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Thanks, @Layla for the New Year's Greeting! I received so much support following my own hip replacement and am glad for the opportunity to offer others my support now.

There are countless people here on the forum who have been helped by your wise, compassionate support of them, myself included. Thank you so much for always taking that extra step to connect with people on a feeling level, as well as to offer hip related advice.

Happy New Year to you as well!
 

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Happy New Year! I will be in your amazing state soon, to see my son and his family.. I am excited to gaze upon the mountains. sigh It never gets old.
Here's wishing you are a great New Year. I know I have some high hopes for it!
 
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Thanks @CricketHip---I hope your New Year is a good one as well. I appreciate the warm and friendly way you support others here on the forum----just what folks need when they are in pain, frustrated, or worried!

I love living in Colorado---most of the time. I do get a bit tired of the cold and snow sometimes, but it's much nicer now that I am retired and don't have to drive/slide to work every day, and then spend long amounts of time helping kids in and out of their winter gear or out on playground duty! (former elementary teacher) :heehee:

Where do your son and his family live in Colorado? Do you get to visit often? Are any of you skiers/snowboarders? I think the fact that I am a gardener/ hiker/walker, and don't do winter sports is partly why I don't enjoy Colorado winters as much as our summers.

I hope you have a fun trip out here, and whatever it is your family likes to do, that the weather cooperates. If it's winter sports you enjoy, then I'm willing to tolerate some extra snow on your behalf.:rotfl: Safe travels.
 

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You mention all the reasons I miss Colorado @Debru4 I grew spectacular roses when I lived there. Thought I had something to do with it, but that skill did not follow me East. The low humidity and closer sun made ideal conditions. I don’t think I knew you were an elementary school teacher. What a gift! I was a substitute teacher one year between jobs. Much more physically draining days than I perviously imagined. Had a much better understanding of reality of teachers time with our second child. Did much more home support with him those early years, which may have made school easier for our second.

What winter sports can you do now with your new hip? Any restrictions?
 

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Thanks Debru4, I have never skied, ever! My parents thought I was too accident prone to let me on skis or roller skates.. :shrug:
We basically will enjoy visiting as we are only there 5 days and daughter in law will be working part of that time.
They do love the ski slopes and boarding, though and if they wanted to go I would love to go experience it with them.
In the warmer months we do a good bit of hiking so I'm right there with you! I love Co. and it's abundant sunshine. :SUNsmile:
They live in Co Springs. We have a crazy early flight this morning but the direct flights into Denver were very limited so off we go with dark circles under our eyes!
 
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Well, @Fit4Family, somehow I missed your comment on my thread from a month ago. So sorry to be so slow to respond. How are you doing?

I am not very fond of winter at all, and have never downhill skied or snowboarded so I'm not likely to start now. :heehee: It's interesting that out of my 4 kids and their partners/spouses,(8 total) only 2 ski/board regularly. 1 goes annually, and the rest very sporadically. This is true of a lot of people from Colorado---many never have skied, and many who do can't afford, or aren't interested in going that often. Did you ski when you were in CO?

I have lived in CO all of my life, and have been an avid gardener most of it. So I have no real point of reference as you do in terms of how things are different. I know I have a lot of envy for those who live in warm climates where they can garden almost year round, or those like you who live in areas where they can grow big beautiful flowering bushes and trees and other plants that don't grow well, or at all out here! I also love roses---have a lot of them, including a large number of mini roses, which surprisingly are very hardy.

I loved teaching---it was my calling and was the best job in the world for me. With that said, I chose not to sub when I retired as many do, as I think that is a very challenging, hard job. I know lots of people enjoy it, but for me, I loved the relationships I had with my kids and their families, and the process of planning, creating, designing lessons and the learning environment. That might have been more your style. At home support makes all the difference in the world....even if parents aren't actively working with their kids on schoolwork, their attitudes about education/school/teachers, etc. really has a positive impact. :loveshwr:

In terms of restrictions, like most people my age, and following a replacement, I need to remember not to overdo, or to do anything really stupid, but it sounds like I can resume/do most of the things I used to do. I'm so ready for spring and summer---my times of the year:)
 
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@CricketHip ---I realized I never followed up to ask how your trip to Colorado was? Did you have good weather? My son and his wife lived in Colorado Springs for 4 years and I always loved going down there for the day, or for a few days. There's so much to do around there.

