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Friday, November 14, 2014

And Now a Word about Exercise

During the 6 weeks since surgery, I've probably worked harder physically than ever.  Three times per week every week, I saw a therapist who showed me what to do, how to do it and continually pushed for improvement.  That was just a small part of what I did.

I had daily exercises assigned by the therapist as well.  Initially, however, just getting out of the bed to go to the bathroom was a major work out.  Over time, that has diminished.  As it has, the intensity of the formal therapy increased.

Now the formal therapy is over.  I have 6 exercises to do at home every day.  I took a couple of workout DVD's to my therapist to see which ones to use going forward.  For now, neither.  She suggested that I watch any workout DVD with fresh eyes, looking for movements that might move my hip in a way I shouldn't just yet.  (Bellydance is out until all the hip precautions are removed, which could be 6 months.)

It is going to be harder now to stay motivated.  I want my hip to get well and be fully functional.  Still, I know in time as my hip feels more and more normal the motivation will wane to do those exercises.  My hope is, I'll be eager to move on to one of the DVDs.  Time will tell.

Just to update - I have driven the car in the parking lot enough to give 65MD comfort that I haven't forgotten how.  Today, I drive solo.  Slowly, slowly I am getting back to my former routines.  I still have discomfort in my hip and thigh.  And, my gait is not right, but then again, I don't think it was 'right' before surgery.


  1. Glad to hear that it's going well. Sounds like you're healing showily but surely.

  2. Yay for driving! Bummer for exercise. Can you just walk? At a park? When it is not too cold? Or Mall? Something to get you moving. Make you feel like you are doing something productive.


    1. Jan,
      I've walked in the church building. It has nice long hallways and steps along the way. The best part is hardly anyone is there to bump in to me. My incision area is still quite touchy.

  3. the 6 months will fly by before you know it and you'll shimmy once again, until then keep celebrating these non-scale victories. you're doin great!

  4. I so hope you keep up the hip exercises - they really will make a difference in your long-term mobility!

    You can do it Lori!