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Finally

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Finally gave up and called the surgeon to set up an appointment to get my hip replaced. The pain has been horrible the past couple of weeks and I don't like living on pain meds--it's not really living. I want my health back so I can exercise and get the rest of this weight off FINALLY. I can't even walk 10 feet now without excruciating pain so it's definitely time--probably way past time, but at least I'm doing it. Soonest I can get in is Feb. 4, but the time will go by quick enough. I'm trying to do some exercises pre-op to strengthen the leg muscles, but am very limited due to the pain. Still--I see a light at the end of that tunnel. Once that heals, I can have my shoulder replaced and then on to both knees. Looks like 2014 will be a year of hospital and rehab--lots of exercising and working to get my mobility back. I may actually have a life worth living after all. I'm so thankful that I can get these done and that we have such a good surgeon here locally. For the first time in a long time, I have hope again.
I know it's been a long time since I posted anything here, but for months I struggled just to maintain my weight loss without losing another ounce since Valentine's Day. Then in mid-November I went through a very stressful situation at our clubhouse and gained 22 lbs. in 3 weeks. Since then I've been struggling to get that back off. For the past 2 weeks I've had extreme pain with my hip. Up until now it's been on and off and never really horrible pain--just enough to let me know I needed to get something done with it eventually. My plan was to lose another 25-50 pounds and have it done next summer, but it just won't wait. Then last week I had a sudden 3-day bout with the flu and dropped 10 of those pounds--glad they're gone, but not a good way to do it. I think with my healthy eating, I'd probably been on the verge of losing it and the flu just put me over the edge to release it. Either way, I'm glad that's gone and now I can work on the other 12 again. And I'm sure once I have the surgery and don't have pain to contend with, I'll be able to exercise my heart out and lose really well.
The pain and the frustration I've had with that stressful situation last month had put me in a deep depression which I've been struggling to climb out of. I have had trouble with depression in the past and know that I need to avoid that as it could be life threatening. Now, I'm just focusing on the positive things I can look forward to once my hip is replaced. I can almost remember what it's like to be able to walk without hurting. It's been nearly 40 years since I could walk, dance, play golf, go bowling, do aerobics, etc. without pain at every step. I feel young again just thinking about it! So please keep me in your prayers in the meantime. I have a lot of reconstruction to get done, but I know it will be worth it. And then, there's no limit to what I can do or how far I can go!!! I'm gonna LOVE this body!
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JAOTAO 12/22/2013 5:01PM

    Good luck to you ... I pray you have a easy surgery and speedy recovery - I had both hips done 7 years ago and spent two years relearning to walk. For some reason, it was very hard for me - my friend's 80 year old mother recovered immediately. My saving grace these past 2 years has been my medical massage therapist. I did PT for over a year, but it was thru the massage and gentle yoga chair stretches that I am finally able to move around much better.

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SPEEDY143 12/21/2013 7:33PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon my BBF just had her's done and she is a new woman... quick recovery and virtually pain free compared to how she suffered from putting it off for sooooooo long. She is getting her other hip done the same day you have your surgery so I will be praying for you both emoticon

You have such a bright emoticon future ahead emoticon until then emoticon emoticon

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GINILEE4 12/21/2013 7:08PM

    Glad to hear from you but so sorry you are in so much pain. My friend had hip surgery in the Fall and is back up and around quite well now. He said the physio was painful and so were the exercises but doing them faithfully is what helped him heal so well and he will be playing soccer again this sprig. You will be so happy that you made this choice. That ole weight will come off as you get up and moving around again. Keep us posted and if you get depressed, call out for support. SO many of us know exactly what it is like. We are your good friends and will be there for you. Happy Holidays to you and smile, you are going to walk again! WHoo Hoo!!

Gini

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CTUPTON 12/21/2013 10:52AM

    I was having breakfast with a friend and she mentioned she needed that surgery. She had tears in her eyes. But it has now been a few years later and she has been delighted!

Try to look ahead to years of no pain. chris emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 12/21/2013 10:38AM

    Cherie, you won't be sorry that you decided to have your hip taken care of. I've had both mine done and it makes a world of difference in your outlook, lifestyle and health. My DH has had both hips and both shoulders done...the hips are definitely easiest (according to him and others I've talked to). Anyway, good luck to you! emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 12/21/2013 10:12AM

    Best of luck to you.. my hip has also been bothering me-- I am taking pain relievers and using heat

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DLYNN1113 12/21/2013 9:29AM

    Cherie, So glad you are going to get it done, and congrats on the weight drop!!!! I know how difficult it has been. Keep going girlfriend, you are well on your way, and I am cheering you on and keeping you in prayer. emoticon

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CJMOK1121 12/21/2013 8:37AM

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I'm so glad you will be able to get all of this done, and I will be praying for you, Keep us up to date on how you are doing. I know you can do this.

HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BEAUTIFUL NEW YEAR.

CJ from OK.

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DRLMAZ 12/21/2013 6:07AM

  I am praying for you

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