Dear patient readers,
Today we will be on a weekend schedule to commemorate Memorial Day, so apologies to our non-US readers who have a normal workday today. On Tuesday, we will have at least three posts plus Links and Water Cooler; whether we have a fourth post depends on whether anything sufficiently interesting crosses our radar.
Next Tuesday, June 8, I am having a hip replacement. This is normally an unproblematic, high success rate surgery. Patients start walking pretty much immediately; walking is the preferred form of rehab. However, I have a complicated case and anticipate having a not so easy rehab, not due to the operation but the condition of the other hip, which deteriorated rapidly in the last two months and will be replaced on an early than usual schedule. I do not want to get into a tedious discussion of particulars; suffice it to say my surgeon and I both believe I’ll get better results long term this way rather than by doing a bi-lateral hip replacement. We need the data on if and how much my old compensation mechanisms come back after the first hip is replaced.
My productivity has already suffered due to my condition; it takes much more time than usual to do simple things like shower and dress. Doing regular therapy, particularly water therapy (which entails transit time, and showers before and after on top of the pool) means less time to blog and I am already at my limit with my elder care duties on top of site demands.
This is a long-winded way of saying that I’ll be off pretty much all of next week and am certain to be shifting more posting than usual on to the very able Lambert and Jerri. Jules plans to stop by the hospital and get the staff to hop to while I recovering.
This is not a permanent situation; if the rehab for the first hip goes well given my givens, I might be back to a normal schedule by just after the 4th of July weekend. My second surgery is set for early August.
I know you all mean well but please do not offer advice. At this stage, it amounts to second-guessing. There is no question I need these operations; I can barely walk and I have to move carefully, even in bed, not to have my hips make noise, as in the kind other people can hear.
I really had wanted to die with all my original parts. How I feel (hat tip Bob H):