THE BALANCING OF A NEW HIP

hip surgery    We spent part of this week at St. Anthony’s Bone and Joint Hospital in Oklahoma City.  I hope you never need a total hip replacement, but if you do I highly recommend this place and the employees.  Drs. Jeremy White https://plus.google.com/109256131279622920722/about?gl=us&hl=e ,  Marshall Haney, and their staff made us not only feel at home, but really knew their stuff!

My husband is a tough old bird and stubborn as the day is long.  That attitude has caused many conflicts in our marriage and is probably why he has done as well as he has with this surgery.  He was sent home a day early and is home recuperating nicely.  He can’t quite understand why he is so tired, but here is an example of what his body just went through.  http://www.boneandjoint.com/ourservices/education/Pages/education.aspx#animations

Seven years ago he broke his hip in a motorcycle accident.  Did I say broke?  He shattered the socket that sits in the pelvis.  He was put back together at the OU Medical Center by Traumatologist Dr. David Teague known as the Humpty Dumpty doctor.  He puts them back together  again. https://www.oumedicine.com/department-of-orthopedic-surgery-and-rehabilitation/general-program-info/faculty/david-c-teague-md .  The surgery was a success and we were told at the time he would eventually have to have a complete hip replacement in a year or two. He waited seven years.  Did I mention my husband is stubborn?  As it happened his body grows great bone – too much bone in unusual places.  He had a lot in the soft tissue surrounding the joint that had to be removed and also in between the newly created socket and ball.  It had to come out.

So now we wait, and heal, and rest. I try to give him good food and help him keep the incision clean and dry.  He does his exercise twice a day and starts Physical Therapy next week. He should be off for six weeks.  I wonder if he will make it that long before he gets antsy and needs something to do.  That’s when the real work starts.  The work of trying to find enough to do without doing too much.  Balance. Wish us luck.

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About peggylchambers

Peggy Chambers calls Enid, Oklahoma home. She has been writing for several years and is an award winning, three-time published author, always working on another. She spends her days, nights, and weekends making up stories. She attended Phillips University, the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Enid Writers’ Club, and Oklahoma Writers’ Federation, Inc. There is always another story weaving itself around in her brain trying to come out. There aren’t enough hours in the day!
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2 Responses to THE BALANCING OF A NEW HIP

  1. luciesmoker says:

    Isn’t the waiting and healing the hardest part? Hang in there, Don and Peggy.

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  2. pat turner says:

    Stubbornness is both a blessing and a problem but I hope this helps him get through the healing process.

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