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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