I am scheduled for surgery on May 28th to get my second hip replacement performed. My first one was replaced in 2007 and now, 5 1/2 years later, my other hip has worn out. I guess that’s what happens from carrying around over 400 pounds my entire life since I was around 20 years old. I always thought that my body was built to carry this much weight because my bone structure has always been gigantic, but I guess that the cartilage that provides the smooth motion in the knees and hips where the joints come together wasn’t as tough as my bones have been.
When I had it done in 2007, I had been dating my BF from Macedonia for over a year at that point and he had relocated over here specifically to be with me and to take care of me, knowing that my hip replacement was inevitable when we met. I could never have asked for a better care-taker! He took care of my every need and desire, but without babying me, inspiring me and motivating me to get up and do my rehab exercises and to get active again as fast as possible. But when I had reached my limit, he was there to catch me before I fell and to help me get comfortable again. I don’t know what I am going to do without him this time around. With my family halfway across the country and everyone so wrapped up in their own lives here in NYC, it’s difficult to find anyone with enough time to help out. One friend had planned on coming to help me by staying with me and taking care of me, but now he is short on the finances needed to fly here from Wisconsin, so now I don’t know what is going to happen.
The one good thing… No make that AWESOME THING about this whole situation is that after 5 1/2 years of watching the list of available orthopedic specialists that were on my insurance plan, hoping I would see my doctor who had performed my last hip replacement on the list, just in the nick of time as my surgery was becoming absolutely necessary, HE APPEARED ON MY LIST OF DOCTORS!!! He has just begun accepting my insurance plan! So I do get to go through it in the wonderful expert, capable hands of Doctor Lawrence Adler.
Being on fixed income I have no idea how in the world I am ever going to be able to pay the copay for the hospital and doctor’s bills. Any donations or assistance would certainly be appreciated!!! There’s a donation button that uses PayPal up on the right hand side.
The doctors have told me that this is a high risk surgery because I am so big, 60 pounds bigger than I was before, and I’m 5 1/2 years older now. So they said I might die on the operating table. They have done many tests to avoid any difficulties, but there are no guarantees. I guess if it is my time, I’ll go. If it’s not, you’ll see more postings!