Sunday, January 22, 2012

Blogger Mail

I was reminded by a fellow blogger that I had not posted in some time. I am not alone in this. Many of the blogs I have followed for years have gone dead or fallow. I suppose that Face Book and Twitter have carried away many of us over into methods of more immediate communication. I still check on my blogger friends, but not as frequently as I used to.

It is almost four months since my hip replacement and for the most part, it is a transparent part of me. I feel like I walk a little differently. Not sure if I limp or not. Risa makes me limp if I park in a handicap spot and use my placard. This is something I do only if there is no other option, but if she is with me, she will tell me to limp so that she is not embarrassed to be seen exiting a car parked in such fashion.

The hip recovery process got me to buy a membership in a local fitness center where I work out about 3 times per week. At first, this was to strengthen my right leg, which had lost significant muscle mass over the time leading up to my surgery. Now it is a combination of strength training and cardio. The part I enjoy the most is the sauna however. That alone is worth the price of admission.

I am back skiing and patrolling at our local hill. I was uncertain how a hip replacement would affect this, but I seem to be as able now as I was before, which is good because I am scheduled to head out to Colorado shortly for our annual Ski Kamp. Kind of a lousy year to have bought a season pass for Summit County, but you never can tell what the weather will be like.

I also just got back from my quarterly visit to the Mayo where I received a clean bill of health on the cancer front. I can't tell you how lucky I feel about this. I have been at the "end of the road" treatment wise so many times and here I am in remission due to an experimental study. Who would have guessed.

The family is good. My daughter graduates from college this spring and has been accepted into the Teach for America program. She is scheduled to teach inner city high school in Chicago next year. I am sure this will be a huge new challenge, and an eye opener for her.

My son is in his first year of college and is finding his path as we all must do. I am curious how this will play out, but I guess I will just have to wait to see.

One of my brothers is scheduled to have the same hip surgery as I did at the end of this month. His surgeon is the same one that popped in my new hip. Now I will get to play the role of cheerleader and support person. I hope he finds the same relief as I did.

So, that's about it for now. Thanks for all of you who have stuck with me over this journey and I hope that we have a long way to go. Cheers.


Blogger lime said...

excellent news, all of it...well except maybe the lack of skiing weather but when compared to everything else that seems pretty minor. so glad the hip replacement went well and even gladder to hear about remission. best wishes to your brother.

1:12 PM, January 22, 2012  
Blogger Kristie said...

Lots of good news. I am blown away that your daughter is graduating college already. Good luck to her in T4A; she'll need it. :)

9:49 PM, January 26, 2012  

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