Pedro - International Adventures after Hip Replacement
Years of extreme sporting had taken a bit of a toll on Pedro's body.
He knew it was time for a hip replacement when he just couldn't get
through short races any more, but he was disappointed in the feedback
he received from several physicians.
"I talked to several doctors – none of them affiliated with
Flagler Hospital," he told me, "and they said they could replace
my hip, but that I should come to terms with the idea that I should probably
never run again. Well, that was not the answer I was looking for."
So Pedro found a kindred spirit in Dr. James Grimes, who in addition to
being a highly regarded orthopedic surgeon is also an exercise enthusiast.
"He understood my desires and developed a plan just for me,"
commented Pedro. "There is never a guarantee in these things, but
I felt with Flagler Hospital and Dr. Grimes, I was giving it my best shot
- and it has really worked out. My right hip actually feels much stronger
than my left hip now; it really feels solid. Zero pain. I have plenty
of friends my age who have gone through similar surgeries and I feel blessed
to be doing so well."
And indeed he is.
Ten days following hip replacement surgery, Pedro walked his way through
the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom; eight weeks later he was
power walking 7 miles on the beach, which he described as "a cold,
damp and windy endeavor, but a joy none the less" At four months,
he ran his first competitive run with the new hip, indicating to me: "Slow
and steady. All is good." And he's taken on at least three more
races since then – earning a ribbon for placing in one.
The last time we spoke, Pedro was just returning from paddling his way
North of Manitoba, Canada down South of Hudson's Bay on a 21 day canoe
trip with a friend. They would have gone further, he said, but in Pedro's
words "Polar Bears discouraged two days travel down to York Factory."