Hey everyone-- last time I started out here, I brought brownies, but I didn't have time to make any today... I am scheduled and partially pre-cleared for my left hip, 20 July, for a nice summer recovery start-off. Same surgeon, same hospital, only we've moved "back home" so the drive is now an hour and a half instead of 45 minutes, sigh. Not gonna be fun on either leg of the trip, is it. I was here 4 years ago, and in that 4 years I have, surprise, aged four years or more! In worse shape, heavier but not by much (I gained 20 lbs after the first one, possibly due to pigging out on any food I wanted, and eating cheese for lunch and chicken or salmon for supper Every Blessed Noon and Night for almost a month-- I craved animal protein (Me, the "mostly vegetarian"!) ), and wonder of wonders, less tired, due to a cardiac ablation a couple of months ago. My previous recovery was swift in the first two weeks, and then slowed down to normal for a while, and eventually by about 16 months I was thinking I was all done. Until I got to 24 months. And then until I got to 36 months! And I kid you not, even at 48 months I was making gains. Recovery routine will be much the same, except we now are in a split-level house instead of a rancher, so, stairs! And a teeny baby kindergarten sized toilet, so I will have to use the commode over it, UGH. I share the bathroom with my husband and grown son, as they use the shower. Really, you'd think in 1978 they'd have built two bathing places in a three-ish-story house that has three of everything else but the shower! SO logistics will be interesting. I'll also have to have a transfer bench for the bathtub-type shower, where in the previous house I had a walk-in shower with a very shallow lip. And so small that I pretty much couldn't fall down because I'd wedge myself upright on the way down! Where all this equipment is to live I haven't a clue. There's no room for it in the bathroom or anyplace else on that floor. And I have no rugs to take up because when we moved in here I never put them down, so there. This poor hip has been postponed twice, for a total of 11 months delay. First time because my mother, living 600 miles away, suddenly had to go to assisted living, and us two far-away kids had to pitch in to help the right-there sister with that huge task. The second time, there were cardiac issues....This time, our son is in bad shape, but I am in too much pain to let that affect me this time around. Also, my husband's mother passed away day before yesterday. We are doing well after that, as it's been expected on and off for over a year, but there's still a ton of work and business to get accomplished. It's a large and unusually well-behaved family, so my three sisters-in-law and I can work on cleaning the house out with no friction. The memorial service will be on Cape Cod 4 weeks after my hip. :rolleyes:but I'm going for it. It's only a 90-minute flight, and then we can rent a big ol' SUV with cushy seats for the next 90 minutes of the trip. If anybody has any recommendations on that front, please do say something! I hope what I'm about to do doesn't break the internet or Bonesmart! I want to say hey to everybody who's in July, because we'll see a lot of each other sooner or later! @Peaches peek in shortly before July 20 so we can catch up. @KiKi60 good to meet you! @sutree and you! I don't think that one's spelled right... ahhhh! @Suttree @gaulsuerou hello! @Steelergal hi! @sandyb hope to see you around! @BlueSkys come say hi @cpollock and @fenway09 here we go! I have many friends who I promised to notify, but I'm drawing a blank, so will say goodnight for now. I won't be on here often until the last week or two-- life is hectic until at least then.