Hello all, following up on this post.
I had the surgery on October second. In the weeks before, I couldn't walk more than four blocks before I had to stop due to the pain. The photo shows I've just logged my 103rd mile since then. I am also off all pain pills even Tylenol. I was able to stop narcotics in less than 10 days after having been on them for over two years. Thank you all who took the time to post encouragement. It really helped.
I hope to be cleared to finish the house renovation I swore to my husband would be finished in a few months (that was two and a half years ago) on the 15th. I'll also lace up the ol' hockey skates and bust a few heads.