Friday, June 5, 2009

7 weeks post-op

I'm now a full 7 weeks from my operation. Hard to believe it's been this long. I seem to get a little better each day. There is some pain and soreness but I can tell things are healing. I've been working really hard but have had an especially good week.

I worked my core and legs hard on two days, harder than I have worked since the surgery. My arm strength feels like it's finally back to where it was, or certainly very close. My weight has been down to between 151-153 the last couple of weeks, even though I feel like I'm eating more.

Cardio is my favorite work and I've done something every day. Three days of cycling (indoors on a trainer) and two days on the elliptical. I'm up to an hour on the bike! For not having rode a bike in many, many years, I feel like I'm picking it up well. The hour gets me about 15.75 miles. It's certainly not earth shattering but I'm very pleased. I can't wait to get out on the road and see how it translates.

I will say this. Riding for that long sure makes my butt bones hurt, or more technically - the sit bones. I've never really rode a road bike for any length of time so this is totally new to me. I've tried to get the seat post and seat adjusted correctly but it still hurts. I have a new seat ordered so hopefully that will help.

Oh, another small milestone. I'm finally done with taking aspirin every day for blood thinning. I'm in good enough shape and have been active enough that I don't think this was really ever an issue, but I was following doctor's orders. So, as of right now I'm free of scheduled medicine. That feels great. I haven't had a full pain pill all week. I have taken Tylenol a few times but not the hard stuff.

Taking a long road trip this weekend so it will be interesting to see how I hold up during the trip. I've had problems and pains on long trips for as long as I can remember but hopefully this will start to improve.

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