I’m in my fifth week of physical therapy in preparation for hip replacement surgery. Next week I see the surgeon, and I will learn when I will actually HAVE the surgery. I am of two minds about this (this is progress; I was of THREE minds). One mind says, “Do it sooner than later because your carer will be available and it will be over.” The other mind (which is attached to a very sore left leg, details to follow) says, “Wait a few months and you’ll be in a LOT better shape for this as you continue physical therapy to stretch out those tight muscles.”
Fortunately, neither of my minds has the last word. The surgeon’s schedule has the last word. And my carer’s schedule has the second to last word. Her husband is also likely to have this surgery this spring or summer. Obviously we can’t be doing it at the same time.
Progress is happening, but it isn’t exactly speedy. It can’t be. Yesterday we did more aggressive stretches than before, and today I can barely walk. Nonetheless, later on, I will do it again on my own and tomorrow will be better, but I don’t think a dog walk is on the horizon today. 😦
So, young people. Keep moving. Do yoga. I always thought yoga was for sissies, but now I wish I had thought differently about it. I might not be where I am now. Do more than one sport. Balance work with sport, emphasis on sport (even though we all have to earn a living). Take care of your joints. Use trekking poles on the trail. I always thought trekking poles were for sissies. Now I wish I had thought differently about it. Savor every moment on the trail. That, at least I did, do. Stuff is going to happen to your body. Try to keep a positive attitude. It really does help. ❤