My treatment and recovery

They say 60’s are the new 40’s but for me I was in my 80’s. My mobility was almost to a complete stop.

I was ‘walking’ with two canes and tremendous pain; any movement took great effort. I went to work and home only. I couldn’t stop at the grocery store, couldn’t do things with my friends, and I was ready to give up.

I knew I would have to quit my job and figured I would be just at home waiting to die.

I spoke to my family physician about a pain medication, Alleve-even 6 to 8 a day-didn’t numb the pain. We decided to do x-rays before adding serious medication. When I got the call that I was being referred to a surgeon for possible hip replacement, I couldn’t have been happier. It meant to me that there might be hope.

Dr. Whiddon scheduled my surgeries three weeks apart; left hip first then the right one. I was slightly concerned but the thought of what I might be getting back moved me forward. The first surgery went without issue. I was up and walking that evening and in physical therapy the next day.

Two days after the surgery I was permitted to go home and recoup until time to do the other hip. I did my exercises faithfully everyday and followed doctors orders to the letter. Now I was walking with only one cane and waiting for a new matching hip. My second surgery went just a well. This time I was doing steps on the third day and a week later I wasn’t using the cane all the time. It’s now four months later and life couldn’t be better. I have been blessed to get my life back but this time without any pain.

I can do all those things I couldn’t before and who would have ever thought stopping at the grocery store could be a joy. So now my new 60 is 30. I’ve signed up for tap dance lessons and can’t wait to get on with my life. Any surgery can be scary but if you do your research, talk to and trust your doctor, and keep a positive attitude you can have the same success I have experienced. Would I do it again if I had to? In a New York minute!

Tip

Any surgery can be scary but if you do your research, talk to and trust your doctor, and keep a positive attitude you can have the same success I have experienced.

My Second First

Because of my orthopaedic care, I was given back my life.

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