Now that my intentions have been shouted out to the world, the fanfare seems a bit….overblown. Since the important decision has been made….sure Doc, you can jam a metal shiv into my thigh bone and carve out a cozy niche for a metal and ceramic ball; have at it….I am ready for immediate action.Unfortunately we live in the world of winter. I’m told that it’s kind of catastrophic to fall after a hip replacement. I have enough trouble staying upright on the ice during a normal winter. There’s a very strong voice in my head that insists I wait till spring.
So March 29th is the magical day, and that’s pushing it, I know. I hear every Michigander saying wait a minute….back in ‘67 we had that big ice storm at the end of March, and again in ‘69, ‘72, ‘76, ‘84, etc. and etc. and etc. But just last year we had the most wonderful mild March and a true spring all through April. I am willing to concede to the weather through the end of March and if we have a late winter ice storm, I’ll be really really careful for the few icy days left.
But it’s a loooonnnnngggg stretch from now till then. And I want action on my plan right now! I want to feel that I am making good things happen right now! I want to start the healing process right now! I am pleased to report that I have made good on two goals that I set for myself in the month of January.
1. Rejoin Weight Watchers. Done. Every pound I get rid of now means a lot less stress on my new joint (not to mention the other old ones). I used to be motivated to lose weight because I wanted to fit into certain clothes or look a certain way. Right now however, I’m motivated by the need to make sure I’m worthy of this new hip.
2. Start… and then continue….regular exercises to strengthen the muscles that have weakened so badly as I’ve protected my joints from pain. When I sit around, I don’t feel pain. When I walk I feel pain. Seems like a no-brainer. But giving in to that cycle has left me with wimpy muscles that don’t even want to dance anymore. No more excuses; no more evasions; no more pretending that I’ll do it tomorrow. I’ll do it today. And tomorrow. And the next day. With that in mind, I’ve started a supervised exercise program with the physical therapist who will be treating me after surgery.
Now I need to develop my action plan for February. In addition to continuing 1 and 2 above, I think that my next big move is to get all my legal ducks in order. Living will, medical power of attorney, organ donation ….etc. All that scary mumbo-jumbo that none of us wants to think about until it’s too late. I really don’t want to think about it….ever….but it’s totally irresponsible not to. And I will not have a scarlet I for Irresponsible ever attached to my persona. This month I will work out the details and be a responsible adult. Hold me to it.