I’m having major surgery on Thursday, January 17th

I’m having major surgery on Thursday, January 17th

I’m scheduled to have surgery in the morning of Thursday, January 17th. My left hip is being replaced, using a direct anterior approach with a HANA table. If you don’t know what the latter is…well, you can see videos on it pretty easily, but I wouldn’t do it if you are squeamish. 😉 I’m fine with all of that, and I’m not concerned about the surgery…I’m probably at bigger risk on the road to the hospital than the surgery itself presents.

There is a risk, of course, and I’ve used this as a specific impetus to get things in order…increasing my life insurance, refreshing my will, doing donations of books, that sort of thing. Nothing I shouldn’t have done before. I’m surprisingly comfortable donating the books: I had always imagined they would be donated after I died, but that would be a giant burden to my survivors…and we might as well get the tax write-off now.

So, how does this affect you?

Even if things go as well as the odds would say (I think I’m in relatively good shape for the surgery, but my arthritis is particularly bad…I’m at the highest level), I doubt I’ll be able to write right away.

They do think I’ll get home the same day…I’ve worked with medical people for a very long time, and quite legitimately, people who can do so heal better at home than in the hospital.

However, everything I hear says they’ll really want me on serious pain medicine at first. As a quirk, I don’t feel pain very much generally, so I don’t tend to take as much pain medicine as most people. People who have had this done, though, tell me I really should take it for as long as they say (3 days? A week? I don’t know yet).

I may not be able to write under its influence…and if I tried, I can’t be sure about what I’d say. 😉 It might also really change my sleep patterns.

To prepare for that, I’m going to schedule posts for each of the days of the week after the surgery. That will be in addition to the Bookish Birthday posts, which I’ll also schedule. They’ll probably all be reposts, but I think you’ll find that interesting…sort of a “best of” series.

Just wanted to give you the heads up. I’m actually hoping that, after recovery (they figure seven weeks before I can get back to my day job…that’s average), I’ll be back to doing more narrative writing in this blog. I haven’t been able to get around much, which you would think would give me more time, but the reduced function…complicates my “activities of daily living” considerably.

During the aftercare period, I’ll probably have quite a bit of physical therapy. Our adult kid and Significant Other are also going to come visit for about a week. Even so, I think there’s a chance I’ll be able to write quite a bit before I can get back to work…here’s hoping!

Thanks to all of you! I’ve been writing this blog for more than nine years now, and I’ve really enjoyed the intellectual exchange with you. Everyone of you that I’ve helped in some way has really made this all worthwhile!

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This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

15 Responses to “I’m having major surgery on Thursday, January 17th”

  1. Joe Bowers Says:

    But, it could be a good experiment…”This is your blog, this is your blog on drugs!” LOL
    All seriousness aside, good luck with your procedure, and get well soon, Bufo!

  2. cardinalrobbins Says:

    Wishing you all the best, Bufo — a speedy and complete recovery with a minimum of pain!

  3. Robert Says:

    Rest, heal, recover.
    I hope everything goes smoothly for you and yours.

  4. Robert E. Zimmerman Says:

    Heal fast, Bufo.

  5. Zebras Says:

    Will be thinking many positive thoughts for you during your surgery!
    My co-worker had to have both hips done within three days of each other, and maybe because of the crazy amount of pain she was dealing with before the surgeries, managed to not take any strong stuff after. Here’s hoping you don’t have to take too much.
    Keep us posted, and we won’t mind if you post something goofy while on the good stuff! 😉

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Zebras!

      🙂 I think I’ve been okay without being too goofy. It was funny, but I once had a root canal under Halcyon. I remember seeing the doctor…and the next thing I remembered was being at home. However, I was conscious the whole time! My Significant Other told me I had quite a conversation with the receptionist on the way out, and I have no memory of it at all.

      I’ve only taken half a Norco and a Celebrex, and the latter because I thought it was for swelling…outside of that, I haven’t taken other painkillers, and haven’t needed them.

  6. Georgia Boy Says:

    be praying for you !

  7. Phink Says:

    Get well soon Bufo. As one who’s had quite a few surgeries, including an amputation, they are never fun. Even the so called simple ones such as gall bladder removal are something to dread and hate. Just take care of yourself and God bless.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Phink!

      I’ve always been amazed at how you haven’t let the removal of a part of your body take away any of your enjoyment of life!

  8. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I send positive thoughts and all my best wishes for a skilled surgeon and physical therapist as well as speedy recovery with minimum pain and maximum improvement in mobility.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      My surgeon is great! I knew them before the surgery (with me as a trainer). Having medical things done by one of my students is…a little strange. 😉 After I’ve trained somebody, it’s almost like we’re friends…and friends don’t usually include the use of a bonesaw. I didn’t know the physical therapist, but that person has been really helpful! While I enjoyed the PT, it’s looking like I won’t need Outpatient (as opposed to home care) PT…I’ll know that after an evaluation.

      I’ll be interested to see on the mobility! Right now, I’m less mobile than I was, using a walker instead of the cane. However, it hasn’t even been a week yet…I was told it could take a year to be at 100%.

  9. bfree2read Says:

    Good luck. Hope you have time and energy to enjoy time with family.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, bfree2read!

      That has been a good thing! I’ve had long phone conversations with relatives, and that doesn’t usually happen. My parents were going to come visit this week, but one of them has a cold, and infection is a risk…we are hoping next week. Our adult kid and Significant Other are coming out for a week in mid-February. They’ll be here for my birthday! The relationship with the dogs is still a bit awkward…I can’t do some of the games that one of them likes a lot, but we are adjusting.

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