Evidence based medical wellness for active people from a doc who walks the walk

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to surgery I go


My surgery anniversary is in a couple of days — September 5, 2013. It is a day I wish I could take back, but I can’t.  Instead, I will have a second surgery to remove the dead bone (“core decompression”) and replace it with stem cells gathered from my hip.  It should be no big deal, and I mean it!  The challenging part is that I can’t bear weight (crutches again!) for 30 days. (I just got back to being a biped!)

Being the anal retentive that I am, I am trying to get everything as completely organized as I can. To that end I have to:

  • Find someone to walk the dog. Right now he gets about TWO HOURS of walking a day, mostly by yours truly. I don’t know prices where you are, but some of the dog walkers are charging $50/hour here in Boulder! I may leave the medical field and take up dog walking!
  • Make a ton of meals.  After I had the DVT/ PE (pulmonary embolus) the hardest thing was not being able to stand to cook meals. My family and friends brought over dinners for a month, but I am not counting on that this time.
  • Bargain with hubby and teenager to bring their laundry down to the basement. I CAN do laundry while perched on crutches!
  • Con hubby in to doing the grocery shopping. I did use those mechanized carts and HATED it. I found it completely humiliating. I will make the list and meal plan, if he will shop.
  • Figure out who will mow the lawn. Daughter usually does it, but now that she is back in school, will need to find someone.
  • Oh, and yeah, I should ask my family what they will need.

Longer term: figure out finances.  This year has been hard. In my work, if I am not working, I don’t get paid. With the original surgery, the subsequent dvt/pe hospital stay, and reduced hours once I finally got back, I have missed a total of a month of work. That’s a big dang deal!  I get scared when I am not working as I have worked all my life, and feel that I am not contributing to the family if I am not working. Talking about guilt! I think it is a women thing! I need to talk to the hubby to make sure he understands the implications.

The biggest thing I need is for this surgery to be a success. I do have a mantra I am repeating to myself. It is long, but I don’t care: “My surgery on September 11, 2014 is a complete success. I heal in 10 days, and am healed, and cured and at PT in 30 days. I am healed, cured, rehabbed and ready to ski by December 1, 2014.”

Love to hear any success stories out there,  or tips on making it through!

Author: PookieMD

I am a board certified internal medicine physician. I love medicine and seek to bring evidence based medicine to the fitness and wellness world.

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