Onwards and Upwards (literally!)
This week marks 3 month since my Left Total Hip Replacement - and what a rollarcoaster it has been!
From the pain-filled, morphine-induced nights awake in the hospital and the anger at not being able to even make myself a cup of tea, to my first day back at work and now, finally, my first day back on the climbing walls (physio approved, obviously)!
I might be 10x weaker than I was before, but the feeling of pulling myself up those climbs, of flexing my hip and trusting it to support me, was AMAZING! Ok, so I was exhausted and achey for days after, but it was definitely worth it. And I know it won't take long to get my strength back - every day I can feel my hip flexibility improving, my energy levels rising and my focus returning to things I enjoy, rather than exercises and using crutches correctly (crutches suck)! Plus, I'll admit, I love seeing people's faces when I mention I recently had my joint replaced - particularly when I am about to heave myself up a 4+ route or am running around organising a party - and I also love that my physio said he had no idea when it was best to start climbing as noone had ever asked him that 2 months after a hip replacement before! Haha!
So, onwards and upwards, as they say! Onto the next challenge - getting back into my work routine, improving my climbing and enjoying being more adventurous again!! ....all before I get called up for my Right Hip Replacement.... exciting life of a Chronic Pain Warrior! :)