Re: Pending Hip Replacement
I was 21 when I had my hip replaced. I had dreams of being a fighter pilot when I graduated high school, however it became apparent long before then it wouldn't happen. I was diagnosed with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) at age 15 and the doctor who did the corrective surgery was well beyond retirement age. He performed a bone graft that did not take and I ended up with severe arthritis in my left hip. Although I have walked with a bit of a limp since the THR, I have never let it get in my way of doing the things I wanted to do (apart from a military career). I was riding horses within a year. I was working on cars, welding and crawling around on my hands and knees performing mechanical repairs on industrial equipment. I even received my pilot's license a few years ago. I have walked miles and ridden bicycles for hours. (prior to the last 6 months)The only issue that I have encountered have been a bit of stiffness every now over the past 5 years or so and then corrected with some ibuprofen.
One of the greatest things I ever had someone say to me was when I was running a manufacturing facility a few years ago. The plant was being closed down and we were being relocated to different places. One of my employees told me that it was obvious that I had a disability, but never let it slow me down and I never used it as an excuse.
If it is any indication, I never, ever once called out of work because my hip kept me from doing my job, and I am on my feet all day.
Now it has been 18 years, and my hip has unfortunately worn out and I will be going in Tuesday (11/25) for a total revision. I walked the entire perimeter of Arlington National Cemetery back in September, which I thing was my downfall.
The bottom line is, is that it is not as bad as what you may think it will be (or shouldn't be) obviously every person has their own set of problems when it comes to going through this type of surgery. Most people I hear from are angry at themselves for not getting it done sooner.
I'm pretty sure you'll be dancing in no time.