Well, I’m getting back in the saddle it would seem. Walking isn’t so painful and I actually went for a swim today after more than 6 weeks out of the water. I swam 500 yards and it ’bout killed me. My lungs are not used to cardio right now, and they were heaving. It felt good to push them again, but I can tell I’m starting from scratch and will have to work hard to get back to where I was pre-surgery. It is so nice to look back on this experience from the tail end of it, instead of the overwhelming giant dragon beast I had to tackle on the front end. As a fellow blogger mentioned at the beginning of this rogue hip journey, it’s only 4 weeks and you can do anything for 4 weeks. And as another friend mentioned, the doctors are lying when they say 4 weeks so add another 2 to be sure you are fully healed. Both of these brilliant women were right, I was walking at 4 weeks, but it wasn’t pretty or comfortable. 6 weeks later and things are starting to feel really good. I still have to ice my hip at times, and go lay down after standing for a long time, but it is progress. Leaps and bounds better than prior to surgery. YAY!
Since it is New Year’s Day, my husband and I planned on swimming today, a way to ring in the New Year with some exercise/family fun time. Earlier in the day, I was slicing some bok choy for a yummy green smoothie, and I almost chopped the tip of my thumb off. Apparently you are supposed to tuck your thumb in when you are slicing? I seriously need some knife skills classes. I wasn’t even sure if I could swim, there was just so much blood. My husband got my thumb bandaged up really well and off we went. As soon as my hand hit the water in the breaststroke, I screamed, luckily underwater, but it really hurt. My strokes weren’t very efficient, to say the least. I was swimming while gripping those bandages on my thumb so the water couldn’t get in, all the while heaving from the cardio effort. I was smiling though, and could tell I’m going to continue this swimming thing for a long time to come. It felt so good to be back.
I think I am getting a bit overzealous right now since I haven’t cooked in ages, I’m trying to do it all at once. I’m so excited! I can’t stand it. I’ve already made pumpkin bread, smoothies, ham and lentil soup, collards, hoppin john, cleaned the house, and probably a million other things I can’t recall right now because I’m getting sleepy. I definitely plan on sharing a bunch of recipes soon, not tonight though, my jammies and bed are calling me. So I bid you all good night. Happy New Year 2014! I hope you go out and make it a great year!