A personal surgery preparation regimen“Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I needed a hip replacement,” said 57-year-old Zimmer Hip recipient Jodi Seidler. “It started out as an ache in my leg, and soon I couldn’t walk.” Declining surgery, Jodi spent two painful years in denial going to physical therapy, trying acupuncture, talking to psychics, taking medications and just plain praying for a miracle. Having never undergone surgery, Jodi was fearful of the unknown. “I didn’t really understand what was going to happen to me or what it would entail,” she said. “I didn’t want to be alone and the fear pretty much took over.”
As hipsters, we at times, are not sure how active to be. Some of us get stuck in ‘why me’, others go out of their way to be super active to prove bionic hips are as good – if not better – than what we were born with.
Sitting on the sofa and fearing “if we move too much, are “too” active, that our hips won’t last as long” – is not the answer for a long an d happy life. Afterall, that is what we wanted – to get our life back, free from pain and fear. As in everything, moderation is the key – and continuing on with life the way we were before is important for our emotional health as well.
When I speak to other hipsters, we are all curious about the LIFE of a hip replacement, even long after our parts have expired. I am a huge chearleader for being your own advocate, and in this light – we must learn about our bodies. How do we feel after we swim, how does running feel to our hips, knees and legs, is walking the best way to feel healthy and play it safe. What I am saying is – listen to YOUR body. Every hip recipeient is different.
So many of us hipsters wonder how long our new hips last us. Sometimes we stay up at night pondering the possible scenarios…hoping we never have to feel that bone on bone pain again, or worry about another surgery. Recalling the times we woke up in the middle of the night with that OMG pain when we moved in our sleep. Or when we had to take comfort in using a cane to help relieve the pain and have assistance in walking. We recall the times when we cried UNCLE and planned for our hip replacement surgery, feeling like a dog or cat going to the vet…heart pounding, an out of body experience. The search and mission of finding the right surgeon, researching the right procedures for us and connecting with others for support, encouragement and education.
I recall when I asked a friend how long a case of golf balls will last me. We both had a good chuckle at the answer, and the humor in the question. The answer was – it depends how you play, and the course you are on.
Like a classic car that needs to be honored and sometimes rebuilt, our bodies are not that dissimilar. Whether we need new tires, an alignment, or new brakes – it’s about how we use our bodies, our genetics and what we came into this life with. I consider myself lucky in many ways with a new appreciation of this body of mine, and that now I can also help others who are walking down the path of becoming more bionic.
No matter how you applaud yourself – you are now a proud member of the Hipster Club. We are a community of bionic men and woman around the globe 💪
No one understands bone-on-bone pain or the landscape of the unknown until they face the challenges of a reduced quality of life and the fear of surgery. And, until you have a source of information, support and the knowledge that experience brings…it can be a scary process… Especially to go through or face alone.
For example, I would never have known, if I didn’t receive some good tips from a fellow hipster, to ask for anti-nausea pills in the hospital (from the pain medication). I wouldn’t have known what special devices to get (my grabber was incredible), or to hook myself up with a buddy to go on walks with or bring me food or take care of my pet in the early days after my hip replacements.
That’s why I created Hipster Club, and also hipsterclub.ning.com…
- For support, and to know we are not alone -we are a club, an initiation into becoming bionic.
- We get to share our experience, knowledge and to become a community for each other.
- We get to give and get advice and encouragement during a scary transition. I must add that things have become a bit different from when I got my first hip replacement (at 50). Now they have what I call “drive by replacements”…all in the same day. Every year, every month, every day – they have new developments in replacement surgery. And now with 3-D printing, joint replacements will become totally customized to your own body.
Putting the HIP back in Hip Replacements.
Contact me with any questions you have about the hip replacement process. I’ve become sort of an expert. With my Journalism background and my inquisitive mind, I should belong to a 12 step group for obsessing about having a hip replacement. I researched so like crazy, and kept a daily journal until one day I started an online Hip Club for people like me. One stop shopping to learn about hip replacements. No need to obsess and stay up all night like I did (unless you want to).
I have had two different hips replaced in two different ways, with two different materials and components. I’m learning it’s not the years, it’s the miles – so I budget my hips. I don’t ski, I don’t jog – but that’s just me. I love to walk and I love to swim. My left (metal) hip lets me know when I’ve done too much. It has affected sex a bit, but barely noticeable if it’s done right. I notice people as they walk by me, that maybe need or have had a hip replacement. It’s some kind of alien connection to other bionics. Finally, instead of saying “why me”, let’s get in the habit of saying “why not me”…and see what magic we can create for ourselves and for others in our orbit.