For anyone facing a hip replacement, I am happy to report things are going extremely well, and I am now itching to get the second one done!
To give you some idea of the timeline, I ditched one walking stick within a day of getting home (so 3 days after surgery), and the second at the 2 week mark. At 3 weeks I stopped taking painkillers, and had my first physio follow up. My handsome Italian physio declared, “You are doing AMAZING! Now you only have 2 problems: the second hip, and because you are doing so well, the likelihood you will overdo it.”
And yes, he was right. He set me a new programme of exercises, which I did with enthusiasm the next day. A little too much enthusiasm. Resulting in a sore butt muscle which required a day back on the walking stick, and 5 days of painkillers.
Lesson learned. I am now back on track, and at 4 weeks my legs feel like a pair at last, as initially the operated one was noticeably longer. It takes a while for the artificial joint to bed in, and for the muscles to tighten around it. I will admit to being a teensy bit disappointed – longer legs would have suited me just fine.
I’ve started mucking out the horse again, and doing some gardening, which is great after the restrictions of the last few weeks. I still have 4 months to wait for the second one to get done, but after that…
So here are a few shots from this year’s garden so far. Knowing I would not be at full capacity, we decided to be less ambitious this year, and half the veg beds are standing fallow. With so much work on the flower borders over the last couple of years, there isn’t a lot to be done aside from weeding now – it’s nice to sit back and watch it maturing.
Back in the autumn, I planted about 100 random bulbs given to us by a friend having a clear-out, so it’s been fun to see what came up!
Living so high up, our flowers are always about a month behind England, but they are really getting started now!