Every Day is a New Joy

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Every Day is a New Joy

By Susan Flansburg, ORA Orthopedics Hip Replacement Patient

In her final installment, it’s three months later and Susan shares her gratitude, strength and advice for her total hip replacement journey.

Susan Flansburg, 60, Davenport, IA, is a vibrant, active writer, and grandmother who has suffered the pain of osteoarthritis. Patients facing hip replacement surgery have questions. Susan was gracious to allow ORA to follow her journey that began with excruciating pain through full recovery after her hip replacement. This is a seven-part series.

It’s the small things. Things like being able to pull on your socks and shoes, shave your legs, and clip your nails. Things like being able to get into and out of a car without forethought. Things like walking up the stairs.

They make all the difference!

Today marks 3 months post-total hip replacement surgery.

I can walk miles. I can hike hills. I can do yoga.

(I could run but have decided not to. I want this hip to last as long as possible!)

We all want to “live on our own terms,” but find out, as we mature, that it’s not that easy. Things happen. We make adjustments. We adapt.

Hip replacement isn’t for everyone, for many reasons. But I’m glad I did it. And I think – if it’s an option for you – you should consider this:

We should enjoy our youth when we’re young – no matter what our age – 20 or 90. Putting off joint replacement until “later” banks on the idea that if we wait, we won’t have to endure a 2nd one. That it will last our whole lives.

Well, maybe it will and maybe it won’t. But I’d hate to miss pain-free life now. After just 3 months – most of it pretty easy – I can do what I want without pain.

(To be clear, I had some pain and discomfort. I’m not a patient person, and raged against having to spend any time recovering at all. So, a word to the wise: expect to need patience, expect discomfort, expect effort. It’s worth it in the end, which for me was just 3 months.)

The moral of my story is Don’t Wait.

Don’t wait to find out what’s causing your pain.

And don’t wait to do something about it.

Quit telling yourself – if you’re like me – that’s it’s just a minor problem.

Get a real medical diagnosis, and go from there.

Your life – your everyday living – is worth it, no matter how young you are!

If the blog helped you, please share it with others who are facing the same problems and decisions. And good luck, whatever you decide!

– Susan