Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Little Surgery for Me

I've had this post open ready to write for over a week.

Yet, I find that I'm not sure what to say.


Here goes.

❥ The First Step....:

I'm having a hip replacement next Monday. 

That's February 8.

I think the reason that I don't know what to say is that deep down,

deep deep down,

deep deep deep deep deep deep deep . . .

Get it?

Deep down, I'm putting a lot of stock in this little hip replacement.

I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.

— Vincent Van Gogh 

As in,

I want my life back.

I want to be able to take long walks outdoors again.  (heck, a walk outdoors period would be nice)

I want to be happy to garden again.

I want to be able to keep up when I'm shopping with someone.

I want to not feel exhausted all the time.

I want to be able to walk age appropriately - as in not like a 85 year old. (sorry if your over 85)

I want my body back.

I want back all the physical, emotional, and spiritual energy I used to have.

Losing that energy actually hurts more than the hip itself.

You know that story about the frog that eventually dies in boiling water, because he started out in cool, comfortable water that oh so slowly got warmer and warmer and then finally hotter and hotter, but by then he couldn't do anything about it because he was cooked. Life as he knew it was over.

That's what I feel like.



I'm hopping out

robot-heart: life in a venti cup - because life is too short to think small:

I know it will suck really bad for a while.

Please cross all your fingers for me.

That my body will be strong.

That my surgeon will be genius.

That I will react well to the suck.

That I will be courageous!


And for now, that I make it through the next 7 days without anti-inflamatories without chewing somebody's head off. 

See you again soon!


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

My husband who turns 60 tomorrow had hip replacement surgery in October. Immediately after surgery, he could tell the pain was gone, and within a week he was walking normally without a cane or crutch. He's looking forward to the golf season this year and I'm looking forward to more kayaking now that he'll be able to easily get in and out of his kayak. His results are remarkable and I'm sure yours will be, too. Good luck!!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Sending good thoughts and prayers your way for successful surgery and a better life! xo

Rita C at Panoply said...

I know it's still scary - any surgery is - but Vickie's right - and it's a lot easier to recover from than knee surgery. Best wishes for a highly successful surgery, recovery and life ever after!

Susie said...

Karen, My fingers are crossed and I am praying for you too. You know it sounds like you have waited long enough....time to just do it. You have to get this over before you can walk and garden again. I am wishing you the very best. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

LindaSonia said...

Sending you all the very best wishes for a successful surgery and a life renewed. Prayers being sent your way.

Donna Wilkes said...

You are being very brave to reclaim the life you had before your hip went south. Sending gentle thoughts and prayers for strength and healing. BUT I do insist on FB updates.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Sending prayers and love and hugs for you and all those who will be fixing your hip. Listen well to your body, do all your directed physio with heart. As Donna said, updates on FB when you feel like a bit of writing. I have read your blog with pleasure for quite some time. Patience with the healing process, patience in the recovery room (actually that is the easiest patience since it is so restfully slow as you are monitored).

Kirby Carespodi said...

Sending you all the good, Karen!

Anonymous said...

I admire you! I will keep you in my prayers. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and I hope your out in your garden soon. Your technically challenged reader.

Anonymous said...

With your amazing attitude you will sail through. My best wishes are with you, will put you on my list for Feb.8.

rush said...

It sounds like you are doing it all for the right reasons and have the faith that it will work for you. With that attitude, how can it fail?!! Wishing you the best that you will be skipping through the garden with glee in a month or two. Keep us posted. Even if you feel crappy!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

the reacting well to the suck... pivotal.
that's my colloquial joke for you...
truly i'm praying for you and all your requests... genius drs are nice too!

Anonymous said...

As someone else mentioned, it is easier to recover from the hip replacement than a knee replacement. My mother has had both knees and 1 hip replaced (she's like a bionic woman). When she had the hip replaced, she never missed a beat and she was much older than you are! You will do great! Besides, you need to recover quickly for all of us who will miss your wonderful posts! :-)

I will say some prayers for your surgeon, nurses and all your care givers! I will send prayers for YOU for a speedy recovery physically and for peace and patience before, during and after the process! God bless!

Eileen said...

I've worked at a metal detector for 17+ years so I meet a LOT of folks who've had replacement surgery (it doesn't set the machine off but everyone thinks it does). I always ask how they are doing and I've never met a single person who wasn't thrilled with their results. Much joy and a fast recovery to you!!!

Terra said...

