Thursday, October 30, 2014

THR +118

Thursday, October 29, 2014

Travel day!

The first time through airport security and my hip set off the alarm. After a pat down, I was good to go.

The first leg of the flight (Vancouver-Houston) went well. I tried to move the leg a lot and other than a little stiffness, it was fine.

I'm now wasting time in IAH, waiting for the next flight.

more to come!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

THR +117

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I had a crappy sleep due to aches and pains from cleaning the apartment. I'm just not used to bending and twisting like that. But I did manage to hit snooze a few times to add a few more minutes of sleep.

It was a stupid busy day.

I poked away at things in the morning before heading to the airport (via downtown) to get a rental car. Then home (via downtown) to finish packing and cleaning. I also fit in a haircut, a visit to the clinic about my shoulder (Naproxen will help), another trip downtown to drop food stuffs off, and more stuff.

It's now 9:45pm PT and I'm knackered. I also have to get up in 6 hours. Which is actually not too bad.

Exercise: 1km walk, lots of stairs, moving stuff. NO physio. Bad boy.

THR +116

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Another busy day:
- filed a story
- returned rental car to North Shore
- finished most packing
- cleaned and did final laundry
- had beers with DP

Exercise: A couple hours of scrubbing' + tons of stairs for laundry, 1.5km+ walk

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

THR +115

Monday, October 28, 2014

As I get ready to fly south, these posts are going to start getting brief. Like this one:

- spent the day sorting and packing
- took stuff out to my storage unit
- spent the afternoon with REW on a heated patio
- consumed wheat in liquid (beer) and solid (pizza) form
- crashed early!

Hip feeling OK. Shoulder too.

Exercise: Moving stuff, skipped physio

Sunday, October 26, 2014

THR +114

Sunday, October 26, 2014

I had a restless sleep, waking up often. Stress of the upcoming trip and all the stuff I need to do? Probably.

But the right shoulder was BRUTAL. I'm going to try to pop into the walk-in clinic before I head out. That'll likely be Monday.

Busy day on Sunday/Funday.

First, coffee at Joe's on the Drive with REW. Then running around. I had to hit the North Shore to pick up some electronics to take down south.

Then I came home to pack. It's all going to my storage unit on Monday.

Before the sun dropped, I zipped over to Spanish Banks for a 2.5km walk. It was nice, but cold. And probably the last walk this year at this glorious place.

I think I've fallen in love with this stupid city all over again!


Regardless, just four sleeps and I'm outta here for at least a few months.

Here's some pix:
Pre-sunrise. 10/26/2014

Spanish Banks 10/26/2014

I can still walk! 10/26/2014

A glorious day! 10/26/2014

Temptress! 10/26/2014
And that's that.

Exercise: 2.5km walk, no physio (whoops! forgot!)

THR +113

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Decent sleep last night. Hip is stiff and feels 'thick'.

Spent the day running around: fetching rental car, cleaning (fridge!), boxing up stuff.

Also fit in a quick visit to Deep Cove:
Deep Cove Marina 10/25/2014
Kicked back in the evening.

Exercise: Walk: 3km, some physio

Friday, October 24, 2014

THR +112

Friday, October 24, 2014

I had a fairly decent sleep, but I'm still suffering from stiffness and aches and pains. I think a lot of it is due to sitting behind the computer for long hours this week.

The good news is that I'm almost done all of my work for the month (1 more piece to go) and then I can take a week off. Of course I have to deal with cleaning the apartment and moving stuff into storage... and getting ready to fly out in less than a week. But, it's all manageable.

Most of the day was taken up with sorting stuff and pitching new stories. After doing physio, I headed out to Fets for a couple of drinks on the patio. Then home to chill.

It's not even 10pm yet and I'm going to bed.

Exercise: 1km walk, full physio

THR +111

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Another crappy sleep... more work...

At  2:45pm there was a partial eclipse. I poked a hole through a piece of foil and took a photo of the projected image on a piece of paper:
The clouds parted just in time for a partial eclipse!
I spent the rest of the day working and making packing/storage preps. And enjoyed some red wine and two episodes of Downton Abbey in the evening!

Exercise: 1.5km walk, some physio

Thursday, October 23, 2014

THR +110

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Life is crazy busy as I get closer to departure day.

After a bad sleep (caused by the beer I had the previous night?), I spent most of the day inside, working. From 8am until 11pm -- with a break to go for a 2.8km walk.

Good thing the weather is so crappy. It has been raining constantly for some time now -- with just the odd break (see walk, above).

