Walking the tow rope

January 17, 2010

We took the three kids skiing (2) and snowboarding (1) at Mt. Baker Ski Area yesterday.  I was planning on being hanging out in the lodge and drinking hot chocolate.  Instead, I ended up walking along next to the tow rope with my 6 year old   –  his older silblings were ready to hit the lift and he did NOT want to try it out.  I  looked pretty silly out there in my jeans and walking shoes surrounded by folks in ski and snowboard gear. Oh well.   It was cold but sunny and we have not seen the sun in town for quite a while.  It was really pretty up there (see pictures below). 

I am sore today – but it is the LEFT hip that hurts the worst.  Which one one hand is good  – the operated hip hurts less than it did before surgery.   But on the other hand it is a very bad thing .  I am hoping to hold off surgery on lefty for at least another year.  We’ll see how left is doing in June…

Heather Meadows Lodge with Mt Shuksan in background:

walking with tow rope…


Another not-as-short hike

January 8, 2010

Last weekend I went for another hike with the family.  It was great to be outside again, and not be left behind in the living room watching universal sports.  We went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park, which is north of Vancouver, B.C. 

We thought, because we had not looked it up on the internet, that it was just part of a park and all you had to do was show up and walk across.  Wrong.  It is a tourist attraction and cost us $80 (2 adults and 3 children 6 and over) to get into the “park.”  We thought the price was quite high, but there were so many people waiting in line to get in – we figured it had to be pretty awesome, right?  I should have looked more closely at the people waiting in line.  Most were holding fancy cameras and/or video cameras, all appeared to be tourists and almost all of them were dressed to the nines.  Thus, not an “outdoor” experience, but a manicured walk through the “splendor of rainforest trails” (a direct quote from the website).  Even though it cost us a riduculous amount of money and we managed to walk through almost the entire thing (at my current slow cruising speed) in about a hour, it was still great to be out and about with everyone again.  And it was very pretty.  Here are some pictures:

The suspension bridge, on the way back…

The treetops walk:


PT begins

January 7, 2010

It has been about 12 weeks since I had my hip surgery (PAO on right hip, 10/12/09).  I finally went to my first PT appointment on Monday (the 4th).  I was not sure what to expect – I am NOT a fan of being stood over while I suffer.    I was happy to discover that she was both casual and thorough.  She had knowledge of the procedure I had done, seemed exicted to work with me, and was took limitations listed in my PT script (of which there are many) seriously.   These limitations are:

  • No squats
  • No lunges
  • No forward leg lifts
  • No running (oh, darn)
  • No jumping (repeatedly)
  • Leg press is ok, but low weight/high rep only

Her assesment was that my range of motion is very good; therefore I will not need to come in several times a week to work with her on that aspect of recovery.  I will need to work on strength and endurance.  She set up a program for the first week that we will build upon over the next few months.  I will go back to see her once a week for the month of January, and then we will see.  The program includes a set of excercises I will do everyday at home and then a 2-3 day a week program for the gym:

At home everyday:

  1. Bridging – 10 times holding for 10 seconds
  2. Isometric Hip Adduction (with pillow or soccer ball as resistance)- 10 times holding for 10 seconds
  3. Standing Bilateral Heel Rise (stand on my toes) – 3 sets of 15 reps (progress to doing on one foot at a time)
  4. Clam Shells (laying on your side with bent knees and raising the knee to the side) – 3 sets of 15
  5. One Foot Balance – Hold for 30 seconds, three sets, both legs.  Once I can do 30 seconds, do this with my eyes closed (suprised how much harder this made it!)

Gym Routine (2-3 times per week):

  1. Stationary Bike: 10-30 minutes (I am currently doing 15 minutes)
  2. Pool: forward walk, backward walk, side stepping, total time of 15 minutes.  Can do on different days then the bike until endurance builds up
  3. Leg press: < 70 degree hip angle, 50 pounds, 3 sets of fifteen
  4. Seated Hip Adbuction: 30 pounds, 3 sets of fifteen
  5. Seated Hip Adduction: 20 pounds, 3 sets of fifteen  

My biggest difficulties are very tight hamstring on the operated leg, very weak on any sort of hip adduction (pushing  inward) on the operated leg, and my core is pretty much shot.    So far, I can get through the excercises without too much pain afterwards.  However, I do stiffen up after I sit for a while now.  I suppose that is normal.  Looking forward to upping the bike to 30 minutes, but that is probably a few weeks off. 

I am not going to try to project my progress through to June right now.  I don’t want to get my hopes up, or on the other hand, discourage myself too much right now.  I am going to just take it one week at a time.


a short hike

December 28, 2009

Yesterday was a huge milestone for me.  I went for a short hike, probably less than 1 mile – but it was the longest walk I have taken since the surgery and the first time I went on a trail instead of a sidewalk.  

In addition, my right hip joint didn’t hurt AT ALL (knock on wood).  They muscles felt unused, but the joint was silent.  All those grinding sharp pains I had before the surgery were gone.  I am starting to think that maybe I didn’t do a completely stupid thing when I signed on for this procedure.  The kids spent about 1/2 hour playing in the creek and I got to hold all their stuff!  I used to complain about being their pack mule – but now I am actually happy to carry my cup of tea and their soccer ball.  Amazing what two months on crutches will help you to appreciate. 

Now I am itching to get back on my mountain bike and ride the trail.  This would probably be pushing my luck.  I know I am going to have to start on a stationary bike, but I really dislike those things.  I get bored very quickly;  like in 5 minutes.  But who knows – maybe I’ll find out I appreciate them more now! (But I doubt it).