This morning I made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, for May 19th. My hip has been bothering me for a while – getting worse and worse until last weekend I started using my cane again, and then, all of a sudden, I just couldn’t really walk unassisted. Dr. M pulled my walker out of storage and I’ve become reacquainted with what a pain in the ass it is to try to do anything while using a walker.
My hip resurfacing surgery was almost 6 years ago, and should have lasted for another number of years. However, I never really did come all the way back from it. I had days where I was pain free, but they were punctuated by days where I was not pain free. Now I wonder if perhaps the device was never quite right, or if I did something to mess things up in there. Who knows, but I do know that I always expected to have a total hip replacement someday. Maybe not this soon. And maybe the surgeon will not recommend surgery. We shall see.
But I’m really thankful:
- We didn’t give the walker away all those times that we could have.
- Our new house is so much bigger than our Ohio house – I can maneuver through it with relative ease.
- We live near family and I know that if we really need help we can get it.
- I am able to work from home & fully expect to continue to work during any recovery (except for maybe I won’t try to work while I’m on narcotics).
- I can go out on our back deck with ease, and enjoy a lovely spring day in North Carolina.
- And penguins are nigh, so life is pretty good, all things considered.