On October 31, 2010, it’s my right hip’s one year anniversary. That hip (anterior) is doing well. My left hip (posterior) is a reminder that I am doing too much …moving too fast <ouch> , not taking enough self-care <ughh>, and forgetting I am seemingly always in recovery of some kind <ah>….it’s my thermometer of sorts . My hips know before I even have a clue….
I admit it, do over-do it, I’ll admit it. I’m a type-A, a bionic type-A now! The truth is I find I can’t sit for super long periods of time without having to get up and move about. And sometimes I have to pause a beat when I get up before taking a step. It’s just “what is”. I make sure I swim (the best exercise for joints) and I walk and ride the bike everyday. It took a while to get that schedule down, but I feel so much better. I listen to empowering tapes when I’m on the stationary bike…that really helps! It’s a great balance for sitting at the computer. I feel proud of what I have accomplished, I wear my scars as a badge of honor. I choose to! And, it is a matter of choice…
See, I feel as if going through this experience (twice), and at a young age has made me stronger (facing many fears – some kicking and screaming and crying, of course), and also made me want to help others who are facing a hip replacement or are recovering and looking for support. I believe we are a CLUB, and we need to support each other.
That’s also why I created a yahoo email group AND Hip Happy Hours!
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So – hello there fellow HIPSTERS and welcome to The Hipster Club! We’ve been initiated, we’re bionic…and we set off ALARMS (at the airport)!!!!
Congratulations on your one year anniversary of your hip surgery.
I learned that the patients are not allowed to cross their legs within one and half month of hip replacement surgery as this can lead to hip dislocation. Whether you are sitting on a chair or standing or reclining on a bed, never cross your legs at least during the vital six weeks after total hip replacement.
FYI – This is not so with anterior procedure….