I used to decide whether or not I would go somewhere or do something based on how far I had to walk from where I had to park. I was beyond end stage and felt like I was 60 years old. But now I feel like 40 and life seems so, so much sweeter! See you in January Vicky and nice job on the website girl, I'm very impressed with what I see.
As I sat in the yard crying, I realized that my depression had reached its peak as well. I then asked myself what I could do to help the depression…that is when I would normally go to the gym; it hit me in the face that I couldn’t. I went to the phone, and I called Vicky crying hopelessly. I didn’t even know what to do with myself at that point; she felt my pain both physically and mentally.
Years ago when I set out to buy a new car I searched near and far for the best car available. I looked at the various technologies, manufacturers, fit and trim, and maintenance records. In the end I think I ended up with one of the finest cars available. To this day it continues to bring me satisfaction and joy. "When you are ready to get new hips, we'll send you to Dr. Barrett at Valley Medical," said my sports medicine doctor as he was writing a renewal prescription for Celebrex. "Okay," I replied, wondering to myself just who was this orthopedic surgeon that was so highly regarded. As I soon discovered, he was one of the area's prominent Total Hip Replacement (THR) surgeons.
Keith just sent me this email and gave me permission to post it, so here it is: From: Keith Lawler Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 6:34 AM To: Vicky Marlow Subject: Re: Surface Hippy
As a television medical correspondent for decades on shows like Today, Dateline and the CBS evening News and author of 12 books on consumer medicine, I have to admit it. I have never faced a more vexing decision than that choosing between a total hip replacement and hip resurfacing.
First of all, my apologies for not replying sooner. My story started at the tail end of 2004 with what I thought was a pulled groin muscle from running. I was a runner for 35 years. If my groin bothered me, I would always back off a little from the amount of running I did and it would always get better...except this time it didn't. I tried to run several times after one particular occurence and one day the pain was so great I could run no more. That started my saga with doctors...first X-Ray showed deteriorating cartilidge and arthritis. But not to worry...I had at least five years left on the remaining cartilidge, but we want to see you every six months for an X-Ray. The first six months passed...first X-Ray showed no more cartilidge left! I was told I needed a new hip...
AVN and resurfacing... In December of 2006 I developed a sudden and intense pain in my right hip. Since I was an avid runner and cyclist I assumed it was a pulled muscle or tendon. The pain was mostly in the groin - which sometimes radiated down into my thigh.
Somewhere in 2006 I started noticing some pain in my right hip. Sometimes severe but there for sure. My job was and is an Assistant Minister of Music and there is a lot of standing on Sunday's conducting our choir, singing in the choir and on Wednesday nights teaching at choir rehearsal. On Sunday's, I was also one of the singers in the praise team in the evening service so after service on Sunday nights, all I wanted was my recliner.
My name is Mark Shaw I have just read your diary about your hip resurfacing done in India. I am about day 18 and still on and off between one and two crutches but my hip pain has gone. Hip resurfacing had been going on in Australia for about 9 years I think and the Great Doctor who did mine has done over 1000. Took me a long time to get in and see him, but when I did it was the best day I had had in 10 years.
The following is an account of my bilateral hip resurfacing adventure gathered from some emails I had sent and some of which were posted on the Surface Hippy website. I hope they will give an insight for anyone interested in traveling to Belgium for hip resurfacing with Dr. Koen De Smet.
In October of 2004, I was 41 years old, limping from left hip pain, and generally miserable due to my physical situation. A well-respected San Francisco orthopedist had already told me to quit playing basketball and taking my runs out to the Golden Gate Bridge. My hips were not properly aligned and I had developed osteoarthritis. Like a car with worn down brakes, my cartilage was shot. He offered me two choices: total hip replacement (THR) or Vioxx. Fortunately, I met Dr. Vincent Fowble at a wedding. He told me about his work with Dr. Amstutz in LA regarding resurfacing. Though at the time it did not have FDA approval – this procedure seemed promising.
I rarely find time to read, much less post any longer, as there is A LOT more activity on this list than when I started oh so long ago. Anyway, seven years ago yesterday, I had my first hip resurfaced. All is fabulous. I haven't decided what new thing to do to celebrate my hippy anniversaries, but last year walked a half marathon. I'm no longer working a desk job, and am on my feet for at least 8 hours a day, without any hip pain! I have nothing but positive things to say. It's nice to see so many people finding new and improved lives on this board, and I'm thrilled that I was able to be part of the beginning group.