Before I ever even had my first hip replacement surgery I had already scheduled my first physical therapy appointment for two weeks post surgery, with my doctor’s permission of course!
After barely being able to walk and living with constant pain for about 10 years (because of several misdiagnoses), I was chomping at the bit to get going with therapy and start moving again!
Only, the day before my first appointment they called to reschedule it.
Can you believe they weren’t able to get me in again for a whole other month?!!!
The therapist was sick and then she was going on vacation!!!!!
Talk about major disappointment!
Since I didn’t think it wise to wait that long, I called the only other physical therapy agency in our area to see if they could fit me in sooner.
I was thrilled that they had an appointment available the very next week!
Only, once again, can you believe they too eventually called to reschedule it for three weeks later?!!!!
Talk about a double whammy!
I was devastated and I’d had enough!
I decided to take matters into my own hands and embarked on an internet search for beginning exercises for hip replacement patients.
I also started doing a modified version of my Leslie Sansone walking DVDs again.
Of course, I was careful not to break any of the hip precautions I was warned about.
I took care not to twist and turn the wrong ways, I didn’t bend past 90 degrees or cross my legs and I didn’t jump or jog!!
So when I actually finally made it to my first PT appointment last week, the therapist was blown away at how well I was doing!
I guess all my hard work doing my homemade PT program is paying off!!
I even walked on the treadmill for about 15 minutes with the Bethany and the kids from her autism fitness club the other day!
I’ve never been on the treadmill in my entire life before!
I was surprised to find that I was dizzy when I got off!
The dizziness was a bit unnerving, but it didn’t last long!
It actually felt great to be able to move like that!
So, a few weeks of PT, working out at club, and walking with my DVDs should get me moving around pretty good!
Heck, the truth is, I was already in better shape than I have been in years the minute I got out of the operating room!!
Of course, I still need to get my other hip replaced.
Then I’ll really be in tip top shape!
I’m determined to stay active and not waste the gift of my new hips!
I’m very thankful for the technology available to us in this day and age that can stop pain and suffering and restore functioning to joints that have been destroyed by arthritis!