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As some of you know, I had a total right hip replacement about 2.5 weeks ago.

I'm bugging my home PT guy to make sure I can get on/off the scoot ok (I can drive he wife's van ok - my car may be a bit tricker - it's a bit lower to the ground but the steering wheel can be moved up). The test will be when we pop the scoot off the center stand on to the side stand. I've been able to put full pressure on the right leg since day one (at first with pain but now I can walk (ok, waddle some) without the cane for short distances (I won't go far without the cane).

What I need help with is figuring out how to get down on the ground and then up again to I can check/adjust the air pressure, not just on the Burg but on all the vehicles. I know I can crawl on my knees (I get in to bed that way) and I know which way NOT to twist the leg right now and why. Knowing "why" makes it a lot easier to make sure I don't violate that rule. :D

So, for any of you all who belong to the "fake hip" club, what SAFE suggestions can you make to me? I've thought about putting a ladder or step stool there and pulling myself up a rung at a time but that just doesn't sound overly workable.

I hate to "phone a friend" and have him phone a friend (he can't get down low either, but one of his Goldwing buddies could). I'm a bit of an independent cuss when I can be, but not a fool if it's going to cause problems. Oh yes, the beloved wife would be on deck when I try this just in case she's needed. She's such a blessing!

Thanks,



Bruce

PS: BTW, an answer such as don't try it isn't what I'm looking for.
 

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Thanks, but while I'm "down there" I'd like to also check the tires on the van and my car, along with the spares.

I did a small test tonight and at least I can get in and somewhat comfortably drive both vehicles - so at least I'm not totally homebound anymore. WOO-HOO!!!!!

I failed to mention that I've got 90 degree metal angled valve stems. If my air compressor had a straight fitting it would be great but it doesn't. However, it has served me faithfully now for I'm guess fifteen years. It has that old clip on lock and I just wish there was a way to make it to a straight type of connector - sure would make life easier.
 

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Friends? Seriously? I worked at one elementary school for eight years - got one card from the social committee. I worked at another school for one year - not a peep. I'm on my third school and the social committee sent a plant and a gift card. Teachers in my district are so overwhelmed with all the crap that admin puts on them they hardly have time to breath. I remember a former first grade teacher that would stay until 9p many times - a first grade teacher - that's crazy.

My beloved has babied me when I've asked for it, but good grief, I'm still a bit of an independent old cuss and she respects that. It's better than one of these whiney kiddie husbands who thinks they're going to die when they get a paper cut.

I drove to church yesterday in the van - no problem. I got in and out of my Buick last night with no problem. I "insisted" that the home PT guy get me a way to check my tire pressure* so next week it's off to outpatient. I could have done it this week if I had told the home PT guy I was driving.

Riding is one of my three stress relievers - lifting heavy in the gym is another (one I may never be able to go back to**) and the other one, let's just say that time has dealt a cruel blow to it.

Anyway, I'd like to find a way to put a different end on my air pump. It's been a good pump for about 15 years but it's got that blasted thumb lock on it and that's a royal pain, esp. on these metal angled valve stems.

Last of the age of steel, chrome and iron - not of the age of plastic, fiberglass and excuses.

* Will try it when the wife gets home later today. Have a backup idea handy just it case - let's be prepared!

** It just felt so good when a big 30 something year old would come up and admire the weight I was pushing around (eg: 110 pound dumbbell bench press - yes, that's 110# in each arm). I don't look like a body builder or power lifter - just someone who needs to loose a bit of weight - I'm 55 yo btw.
 

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Getting up ???? That's another story...............
OK Paul Harvey, what's the rest of the story?

I may buy a new air pump that will supposedly shut off when the desired pressure is reached. Sure makes it easier than having to undo that confounded lever snap each time. If I could modify my air hose to be more like a gas station one, then I'd be tickled. Just hold it on until it's time to put the gauge on it.
 

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Bike tires aired up!

Bike off center stand on to side stand.

Now all that's left is to put the battery cover back on, fire it up and take off.

WOO-HOO - guess what I've got planned for this week? It's supposed to be in the low-mid 30s and rainy in the next week or so.

Now, let's see how long it takes the wife to realize that all this stuff has been done. :laughing4:
 

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Thanks.

Now, before bad weather starts coming in later this week, I wonder how long I should ride and if I should just stay on local streets, etc.?

BTW, wifey doesn't know that I've got the bike prepped and ready to go - all I need to do is just pop the battery case cover back on and fire it up.
 

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Dave_J, there will be no knot in the back of my head unless some moron in a vehicle hits me, in which all bets are off and the lawyers are called in.

It's still a bit "tight" to get on and off, but then, it's a bit tight to get in and out of the van, even more so in my Buick (sits lower to the ground).

I basically got down on one knee, did each tire and then stood up. I had a ladder there to give me something to grab hold to if needed, but I guess all those years of hack squats, etc. may have actually done some good. To be honest, I was up and down on a ladder reattaching smoke and CO detectors in to the ceilings (some as high as 15' to 18' tall) just before surgery. Hey, someone had to do it.

I'll see about reporting back tomorrow. I'll probably just hang around town. It will be hard - Cloud Runner and I both like the open highway (think Bob Seger here).
 

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Success in so many ways today

First, thanks to all for your suggestions.

Second, I'm back in riding form again. I went to make a couple of stops and the second one was with a friend who took me to a neat area - I need to map it so I can find it again. It still looks like a bit of country, but the rich folks are building their castles all over the place.

(I had a great first post written but it disappeared.)

Anyway, all I can say is WOW - not only to the ride but to my wife who waited in the garage while I made a couple of test laps around the neighborhood, just to make sure things were going to work out. She is an unbelievably supportive and loving woman - my beloved.

Even if I need an ice bag later, it will be so worth it - the Burgman grin is back! :D
 

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Now I want to hot rod my 400 a bit - put an oversized piston in, give it just a scootch more power.* I did notice that when I hit the power from a stop I could feel either the belt bounce a bit or the sliders suddenly kick out. I just wanted to show off to my friend who had his Harley under him. I'll work on the hip shift when doc says I can. It's been so long since that right hip worked that I've done things differently so it won't be any big deal to wait a bit longer.Now, to Dave_J - wife was really happy that I had a good ride and isn't worried about me going out again. Just got some rainy weather moving in soon so after the home PT guy leaves I may take off. I want to go photograph the houses, etc. I've lived in. This could take a while - they're spread out a bit. Oh just to be back on the highway again - ahhhhhhhh.I still need to head up to McKinnney to try and find the location of the horse farm my dad had in the early/mid 60s. Most of the land has been sold off to developers, but oh to have that property today like it was in the 60s - it would be worth a fortune and a great place to live. * It's not going to happen, but I can dream about it.
 
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