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It’s been 15 days since my hip replacement surgery and I’m recuperating rapidly according to my home health physical therapist Jogie, although I’m not enjoying being confined to my 3rd floor apartment. I miss my Crossfit gym and swimming in the pool at the local sports center. With that said…I decided to have hip replacement surgery because of bad arthritis in my hips that limited my mobility a great deal. I was not in pain, however it was just a matter of time according to my doctor before I’d have to undergo surgery, so I went ahead and had my left hip replaced. Eventually I will need to go through this again and have the right hip replaced as well. Something I’m not looking forward to.
The surgery itself was not bad considering they put you asleep with anesthesia. One minute you’re talking to a nurse in pre-0p and the next you are waking up in a hospital bed groggy and disoriented from the spinal block. The nurse had me up and out of the bed just a few hours after surgery roaming the halls with a walker. I spent 3 nights in the hospital being monitored for infection and participating in group physical rehabilitation. I have to say the nurses, doctors and medical staff at Carteret General Hospital were totally awesome and very empathetic, professional and helpful.
The first 2 days after surgery were the worst when it came to pain and discomfort, however as the days went by the pain dissipated and I began to notice slightly better mobility in my left hip. This entire healing process has been a learning experience and a real wake up call.
Even though I’m 63 I consider myself in very good health and physical condition thanks to Crossfit, long distance running and daily swimming. That in itself has contributed to my recuperation and is helping me rehab quickly. When you are 100% healthy its very easy to take basic body functions and simple daily activities for granted. It’s a reality check when you can’t put your compression socks on, take a shower without assistance, cook a meal, drive a car and even have difficulty getting up from a chair.
I never gave it much thought before, but there are many older adults who struggle with these basic activities every day. I suppose there will come a time when I’ll have to face the reality of aging as well. I hope to put it off for as long as possible by continuing to workout regularly and stay in the best physical condition I possibly can. Yes it is a cliche, but age is just a number, a state of mind.
From the moment I decided to go through with the surgery my friends and family have been incredibly supportive. I would not have been able to navigate all the post operation challenges without my friends – most of them my fellow Crossfit athletes. They set up meal deliveries for me, came by my apartment to check on me, texted me, called me and picked up groceries for me and even one friend brought me a recliner. I feel incredibly blessed to have so many great and supportive friends who have been looking out for me during my rehabilitation.
I’m on the comeback trail now and hopefully I’ll be able to get back to the gym and my regular routine by the end of the month. This recent surgery has taught me a few important lessons. One of them being never to take my health for granted. It’s also revealed something about the Crossfit community. Crossfit is not only a group of people who show up to a class and train hard and fast for an hour each day. Its so much more than that. Crossfit really is a family!
Its a community that truly cares about one another both in and out of the BOX. Whether that be doing a fundraiser for a member with cancer, running a 5k as a group to support a member who has never run a race before and in my case coming together to help me with rides, meals and groceries during my rehabilitation. I just wish I discovered Crossfit at a younger age. Sure I’m going to have to scale many of the workouts and limit running and high impact exercises, but the beauty of Crossfit is everything can be scaled to your personal fitness level and limitations.
I don’t know if there will be anymore Spartan races in my future, however I do know I’m going to rehab completely and get back to doing the things I love – one of them being Crossfit. I plan to replace running with a bicycle and limit high impact exercises. These new hips only last 20 years.
Now if I could only get these damn compression socks on by myself without having to call a friend over to help me. 🙂