Lets just take a look at this picture for a minute.
That’s right, no socks and no crutch – you would almost be forgiven for thinking that this is a pre hip replacement picture.. except for the fact that I have the most fantastically brown knees and the whitest shins! And I’m wearing a dress at the yard still.
Let’s not get too excited. I am 100% sock free but I am not 100% crutch free. I was so panicked in Week Five – Owning My Own Recovery, thinking I would not be able to walk by the six week mark but things have steadily improved since then. I went from standing on my left leg, to doing tiny steps across the room to being able to walk across the yard or the field. Yesterday it was six weeks since my operation and my physio okayed me to walk unaided when I feel I am walking properly (or as properly as I can) but advised me to use my crutch when I am feeling stiff or tired. I know all too well the damage caused by walking incorrectly so I am quite accepting of this. I don’t want to hobble and limp around and do myself more harm than good.
My physio is pleased with how I am doing, particularly my ‘normal person’ stair climbing. She has given me a few extra exercises to do to continue to build my left leg strength and suggested I try cycling since due to the other medical situation of this week (see here) I am not allowed to swim at the moment. There is quite a big part of me that thinks I’m more likely to fall off a bike than Pea but I’m adamant not to ride her until I can get her in from the field and do all the pre and post ride pony care stuff myself. I’ll let you know how cycling goes when I give it a try!
Being six weeks post op also means I’m allowed to sleep on my side (although I am playing it safe with a pillow between my knees). I cannot describe the difference it makes to have bare legs and be able to curl my legs up on my side in bed. The weeks of dreading going to bed are OVER!
In other news, I drove for the first time today. I’m fine. My leg is fine. I may have given my boyfriend whiplash from practising my emergency stops! I didn’t go on the road today, just the track to and next to the yard, but I’m confident that I am road ready now!
The toughest six weeks are out of the way, I can now carefully negotiate what I am calling part two of my recovery. Pea seemed to genuinely notice that I wasn’t wearing my socks, I’m hoping I’ve got plenty more surprises in store for her in the next few weeks!