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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Surfing Real Waves

Today I went surfing for the first time in a couple of years all by myself! This time I actually paddled out, got myself into the waves (no one pushing me into them) and standing up. I've got a long way to go as far as getting back into shape and feeling strong, but that …

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Screw Removal for the Left Hip

The last of my hip screws came out on March 22nd! FINALLY! My mom took me and stayed during the surgery to then drive me home and take care of me for the weekend/week to follow. The surgery went well! I had the best anesthesiologist I've EVER had. The man so kind and caring during …

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First Bike Ride

Yesterday, I took my first bike ride since my LPAO. I rode about seven miles up to the Sunday Farmer's Market in Leucadia. It didn't hurt at all, except my sit bones hurt today, maybe I need a better and more comfortable seat. I rode my beach cruiser which has no gears and surprisingly, I …

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4 Months Post Op

I am four months post op as of February 16th! This week I'm still a bit out of commission after bowling, but slowly gaining energy and strength back. I did my normal PT routine on Tuesday and biked for 30 minutes. I biked at a level 7 the whole time which was a first and …

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Hospital Packing List

I have made a PDF form, for anyone to be able to print, to prepare for their hospital stay. It's a long list and obviously, not all the items are needed. My hope is that it will be a useful list to give you ideas of what to bring with you and if you want …

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Weekend Lessons

Lesson 1: I can road trip with minimal discomfort and I don't need to stop and stretch as much as I expected. Lesson 2: I can carefully walk in the snow and when I slip, I'm strong enough to catch myself so I don't fall and it doesn't hurt more than a couple minutes. Lesson …

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Big Week of Milestones

On my last PT session of the week, my PT said I could wean down to only one day for my hip and one day for my shoulder. We joked that we are slowly starting the break up process! I'm completely fine with this type of break up and actually quite stoked. Sorry Jeff! So …

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