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Bad News and Good News

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Actually, really, it's all good...because God is good (all the time!)

I've been overweight a long time, and have worked at jobs where I've been on my feet for long hours. As a result, there has been considerable deterioration of the cartilage in my knees and hips - right hip especially, followed by left knee, with the other sides following in their own time.

So I'd been going to an "orthopod", I've gotten a prescription for Meloxicam to ease the inflammation, had an ultrasonically guided injection (which relieved me for all of a month) - and so I was honestly looking to have hip surgery at the start of summer vacation.

So today I went to the orthopod to see about setting up a date for surgery. "ANy questions?" he asked.

Well, there was one are of concern. I have had this metal allergy - can't wear anything metal, it makes me break out in a rash. I found out about it when I had my ears piercd as a teenager, and getting reactions whenever I wore earrings. Even after I got married, I would have to remove my ring now and then, till finally I just stopped wearing it. Forget any kind of jewelry with metal. Even a snap on pants, if it's against my skin, I itch. After one C-section they used staples to close me up - and as I started itching and a rash began to break out they quickly changed to another form of closure.

So I wondered to my orthopod if this would be a problem for metal on the INSIDE.

Oh, yeah. Yes, definitely. And he told me they do have a ceramic COATED metal hip, which isn't used as often and of course there's always the risk of breaking or cracking, and infection and all...He said they could run a test - which of course insurance doesn't cover, and it runs about 400 bucks, and it may not be totally reliable, to determine what metals and to what extent...

Well, anyway, I guess hip replacement (AND knee) is not in the immediate future after all. Perhaps some years down the line the technology and materials will be developed for folks like me. But for now, I think it is not worth the risk of developing all kinds of problems.

Which is all the more reason why I need to get this weight down and to keep as active as possible.

Now, when I've told my friends in Peru about hip surgery, I've been saying, "PROBABLY" and "there's a great possibility" that I'd have it. I also added, "Of course, the Lord could just heal me, restore the cartilage to my joints" although I added, "but because I have the resources it is not so necessary." But what do you know - I have the resources, but my body chemistry won't allow it.

So...I'll be switching gears over summer vacation. Still won't go to Peru - I'll wait till next year. And I'll be praying. And trusting. Because even though it SEEMS like bad news...God knows how He made me. He knows the plans He has for me. If He restores the cartilage, you can bet I'll do a Happy Dance and a Holy Ghost Hop. If He allows me to continue with degeneration at the joints - well - I may not be able to dance so well, but I'll still praise Him, because I know He's good. Whatever He sends my way - He is worthy of praise.
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    1867 days ago
    I am praying your hip and knees will get better with weight reduction and low impact exercise. If you ask any surgeon about repaired anything they will recommend surgery. There are many other options. God has works wonders for many people. I am a therapist and I have witnessed them every day! Keep your faith! Surgery is much easier but on the long run you will be better if you take a conservative approach. This is just my advice without all the facts and a little medical knowledge.
    Very best wishes! emoticon
    1868 days ago
    Wow, glad God brought that question to mind and you were able to ask before the surgery could cause problems! Thank the Lord.

    1868 days ago
    Your confidence in the Lord is inspiring to me. God has a great work for you to do, wherever you are- in Peru or your present location.
    1868 days ago
    I'd like to share the statement my surgeon said to me after my first knee replacement ......

    "You no longer have arthritis in your knee, the replacement is good, and gives you mobility, but it will never be the same as what God created."

    'Nuff said!

    Good luck -- I'll pray for that miracle for you ...... and if you get it - I'd like to see a video of you doing the Happy Dance and the Holy Ghost Hop!!

    1868 days ago
    Shel, I am so glad you spoke up- degenerative cartilege is not a happy thing (my knees are stage 4 - ie they look like crab meat)Reacting to an artificial joint would be so much worse. We are lucky to have resources here on earth to help us through, but so much more fortunate to be King's kids- God has our best at heart, and no matter what the journey on earth is like HEAVEN WILL BE BETTER emoticon
    1868 days ago
    PTL! God is good in all things!
    1868 days ago
    Grateful you were aware of your allergy and did not find out after hip surgery.
    Will warm water ( pool pt or workouts) be an option for you? All the best.
    1869 days ago
    WOW, PTL the thought of the metal allergy before the procedure not when you were in pain after with bigger bills to deal with it. We'll pray the Great Physician does what is best and you continue to grow in your relationship with Him! emoticon
    1869 days ago
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