Temporary injection thyroplasty

While the hip and pelvis continue to heal — and, in fact, those are things that I can (with Jimmy over at Langford) work, and am continuing to do so (a matter for another post) — the state of my larynx is really rather out of my control. The team over at UNMH have been superb in general, but they’ve decided we’re at a point where they’d rather get someone more specialised. As such, this last week (the 6th) it was off to Phoenix for a trip to the Mayo clinic for more diagnoses and hopefully a path forward.

Of course, it could never be that simple.

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Healing progress

A more positive post and update — the pelvis recovery seems strong. Continuing with an aggressive PT schedule at Langford has really helped, and I am able to be back on the mountain bike (still on slicks) and have started both crest climbing again and solo runs up South 14. Rides are up to 2-3 hours, 15-40 miles, and over 2,500′ of climbing. This is at 5 months from surgery, and things should continue to improve. Trying to get the left leg as strong as the right with one legged squats (rear leg elevated), balance exercises on shifting platforms/airex pads, and single legged deadlifts. There’s a few pops, snaps, and crackles but nothing painful.

(So if you’re reading this in the ‘how am I going to get better’ vein — you can.  🙂 )

People do keep asking if the plates are ever coming out. I give them horrified looks.

More news on the voice and larynx issues shortly, as I await time with a specialist at the Mayo Clinic for updates

Motorcycles and healing

Well….

This is a sad (and sadly belated) post.  One of the big recovery drivers was getting back on a motorcycle — and back to racing — and I did that over a month ago (riding, at least, first on Heather’s CRF250L and then on the Mutley) it wasn’t all that good. With the damage to the orbitals still healing, and the hip not that solid, it wasn’t a terribly entertaining experience, and I just felt worried and not in control the whole time. Not sure what the prognosis there is, but I was pretty close to selling off all the bikes except maybe the RC8R and just keeping that as a conversation piece.

We will see. I definitely think racing is further out than I thought.

Progress

I was warned that progress would involves ups and downs as I got to walking, and there’ve been a few downs. It has, however, mostly been up.

Just over a month since I was weightbearing, and walking is much easier and with less of a lurch; there’s some lack of control in the hip that we are working on in PT, and it’s about 50% as strong as on the uninjured leg. There’s a little bit of a struggle in walking more than half a mile or so, but I can make it around the block here, and the times are dropping notably (showing progress). Most of the pain is in the scar itself from the surgery, though twisting on the hip is decidedly uncomfortable.

I’ve had the mountain bike on the trainer since a couple of days after I was weight bearing as tolerated, and while stepping over the sky high top tube was a pain (literally and figuratively) it’s been a good training tool. I’ve hooked it to Zwift via the Tacx turbo trainer, so can get some realism and then, March 8th, I took it out around the street to see how I’d do. It wasn’t too bad– you can see the Strava log:

I’ve managed to make a few more road rides, with and without Heather and even in some traffic (though I’ve yet to dare Tramway, where I was hit). Definitely glad to be back on a bike.