I’ve come a long way, baby….
August 19, 2014: I met with Dr. Stoll, the hip specialist who originally diagnosed me with hip dysplasia and recommendation for PAO surgery in March of 2013. After viewing my x-rays, he had a big grin on his face and he proudly announced, “You are fully healed. You are cleared for all activities.” What great news at 19 weeks post-op! We discussed my first love, road biking; it turns out we have the same road bike, so we talked a lot about training, routes, etc. I was so happy that I can have my active lifestyle back! I wanted to hug and kiss that man. Instead, I gave him a warm handshake with both hands and simply said, “Thank you. I will see you next year after my second PAO.”
In the meantime, I have been fierce with all activities, though being smart in progressing in distance and intensity: much bike riding, hiking, swimming, lifting weights, plyometrics, pilates reformer, and walking to my heart’s content. All pain free, though I did have to ice today after my bike ride, my hip flexor tendon (sartorious tendon) was pissed off. But the good news all is fine this evening. Icing, I think, should be a regular routine of any athlete.
My friend has a nest of sparrows at his house, They are metaphorical for me (and cute!) so I took a picture:
I think of my surgery as a sort of rebirth: Like a baby swallow, I had (re-)learn how to walk, move, and “fly”: all with new anatomical alignment that allows me to be pain free.
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise”
-The Beatles, “Blackbird”