Sunday, November 20, 2016

New Parts

No, I haven't totally given up on blogging but I thought an explanation might be in order. I had been having problems with pain in my left hip for a few years.  At the end of last April I received an ultra-sound guided injection into the hip socket which helped immensely until it wore off,  a little over 3 months later. Things went downhill from there pretty quickly.

I was able to get an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix in mid-September. His evaluation showed severe advanced end-stage degenerative osteoarthritis- basically bone on bone. The only solution was a total hip replacement which was done on Nov 4. Everything went well and now I'm in the recovery phase. Amazing how the replacement was done and amazing that I was up and walking on the day of surgery. I'm getting around pretty well with the help of a walker and Brian has been doing a great job of taking care of me. He's even cooking meals and has been a rock throughout the entire process.

We're anxious to travel and have some more adventures, but this is what we need to do for now. Hopefully the recovery period, roughly 6 months to a year, will continue to go smoothly - my next follow-up appointment is mid December. In the meantime my mantra is 'patience, patience, patience.'