Bought a brand new hip yesterday! Been walking around drunk since. Hope to post a lot here and catch up with some of you a little during recovery.Rick
This upcoming Monday (3/7/22) will be two weeks. Folks, I woke up this morning at our daughter's house (about an hour NE of Knoxville), drove 3 hours to check on my folks at my Chattanooga office, then stopped in at the Knoxville office and back to my daughter's house. I can't remember the last time I drove for those lengths without pain in my back and hip - until today! New hips for everybody!!!
Hope the road trip works out for ya. Met a gentleman at therapy yesterday in his early 80’s that was 3 weeks post op on a new hip. Struggling pretty good, but he said it was getting better. He said he can’t move fast, but eventually gets where he’s going.
Yup, that'll do it 😊
Two shots of either of these over two ice cubes have served as great sleep aids! LOL.
Glad the see you're on the mend. It is amazing what they do in today's medicine.
Glad to hear you're progressing nicely. Hmmmmm. If you're only taking Tylenol, seems the single malt should also be available, in small dosages to start, of course.
Larry: I agree with the surgeon's advice to not do it until one is ready, but it doesn't necessarily restrict what one can do later. For me, it was just the opposite. Had a knee replaced. I waited too long to do it. Before that, it was so bad I could only stand/walk on it a half hour and I was done for the day. Of course, no pain afterward. Still canoeing and portaging, rough shooting grouse in the north country until my legs (not my knee) get tired, hunting elk in the mountains out West, etc. I'd say the time to do it is when the affected joint begins to restrict what you can normally do. I can certainly do a lot more post op than pre op.
Thanks for the update. Take it easy and heal soon. As for the single malt, remember the old adage that says that life is too short to drink cheap liquor. So, when doc says it is ok, get a good label, and if you need a quality control checker...
Best wishes on a speedy recovery!
Day 2 Update: So yesterday (2/23/2022) was Day 2 of recovery. Frankly, I was too aggressive on Day 1 with the post-op exercises. I used a walker to get from the car to my front door. The rest of my movement was without aid - just my two legs. Doc said he wanted me walking and putting weight on it that day, so I did. Too much so, based on the Charlie Horse that kept me up all night. Day 1 would have been better-spent with less (once per hour) movement and a lot more ice, elevation and Tylenol.
I don't like synthetic drugs. I appreciate and thank God for the blessing of modern medicine but, all else being equal, I prefer to stay away from addictive medications. So Tylenol (and maybe a bit of single-malt when doc clears it) is as heavy as I going into pain meds. Bedtime at the end of Day 2 was easier. Better rest with ice on the job!
Day 3 Update: Woke up much more rested and feeling much better. Had a chance to discuss physical therapy with doc and I'm on a app that guides me through the day. These folks are making this pretty doggone easy. High marks and my best recommendations for the folks at Vanderbilt.
Getting text messages from a few of you and other bow huntin' buddies. Life is good!
Thanks for all the well-wishes!
I hope your recovery will go well. My wife had a replacement a couple of years ago, and she did very well. I hope you have the same good fortune. Maybe you will be back shooting the bow very soon. Good luck.
I had my right hip replacement about 10 years ago now. I spent a couple days in hospital. I was grounded for 30 days, no archery, no driving, had physical therpy twice a week. Used the walker a couple times as well. Back to range after a month but cautioned about falling. I was also told no more skydiving, skate boarding, or mountain climbing. I was also told if I dislocated the hip I will experience pain on a level I have never had before. I also did some physical prep before the procedure. I lost 60#’s, I also got a trainer at the gym to help me work the correct body parts for strength so I could do the therapy better. Besides the bone on bone hip I had Brusitius in same area so pain became my silent friend.
Will be very interested in your experience with recovery. Have one I need to do that I have been putting off for more years than is probably smart. A bad hip is starting to create a bad knee.
Sounds like you will be galloping around the woods in no time.
All the best
Wow....get better quick. Hunting season is almost upon us.
I do not even know if I should say, "mend well, mend soon". Up and about in a day, is quite incredible.
My father is going to have his left hip replaced this afternoon and I'd be delighted if he was up and about in a week, given his age and other ailments.
All the best.
That’s great to hear all is going good,!!!!!!!
Glad the pit stop is working out. I hope you have a speedy recovery and feel like a 20 year old in a couple months.
Glad all is goin' well Rick. You'll be good as new and back at it soon,
All the best
You will be fine and your archery form will improve too! :)
Wishing you a very speedy recovery.