Reflection

Today, I travel to Morocco and as I wait to board my flight, I am reflecting on the past eight months (or rather 16). When I was bedridden after my first hip surgery, I would dream about adventures and traveling. I made two main goals to celebrate once I was done with all my recoveries. …

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Maui, Hawaii

I went to Maui for a week to visit my cousin who moved there with his girlfriend. It was the longest flight I've taken since having both hips operated on. They did remarkably well. Just a bit of stiffness, but I made sure to get up periodically and stretch and walk around the plane. The …

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Gaining Strength with PT

  I’ve been walking a lot more in preparation for some bigger trips coming up. I do several miles on the beach in hard or soft sand and add in some sets of stairs on days that I feel I could use more. My PT has added and increased the difficulty of my physical therapy […]

Caregiver/Visitor Tips

This is more of a difficult post to write and have out there because of it's brutal honesty. I think it will be helpful for patients to prepare themselves and also for caregivers to learn before they're in the caregiver role. I've learned things that's made me feel guilty for how I've helped or sometimes …

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Girls Trip to Mexico City

First travel in the books! It was a short nonstop flight from Tijuana to Mexico City. I met a few girlfriends down there for a long weekend and we visited some friends who live there. We walked all over the city, ate delicious food, went out dancing, and floated on the river boats. I traveled …

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Another Hike in the Books

I have booked a lot of travels for the summer. Each one progressing in flight length and travel length. I'm working on improving my strength in PT and increasing my stamina with doing more activities and having less rest time in my weeks. I hiked Torrey Pines in La Jolla with a friend who was …

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Firsts in Seattle

I went to Seattle for my grandma's memorial service. It was the first time flying without any assistance, by myself and pulling luggage and Lucy with me. I am able to walk more and more and it feels really good. I also did my first hike! I thought it was going to be a short, …

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Fun Filled Friends Weekend

This weekend I celebrated a friend's birthday. I wore heels for the first time since the screw removal and, other then some minor soreness the following day, my hips did great. I also visited a friend while she was house and dog sitting. We went for a walk in La Jolla with the pups, but …

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Officially Cleared!!!

I saw Dr. Santore, my hip surgeon, today and he literally said "you can now forget about your hips!" WHAT?!?!?!?!?! Um, sir, you'll have to repeat that please! I almost started crying. I couldn't believe that the end had basically come on this hip journey of mine. Obviously, I won't be able to completely forget …

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Doctors Appointments

Since I settled my work comp case, I have seen two neurosurgeons of my choice. I had to get a new MRI of my cervical spine and more x-rays taken. Both surgeons say the same thing about my diagnosis and the plan of care. (I will write a blog post, eventually, with more details about …

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