October 14, 2011

Hip Discussion





Some bloggers have been asking about my hip. I thought I would answer the questions in one of those all-in-one posts and tell you what’s happening and what I am doing about it.

It’s just arthritis coupled with a cyst or two and a bone spur. The damage is all in the leg that had drastically reduced blood flow for years…if that contributed to the arthritis. Nothing is bad enough for replacement yet, but I am limited in my use of painkillers because of my idiosyncratic response to them.

What am I doing about that irritating leg? I leap into the pool every morning, grudgingly of course, at 0730. While most of the lovely ladies and a few gentlemen in the pool with me jump up and down in the shallow end, I dangle in the deep end on one of those noodle thingys. I do almost everything they do except pound my legs into the bottom of the pool. They work out for a full hour. I do half an hour in the big pool, and then I move over to the hot tub and do fifteen minutes of stretches and more stretches in the warmth. I can usually almost leap out of the hot tub.

Yes, I lie a bit.

The rest of the day I try to keep it quiet and well mannered. I elevate the bad leg to keep the swelling from the damaged lymph glands at a minimum. I get up and down often as those simple movements keep me moving, and I take a gel seating pad with me to any and all functions. Hmmmm...maybe not to the upscale one tonight.

That photo was taken the year of the flood in OB. I was bailing….the garage was under water. The waater reached that top step that’s why the sand bags. It was 1983…the year I met the Geester. It turned out that my cottage, yes that’s a single wall, Sears pre-fab, was two inches higher than all the other cottages. My car was too….every other neighbor lost everything.

Yes, I was skinny and healthy those years as I spent up to eight hours a day in the pool. It’s the leg on my right.

That shot they gave me in my hip this time worked. The previous shot didn’t work. I flashed back to being twenty again and invincible. No wonder kids think they will live forever. Not one ache and pain was there to bother me. After a week or so, it began wearing off and I’m human again.

I dreamed last night that we moved back into that cottage. Nothing we owned fit anymore.

51 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are doing everything necessary to avoid or put off any surgery, which is the way it should be. Keep as active as you can, just because that makes you feel better. As you may learn from my recent post I am now bedridden and more sympathetic to your post than I might otherwise have been.

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  2. Sorry you are in so much pain. Sucks big time. Looking forward to seeing you tonight, my friend.

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  3. You look beautiful in the photo. Sorry about your hip. I guess when we get older we are bound to be in pain. Mine is in my abdomen. David's is in his knee. Alas!

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  4. Lovely girl, wading through the ebbing tide of water. I've got a knee I'm avoiding surgery on, I can't take a lot of kinds of pain pills either but have found acupuncture works for me, and lots of gentle stretching.

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  5. You really don't look much different at all! Good work on the hip.....good luck with the continued exercising.

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  6. Gosh you and the Geester married about the same time David and I married (1982). Times flies doesn't it? Another coincidence: I have a similar hip issue, I only wish I had your artistic skills. Dianne

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  7. I recognized you right away--a great photo...
    Hope the days of no pain last a longgg time.

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  8. I'm glad that second shot worked. I'm so sorry you're in pain. I recognized you too. Sigh... I was also skinny when I was 20.

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