This winter has been brutally cold not only for upstate NY but for the entire U.S. Thankfully today we had the most wonderful and warming sunshine with blue skies, I could not resist taking Yigo (our dog) for a nice walk along the canal. I think I walked about 800km in 45 min. Wow - that is blazing a trail! HaHa!
I look forward to the day when I can stroll and x-country ski along this beautiful trail without pain!!
The surgeon putting in my new hip is Dr. Michael Clarke. I hear only good things about him, and he was very nice and compassionate when we first met. We first met, one year ago (March 2013) when he told me I have dysplasia, and am a candidate for a Total Hip Replacement. WHAT??!! Not what I had in mind before I turn 50. I mean really, how does one go from racing a half Ironman (70.3) in August of 2012, to needing a new hip two years later? As a runner, I think I did pretty good in not going completely insane. Luckily I have experienced modifying my routine in the past from other minor injuries. The fact that I love to do other forms of aerobic activity besides running does help, however I miss running with a passion!
So - tomorrow is the big day for Dr. Clarke to perform his routine hip arthroplasty surgery. I am one of the 600 routine joint replacements a year that Crouse hospital performs.
Our day will start at 4:45am by showering with the antibacterial wash before we are to report to the hospital at 6:30am in Syracuse, NY. The surgery is scheduled for 10:00am. Apparently the procedure takes only 90 minutes or less. I anticipate everything going smoothly, and hopefully only staying one night in the hospital.
I have recieved many well wishes from friends and family, and it feels good that there are loved ones out there thinking of me. I am not crazy about doctors, or hospitals for that matter, but when it comes to major procedures, I guess I have no choice. :-) I will use acupuncture as part of the healing process, and continue with chiropractic care and massage.
The most important piece of information that I want to hear from the doctor is when I can resume swimming!!!! Wish me luck!