commi wrote:Was good to see you last Sat, fixie.
Your recovery is quite remarkable!!
fixie wrote:Thank you Percrime for that encouragement.
fixie wrote:Time for an update.
Recovery is exponential
fixie wrote:I have in fact made good progress and I am much happier within myself. I thought people would like to hear/read of my progress. I am now 16 weeks post op.
I have been cleared to ride my bike on the road, though not encouraged. NO ONE, my doctor, family will encourage me.
fixie wrote:My vigorous exercise regime has continued. Last Monday my physio looked at my thigh and said "Thats pretty good." He then looked at the good one and said" We have some way to go John"
Last week was the first week that I did not feel pain while I was exercising. Instead I felt the normal response to muscle loading. Similarly with stretching. My weights are increasing steadily. I have also started proprioception work (balancing) on my operated leg. I have made a balance board for this. I have been told that the TAC will not pay for any equipment, so I have not asked
Interval training on the bike is ok. I can now get on the bike more easily. The physio has now assured me that the liklihood of a dislocation has almost disappeared. I have built enough muscle to keep things in place.
This means that I can get on and off the bike more easily. I still have a large hollow at the side of my bum where the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus have atrophied. I am presently effectively strength building these muscles together with the Vastus lateralis and the ITB, (tensor fascia latae) using standard weight training techniques. Most challenging are the one legged squats.
In addition to the "hollow" at the side of my bum, there is a flat area which I presume is scar tissue halfway down the outside of my thigh. This is where the muscles have been cut and where I must continue to work and stretch if they are to recover to their max. The once a week massage is helping that enormously. The pain during the massage has reduced dramatically, indicating that was a very successful intervention.
My shoulder seems to be healing of its own accord. I have a restricted range of motion but it is not too bad. Now that progress on the hip has slowed down I can pay more attention to that.
fixie wrote:My sense of wellbeing has improved to the extent that I am now ready to get on with the claim for damage to the bike.
Will let you know how that proceeds.
I have been called for Jury service. I am planning a few rides in September. Go down Clayton Road to remember Russell Mockridge, maybe do the Degani Kinglake ride, and participate in L'Eroica Downunder" at Beechworth.
Hope to see you on the road. Stay safe.
BTW if there are any other bike riders or even cyclists out there who have had a hip replacement I would be pleased to exchange experiences with them. I have a new respect for anyone who has had a hip injury or replacement. I really feel now for someone like Beloki who has had a life changing experience as I have had.
fixie wrote:I have also started proprioception work (balancing) on my operated leg. I have made a balance board for this. I have been told that the TAC will not pay for any equipment, so I have not asked.
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