The hip is good, although I do have aches and pains. Nothing serious.

The shoulder is actually better -- no sudden sharp pain when I extend it. That's nice. The right hand is still sore, but I imagine that if I can take a week off writing, that should help. That's the plan for next week.

Exercise: Walked 2.8km, stairs, partial physio

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

THR +109

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Any waffling I had about going south has disappeared after looking at the forecast:
The actual weather will likely not resemble this at all
Still, given the recent forecasts, the actual weather may turn out to be sunny and 20C.

I had a fairly decent sleep last night, although I did wake up several times. I think it's just a comfort thing.

I spent the day working on internet stuff and script editing. Late in the afternoon I was able to escape to get a short walk in -- and have a beer at the Storm Crow. It was the first beer since August.

I spent the evening working (it was one of those 14 hour workdays) and once I'm done writing this, I'm off to bed. Wednesday will likely be a repeat of today. Yay!

Exercise: 1km, some physio

Monday, October 20, 2014

THR +108

Monday, October 20, 2014

Long day!

I got up early, stiff and sore from Sunday's big walk. It's funny how the rib pain has returned. It's not terrible, but it's there. The shoulder was a bit better, though.

I rushed out the door around 9, stopping for a coffee downtown before returning the rental car to the agency on the North Shore. This time I went via the Lion's Gate Bridge which was shorter in distance but about the same in time.

I took SeaBus/SkyTrain back to The Drive and walked about 1.4km home.

Despite the sun poking through, I spent the day working for two different clients. I had hoped to hit a patio for some sun, but decided to just plow through. Maybe tomorrow.

Anyway, I got lots done. But there's much more to do in these final days...

Here's what it looked like out my window:
Looking west from The Drive. Oct 20/2014 (iPod photo)
And now... time to kick back and fall asleep in my chair!

Exercise: 1.4km walk, no physio(!)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

THR +107

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Big day today. It started early with me attempting to get some work done.

Around 10am, my pal Sheryl called to go for a walk. As the sun was out and I had a rental car, how could I say no?

I met her over in Vancouver's West End. Traffic, even at such an early hour on a Sunday, was a nightmare. This city is not a driver's best friend. I'm so glad I don't have to drive everyday.

Rather than complain about the current civic government and its idiotic transportation ideas, I'll focus on the positive!

I met Sheryl at Sunset Beach and we walked to Third Beach in Stanley Park. And then back to Sunset Beach. It was a glorious day and a nice way to spend a few hours.

We logged 8km (5 miles)... meaning that I'm almost ready to walk AROUND Stanley Park (10km). I'm hoping to do that before I leave in 11 days.

I came home in the early afternoon with the intention of working, but my buddy Steve called and wanted to go for coffee on The Drive. Nice! We went to Fets and hung out on the patio.

It was a weird weather day -- super warm (20C) and really humid.

Steve had to leave around 4, so I did some grocery shopping before returning home to do a little work. Some is better than none.

It poured this evening, but it seems nice now... although it's bedtime. Tomorrow, I have to take the rental back to the North Shore. And then I really have to get stuff done. Methinks time is going to start flying.

Here's some pictures from a great Sunday Funday:

Exercise: 8km walk+, some physio

Saturday, October 18, 2014

THR +106

Saturday, October 18, 2014

It was a busy day today.

I got up at 6 to work on stuff for next week. Didn't get nearly as much done as I'd hoped.

Then I had to get over to the North Shore to pick up a cheap car rental. That meant an "interesting" ride on the #20 bus, a SeaBus ride, and a ride on the #236 to Enterprise/North Van. That took a while.

After I snagged the car (with my buddy Randy) it was time to shop. First stop: Old Navy for cheap shirts. Second stop: The Crab Shoppe for halibut patties. And then all the way out to Ikea in Coquitlam. I needed some kitchen stuff -- knives -- for Guatemala.

After dropping off Randy, I headed home to start sorting through stuff (I'd pulled boxes of unknown stuff out of storage earlier in the summer). I took a bunch of old (and too small) clothes to a donation box.

It wasn't raining, so I felt obligated to hit to Spanish Banks. There's not many opportunities left.  I did a 3.5km walk and took some pictures:

Taking the dogs out for a walk

The days are short

Sunset is just 6:17pm

Poorly exposed self-portrait

Look! A super expensive city!
And then it was night
After the beach, I headed home for a feed of sushi. I avoided wine for another day. It's surprisingly difficult.

The hip was a bit stiff today. I didn't do any physio (the physio dude said I needed to take days off). But I did get the walk in.

The shoulder was ok. No better, no worse.

