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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Posted in HIP Health, hip pain, Hip Replacement Diary

PEMF – Heal Your Hips

Nothing happens in the body without an electromagnetic exchange between cells.

#PEMF is widely used in orthopedics for the treatment of fractures, depression, bone healing; and stimulates cellular cell & bone repair. Magnetic fields pass through the body – even the bones – as if the body wasn’t even there. PEMFs work to repair bones, whether they are damaged by surgery, injury, or disease, and have been found to improve bone regeneration such as occurs with osteoporosis and osteopenia, among other bone destroying conditions.

I 💖 mine so much that I am adding ‘distributor’ to my entrepreneurial portfolio. I have different sizes and strengths for practitioners, athletes and people with chronic pain.

Message me for more info… I will help you heal your body.

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Posted in Baby Boomer, Health, HIP Health, Rebirth Through Pain

TOP 7 HIPster TIPS…During THR Recovery


1.  tvTime to add more movie channels to your TV – ask for a month free promotion.2.   emailAdd 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.    baby blankie 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.   groceryOrder 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.    walking with cane 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.   lettersTell 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.   pink_phone 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!

xoxo…

Posted in Baby Boomer, Health, HIP Health, Rebirth Through Pain

Your Hipster Girl….

Hip Advocate

Jodi is a DOUBLE HIPster with a “Zimmer” in her left hip and ceramic in her right.  Bionic woman of the 21st century, Jodi has used both THR approaches – the left hip was the posterior cutting through the muscle  (ouch) and in the right hip almost three years later, she used the anterior approach, which is a weaving through the muscles and ligaments.

Jodi is  also the creator and founder of  http://www.SingleParentSource.com and  www.makinglemonade.com  – and author of a Guidebook for Single Parents after divorce (Making Lemonade – the book).

She has been spotlighted for her work with single parents in many on and offline publications; all inspired by being the single mother of SAM, who is now 21  <insert GULP here>

In her new HIPster status, Jodi wants to help people through this process (and initiation) because it was SO powerful for her!  She is there for YOU to take you through all the stages of having your hip replaced….from research, speaking to Doctors, planning the surgery, going through the pre-op and post op process, preparing your home and post-surgery care-taking, and planning your hipster party to say good-bye to your original hip and hello to your bionic self!

This is a journey, and there is loss to grieve – but there is also an initiation and celebration into a new, more bionic lifestyle.  Traveling through airports will never be the same again either!!!!

And, there is no need to go through this alone, when you can have an advocate!  🙂   

Email me!

Posted in HIP Health

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.