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Gardening and toenail clipping, oh yeah

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Today, for the first time in two years, I got outside in the sunshine and worked in the garden. I pulled weeds.
And, for the first time in a year, I clipped the toenails on my right foot.
These are significant because I am recovering from a total hip replacement. I'm just a little over 2 months out.
My life had been so limited. My poor husband had to do so much to pick up the slack for me. Including clipping my toenails.
While it's true that hip problems run in my family -- my mother and my grandfather both had both hips replaced -- my lifelong weight problem exacerbated my genetic predisposition. My mother was heavy all of her adult life. My grandfather was not. Both had debilitating arthritis, as I have.
My son is worried. What can he do to make sure it doesn't happen to him?
My advice: Make sure you stay at a healthy weight and get exercise.
I have never been an exerciser, but what a difference it might have made in my weight as well as my arthritis.
I have lost 75 pounds in the past four years. With many more to go.
Now that I have a new hip -- and a lighter body -- I am rejoicing in the small accomplishments in life. Like gardening. And toenail clipping.
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