It is something of a shame that it takes a life-altering experience in order for people to have perspective. Like most of you, I would have never have considered a “bad hip” a life-altering event, but it certainly ended up that way. I got to a point where I would count the steps it was going to take to get me from one point o another. The constant pain would result in a steady level of fatigue that resulted in me being happiest when I could just lie down and not have to worry about going anywhere. My good walk looked horrible and my normal walk would make people cringe.
And now I have a new artificial hip.
The pain I had become accustomed to is now gone, replaced by the soreness and weakness you would expect from a major surgery. A couple days post-hip replacement and I’m still popping pain meds like they are tic-tacs, but everything so far has gone according to plan, even if I underestimated how uncomfortable I would feel after having a bone sawed out of my body.
I’ve been assured that the recovery from a total hip replacement is not like the repair process I experienced with my first hip surgery. All of the damaged tissues have been replaced by inert plastic and ceramic structures.
But here is why I am so thankful for the second chance at life.
I had two surgical consults. The first surgeon told me I would be pain free, but would never be able to run again. The second surgeon also told me I’d be pain free, but that I would be able to train for a marathon in 3-6 months if I chose to do so!
He informed me that the new technology will last a lifetime, but only if I really take care of myself. I need to do the things I always preach to our patients. Lose some weight, get strong, focus on diet, sleep, and getting rest, and most of all, focus on a high quality of life.
My message for everyone is this: try to be the best we can be BEFORE we need our wake-up call. While surgical processes give us a second chance, how wonderful it is to keep all our original body parts for as long as possible.