September 9, 2019

Unexpected Hip Replacement

I will not go into anymore details than this. Some readers already know that happened and how. I will not be blogging for a while, very few photos .... I will be spending my time learning how to walk again.

  • Saturday morning around 8:30 am I had wreck on my bicycle making a slow (4-5 mph) right hand turn.
    • tires slip in loose small pebbles, sand and I fall directly on my right hip
    • happened so fast I could not break the fall with my hands
    • did not hit my head
    • bike in perfect condition
  • 5 people were there to help me before I knew what happened.
  • They talked me into (demanded) THEY call 911 and I would at least get x-rays.
  • X-rays showed I broke my hip at the top of femur
  • Sunday morning 7am - surgery for hip replacement
  • Monday morning started walking with walker, learning how to sit, get up, lay in bed
  • Monday afternoon at 4pm was released and my neighbor brought me home.
    • He and two other took care of the dogs filling in the gaps of time.
  • Hounds were great, knew I was hurt and did nor run, jump on me or brush me
    • No damage in the house anywhere
    • Ate their meals on time and water consumption was normal.
  • Follow up appointment with surgeon in 2 weeks.
    • PT for knee replacements but not for hip replacements ... except to keep working.
    • No walking the hounds of course.
    • I cannot bend over 90° so the friends will continue to feed the hounds and walk them.
    • No crossing legs or feet at the ankles.
  • 3-6 weeks before I can drive
  • 1-2 months before I can do any kind of cycling.
I feel good with the only real pain (not bad) being the abrasion, hip feels great.

It's nice to be home in the Wild West.

22 comments:

  1. Well that sounds like a very nasty piece of bad luck Steve. I think you made your move to the Southwest just in time. With helpful neighbors next door to help both you and the hounds and with other facilities close at hand you are in the very place you needed to be for rehabilitation. And here's a bonus.....during your recovery you won't have to worry about falling on slippery ice and snow like where you were. All the best for a speedy recovery and seeings how you didn't break your fingers or hands you will still be able to type and hold a camera. Stiff upper lip old Chap and better days ahead:))

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    1. Good luck young man. I have a friend who is on this third set of hip replacements. His first set was when he was 24 and he is now late 60s. If you do the PT as recommended it will not limit you in the future. Have some careful fun too.

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    2. Barney ... I went to set up PT appointments and the PT said they only rehabbed KNEE replacements. When I asked the surgeon he said my PT would be learning how to walk again and walk as much as my body would let me. I see him in 2 weeks.

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  2. Oh no Steve. Sorry to hear this. Hope you heal well.

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    1. PT told me for someone that had this replacement due to injury I was doing what I needed to do faster than anyone. Based on physical condition both surgeon and doctor said I would be a fast healer but NOT try to push it.

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  3. What a shock! So sorry to hear about this. I had no idea they would release a hip replacement patient so soon. It sounds like you are well on your way to a good recovery. Take care and so glad you have such helpful neighbors.

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    1. Saturday morning when I was first admitted to ER, the surgeon told he would have me up and walking soon after surgery but I found out on Monday, Sunday was not the day to be operated on because there were no PT's on duty for those walks. Neighbors have been great and my two dog sitters (checkers) were fantastic. One of them is a bicyclists so she picked up my bike and brought it home. I am going to check with her to see what I would be doing exercise wise. there has to be something else besides just walking.

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  4. Glad you are out and back with the hounds. I'm certain they feel the same.

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    1. They said a quick sniffing hello and then went back to what they normally do that time of day ... sleep. LOL

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  5. Steve, so sorry to hear of your accident and surgery. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery. Wonderful to have neighbors who stepped up to the plate to help with the hounds. Take care.

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    1. yes, the neighbors and the bicycling community once they got word of it.

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  6. Thankfully you have good neighbors to help you through this mishap.

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    1. The older man across the street picked me up at the hospital and told me he and his wife would take care of everything. His Jeep Liberty was the perfect seat height for me to move from a special wheel chair to his passenger seat. He told me to rest assured he would do anything I need during this recovery time. Ex-Marine

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  7. Terrible that this happened but thankful there were people around to help right away - rather than off on a mountain trail somewhere. What great neighbors to help take care of you and the dogs. You sure are lucky & made a good move to your Arizona HOME. Prayers for an easy & fast full recovery. 🍀

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    1. Two ways of looking at that I guess....yes, no better place to be for this kind of medical attention and recovery but if I still lived in Indiana (no interest in doing that) I would NOT have been riding bicycles. Maybe something else would have caused me to get injured. :)

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    1. For once in my life... I am going to follow somebody else's instructions and do exactly what the doctors told me. :)

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  9. Like most bicycle accidents, your's sounds improbable in hindsight. But that's the way it goes.

    I have been amazed to see people come back from serious bike accidents quickly.It says a lot about them.

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    1. Both doctors told me my physical condition would be a huge plus in the recovery.

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  10. Oh, dear, just saw your blog and had to 'catch up'... so very sorry you got hurt and have to go thru this... I hate not being able to do things i normally do and have to rely on others for everyday chores and movement... it just makes a person so very humble and thankful for people about us you care and help...
    God Bless and Take Care!!!!

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