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Sometimes it's the little things...

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.
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Weekend Walking

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!

2 Months

I've hit the two month mark since surgery #6.  And coincidentally three years since surgery #1. These last two months have not been easy, either physically or emotionally.  I really thought I'd be further along in my healing by now. I guess it has only been two months, and surgery #6 was only two months after surgery #5.  But still.  I'm so ready to be done.  To be normal. Sigh.

Back in the Saddle Again

Well, not technically  in a saddle.  Pretty sure that CGL would not be happy about that. I think he would be happy with my recent progress.  I got to the pool today! I wasn't swimming, but I did 30 minutes of water walking and stretching.  And then 10 minutes in the spa.  LOVE that. After all the stress of the last month, getting back to a routine is nice.

Nice Vibrant Colors

Yeah.  Like I said before.  I feel like I have been hit with a bat.  Or two. You can see that the bruise has grown a lot.  The incision is doing okay I think. I'm doing some walking, toe touch weight bearing of course.  And doing my exercises. What I want to do mostly though is rest.  I'm glad I have the opportunity to do that too.

Recovery Day 1

Last night was pretty uncomfortable.  Understatement.  I really feel like I have been hit with a baseball bat.  I've got a bit of a bruise - the line is where the incision is, and it is about 2 inches long.  Lots better than my previous incisions, but wow.  Ouch. But today is a new day, and I am going home soon.  Via Jack-in-the-Box.  And the pharmacy. 

Post-Surgery

I'll make this quick as I'm a little tired after today's procedure. Remember that axe I have had in my back for months?  Well, it's gone!  At least on the right side. I can't tell you how happy I am about that! More later...