The 19th December was my new hip’s official six month birthday!
It has had a busy time
- 2 nights in hospital
- 2 weeks with a dressing on
- 2 weeks of no showers
- 3 weeks off work
- 6 weeks of anti embolism socks
- 6 weeks off driving
- 2 months of crutch support
- 10 weeks off riding
- 3.5 months OF riding
- 7 physio sessions
If you feel like revisiting the journey so far.. My Hip Story
But where am I now?
Life In General
I’m fully settled into my new job, though desperately pleased it is the Christmas holidays. I have been ill twice in the last couple of weeks and I think it is my body telling me that it needs a rest – the three weeks off I had after my operation don’t exactly count as a rest and you have to wind back about a year before that to get to the last time I had any proper time off.
Because I have been under the weather and I’ve been away house sitting, I have given Pea a bit of time off however riding has got so much better. Feeling both thighs ache after a ‘proper’ ride is amazing – although my left leg still doesn’t work like my right (and both are negatively affected by the way my pelvis is tilted and twisted in the saddle) they are at least both doing something!
I have managed to canter a little bit more this month. Although I think my trot work is now as good, if not better than it was before my operation, my canter work is behind. I find it uncomfortable, I’m struggling to sit and keep Pea going. In fairness, she’s not exactly done much cantering in the last 6 months so she needs strengthening too. We will get there! We could do with cantering out so that I can get my bum out of the saddle and she can just go. I’m making it an aim for the Christmas holidays. As you can see.. we are seriously lacking skills.
I actually stopped paying much attention to my scar for a while but recently I’ve been back on the yoga and conscious of how my muscles are shaping up. As a consequence of this, my eyes have been opened to the fact that I essentially have a big chunk missing from my left bum cheek! I knew that scars pull the skin in tight but I guess due to the squishy nature of the area, my extended scar dent is something else! You can actually see it when I’m wearing trousers! It’s fine, I’m not going to get all funny about it but I have been wondering if it will change or always be that way. It is very hard to show in pictures but I’ve tried – brace your eyes, here’s some bare flesh!
There isn’t much to report in terms of my range of movement and strength as things are moving very slowly forwards/outwards/upwards! I am still frustrated that when I cross my legs, my left knee sticks in the air.. it does make yoga interesting. I think I just need to keep going. I keep reading about people having more flexibility straight after their operations than they did before, it has been quite the opposite for me. In fact, I had a para dressage assessment last year and was given a classification due to my restricted movement – does that mean I would still qualify if I was reassessed?
Now that I am being more ambitious with what I am doing, I do have times when my hip twinges, probably because I have moved it in a way it shouldn’t be moved. I can’t quite classify what ways those are but I’m sure over time I will be able to see more of a pattern.
Aside from the flesh dents, rigidity and flashes of alarm I’m still very pleased with my hip – I am more comfortable walking, sitting and sleeping than I ever was. I am so much less stiff than I was before.
Here’s to the next 6 months!