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Old 03-10-2006, 07:45 AM   #1
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Since this seems to be a place where medical stories are tolerated....

I had a total hip replacement last Thursday (March 2.) I've been gimpy for years and finally wore thing out to the point there was no cartilege in my right hip socket.

I am now allowed to put 50 percent weight on my new joint, and learning to live with some limitations about bending, etc. I am back to producing some commercial ad copy etc. in InDesign, have downloaded the latest Blatner/Concepcion InDesignSecrets podcasts, and have also acquired some delightful old John Ciardi NPR podcasts -- along, of course, with Ricky Gervais/Karl Pilkington podcasts.

Unfortunately I'm not yet at home (with DSL) and am limited to painfully slow dialup.

Commiserations not needed but war stories welcomed.

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I had a total hip replacement last Thursday (March 2.) I've been gimpy for years and finally wore thing out to the point there was no cartilege in my right hip socket.
Congratulations! I have heard only great reports on that procedure — expect to see you frolicking like a teenager in a few weeks!

Now if they would just come up with lumbar replacement procedure, I could do something similar!

And, while I guess it is trivial in the scope of things, I hope you get back to your broadband soon.

   
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Since this seems to be a place where medical stories are tolerated....

I had a total hip replacement last Thursday (March 2.) I've been gimpy for years and finally wore thing out to the point there was no cartilege in my right hip socket.

I am now allowed to put 50 percent weight on my new joint, and learning to live with some limitations about bending, etc.
Just practice, as you're told to, no doubt!

Consider the example of my aunt - she had a hip replacement and went on to walk (even tramping all around Paris with me one week in May 1987), bike around town, and was generally unstoppable. So much so that she went on to break various arms and legs in teh following years when she was running again to cross the street or didn't look close enough getting on her bike and thought she'd be faster than that car ;-) (Not that I'm advising to do just that - but biking might not be a bad idea ) "Tante Fo" lived to be 90 - and her steel hip lasted well over 20 years without ever a peep.

Limitations? Nah - you just move a little differently. Simply continue moving.

   
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