WDP — The Biggest Challenge

What is the biggest challenge you will face in the next six months?

This one is easy. My biggest challenge over the next six months is to fully recuperate from a fractured left hip and fractured humerus in my right shoulder that I suffered when I clumsily fell off a ladder in mid-January.

I had partial hip replacement surgery on the same day I fractured my hip, and spent two weeks in the hospital, including 10 days in post-surgical rehab before coming home. I’ve been going through some heavy duty physical and occupational therapy sessions at home, learning how to walk (with the aid of a walker) and to manage my activities of daily living.

In a few weeks I’ll be starting the next phase of my rehabilitation when I start going to outpatient physical therapy three times a week through at least early June.

So, essentially, my biggest challenge over the next six months is to be back, physically, to where I was before my ladder fall. To be able to walk, run, squat, kneel, and have full use of my leg and hip. And to once again have a full range of pain-free movement of my right arm and shoulder.

Easy peasy, right?


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13 thoughts on “WDP — The Biggest Challenge

    • Fandango February 26, 2023 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks, Jim. I wish it could happen more quickly, but slow is way better than not at all.

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  1. Sadje February 26, 2023 / 6:07 pm

    Not easy, but essential. You will need able to do it with the help of your lovely wife

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  2. cupcakecache February 28, 2023 / 6:33 am

    I have been having some trouble with my right hip and going to physical therapy. The VA doctors are arranging other visits for me to places, etc. I am a little worried and interested in your journey with hip surgery. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Fandango February 28, 2023 / 9:43 am

      From what I’ve been told, there’s a big difference between having emergency hip replacement surgery than there is for scheduled surgery. Your going through PT now to hopefully strengthen your muscles and stretch you ligaments, which is good prep for having elective hip surgery. I had no warning, no time to prep, so my journey is different than yours would be. And I’ll probably have a longer recuperation and rehab time than you might need. Anyway, I’m happy to share with you my journey.

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      • cupcakecache March 1, 2023 / 8:43 am

        Thank you for posting. I do the PT on my own at home and go in every other week with the Physical Therapist appointment. I believe you have done quite well as yours had no warning. Keep going.

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