Hip pain had slowly, almost sneakily, taken over my life. I began to consider what effect everything I did would have related to pain. Can I travel, when I travel, will I be able to walk? Can I ride my bike, exercise, do Yoga? If I mow the lawn, what will the next day(s) be like. I eventually had to stop mowing my lawn, stop walking for exercise, stop riding my bike and stop attending Yoga. It was just too painful. I had to plan my shopping always using a cart as “walker”. I could hardly stand long enough to cook a meal. I gained weight due to inactivity. Life was painful.
Dr. Wright replaced my right hip in 2018 and my left hip in January 2020. When preparing for my surgeries, I told Dr. Wright I needed to be able to do at least two things, ride my bike and Yoga. He said, “You could ride my bike, you just can’t fall off your bike.” And, yes, I could do most Yoga poses.
The Spring after my last surgery in January of 2020, I started walking. Six blocks at first. I kept adding a few more blocks and a few more blocks. Then one day I decide to walk to the mail store 2 miles round trip. I took every short cut possible and was tired when I got home but I had done it. Then I got out my bike, took a deep breath and remembered “you just can’t fall off your bike.” I rode short distances and then soon was riding to the Archway, Yanney Park, and sometimes to Cottonmill. I now ride over the Ave M overpass (yes, I actually pedal over the overpass) to Yanney Park or the Archway. I ride about 9.5 miles at least 3 times a week and walk 3-4 miles per day. And, I have lost 30 pounds. I was also able to kayak this summer. And, my beloved Yoga. I started with chair Yoga and can now do standing Yoga. Life is good.
Recently, a friend commented on how I had changed and become more active, etc. I thought about that, I had not really changed this is who I have always been. Pain had just robbed me of who I really was. Pain no longer controls my life. I’m in charge!!!!!
I saw all those pictures of thankful people in the exam rooms. I knew I would be thankful to have the pain in check, but I had no idea how life changing it would be. THANK YOU, Dr. Wright, Joe Verzel and the entire Ortho Team, for giving me back my life!!!!!! This summer I’m going to take my granddaughter to the zoo and walk all day long because I can now keep up with a 3-year-old.
- Carol Herron