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Walking the day after my hip replacement

Walking the day after my hip replacement

Greetings one and all. It has been a long time since I’ve ventured here. The reasons have been many: I got hacked and it took a long time to get back. I’ve been busy as hell writing stuff for which I actually get paid. And then there’s the latest, the total replacement of my right hip.

I’m now 2 1/2 weeks out from the surgery, and I’m on target for total recovery in 4–6 weeks. I’ve just moved from the walker to the cane for getting around the house, although I still use the walker for jaunts around the neighborhood. I’m in physical therapy, but there’s no exercise better for this than just plain old walking.

Pain management is an issue, for the tissue around the titanium implant is swollen and sore. That will just take time. I know well the dangers of narcotics, and I’m being very careful to stay with what my doctors recommend. I hope to be back on the road consulting in December.

I’ve lost 25 pounds, mostly because I have no appetite. I’m also drinking water like crazy, which helps flush the system. I’m a mere shadow of my former overweight self, which is, I suppose, a good thing. I can’t say that it’s been “fun,” but the pain that originally drove me to the surgery is gone, and I am very grateful for that.

Over the next few days, I’m going to go back into files of our newsletter since the hack occurred in early June and post some of the best items. I want them here for posterity’s sake, and I think you’ll enjoy reading them, especially if you aren’t subscribed to our newsletter.

Now back to rest.


  1. Barry Leffler says

    Welcome back Terry! It’s great to see you back in action… both online and on your feet!!!

  2. Jerry Giesler says


    I had my left hip fully replaced 3 years ago…and it is heaven! Getting the full pat down every time you go through the airport at security however.…small price to pay I guess. Hope you are back to full steam very soon!

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