Multi-Quotididan Updates 41.9.4b

I’m in Colorado Springs right now, drinking coffe and a smoothie and getting ready to head back to the San Luis Valley. It’s been an eventful short trip.

The purpose was to see my orthopedic surgeon for a follow-up exam after the cortisone shot and six weeks of physical therapy, ostensibly to see how all that worked but really to schedule surgery. And now I’m scheduled for hip replacement on May 7.

The way it’s supposed to play out is I go to the hospital, they plop me down in a special operating “theater” (?) designed for this procedure, they do the job, they take me to recovery then to a room, then they get me up and walk me around and I go home. I would be able to go “home” the same day but my home isn’t here so I’ve asked to spend the night. I’ll go home “home” the next day and my friend, Lois, will bring me and stay with me for several days.

The way it is supposed to work is that at 6 weeks I’ll be pretty “normal” which will be a completely new thing for me and I hope I can adjust (ha ha). That is the beginning of summer.

While I’ve been up here I also finished all the edits I’m capable of on The Schneebelis Go to America (working title). I sense that something pretty large is missing from that story, but I’m in denial. It’s almost like the proverbial and cliched “elephant in the room.” About that elephant, I think people can actually SEE it but they’re not looking. I could be wrong — and that’s something I’m not sure of — so I got in touch with the wonderful editor of two of my earlier novels and we’ve worked out a deal for her to give it a “structural edit” which means she will look directly at the elephant (if it’s there) and give me feedback.

So… more than a few glimmerings that by summer I’ll be walking a lot better and my little story will be better.

21 thoughts on “Multi-Quotididan Updates 41.9.4b

  1. Hi, Martha,
    Good luck with all. I am arthritic and understand the awful. Also, recently my mother fell and broke her hip–right at the point where your illustration shows the “minimal invasive incision.” A place which also permits a minimal invasive surgery and pinning. She is much older than you appear in your pics, but seems to be well on her way to walking again.

    So Good fortunes to you.

    • Thank you! I can’t say I’m looking forward to it but I’m also looking forward to it, if that makes any sense at all! I had hip surgery on my other hip 11 years ago (I was 55) so it’s “not my first rodeo.” I wish all the best to your mom!!! 🙂

  2. Looks like a good and hopeful plan. And something that will be lovely to have in the rear view mirror.

    In the old days, they were operating theatres, where students and other physicians would observe a surgery to learn from it. And there was definitely some theatre involved. Fortunately they have now found considerably less germy ways of educating the next generation!

  3. That sounds like great good news on both fronts, if a little scary on the one! It sounds as if you’ll have a very happy July 4, but you’ll be in my thoughts on May 7!

  4. Oooh exciting! My heartfelt thoughts and kudos with you eternally from now through the surgery until you are “back on your feet” as it were, good as new!?!!!!

  5. Just a little subtle warning that sometimes, when they get in there, the minimally invasive version doesn’t work. That’s what happened to me. I went in for “repair” and came out — well — REALLY repaired. All that physical therapy, though, should help you get this one right. I’ve got all my fingers and toes crossed for you, and let me tell you — really hard to type like that!

    • Thank you! It’s the same exact thing as the big incision version, but a smaller cut. I hope it will be OK once they get it started, but… Whatever happens I’ve surrendered to it. 🙂

    • Thank you. I am relieved. I could have done it a week earlier, but want the time to do more physical therapy and for the weather to warm up a bit more (dependably), and my friend who’s going to take care of me to be more free of obligations. I really feel a lot better about things now that I know WHEN. 🙂

      • This is our first coolish day, Martha. It’s a Canberra thing, that the whole city tries to hold out until 25 April before they put the heater on, which is normally quite a challenge.
        Instead we still have temps over 30c. It seems the season change is late all over the world this year.

        Hopefully, by your surgery date the season will be well and truly on the turn.

  6. Those sound like wonderful things to anticipate; and I, too, will anticipate another good story from you. Oh how I hope the surgery works as promised. And, because I think I’ll be following your path one day, I’d also like to know if the cortisone shot and the physical therapy helped ease your pain.

    • The cortisone shot relieved the pain completely but only for 3 week. For many people it’s 3 months. But it was a diagnostic tool as much as an anti-inflammatory. The cortisone shot told the doc that I’m ready for surgery and it told me what it was like before this all started.

      The physical therapy has been educational and somewhat pain relieving. Mostly it helped me understand how long I’ve been dealing with the hip arthritis — maybe as long as 3 years — and it’s helped me see how my body slowing evolved to protect that spot. I have been working to lengthen the muscles in that leg (the left) and to strengthen muscles that have atrophied from not being used (inner thigh and lower back muscles, primarily).

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