Friday, April 9, 2010

New Updates

I've been slacking - I'm sorry. Spring break is over.

I did nothing over Spring break. It was a painful week. I couldn't stand straight. I couldn't sit comfortably. I couldn't get up from my seat without awkwardly trying to find the right balance. My sister helped me take a shower. My mother helped me in the bathroom - sitting and getting up from the toilet seat. This is not how I want to live. I'm only 19.

Over the break though, I was able to find not 1, not 2, but 3 Orthopedic specialists who accept my insurance. My first appointment was on April 6th. I saw Dr. Paul Ackerman, who after seeing the X-Ray of my left hip, recommended an urgent hip replacement. My hip has collapsed, thus making me limp. Because he specializes in surgeries for much older patients, he contacted another doctor who I have an appointment with on April 10th. Unfortunately, in 20-25 years, I will have to get another replacement - and probably more after that. It's in my destiny, and I have no problem with it. If I can walk, I'm good to go.

My appointment on the 7th of April went well. The doctors noticed how fractured my left hip was and scheduled me for an MRI on April 22nd and a follow-up on the 28th. I have crutches, but I rarely use them. Highly uncomfortable and fashionably degrading. I know I'm sick, but fashion is a statement. In any case, I have new pain medications that are actually working for me: Hydrocodone.

I was pretty determined about withdrawing from classes. But now, I'm determined to finish. I have so many good friends and support - I'm the luckiest person alive.

So, after I finish classes, I'm getting my hip replaced and looking forward to a summer of recovery and physical therapy. I'll have a good hip in no time. Woohoo!

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