Hi, this is my first visit here and I learn you will have a hip replacement. Most people are very happy with the results and I am sure you will be too, back to being active and pain free.

srpprcrftr said...

I'm happy to say that hip replacement is better than knees. I Have friend who had hip replacement couple years ago and she's great, loves that she can walk her pooches, go shopping. Have heard good things about hip replacements.
I Had right shoulder replaced in Dec. 7th and have to say compared to both my knee replacements was easiest surgery ever had. No pain almost completely. Had nerve block in my neck by shoulder and medicine in it kept me pain free. After hubs took nerve block out of my neck at end of week after I came home no pain really, took aceteminephins at night but no drugs, didn't need them. Came home from hospital day after surgery. Had to wear a sling which was more uncomfortable than anything, after 2 weeks took it off per surgeon. Figured out how to get socks and clothes off/on after about 2 weeks, different ways but could do it on my own. Took shower on my own first week.
The idea of having a part replaced is scarey but you can do it, you'll be able to do things after while. Very important to do exercises for physical therapy. From what I understand and have experienced knee replacement takes longer to heal and recover from but you'll do your hip just fine. Have faith and do what they tell you. If something hurts too much then it's too soon to do it, your body lets you know.
My husband had partial knee replacement in April last year. After 2 weeks he was installing a new ceiling fan in our mud room. Partials are much easier than full and have heard men recover quicker.
I was called for Jury duty last May. I kept setting the bell off, was my knees setting it off the proshetists. sorry about spelling on some words.
good luck you'll do great. Happy week and good luck.

Unknown said...

Karen, you are going to be SO HAPPY you did this! I have worked in a hospital in Columbus that specializes in joint replacements for 8 years, and have watched so many patients get their lives back. You go girl!!

Chris K in Wisconsin said...

I had one a few years ago, and you will be very pleased! I could tell the horrid pain was gone when I woke up in the recovery room. Certainly there was pain from the surgery for a few days, but that was NOTHING like the hip pain I had endured for so long. Keep thinking about what you will soon be able to do. You are having it done at a great time of year to be recovering/ recovered so you can enjoy gardening and walking. You will think about walking extremely carefully if you encounter ice and snow next year.
The sad part for me is I was pain free for several years and now I have horrible knee pain and problems. I am NOT convinced about having a knee replacement done. I have cortisone shots 3x a year and can maintain the pain. It is not nearly what the hip pain was.
I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I DO remember that week before surgery without the anti-inflammatory meds and how terrible that was. You will make it and be so happy with your decision.
Good Luck!!!!!!!!

Penny said...

I wish you the best, Karen. I'm not dealing with anything that serious, but recently found out that my right hip was not as mobile as it should be. Was causing all kinds of weird symptoms on my walks, like severe burning and pulling in my calf and thigh--and it really puts a damper on your sense of well-being when you can't get out and walk as before--in my case 4 miles a day. I am now under a physical therapist's care with boatloads of stretching and strengthening exercises, but it is so worth it! I do them religiously every day, no matter what--that's how badly I want it. I 'm guessing you want the same, and you will! Keep at it, and best of luck for a great convalescence...

Penny from Ohio

Emily Rose said...

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and look forward eagerly to your triumphant post-surgery post, where you tell us how easy it all was, how much better you feel, and how you are planning on dark waxing the outside of your house next week, because it will be fun and you feel great!!!

Bliss said...

See you in the funny papers.

Cecilia said...

Here's praying for all and more of what you ask. Heal quickly and well!

monique said...

I believe you will be just fine.
Hip replacement is such common surgery now.
You won't have THAT pain any more and I
think you will be surprised to see how much
of your lifestyle you will regain You will wonder
why you waited so long,
I wish you all the best.
Take care, Monica (I'm new here :)

Scribbler said...

Good luck with your hip surgery. I had a total knee replacement a year a half ago. I put it off so long, but it was worth it when it was finally done. The pain and impaired mobility really did mess up my life, and now I have it back. You will be glad you did it.

Patricia @ CorninmyCoffee-pot said...

Prayers for you today Karen !
God speed and quick recovery girl!

Unknown said...

Saw this mentioned on facebook and had no idea what the ladies were talking about - WOW Karen - you go girl ( I know it's done already ) not an easy decision I suppose - but the RIGHT one ! Hope it gets easier every day ( and I know it will ) Isn't this just a barrel of laughs ( this again process lol )
but you've grabbed the bull by the horns and kicked it in it's ass - you phenomenal !


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