Me & My Hip (part 2)

So I had my appointment with a new Dr. here in Illinois about my hip. The news is not great, but it could have been worse. I am scheduled for a total hip replacement revision on February 13th.

The replacement I have is a resurfacing replacement. (see other post Me & My Hip) Well in that replacement is a plastic lining between the two pieces of metal. Over time that plastic has worn away. When anything wears like that in the body, particles are created. Well those particles have to go somewhere, in my case they stayed right around the hip area and "ate" away at my bone. Both the hip bone and the femur head have been "eaten" away and are quite weak (I will require a bone graft during the surgery, to repair the damage done to the hip bone.). There isn't enough of my own bone left to do another resurfacing replacement. Plus the resurfacing replacement that's FDA approved, is not approved for revision surgery, which is the other reason for the total hip replacement. I will have to have the stem type replacement now. Fortunately, Science has made huge strides in joint replacements in the past 15 years and the prosthesis I am getting is thought to last 15 - 20 years rather than the 7 - 10 years they lasted when I had my first replacement done.

I've come to terms that I will be in a wheelchair eventually, but not before I've had a chance to live my life and do the things I want to do! I am only 32 years old and I'm NOT giving up yet! I want another child and I want to continue to go camping and hiking with my family. I want to be able to take my family to Disney and walk around the parks and see my DD's face when she meets Mickey! I want to be able to dance with my DH at our DD's wedding (in about 25 years *wink* )! There are so many other things that I want to do with my life, I will NOT give up!

So we just take it one step at a time and do what we have to do in order to make those dreams come true! I have joined Weight Watchers and my goal is to lose 10 pounds before the surgery. That's 6 weeks and 10 pounds, I think that's reasonable! Plus it's a step in the right direction! In total I need to lose at least 60 pounds, 70 would be better, but if I can get back into a size 12 I'll be happy!

Now that, that's behind me, maybe I can find my stamping mojo! It's been gone since before Christmas :( I really need to find it!


Danita said...

*heavy sigh* I hope all goes well with your surgery! It sounds like you're keeping a pretty positive attitude about the whole thing. Keep it up!! {{{{hug}}}

Anonymous said...

Your attitude will take you a long way Laura. You can drop that 10, I know you can. Where there is a will there is a way. I dropped from a size 14 to a size 8 in less than a year. If you need any encouragement, call me or send me an email. I'm ready for your mojo to return, I've missed your creativeness. {{{cyberhugs}}}}

Anne said...

You've been in my thoughts and prayers since the original hip post. STAY positive... Good and reasonable goal and I know that you can achieve it! ((( HUGS ))) I wish you all the best with this surgery. Now go stamp something beautiful! *wink*

Anonymous said...

the beginning of any challenge we face is the committment to attempt and succeed. you have set realistic goals and with each step you are closer. you will dance with your husband at your daughters wedding and will meet mickey at disney. you my dear have tremendous drive. you are in my prayers and may every goal you set, be reached, all in time...
good luck.
ps 4 years ago i lost 50lbs on ww and have kept it off, like any committment its all about the positive impact it will have and focusing on that, good luck.

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