Hello, I’m back for my second hip replacement, the right one this time. My left hip surgery went so fast and was very easy for me. I left the hospital after 2 days using a cane and ditched that after a week. I don’t know what I was trying to prove, or who I was trying to impress, but I ended up a mess. Physically I was a marvel, surpassing all recovery expectations. Emotionally and mentally, I totally relied upon the pain medications and took them for months after surgery, keeping that hidden from everyone. I hesitated to share this journey because I’ve searched your forum for addiction issues and haven’t had success. I cannot be the only hippie who got addicted to their pain meds. Although I wish that was truly the case. For this right total hip replacement, I’ve let doctors, nurses, friends, family, and now all of you know the truth of my past. A family member will hold my pain meds after surgery, and once I am truly experiencing less pain, I will communicate that to everyone. I pray this journey ends better than the first one.