Oh: I'm also having doubts about going back to Guatemala. No reason other than I'm really enjoying Vancouver.

And... suddenly it's 9:30pm and I'm ready to crash.

Exercise: 3.5km+ walk

Friday, October 17, 2014

THR +105

Friday, October 17, 2014

Today marks 15 weeks since surgery. So far, so good.

Went for a walk this morning with a CBC buddy. Well, first it was coffee. Then a walk. Then breakfast. Then another walk.

After that I had to rush downtown to take my iPod to the Apple Store. They swapped it for a new one due to a broken button, but the whole back-up restore process took hours. I did some more shopping and spent a quiet evening at home.

Here's me, today:
13.7 lbs lighter than on Aug 1, 2014
Exercise: Physio I & II; 5.5km walked

THR +104

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Point form:

- Today was my final 'paid' physio

- PT said I was doing well
 - The stairs at home have helped my recovery
 - I walk with a limp, which will go away as my leg strengthens
 - I'll have stiffness and weird feelings for up to a year
 - He recommended ice for the shoulder pain
 - And he said I was still walking too far (!)
 - He recommended trekking poles for hiking
 - He gave me new exercises and told me to drop older ones
 - I'm going to have to make a balance board in San Pedro

- Just two weeks until departure, feeling sad about leaving YVR. Strange...

And so it goes!

Exercise: Physio at clinic. 3km walked

Thursday, October 16, 2014

THR +103

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sleeping is better than ever. I go down fast and I don't wake up in the middle of the night. I remember those post-surgery nights of having to use a bedpan or hobble to the bathroom. I hobble no more!

I do find it difficult getting up in the morning. I don't use an alarm, unless I have to. When I wake up, I could easily go back to sleep. However there is so much I need to do these days, that I can't stay in bed until I'm totally rested. Still, I'm logging 7-8 hours of solid sleep.

The shoulder is still bothering me and I'm not sure what the cause is. Tomorrow I'll talk to my physio guy about it.

I'm plateauing a bit in terms of weight, but still down 12.7 lbs as of this morning. Here's what it looks like since Aug 1:
Up and down since Aug 1
The weight loss is slow, but it is going in the right direction.

I spent the day working and went for a short evening walk. Nothing exciting.

Exercise: Short walk, physio

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

THR +102

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

In point form:

- Decent sleep in newly reconfigured bed

- Hip stiffness

- Shoulder, hand - annoying pain, stiffness.

- Had an early coffee with old TV pal. Feeling motivated after that.

- Worked a ton.

- Feeling stress over all the stuff I need to get done. I'll feel better this weekend as I'll have a car and will be able to start getting rid of stuff.

Exercise: 3.6km walked, full physio

Monday, October 13, 2014

THR +101

Monday, October 13, 2014 (Thanksgiving)

The day started late.

I spent the night in the suburbs after a big Thanksgiving feast. Caught a ride home to the city around 2pm.

It rained all day, but I still managed to get out to the grocery store and bank. I ended up skipping physio (well, I did some, but not all), just to give my body a break.

I starting to get that overwhelmed feeling with departure just a few weeks away. It seems like there is SO much to do. But it'll get done. It always does.

This evening I caught up on some TV viewing and worked on a piece that's due tomorrow.

It doesn't look like I'll be doing any long walks as the forecast is crap:
Um, no.
I have to get up tomorrow for an early coffee with a former CTV/CBC colleague at 9am. So... zzz time!

Exercise: 1km, some physio, lots of stairs (laundry)

THR +100

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 100!

The hip is great, with some stiffness. But no real pain unless I push it too far. 

It's funny... in some ways the pain has migrated from my left hip to right shoulder. Hopefully that goes away soon.

Sunday was Thanksgiving dinner day, so I didn't walk or do physio. I think a break is called for after much exercise last week.

I had dinner at the Rutherford clan's spread in Coquitlam. Very nice meal (turkey, ham) and lots of laughter with a few other families. Ended up staying the night...

Exercise: minimal

Saturday, October 11, 2014

THR +99

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The day started on a positive note: more downward movement in my weight. I've now lost 12.7 lbs since August 1.

It's nice to see the weight moving the right way, finally. It sure has taken a lot of work. Try living without wheat, sugar and processed foods. It's not easy.

Actually, the biggest thing is beer. I miss it SO much. I haven't had a beer or wheat since Aug 25.

