I've had a really good couple of weeks, activity-wise. I've managed to walk more than 11,000 steps each day this week, I've been to the pool twice and had an amazing massage. Pain-wise? Well, that's a big jump in activity, and I can totally feel it. I know that I need to get stronger, and to do that I need to move. And stretch. Being careful not to move the wrong way. I still have times when it is hard and I wonder if I'll ever get back to normal (whatever that is...). I feel like those times are fewer. Chronic pain is crap. Hot tea on a rainy day is nice though. Sometimes it's the little things.
Before my last two surgeries, I was a walker. I've worn a pedometer for more that 20 years. I get more than 10,000 steps a day, 2 - 3 times that many on weekends. Even with my first two surgeries, I was up walking right away, and getting back to my 10K, even if they were slow walks. With these last two surgeries, I had weight bearing restrictions. That really cut down on my walking. A lot. And since October. This weekend I decided to try a couple of around 13,000 step walks. Both Saturday and Sunday were beautiful San Diego winter days, temps in the high 60's. Beautiful, right? This was taken from one of my (many) breaks. Afterwards I had pretty high pain level, mostly my hips and SI joint. Stretching, acetaminophen and rest helped. My goals this week are 10 minutes additional walking each day and stretching twice a day for ten minutes. Plus two pool days and a massage. Wish me luck!