Wednesday, May 4, 2011

THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH: At Last

There is nothing new about getting "cards" in the mail.  Without even reading the "story" I just cut the cards up.  I do use a debit card to access my cash, but do not own a credit card.

Unfortunately, in today's world one must have a credit card to do a lot of things, ie, renting a car, staying in a motel.  My wife has credit cards.  Sorry to say, she also uses them, as do most people.

The card I received today was neither a credit nor debit card.  I am thankful to get this card.  I anticipate needing it badly from time-to-time.  IT IS A "I HAVE HAD A HIP REPLACEMENT CARD". 

Why is such a card necessary?  As the letter with the card explained, I'll trigger every metal detecter I pass through.  The card certifies that I have a metal hip.

I never gave it a thought.  If the question came up, I could quickly show them the six inch scar where the new hip was installed.

The letter also encouraged me not to be discouraged in recovering from the operation.  It said that in "12 TO 18 MONTHS' I could expect to be back to normal.

THIS INFORMATION WAS NOT MADE AVAILABLE BEFORE THE OPERATION.

Specifically, the doctor said I would get  up the day of the operation.  He said physical therapy would not be necessary, that JUST WALKING would be the best therapy.

I LIKED THE DOCTOR.  I WOULD HAVE HAD THE OPERATION IF HE WOULD HAVE TOLD ME THE "WHOLE" TRUTH BEFORE THE OPERATION.  I AM GLAD I HAD THE OPERATION, THE PAIN IN THE WORN OUT HIP WAS BAD!



Based on the information I had prior to the surgery, I thought I could make a long distance bike trip in April and ride GOBA, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, in June.


WALT RIDING TRIKE IN CALIFORNIA
I will be going down to Cincinnatti soon to have my son, Todd, get my trike into riding condition and start riding it down at the lake this summer.  I have been quite agressive, my wife keeps cautioning me, in my recovery.  The people who worked with me tell me I have progressed more than most do.

I STILL WALK WITH A CANE--I CAN WALK WITHOUT IT BUT AM NOT OVERLY STABLE AND I DON'T WANT TO FALL.  It has now been four months since my hip replacement.  I appreciate hearing the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, AT LAST!

God Bless you and yours!

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