Sunday, November 07, 2010
I recently found out that a young lady who works with my daughter-in-law Carol, is an avid reader, loves my blog and is a lurker.
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She's been following me for some time and recently asked Carol how I was doing since I had my hip surgery in May.

What a timely question - For a while now I've had a question I've wanted to ask the surgeon but since my check-up visit was coming up, I decided I could wait until I saw him.

All this time I've been following precautions that where outlined to me by the physical and occupational therapist. I was very careful not to move the wrong way or do anything that would cause the "new hip" to pop out of place.

One thing I had to learn was "how to get dressed and not bend what I should not bend."

I used a sock aid to put on and take off socks. I also had a grabber that helped me put on underwear and pants.

What I was not able to do was wear shoes with laces. (I'd have to bend in order to tie the laces.) Fortunately I have several pairs of shoes that I can just slide my feet into so that was no problem.

Well, last week I saw my surgeon, he took x-rays of my hip and told me "it looks great." My question to him was, "can I bend down now to lace my shoes?"

His reply, "YES, YOU CAN!"

MARC CHAGALL limited edition giclee titled "CIRCUS CLOWN & DANCER"

It so happens that I saw the doctor on Monday. That Thursday I was going to attend the last of five lectures on the life of Marc Chagall. It rained heavily that night - a perfect night to finally wear shoes that I could lace!!

Thanks to the lurker who asked the question - gave me something to blog about!

Anyone else have a question for me - I'd be glad to respond - That would help me out when I don't know what to blog about.

It does happen!! ;-)

It IS nice to have questions to respond to when you can't come up with a post!

You appear to be walking with ease now, Millie, and I am happy to see that.

So my question is: Do you wish you had had the operation sooner?
I am glad that this surgery is working out so well for you. It seems to only work for some and others have lots of problems adapting. I wonder if attitude or belief in your recovery has helped you?

For a number of years I managed to live with the pain by taking medication and limiting my activities.

By the time I saw my surgeon last November I really needed help, I thought perhaps an injection could help but the doctor said it would not work for me and advised immediate surgery - BUT I already had made all kinds of arrangements to go to Florida for the winter so off I went, suffered through the winter and had to wait until I came home in the spring.

I guess I had a high tolerance for pain and did not realize how bad my condition was, didn't listen to my body and let it go to long.

Good question:
I do have a positive attitude and that helped me a great deal.

I had a great deal of confidence in the surgeon, was not concerned about having the surgery, as a matter of fact I was looking forward to it and hoping for relief.

There were some minor glitches but nothing major - I was lucky to have good care and would say all in all, it was a positive experience.
*You were fortunate in that you were able to select your surgeon in advance. I was not able to do so and had to use the surgeon the hospital used. My knee now faces inward and I will never walk normally again. I still have pain if I am not careful about how I bend over.

I do have a positive attitude about most things, but this one caught me unawares.

I am so happy for you that your surgery was very successful.
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Really like the Chagall!

Good walking! Glad you're paying attention to your therapists -- really important.

I was a lurker in the beginning, then couldn't resist making a comment and finally, lurched into blogging.
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Millie, I have a great story about what happened to me Mom when her hip popped out! My blog is on Blogger also and called The Dassler Diaries but I need to write the story first.Thanks for giving me the memory!
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