Today is surgery day for me - total hip replacement. I am elated to start the process that will allow me to move more freely. I am aprehensive about any procedure involving needles, saws, and scalpels. I am resolute about the rehabilitation which is very precise, involved, and fairly lengthy.
I have no idea why I have developed osteoarthritis, what they call "wear and tear" arthritis, as I have never been athletic. There are some possible underlying causes for anyone who develops this, but I think that the fact of its existence is, for most patients, reason enough to get treatment.
Apparently one in four people in North America will develop osteoarthritis in the hip according to About.com. That seems high, but maybe there is a matter of degree and not every hip deteriorates to the point of needing surgery.
I have done blog posts in advance and have them scheduled to come out regularly for the period of my recovery - I've grown attached to this blog and don't want to let it slide. Of course I won't be replying to comments as I usually do, but would love to get them anyway!
For some odd reason, I keep hearing this old school song over and over in my head. And, while it doesn't even mention hips, I will be able to sing and move along with The Wiggles in the future. Plus, for the rest of my life, I will get personalized attention from airport security.