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Hip-Hip Hooray!

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- The time has come for all good things to get even better! Having suffered with a bad hip for several years…I am scheduled for a total hip replacement at the end of this month with Louis Stabile, MD.  My problem even has a name…Hip Dysplasia. 

This may have been due to a genetic defect prevalent in American Indians. My tribe is the Tohono O’odham Nation-Papagos. My father has undergone three hip surgeries over the last 25 years and is very active at the young age of 87 years old! He drives a car, mows the lawn with a push mower, sings in the church choir and volunteers to feed the homeless. Perhaps I inherited some special genes from his side of the family…high arches, early silver hair, good teeth, good vision, extraordinarily advanced mechanical aptitude….and a bad hip?

I slipped on a patch of black ice a few years ago doing the splits wearing my cowboy boots and pulling my right groin. The extensive series of xrays indicated there were no fractures or broken bones but a severe case of soft tissue trauma. That happened back in the day when I had health insurance before the costs skyrocketed to $900 per month. I was told it would have been better to have broken a bone which would have healed faster…bummer!

That was then…now is now.  Nothing like a deadline to take care of a few things…pedicure, groom dogs, refinance house mortgage…clean out my clutter drawer!

My close friends are arranging to supply me with the latest DVD’s of the meetings so I won’t miss too many posts on Cactus Thorns…that’s what friends are for, right?

I would like to ask a favor of our readers. Please send in stories, photos or updates to either DanO or Branson to keep this blog up n’ running while I am under the knife, OK?

I can’t wait to return to my sky-diving activities!















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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell


  1. Claude Short Claude Short says:

    Prayers going out to you and Bob!

  2. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Good luck and Godspeed. Fay and I have you in our prayers.

  3. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Just in from our Star Reporter and friend Margo Sturges:

    Hello Family and Friends!

    I was up walking 4 times within the first 24 hours of surgery!

    I have a great deal of muscle pain due to the fact both legs are the same length and my right leg is not used to having weight placed on it. I have no pain at the site of the 4 inch incision located at the top of my right leg. This is the newest technique instead of cutting behind the buttocks or side area of the thigh.

    I just got up to walk(using walker) to the bathroom and discovered other muscles aching so they gave me a full strength pain pill just now.

    I will be transferred to a Rehab facility today or tomorrow and will let you know where I end up.

    Thank you all for your prayers!

    Back to sleep I go!

    Bye now,

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