Every summer all 4 of my kids and their families and I spend 4-5 days together somewhere in Colorado, taking a mini-family vacation. It's hard to coordinate a longer trip due to both time and finances so a Colorado getaway is perfect. Once summer we rented a big house in Manitou Springs and it was a blast. We've also stayed in Canon City, Salida, and Buena Vista down that way.

Colorado in the summer is heaven as far as I'm concerned.....glad you enjoy it too. If our kids don't live near to us, it's always great if they move someplace fun to visit! Even in the winter we have sunshine most days---even then I always feel a bit "off" in the winter when the days are shorter....not full blown SAD, but definitely something. I don't think I'd be happy living in the Pacific Northwest or someplace with lots of cloudy days, so it's a good thing I'm where I am, even if I dislike winter.

At this point in your recovery are you pretty much past the parade of aches and pains? You will be perfectly poised to have a fabulous summer, won't you?!?!:loveshwr:
 

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What a nice surprise to see a message from you this morning @Debru4 I lived in Denver when it was just in the process from converting from more of a cowboy sprawling city, to what it is now. Late 80’s. It is so true about skiing. We did ski, but more often went cross country skiing as downhill was expensive and there was so much else to do.

Colorado summers are what I miss most. You get the heat, but without humidity, which makes it so much more enjoyable. My sister and I grew some amazing Iris. We had a deep garden and all along fence we grew huge Iris. Can’t remember variety. Never have gotten them to perform here. Even with amended soil, think it might be the bright intense sun. :SUNsmile: Hope you can enjoy all things outdoors this year!
 

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@Debru4 We had a great time and I enjoyed a couple days with temps in the 50's and 60's. And their glorious sunshine!
We hiked Red Rocks Canyon - near Garden of the Gods but with less crowds- and my hip was amazingly strong and I felt stable clambering around. :yahoo:
 
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@Fit4Family While I've never downhill skied (no way, even if I were wealthy and could easier afford it), I have cross country skied a few times, and I liked it a lot .....except for the time my ex-husband decided we should cross country ski on some hiking trails in Rocky Mt. National Park. So there we were, wearing cross country skis shooting down winding somewhat steep rocky trails, sliding off into trees, getting slapped by branches...not fun at all!

My brother grows dozens of varieties of iris. His wife is so tired of them....wishes he'd diversify a bit;) They do thrive here in CO---multiply like rabbits.:heehee: He loves to share them. I have several different types but am not taking any more until I can get out and divide/share the ones I already have. That's interesting that they don't grow readily everywhere....I just assumed they did.

With all of our recent snow and cold, I am more than ready for the "gardening season" to get here. I'm with you on the warm, dry, sunny summers!

How is your recovery from your revision progressing? Are you still in a lot of discomfort? Is your ROM improving? What sorts of things are you able/not able to do yet? Take care!:loveshwr:
 
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@CricketHip I'm so glad you had a nice trip out to CO! You were here during one of our many "pretend" springs, where out of the blue we get warm, outdoorsy friendly weather, only to be followed by the freezing, cold snowy weather. I don't think I've ever been to the area you describe, but will check it out. They have considered some new regulations at Garden of the Gods, including a proposed fee to take photos I recently heard. I'm not sure if that is true, or if it would actually be implemented, but there are times in the summer especially when the crowds are pretty big. In truth, I try hard not to be one of those folks who hate all tourists and want everyone to stay away. I understand the beauty of CO and what a nice place it is to visit. But anytime you have crowds, whether it's in your favorite restaurant, on the interstate, or in the line to a restroom, it can wear on you.

I'll bet your were excited to feel good as you "clambered around". I love that word. And for a person with 2 hip replacements you obviously are getting to reap some rewards of having the surgeries. I'm hopeful I can get back in hiking/gardening shape, as my winter activity levels really decrease. So far I haven't met my goal of doing more winter exercise/classes, and I'm starting to feel a bit stiff and achy as a result at times. I need to remember that too much sitting isn't good for me! :loveshwr:
 

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Hi @Debru4

How frightening to get hit with branches while you skied with cross county equipment, I think I will leave that one behind for my youth. We haven’t gotten much snow at all, but TONS of rain. Hoping it is good for trees or something as it’s getting pretty dreary.

I am plugging along with recovery, Have six week check tomorrow. Seems like I am progressing a little each week. Hope you have a wonderful week! ❤
 

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