Several people have asked me if I will be 100% normal after all these surgeries. GREAT QUESTION! I actually asked Dr. L that very thing before the first surgery. His response was “If that were not the expectation, we would not be doing this.” I think that was doctor speak for “I sure hope so!” I understand everyone’s case is different and everyone responds differently to treatments but I sure would have liked him to say, “Absolutely!”
It is not that I expect to run a marathon or anything, I would be happy with some pretty simple things like walking through the grocery store or going shopping without pain. I am getting frustrated easily these days. I am thinking that I have had surgery so I should be MUCH better. I should not have to use this darn cane to walk. And in reality the achy arthritis pain in my left hip is virtually gone. However I still have three joints that do not work well and my left hip occasionally does hurt but in a different way. It does not feel normal yet.
Here is where that patience and endurance thing comes in again……as most of you know, patience is not my best virtue but I really have no choice. I have started this journey and now I have to finish it.