Zimmer Biomet profiles Jodi Seidler’ HIP Journey
Zimmer Biomet profiles Jodi Seidler’ HIP Journey
Contact me with any questions you have about the hip replacement process. I’ve become sort of an expert with two different approaches (Anterior and Posterior) and two different implant materials. 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.
When we first discover, through bone-on-bone pain or an achy thigh or hip area, that we will be needing a hip replacement – our minds might be flooded with fears, questions and a WTF moment or two. I know that my mind and emotions were constantly alternating between disbelief, panic, and numbness. I went right to the internet and researched all night long, and also kept a journal because I had so much emotion and so many questions pouring out of me all at once.
I wasn’t a dancer, I didn’t jog, I didn’t do extreme sports or obsessive workouts – I just had wear-and-tear arthritis (AO) and dysplasia of the hip (which I did not know I was born with). The shit hit the fan when I was 50 and raising my son in his teenage years, as a single mom. So, if single parenting wasn’t enough I had to add a few hip replacements into my life’s mix.
Chronic pain is no fun for anyone, and we can easily become isolated, depressed, depleted and feel alone in our journey into becoming bionic. With young hip replacement recipients, many surgeons would ask patients to wait as long as possible before having surgery, and we did what our doctors told us. We waited until our quality of life got so bad we had to cry “uncle”; I waited two years until I could not even walk. DON’T WAIT. Research your options, get advice. Do your homework. Create a joint replacement support team.
What I didn’t know then or could not have fathomed is that my career and journalistic voice was about to change as well, but first I had to go through the dark night of the soul and TWO hips replacements in 3 years. I chose the conventional replacement the first time, with the posterior approach and titanium on plastic – and that was a very hard recovery for me and my little body.
Three years later, and with my right hip, I went to a surgeon who offered the anterior approach and ceramic and plastic. I was driving after two weeks and did not have the restrictions of the other. I was happy to become a guinea pig of sorts (a very cute one if I may be so bold) and see which approach lasted longer and which had less pain throughout time and travel. By the way, I was told that both approaches end up the same after the recovery period.
Well, it’s 12 years later, and I have to admit I have had a few bouts of scary pain and ache, which also created a sense memory of all that I went through. The pain was most uncomfortable: (1) upon rising from a movie theater seat, (2) after more than 3 – 5 hours of walking (Note to self: stretching first is a great idea), (3) I have to get up every 2 – 3 hours of sitting so I do not get stiff or achy.
Remember, it’s the miles – not the years that remind us how long our hips might last. They could last a lifetime or a few decades – but it is the quality of our lives as hipsters that matter. Don’t take dangerous chances with your hips but also don’t live quietly either.
Feel your strength for all you have been through, be proud of the new bionic YOU and go out there and rock the world. Make a difference. Express your strength. Be there for others. And be YOU in all of your bionic glory!
Feel free to write in your own tips and experiences of pain or relief. And write me if you need anything in your journey from HIP to Hero.
Jodi Seidler, Hipster Girl
Things you need to know when you visit your Doctor….Tip One!
Here’s a list of questions that may be helpful to ask your doctor before your hip surgery. We suggest you print this list and take it with you on your appointment.
When it comes to relieving hip pain, there are many different treatment options. Success varies not only by each individual’s hip, but also by what’s causing your hip pain. Care for arthritis pain, for example, often involves a combination of treatments. Be sure to consult your doctor to discuss the best treatment plan for you.
Since herbal and dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA, and the effectiveness of these treatments is not widely supported by accepted scientific research, it is extremely important for you to consult with your physician about all supplements and medications that you’re taking or considering taking.
1. Time to add more movie channels to your TV – ask for a month free promotion.2. Add email and IM to your phone by getting a month free from your cell phone provider, says time and pain not to have to get up and check your mail; you get everything in one place.3. Buy yourself an adult “blankie” to curl up with and take with you in ever room you lie or relax in. You should be getting up and changing positions every 25 or 30 minutes. Taking your “blankie” with you helps to feel secure and safe in the womb of your recovery home. Mine is a soft, lion-type motif….reminding me that I am strong….like a mother lion.
4. Order groceries, water bottles and household items online (I used yummy.com), they deliver your favorites items (including hand-made deli food) and carry it up to your kitchen.
5. Find a neighbor who normally walks daily and ask them if you can tag along on a consistent basis, that way you don’t have to beg or encourage friends to come and take you for a walk.
6. Tell the mailman you’ll be recovering inside your home, and if he/she wouldn’t mind leaving your mail by your door. You can tip them during the holidays for this gift of convenience.
7. Have a buddy system with a few appointed friends, which you/they check in on daily, in the morning and at night. Other people and friends have their own lives, and it’s frustrating and almost depressing to feel like you’ve been forgotten during the recovery time.
Take three smaller walks a day instead one big one (which is harder to recover from). It’s like eating small meals throughout the day – much better for our bodies. Same with walking….easier to recover from small walks – and more enjoyable to see the world throughout the day!
Ask for what you need – so people know!!!
Stay tuned for more HIP tips as they reveal themselves!
The Creator of HIPSTER CLUB and MAKING LEMONADE is available to coach you through the rough transition into the land of being truly bionic.
YOU shouldn’t walk(er) those streets ALONE.
Whether you’re pre or post surgery, or just researching your options – you are NOT alone!
Spend a month with HIP coach Jodi and learn the INS and OUTS of becoming more HIP.