The weather was dire this morning. Hard tropical rain. Cold. And the forecast wasn't very inspiring. It's definitely not summer.
It's beginning to look like departure time!
But then a funny thing happened. It stopped raining and the sun came out. The timing was perfect as I had to walk about 10 blocks to meet up with Randy and Murray for a broadcasters bitch fest at Cafe Deux Soleils.

We spent a couple of hours drinking coffee, eating vegetarian food and cursing the state of broadcasting today. The best years have come and gone -- of that there can be no doubt.

Following bitchy brunch, I headed home to start poking away at work and departure preparations. I don't leave for another 19 days, but it's good to get stuff done early. Or at least half-done!

The sunshine continued all afternoon, which was nice. It kept the apartment warm -- the central heating hasn't been fired up yet.

Around 5, I met up with Brent and we went for a drink at Fets and then we headed downtown to meet John at the Lions game.

Even though there was a Canucks game on at the same time, 31,000 people showed up to watch the Leos shellac the Ottawa RedBlacks 41-3.

Panorama of BC kicking Ottawa's ass. As it should be!
Next door in Rogers Arena, the Canucks beat Edmonton in a shoot-out. Sweet!

Have you noticed that this blog is getting to be less about my hip replacement and more about regular life? Me too.

Change is in the air!

Exercise: 3km, physio

Friday, October 10, 2014

THR +98

Friday, October 10, 2014

The day started with this nice morning moon:
Morning moon in Vancouver - October 10, 2014
Today marks 14 weeks since my surgery... and I'm getting closer to fine. I'm also getting lighter, slowly. As of this morning I was down 11.1 lbs from August 1. Just 48 more to go to hit goal one. 68 more to hit goal 2. 

It was a big exercise day. This morning I walked from my home just off Commercial Drive to Downtown Vancouver. I covered 6.25km on a nice fall day. Took some pictures, too.

Here's the route:
The longest walk yet!
Here's what I saw along the way:
An eagle!
A spray-painted saloon!
A leaf on a hockey net with the word 'Canada' on it!
My super-active feet that have covered over 25km in the past week!
So, yeah. It was a good walk.

Once I had a double americano misto at the CBC JJBean, I hopped on a bus and made it home before the rain started -- which was about 1pm.

Then I did some grocery shopping, had coffee with Hughesie and did all my physio.

I'm knackered.

It's just after 8pm Pacific and I'm about to enjoy a fine Zinfandel and catch up on The Daily Show and Colbert Report from this week.

Despite bad news regarding one client, it's been a fantastic week.

On tap for Saturday: bitch and brunch with TV pals and the Lions-Ottawa football game.

Exercise: 6.25km walk, physio.

THR +97

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It was a good and bad day.

In terms of the hip, it's fine. There's still some stiffness, but nothing major. My right shoulder and hand are more bothersome! Thanks, crutches (I hope).

The weight was down, which was nice to see.

I spent the morning working and then had bad news from a major client that will significantly impact my income. Details to come.

So... I went for a 3km walk to clear my head -- which means I've walked 19km since last Friday. With short walks added, I've definitely covered more than 20km. I'm going to try and keep it up and even increase it.

In the evening I went to see the documentary Red Army with Brent and his buddy Allan at the Vancouver International Film Festival. It's about Russian hockey in the 70s and 80s. Fantastic! Here's the trailer:

It was a nice break from the bad news earlier in the day.

I'm not going to dwell on things. I'm going to use it as motivation. Plus, I have my health -- which is the most important thing.

And there you go.

Exercise: Physio, 3km walk

Thursday, October 09, 2014

THR +96

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Being back in my own home has helped me see how much I've healed in the last three weeks. From day to day, it's hard to tell. But now that I'm back to my regular routines, I notice how many things are easier.

A case in point: getting in and out of bed. It used to be tough and take some effort -- now I'm able to get up and out in a fluid motion, without a bunch of grunting and groaning.

Three weeks ago, I had to have my cane handy as not only a safety blanket,  I found I needed it occasionally. Now it just hangs on a peg in the hall.

Three weeks ago, I used to shuffle around the apartment, now I stride about with confidence. Except in the mornings, although yoga (next month) should help that.

Three weeks ago, I felt I had to be super cautious when showering. I'm still careful, but I'm not paranoid about falling.

And I bound up and down the stairs when doing laundry.

I still have the odd bit of pain and I often feel stiff. If I sit for too long, I tend to seize up. But I feel I'm very close to not even noticing I had my hip replaced. That will be the day when I can say I've truly recovered.

The weight seems to be moving in the right direction again. I've very close to 10 pounds lighter since coming home from the hospital. I had been this light before -- back in July. But the last few months I've see-sawed. Hopefully this is the start of a downward trend.

