Tomorrow is the big day – having my right hip replaced. It’s been 6 years since the doc dropped the OA bomb on me after a bout of undiagnosed groin pain. Who knew that your bones don’t last forever . . . right? So here I am at the age of 50 ready to have my femur lopped off and replaced with a ceramic ball and cross linked poly cup (CoP for those in the know). Do I have apprehensions . . .am I nervous . . . hell yeah. Who wouldn’t? Do I want to continue limping through my runs, wincing in pain every time I get up from a chair or holding on to a railing so my hip doesn’t give way while I ascend the stairs? ummmmm . . .Nope! It’s time to move on and accept the next chapter.
As an ultra runner I equate so many things in life to reaching the next aid station. Sometimes its close (5 miles) and sometimes its a lot further (10-15 miles). Either way if you put your head down, find that rhythm, and keep moving you’ll get there. I guess that’s how I plan to approach this surgery and my respective recovery. There will be a lot of aid stations. I may get to some sooner than others – but – I’ll get there. Do I plan on running my road marathon pace – nope! This is a slow and steady effort. Lots of good old uneven dirt ahead. Do I plan on running in the next 6-9 months – nope! I plan to let the hardware fuse with my bone. Aseptic loosening and acetabular failure doesn’t sound like the best approach. So, one slow step at a time. I’ll stick to the pool, bike and elliptical in the meantime.
If anyone has any thoughts on their first 2 weeks of recovery on what worked or didn’t in terms of stretching, walking, strengthening, I’m all ears. This is such a great collective group I’m guessing a few of you have some thoughts on the matter. I’ll have some down time the next few days as you can imagine so any reading is much appreciated. Thanks in advance for any insight you can share!
Here’s to the next chapter!