There has been a marked change in my stride and pace when I walk. My stride actually changed after my first surgery...it became shorter, but my pace actually became a bit faster after about six months. I've noticed that if I try to have what was a 'normal' length stride before the second surgery...well, my right hip will protest quite loudly, the pain forcing me to shorten the stride. I still don't have my pre-surgery pace yet. Forget running too...not happening. Thankfully, the weakness in my legs after walking about a mile is all gone. I've been doing close to three miles on weekends with no problems. I still cannot comfortably walk on the treadmill at the gym. Even though they are brand new and have a ''cushion" soft walking surface...I think it's because I am not yet in rhythm with my new 'legs', so to speak. That's the only way I can describe it. It seems the treadmill actually drags my feet back causing my hips to hurt. Oh well...it took about six months after the first surgery to be able to walk on the treadmill. I'm guessing that will be the same timeframe this time.
The stationary bike is going great...always do at LEAST thirty minutes a night on it. I vary the routine to keep it interesting. I am able to mix in a few 'hills' with higher resistance. I try for 10 miles in fifty minutes once a week. I've backed off on the stair climbing therapy...once every ten days or so.
Last evening I tried couch surfing again...I actually got comfortable for about an hour while watching the Mecum Auto Auctions (we're into vintage cars). The cats were thrilled I was back on the couch and they all clamored for a spot ON ME. I had quite a time getting OFF the couch...a bit painful, even with the assistance of my husband. Of course the pain didn't reallly hit until I was trying to fall asleep...which I did, only to wake up in the middle of the night in a lot of pain...the most I've felt in about two weeks. I resisted taking a Percocet or Vicodin, instead opting for two extra strength Tylenol...that did the trick...thankfully. Note to self: leave couch surfing to the professionals or those folks who haven't been subjected to two back surgeries in thirteen months.