4 months, folks! 4 months! Seeing as how I’ve gotten tremendous lazy about writing, the four-month mark appeared like an excellent time to pop in and say hi there. My progress continues to be gradual and regular, and I am okay with that. I am pleased. Actually, I’m. I have been largely crutch-free for about two weeks now, and in contrast to different instances in my life after I have not been capable of include my pleasure over ditching the crutches, this transition occurred slowly and steadily with little fanfare. I have been weaning off of crutches over the previous month or so, and I am virtually finished.

This restoration is about extra than simply crutches, although. I nonetheless have an extended option to go, and after I take a look at it from that perspective, I really feel discouraged. I nonetheless have a extremely onerous time going from sitting to standing. If I have been sitting for various minutes and stand up to go someplace (which I do steadily in my job), the primary 10-15 steps are tremendous painful, and I can barely stroll. Additionally, I nonetheless have profound weak point in my hip flexors, and I nonetheless want to make use of my arms to carry my leg into the automotive and into mattress. That is tremendous irritating and is a type of issues the place progress is going on on the excruciatingly gradual tempo of, like, 0.0001 mm of enchancment a day.

However on the upside, I’ve virtually no ache after I’m sitting. Earlier than the surgical procedure, I had ache it doesn’t matter what I used to be doing. It was inescapable. Now I solely have delicate discomfort after I’m strolling, however it’s sooooo significantly better, and I’ve to maintain reminding myself how a lot ache I used to be in earlier than the surgical procedure. I’ve additionally made plenty of progress with respect to my hip flexors, although it has been gradual. Since my final appointment with my orthopedist, I have been making an attempt very onerous to a minimum of do my hip flexor workouts, and it has paid off. I will go up stairs now, like a standard individual (roughly) and am just about finished with elevators. Yay! My handicapped parking tag expires on the finish of this month, which implies I will have to return to parking about 4 flights of stairs away from my workplace, and I am okay with it!

An enormous problem is that I have been sick for over a month now. I am lastly beginning to get higher, however I am nonetheless needing cough drugs to get by means of the evening, which is ridiculous. My poor physique is combating too many battles. Most likely my greatest victory over this previous month has been accepting my actuality and my not-exactly-textbook-perfect restoration, and being okay with it.

I’ve additionally accepted that I’ve this situation that I will possible be coping with – at varied ranges – for the remainder of my life. However I am a lot extra at peace with this than I used to be earlier than as a result of regardless of all the things, I have been capable of energy my manner by means of and reside a reasonably regular life. I used to be capable of return to work after simply two months, and although I used to be self-conscious about educating on crutches, I did it, and it wasn’t practically the large deal I had made it out to be in my thoughts. For all my college students know, I’ve by no means been capable of stroll with out crutches, and to them it is simply a part of me. I benefit from the look of shock on their faces once they see me simply… strolling. Like a standard individual.

October 11th: 13 weeks and two days post-arthroscopy, 12 weeks and two days post-PAO

Making ready to make my final journey throughout campus on two crutches!

October 16th: 14 weeks post-arthroscopy, 13 weeks post-PAO

Making ready to go throughout campus with only one crutch

The crutch is simply type of part of my life.

(And it is okay. :))

As Christian has been asking me to do for therefore lengthy now, I’ve lastly realized the right way to go simple on myself. And it is a fantastic feeling.

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