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This isn't really a Thanksgiving post, but it could be.

I appreciate your very kind and supportive comments from my previous post here. I'm very grateful you took the time to comment AND to prop me up. I needed that!

I spent some time with a friend Sunday who has gone through the entire hip replacement procedure. She spent a long time in pain before she decided to have the surgery, and offered many many MANY helpful tips to make life easier in the weeks I will have to wait.

The most important thing she said, though, was that pain makes you crabby. Constant, chronic pain wears you down. Reducing pressure on my right leg will reduce the pain. Therefore, I present to you my new BFF:
I was loathe to begin walking with a cane, but after Dr. Google explained how to use it properly (you hold the cane on the good side and advance it along with your bad leg to reduce pressure), I can already see that it's a useful tool.

But still. I'm too young to walk with a cane!

Then again, I guess I'm not. If it helps reduce the pressure/pain, and helps prevent a fall, which would be a seriously bad event, then I'll use it.

I'm still in the practice stage. Until I learn how to manage it and a bag and my keys and and and, I'll probably just be very, very careful when I'm out in public. I seriously think there's more risk of falling with a cane when I'm juggling stuff than without it.

Pretty soon, though, I'll be shaking it at you and telling you to get off my lawn.

Oh, yes, I will.


DS801 said…
At least it's not crutches. Hang in there!
gingerzingi said…
Don't worry chickie, that has nothing to do with your age.

And you're right about the chronic pain - it changes everything, it changes your personality and outlook and everything. Be patient. This is not forever.

I'm glad you have a friend who has gone through it before, and can give you pointers.

You'll be okay. I know this is frustrating and anxiety-making - we have the same personality and I know how I feel in this sort of situation. Take it easy, be as kind to yourself as you would be to another person in this situation.
Debbi said…
I heart you Gingerzingi ... it's VERY hard to be kind to myself, but that is exactly what I need to do. Thank you, and happy Thanksgiving!

Yes, DS801, at least it's not crutches ... which makes me think you've been there, done that? Thanks for your comment.

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