(New) Hipster

It’s been just six weeks since I had my hip replacement surgery. Not long ago I was diagnosed with femoroacetabular impingement (cam) in my left hip, a condition I has born with that combined with 50+ years of activity had reduced the cartilage to pretty much nothing. Instead of walking with a limp due to my faulty hip joint, I now (barely) walk with a limp due to the muscles around it, which my physical therapy continues to address.

I was sent home the morning after my surgery, and the recovery progress has been pretty amazing; after a rough first week, I was able to ditch my walker on day nine, and the cane was gone less than two weeks after that. Mo & K (and Belle) have been a huge help. The initial follow-up with the doctor went well, and everything hit home when I saw the post-surgery x-ray. The new hip looks something like this.

I put in a mile on the track at the Y a couple weeks ago, and was able to help Jay (who’s also been a big help) mow the lawn a bit. I’m currently working on climbing stairs without favoring my hip, and continuing to stretch the very tight quadriceps on my left leg.

one of my ever-present helpers maintains vigil nearby early on in my recovery

Not sure when the ligaments/tendons around the joint have tightened up enough that I don’t have to worry about the new hip dislocating when I bend over to tie my shoe, but slowly that range of motion is returning and I’ll be better than before. Thanks everyone for the thoughts and prayers!

During my down time, I was able to secure several new Twins player autographed cards to add to my list, which is now up to 196 different players. Recent additions include: Frank Viola, Josh Willingham, Jason Wheeler, Grant Balfour, Zach Jones, and Kennys Vargas.

new for 2015
clockwise, from top left: 2015 Topps Career High #CHA-TM Trevor May (auto); 2015 Topps Career High #CHA-JW Josh Willingham (auto); 2015 Topps Archives Silver #FFA-FV Frank Viola [093/199] (auto); 2015 Bowman Prospects Silver #PA-ZJ Zack Jones [158/499] (auto); 2015 Bowman Chrome Rookies Refractor #BCAR-TM Trevor May [111/499] (auto); 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen #GQA-KV Kennys Vargas (auto); 2015 Bowman Prospects #PA-JW Jason Wheeler (auto); 2015 Topps Archives #FFA-FV Frank Viola (auto)

new for 2015 2
clockwise, from top left: 2007 Upper Deck Black Lustrous Spectrum #LU-JM Joe Mauer [9/10] (auto/dual jersey); 2013 Bowman Sterling Prospects #BSAP-MS Miguel Sano (auto); 2005 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes Memorabilia Bronze #53 Paul Molitor [13/50] (jersey); 2014 Topps Heritage Minors Black Real One #ROA-KW Kenny Wilson [20/35] (auto); 2004 Topps Total Total Signatures #TTA-GB Grant Balfour (auto); 2013 Bowman Platinum Prospects Gold #BPAP-TM Trevor May [24/50] (auto); 2004 Upper Deck SP Prospects Link to the Future #LF-SW Johan Santana / Kyle Waldrop [055/100] (dual auto); 2003 Topps T-205 #TA-TH Torii Hunter (auto)

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