Had to go to a compulsory "Joint School" session today. At my pre-op they gave me a very well produced booklet to read, it was all in simple English and unambiguous. Today I had to sit with a room full of limping people whist the highlighted content of the book was read to us and displayed on a screen. Utter waste of my time and of the medical professionals involved.
I know what you mean about the joint class but there are always hoops to jump through and steps we have to take to make sure all is well for all. I have a feeling I will have to sit through a class again at my other hip was 2yrs ago. I just keep thinking that each of these requirements will get me closer to the goal. No more pain.
I was very surprised and just how badly affected most of the people there were compared to me, they had obviously been on a worn out hip for many years without treatment. I presume we were all under the same health authority rules so it should not be down to economics. I walked into my Drs and asked for a referral which she granted me and after x ray the OT just asked "Is it affecting your lifestyle?", it was and he placed me on the list. I just presume that the poor people with me yesterday had not started the ball rolling when the problem first manifested.
And thank you I am going to have a good weekend, I am installing a photography exhibition to mark the 120th anniversary of my old school's opening, it is involving a lot of hip pain whilst up ladders!
Well 36 hours to go to surgery. I have used the last two weeks preparing in my own way for surgery and recovery. Frozen meals prepared for about 10 days and a gallon of beer laid in. I spent last week in the mountains of Wales watching birds, dragonflies and butterflies walking 8 miles a day, it hurt but it was worth the pain even though come evening I could freeze on trying to climb a curb stone! The last few days I have been out on my local nature reserves teaching and tomorrow I am driving to the Malvern Hills to rebuild the cylinder head of my motorcycle so I can race in September, I may climb the hills if there is time. Thank you for indulging me, my next post should be in the recovery forum.