Yesterday, Thursday, December 1st, 2016, I had total left hip replacement surgery here at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. As all of you may well imagine, there is a LOT of pre-surgery preparation that precedes the actual surgery. First of all there were two days of clearing up a gastro-intestinal infection with explosive diarrhea.

**Note: Patti is typing this while I am telling the story!

Yesterday we thought the surgery was going to be in the morning and Patti was here at 7 a.m., only to learn the surgery was to be at 2 p.m. The surgery DID happen at 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The surgeon’s report post surgery was that everything went very, very well. I see the surgeon for a follow-up appointment in three weeks. Today, Friday the 2nd, I had a morning and afternoon physical therapy (P.T.) session.

It is just a tad challenging, at age 80-years, to have an age 20-ish young man explain to me how to walk. It is also challenging to be aroused from my bed to do P.T. when all I really want to do is to rest quietly with no disturbances. 

I do physical therapy again tomorrow and then am scheduled, likely, to be released tomorrow. The ONLY orders after the hospital release are to walk, walk, walk … no scheduled physical therapy. The surgeon feels this will be adequate since, as he stated, I am in such good physical health and have been so active prior to this.

As you might expect, I am very tired.

Sign us as .. Patti and Cap


    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      I have gotten a new ‘nickname’, Tough Cookie.

      Word of my case has spread far and wide through the hospital. Evidently not too many people make two, serious, long-haul flights (Dubai to Hong Kong and Hong Kong to Seattle) with a broken hip. Then do a 3-hour layover and a final 3-hour flight. Check into a hotel and go straight to the ER.

      The last thing I was asked to do, before I was ‘put under’ was this: The operating room staff asked me to lift my hips to assist them to move from one gurney to the operating room table. I elevated myself, and with no assistance, crab-walked to my left. One of the senior Doctors said, “You are indeed One Tough Cookie.”

      Thanks so much Jeanne for following along and for you interest. Patti and Cap

  1. eArThworm

    So happy to hear that surgery went well for the ‘Tough Cookie.’ I’ll bet you’ll be running around like normal before long.

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Several hospital staffers used this phrase Linda, Tough Cookie. As I lay in the Operating Room one of the surgical team asked me if I could scoot myself from my gurney over to the Operating Table. Crab Like I did just that. He said, “You are one tough cookie.”

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