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Hip Replacement

September 18th, 2018 at 06:42 am

The ortho doctor said that I have advanced arthritis and spurs in my hip and that I will need to get a hip replacement eventually. I don't have to be in a hurry about it as long as I am comfortable enough. Right now I feel pretty good taking the Celebrex, but I can't take that long-term, so I need to figure out when I can do this.

The main thing to figure out is who will take over the afterschool care for six weeks while I recover.

The other thing to figure out is where I will recover. Everyone I know here lives above ground level (including me, of course) so the question is, can I go upstairs after surgery or will I have to go to a rehab center until I can?

Good thing there is no rush to figure this out.

Switching back to eBay reporting, I have four packages to mail today! One is a real snafu. I listed my Scrabble pieces for $3.50 because that looked like the going rate. But I mistakenly did not charge for shipping. So I made a whopping .31 after the sale! Major goof.

The other interesting thing that happened is that I listed a scrimshaw pendant that I bought at a garage sale a good twenty years ago. EBay took the listing down because they cannot be a party to selling ivory. Well, I didn't think it was ivory, but I did the test with the hot needle and now I think maybe it is. HMMMmmmm. I guess I will wear it instead of sell it.

I'm going to my primary care doctor today for a followup. On Wednesday I'm taking the boys to their doctor for flu shots. Feel like I'm spending a lot of time in doctor's offices. I'm getting a mammography on Friday!

So today's agenda -- doctor, gym, post office, library (need more books), after-school pickup and care. And I really should do another load of laundry!

5 Responses to “Hip Replacement”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Just give them lots of notice and they can start saving some money to pay someone for those six weeks to 3 months (it may take that long before you can drive). If it isn't urgent, give them a six month or a one year heads up that this is coming. They will have to tighten their belts for a while to scrape the money together to pay someone for child care. It is their problem to figure out, though, not yours. Is there a local YMCA? They often have reasonably priced after school care and come pick the kids up from school. Sometimes the Boys and Girls Club does, too.

    If you have a lot of stairs I would advise going to a rehab center. I've seen how hard it was for my mother to just do a few stairs the first few weeks after hip replacement. My husband's aunt went to rehab for two weeks because she had a lot of stairs and she says it was the best choice she could have made and she didn't have to burden anyone during the toughest time of recovery.

  2. Wink Says:

    I'm sorry you are facing this. I have a friend who had a hip replacement and she went to rehab for a few weeks where she received excellent care!

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  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    Good luck figuring it out!

    It's generally pretty impossible to find temp childcare, but it probably depends somewhat on location/age. I am guessing will have to hodge podge something together with parents getting some time off and relying on other friends and family if at all possible. But it sounds like something they will have to figure out.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    They might try care.com for child care or NextDoor.

    That's too bad about your hip. Probably not being in a place with stairs would be best for recovery,

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