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Hip Op Minus 5 days

I went to my "hip education" class today (where all the best hips go, my dear, put yours on the waiting list now...). It was a slightly surreal experience, if only because I was at first mistaken for a daughter or caregiver of one of the other potential victims, and then because there were all these references to things like meals on wheels and seniors helping seniors which I won't qualify for. I may be of a certain age, but I'm not THAT old!

However, I've been feeling progressively more nervous and - yes, okay, I'll admit it - downright scared in the last week or so, and this did serve to make me feel better in some ways, though in other ways it opened my eyes to some of the potential difficulties. The biggest problem is that you are absolutely forbidden to bend your leg at the hip at less than a 90 degree angle for three, count them, three months. This means that you cannot lean forward in a chair, reach over for salt on a table, reach down a bathtup to turn on taps (if you were allowed to take a bath, which you are not), bend down to the vegetable crisper in the fridge, etc etc etc.

On the other hand, it does sound as if once the initial effects of the surgery itself have passed, recovery should be fairly swift and that I can anticipate a very rapid relief from the pain of the arthritis. This is in itself something of a liability in the above instance, as I don't bend at the waist _now_ because of the pain, and I'll be able to once the pain is gone but will have to remember not to! Mobility will be less of an issue perhaps than it is now - I'm just going to have to learn to cope with not being able to bend down (no picking up dog poop!)

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benjyblue
Jul. 27th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
hey! hang in there: you will improvise, you will find ways to do what you have always done!! remember: here if help is needed, OK? when do you go in?
intertext
Jul. 27th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I may need to call on you once I'm back at home on my own. For things like putting the recycling out. Or getting the latest installment of Buffy :) I won't be allowed to drive for weeks, apparently...
benjyblue
Jul. 29th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
hey, would love to do some driving for you. We're in town until August 15, then going to Edmonton for 3 weeks. here are our phone numbers: 479-9273 and 884-2282. xo
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