19. A few big days!

What a few great days I have had. I believe that the days can only get better and better!
Thursday was amazing I snow blowed the driveway again. You might ask about what the big deal is. Well I did it under an hour. First time ever in my life doing that. I had the snow blower in almost the fast gear that it would go. It was amazing I was walking at the same speed as it. It felt amazing to be able to do that. That is a great improvement in just over a week. Just last week I could barely teach. What a difference a week makes in a recovery. No new major pain that night.
Friday was an other great day. First I remembered that a year ago I met my awesome pt Joe for the first time. He has been an amazing help. I would not be where I am without his help and my perseverance of course. He helped me see that my Bioness would be a great addition to my life. How right was he! I am thankful that I got to meet him. I never thought that I would have been in pt for a whole year. Thinking about that has shown me something. It has shown me what a difference a year can make. When I started pt I could not move my foot on my own. I could barely make it through a workout with out being in pain that was awful. A year later I can now make it through a full workout no pain at all. Best of all I can move my right foot on my own! Who knew. I went for my workout today and gave myself an amazing surprise. My right leg (thr) is almost back to the strength that it was before surgery. How awesome. It felt so good. I had the biggest smile on my face. After the weight lifting I did some cardio. Yup still feeling great. I was able to use the elliptical for 30 minutes and go my farthest distance yet. Even better I was almost running on the elliptical. I am getting closer to my goal of running. No one tell Dr. Clarke our little secret. I know it is a no-no, but I am not going to do it all the time. Just when I need to play with kids. My hope is that I will be able to run with the kids at vacation bible school this summer. That night there was no additional pain from these two days. What a great feeling!
Saturday was another big day in my journey it was one year ago that I met an amazing British surgeon. Met Dr. Clarke for the first time. Words can’t say enough what he’s has done for me. I have my life back and I am getting to be a 29-year-old that is acting like a five-year old. Tanks to my amazing “Hip Wizard”. Thank you Dr. Clarke.

Dr. Clarke the best doctor out there.

Dr. Clarke the best doctor out there.

Today I had another good visit with my pt. we are still working on those tricky stairs. I can go up alternating hanging on with my left hand. I am getting to the point where I want to switch to my weaker right hand. I got some real good news and sad at the same time today. I only have two pt visits left. I am excited that I am done. However I need to say good-bye to my pt. I will deal with that day when it comes. It has been an amazing journey. I ended the day by walking through the slush in a parking lot twice. Fear is gone. The days can only get better right.
Sunday is now here and my day to work at Wegmans. You might say well you always do this, however today I hit another mile stone. I worked 5 full hours standing the whole time. Only the second time doing this at Wegmans. The better part is I didn’t hurt well-doing it. Well my scar kept stinging very strange. I think that the nerves are still waking up and re-growing. The better news that as I sit here typing at 9:30 at night I have very little pain. I am super amazed at what a difference a week makes. This day seems like it is going to end well too. Been going for four days in a row. Only tomorrow will tell!
As I sit here and write this I have learned that my life is getting back to my “normal”. Yes it might take a full year to get there, but I am ready. I will do whatever it takes. I am happy that I have been put on this journey. I will show the world that there is life after a hip replacement at 28! There is a light at the end of my tunnel and it is getting closer and closer! I can’t wait to see what it looks like.

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