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A Hip Adventure
Jan 14, 2016 Latest post:
Sep 11, 2017
Welcome to Lois's CaringBridge site. It's here to keep friends and family updated.
My New Story - 2017
On July 6 I was walking with a friend when I fell and broke my right femur. The femur, the thigh bone, is the BIGGEST bone in one's body, and therefore can cause the most extreme pain. I'll spare you the gory details of laying on the stones and dirt on a windy day, the bumpy ambulance ride, the ER, etc. The silver lining to this dark cloud was that "my" surgeon [who had done my left hip replacement and had repaired my torn meniscus and was treating trochanteric bursitis in my right hip] was the Orthopedic doctor on call that day. After viewing the x-ray and a brief discussion we agreed that a total hip replacement was the thing to do since I was probably going to need one in the next year or so anyway.
I spent four nights in Pen Bay Medical Center, then was transferred to Windward Gardens skilled nursing facility for rehab. My insurance company will pay for only twelve days, I appealed the decision, but it was upheld by an independent Quality Improvement Organization. So I am heading home on Saturday July 22 with trepidations. Did I mention that this [mis]adventure started the day after Jim went to Boston to work on a movie project for the month? So I feel anxious and unconfident about managing safely on my own for long periods of time as I still do not feel steady on my feet or strong, and I'm borderline anemic which contributes to feeling shaky and tired.
However, I'm determined to get better and to regain my strength, and I know it's a l-o-n-g s-l-o-w process, and I need to be patient.
I appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. As my recovery progresses, so does the burden on Jim. So please remember him and offer him your support and encouragement, take him to the movies, feed him chocolate, recommend him to anyone who needs a fine carpenter, make him laugh.