November 15, 2016 – Wow, does time fly when you’re having fun. I had my bilateral surgery with Dr Scott Marwin on 11/15/11. Being bilateral, I was able to stay at NYU Langone for nine days total having PT three times a day. On the ninth day I surprised my wife by walking out of the hospital using just one cane. I was able to open the car door and get in with no help. I had retired from working as a Union Carpenter in NYC on September 10 and I spent the first six months working on my rehab. Feeling great, my next thing was to put two additions on my house; a 1 garage with a big attic for storage on one side and a 16 x 16 ft sunroom with a stone fireplace on the other.
Next it was time to start racing again. My first race was a 5k Thanksgiving race where I got 3rd in my age group. Yahoo, I’m back. Next was a sprint triathlon in Haleiwa, Hi where I finished 4th in age group. Then in a mountain bike crash, I tore a glute tendon. This gradually caused my to lose strength in my left side. After another stint in PT I got back to short course triathlon racing and it has all been great. This year I went 8 for 8, 1st in age group in short course triathlon.
I finished this year with a half marathon mountain trail race in California. It was brutal, steep, one uphill was over 15% grade and over a mile long, hikes up followed by brutal pounding runs back down; over and over. I thought I had trained to run a 2 hour half marathon and I finished this monster in 2:45. Over the next week I kept getting more sore. When I went for a massage, 8 or so days later, my quads and glutes were still sore to the touch. About three weeks ago, I realized that I had no strength to lift my knees and I’ve been working on that every day. I’ll finally get back to racing with a Christmas 5k race and a sprint triathon the first week of January.
This has been an great five years. I wouldn’t have been possible without these shiney new hips of mine. Without the Birmingham hips, I’d probably be in a wheel chair by now, sitting in front of the tv all day. Birmingham Hip Resurfacing has definitely given me my life back.
Thank you Pat for this great website. I never would have found out about resurfacing without SurfaceHippy!!! Thanks to Dr Marwin for the great surgery, the staff at NYU Langone for taking such good care of me, Pro PT in Garden City, Long Island; they got me back together twice! And to my wife Michelle, who retired two years ago, for sharing this great retirement with me and for all our time together!