Christmas came early this year!

I had my hip surgery done on December 9.  It turned out not to be possible to do a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, so a total hip replacement was done instead.  Today, two weeks after the surgery I was able to get into a vehicle and drive myself somewhere.  Freedom!  I love my house and my family, but when you are forced to stay inside for so long it drives you crazy.  So Christmas came a couple of days early when I was able to drive a whole 5 miles roundtrip to do a couple of errands.

For those of you that care, I am able to go up stairs better than I could before surgery.  The left leg feels much more stable going up steps now.  I am able to get around without any soft of assistive device (walker, crutches, cane), but I am generally using a cane so I don’t overdo things too much.

I still have 4 weeks of recovery during which muscle strength and conditioning is the main focus.  After 6 total weeks the hip capsule will be healed and I can do anything I want to do.  At that point I think physical therapy will be concentrating on helping me regain flexibility.  I’m sure they will also be helping me learn to walk correctly again.  I’ve been walking with a limp for so many years it will take quite a bit of effort to get rid of it!

If any of you know people that are contemplating having a hip replacement feel free to have them contact me.  I have nothing but good things to say so far.  Being able to be independent again after two weeks is WAY beyond what I thought was possible.

Till next time I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Bob Hartman

Known as Agile Bob, brings over 30 years of experience and broad industry knowledge cultivated by serving in almost every role in the software industry including developer, tester, documentation writer, trainer, product manager, project manager, business analyst, senior software engineer, development manager and executive. Over the past 15 years Bob has grown from being an early adopter of Agile to his current status as a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST) and Certified Enterprise Coach℠ (CEC) and an expert in training, coaching and mentoring across all areas of Agile development. Bob is a popular speaker, having spoken at numerous major conferences, seminars, workshops and user group meetings where his engaging style, holistic view of development and personal anecdotes are always well received by attendees.

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