and I might be crazy but then I would hear from someone who had the same issues and I felt so much better! So, thank you! We should all meet up sometime when we are 100% and celebrate our new leases on life.
So, here's to 2010 and a year when I get to finally live without restrictions!