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Old 03-11-2014, 02:40 PM   #61
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Kind of a funny story. In a kind sort of way. My mother-in-law broke her hip at Christmas, not long after her 90th birthday. They couldn't leave her in pain, so they had no option but to operate and give her a full hip replacement.

The thing is, she has dementia - so no recollection at all of the fall, the surgery, or the subsequent healing. She couldn't do any physio as she wouldn't have been able to remember the exercises. We visited and asked her about her pain levels many times, and she told us we were being silly, there was nothing wrong with her. She did have pain relief administered by the staff but of course never remembered it.

Anyway they couldn't keep her immobile as she got stroppy when they tried to strap her into her recliner chair, so several times they found her limping around the rest home. The funny part was that after about 3 weeks, she was pretty much as mobile as she was prior to the surgery. She has a walker (but doesn't remember she has it, so rarely uses it).

She also broke her elbow at the same time, but the other day she told me, "Whoever told you that sh*t needs to get their facts straight!" which caused me much hilarity. She's a feisty old thing and we reckon a combination of bloody-mindedness and complete forgetfulness is responsible for her healing pretty smartly.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:33 PM   #62
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I am back home now after staying with my woman friend since surgery. My neighborhood is much more hilly than hers, and hills can sure highlight the general conditioning I temporarily lost with surgery.

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Ha, glad to hear you're coming along so well. Keep at those exercises.
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Excellent progress report, pleased to hear it.
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Ha, I always figured you to be pretty hip, now even hipper...
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Haha - Maybe I'm just clueless here. But, it is not entirely clear to me if you had your hip replaced or if you are having some sort of new therapy? Assuming you had your hip replaced, I certainly hope all goes well with your recovery. If that isn't what happened, sorry that I'm being clueless.
I also missed the gap of a year-plus between "I will definitely make no plans for surgery anytime soon. " and "Out of the hospital". When I read this thread the day before yesterday I thought you were referring to aftereffects of the cardiac stress test. I hope you are recovering well.
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6 wks post surgery, not back yet but getting there

Today has been a very nice sunny day, and I got my first 5+mile walk in. Went 10,729 steps and36 floors. I am not even particularly tired, so this is a real milestone. Hip is a little sore, but nothing like before surgery.

I see my surgeon this Friday, and I'll ask if all restrictions are removed, or if I still am constrained.

I really did not want to get surgery, but at least so far I am glad I did. Prior to my operation, I had used a cane for about one year, and forearm crutches for another year.. This caused me to lose a fair amount of muscle in the affected leg, but it is coming back.

I have to give a plug to eating liver. It's almost like when Popeye eats spinach, I seem to feel the enhanced well being.

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+++++ great to hear about the progress!
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Wow!!! What a great recovery! So glad your outcome has been this good.
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Wow!!! What a great recovery! So glad your outcome has been this good.
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How did you get around those Seattle hills so long? You're tough!
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Everyone, thanks very much for your support.

As for the hills, depending on where you live, Seattle tends to be a series of north/south ridges with valleys between. Elliot Bay on the West, and Lake Washington on the East. So hills are everywhere, and I like them as a fast way to build up stamina and strength both. Especially with a bit of weight on your back. But believe me, I am not moving very quickly!

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Today has been a very nice sunny day, and I got my first 5+mile walk in. Went 10,729 steps and36 floors. I am not even particularly tired, so this is a real milestone. Hip is a little sore, but nothing like before surgery.

I see my surgeon this Friday, and I'll ask if all restrictions are removed, or if I still am constrained.

I really did not want to get surgery, but at least so far I am glad I did. Prior to my operation, I had used a cane for about one year, and forearm crutches for another year.. This caused me to lose a fair amount of muscle in the affected leg, but it is coming back.

I have to give a plug to eating liver. It's almost like when Popeye eats spinach, I seem to feel the enhanced well being.

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I like the Popeye analogy and spinach has that effect on me.
Sounds like you are kicking butt and taking names already! Thanks for sharing your experience and I am glad you are doing better.
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Excellent news Ha, well done pal.
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I have to give a plug to eating liver. It's almost like when Popeye eats spinach, I seem to feel the enhanced well being.

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Fagato alla Veneziana - the only way I can stand liver. Unless pate works as well. Don't forget to post when you enjoy your first post-surgery dance.
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I have to give a plug to eating liver. It's almost like when Popeye eats spinach, I seem to feel the enhanced well being.

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Did liver have the same effect on you prior to the new hip?
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That is fantastic! You are already walking far more than the majority of people in the US.
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