I wasn’t allowed to walk for three months when I broke my hip in a bike race. Initially, I thought it would be six weeks. When the doctor sentenced me to six more weeks, it was my worst day of the entire experience. But he was right and I got through confinement.
I trusted my doctors and physical therapist to guide me back smartly and safely – even when gorgeous spring weather beckoned me to get back outside on the bike. Had I ignored the advice of trained medical professionals, I would have risked setbacks, re-injury and permanent damage. And now I’m trusting trained medical professionals – not White House politicians – to guide our safe return from this pandemic.
When you’re in it, just like while I was recovering from hip surgery, the days and weeks feel like forever. But three months is a blip over the course of a lifetime. So, while you may be frustrated and chomping at the bit to get back out there to the way things were two months ago, follow the protocol and guidelines set by the medical experts. When I was finally cleared to walk, it took two months before I got back up to speed to race my bike again.
Regaining my strength and fitness took place in phases. It’s going to take time for us to return from quarantine and it’s going to take place in steps. As much as I want to get back on the ice on May 15 when the stay home order expires in LA County, I know it will probably be weeks, a month or possibly longer before we will be allowed to skate.
Be patient with the process. It’s for your own good as well as for the good of others, including your precious loved ones.