After eschewing wheat, sugar, processed foods and beer and increasing exercise I should think I'd be losing weight!

In fact, I've walked 16km in the last five days (including today) -- including the 4km Quarry Rock hike last Friday. And that's just the specific walks I do... the 16km doesn't include walking as part the average day.

My goal of dropping 50lbs by Christmas isn't going to happen. And that's OK. Perhaps the new goal will be my birthday, next April 26. Even if I'm down 20 or 30 from where I'm at today, I'll still be happy.

It's important. I'm older and I've been lucky. I've been given the opportunity to work on my health and fitness. I'd be a fool if I squandered the opportunity.


I went for a nice walk up The Drive in the afternoon. It was a beautiful fall day.

In the evening I went for drinks with Jenn and Chris, friends from San Pedro and CBC respectively.

There was also a nice (and early!) sunset:
The days are getting short! 6:30pm-ish, Oct 8, 2014.
A fine day.

Exercise: physio, 2.8km walk

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

THR +95

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Back at the old place on Commercial Drive. Nice to be back in the neighbourhood, the tiny apartment not so much. Just 23 days left in Vancouver. SO MUCH TO DO.

I alternated between work and cleaning. Then out to Burnaby for dinner.

Dinner with Brent, John and Wendy. Awesome!
Exercise: Physio, 3km walk, stairs

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

THR +94

Monday, October 6, 2014

Point form:

-up early
-housesit done
-drop stuff off at old place
-return car rental
-run around
-surprise pints in the evening with Rugsy
-operated leg still sore from Friday (I hope)
-incision itchy (!)

Exercise: moving, lots of stairs and walking. Skipped physio. 

Sunday, October 05, 2014

THR +93

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Today was move out day at the housesit. I cleaned and packed and cleaned some more. By the time I was done, it was late afternoon. I ran over to Fujiya for some sushi and then decided to hit Spanish Banks for a sunset walk.

Good call!

Except now, it looks like I won't be moving out of the housesit until Monday morning. Which still gives me lots of time -- but I do have to drop off the rental car by 10:30am.

Anyway, here are a few pictures from this evening:

I also neglected to do physio. Whoops!

Exercise: 2km walk, stairs.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

THR +92

Saturday, October 4, 2014

I'm a little stiff from the hike yesterday -- especially in the muscles around the new hip joint. I suppose that's to be expected.

No matter. I did some running today around with Brent (who's visiting from Belize). We had breakfast at Cafe Du Soleil and then I dropped him off at SkyTrain.

I headed back to the housesit house to do some cleaning and whatnot. 
Home for the last three weeks
Tonight my final night in this wonderful, inspiring home. It's been a fantastic place to work and chill out. I am very appreciative of the opportunity. Thanks Clive and Carey!

I took some of my stuff back to my own home this afternoon. Then the sun popped out and that meant I had to hit Spanish Banks for a walk. I got there just in time to log 3.5km before the sun dropped. It was warm and beautiful:
The view of English Bay never gets old
I've really enjoyed the last few weeks since I've been able to be more active. And I've learned to love Vancouver again. For now, anyway.

It was a very good day.

Exercise: 3.5km walk, stairs, moving stuff. Physio if I get around to it!

Friday, October 03, 2014

THR +91

Friday, October 3, 2014

Three months after surgery:
I can hike!
Today was a milestone. I can hike again.

It wasn't far. Just four kilometres. It wasn't crazy. Just an elevation gain of 100 metres (326 feet). It took a while. One hour up, 53 minutes down.

But it was something I couldn't have done three months ago. Nor a year ago. Nor two years ago.

The new hip performed flawlessly. What made the rocky/rooty climb tough was all the extra weight I'm carrying from so many years of being inactive.

That will change. Now that I've hit the three month point post-surgery, my focus will be on making that big gut disappear by next spring. Or earlier.

Now that I can be active, I will be active. The next goal will be achieved, sooner or later.

The best part of today? The view of Indian Arm from Quarry Rock:
BC is pretty amazing.

Exercise: 4km hike, walking, stairs

THR +90

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Busy day... lots of shopping in preparation of heading south. Then to Addis Cafe on Commercial Drive for an amazing feed of Ethiopian food followed by a BAD Spanish movie at the Vancouver Film Fest.


Exercise: waking, stairs and full physio

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

THR +89

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brent still in town. I'm still housesitting.

Lots of running around.

Exercise: walking, stairs, physio

THR +88

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Weight down.
Brent in town.

Exercise: walking, stairs, physio