It all seemed to start last March from mowing the lawn with my large walk behind mower. The effort to turn the beast was damaging my left hip. Gradually the pain increased to the point that I finally visited a doctor. He told me he did not know where the pain was coming from but I should replace the hip since I will need to sooner or later.
Now many months later I’ve been through a few cortisone shots, some PT, a couple of different medications, and the jury is still out. Next step is cortisone in the back. However, they are still guessing.
A few days prior to my scheduled injection I was telling a friend of my dilemma. The only actual problem that has been diagnosed is a labral tear. By the time I finished the history I realized that replacing the hip was the best next step. So I quickly canceled my injection and scheduled the surgery. Additionally, it became clear that my limping is creating collateral damage. My back and knees have been giving me trouble for the first time.
I am very happy that I only have one week to entertain second thoughts not two months. And I’m grateful my brother, Rick, is coming to care for me.
I have been learning many lessons these past months about living with pain. First I realized how very fortunate I’ve been to have had 70 pain free years. I have gained new respect for all those who live with chronic pain, and do it with grace and humor.
So Monday Santa will arrive early with my new hip. Stay tuned..
Merry Christmas to you all. Thank you for your love and support.
Gratefully yours. Bill