Posted in HIP Health, hip pain, Jodi Seidler, THR recovery

WELCOME TO THE CLUB…

Well, let me begin by welcoming you to my hip journey. I think we all can agree that we are first told we need a hip replacement (or two) – everything starts moving in slow motion and we leave our bodies.  I was told I was too young and lingered in pain for two years and until I could no longer walk without a cane. I began to keep a journal and wrote in it daily as I hibernated from the outside world.  The journal became a WordPress blog and a place for me to release my emotions as rapidly as they came up.  Three years and two hip replacements late, I began rebuilding my life.  I, like many, had complications which triggered me even more into googling, connecting, writing and remembering to breathe.  Breathe. Breathe.  S L O W down.

No matter how you applaud yourself (or if you even do after everything you’ve been through)…we applaud you… as you have now become a proud member of the Hipster Club… 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 sources 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 (caused by 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 a FB style place for hipsters to gather –  hipsterclub.ning.com…

Hipster Club is here for you:

  1. For support, and to know you are not alone – we are a club, an initiation into becoming bionic.
  2. We get to share our experience, knowledge and become a community for each other to get and stay out of pain within our new bodies.
  3. 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.

So, I welcome you to the land of becoming bionic and I thank you for finding your way here to The Hipster Club.

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Boomers mean big business in joint replacement | BetterLiving.com

Arthritis is a disease where you lose cartilage and then you progressively lose bone, and then you progressively stretch out ligaments, in that order. So, if you have arthritis on the inner side of your knee, which is the most common pattern, as the cartilage wears out, the bones go into a bow-legged position, and then, that bone wears, then you actually start to lose bone, and then eventually you actually start to stretch out the tissues on the outside of the knee just from tension, and then they become unstable. People feel the knees are wobbly or they’re afraid to go down a flight of steps normally or carry their laundry down a flight of steps. Or older people will fall.

Boomers mean big business in joint replacement | BetterLiving.com.

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NRM: Active baby boomers consider knee and hip replacements… well, hip

     Liberating operation

“It is amazing how liberating this is and I feel grateful and blessed to live in Canada,” she says. Osteoarthritis runs in her family. She recalls that her grandmother could do little more than move between her bed and rocking chair and kept a bottle of what her grandchildren were told was lemon juice at her side. It was actually alcohol, the only way she had of coping with the pain.

via NRM: Active baby boomers consider knee and hip replacements… well, hip.