Thankful Thursday – The Happy Hippy Edition

In an effort to continue my gratitude adjustment, I would be completely remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the awesome bling I acquired on Valentine’s Day 2008.  Besides the birth of my children and being married to The Husband for twenty-someoddyears, this ranks as one of the best things that ever happened to me.  My shiny high-carbide cobalt chrome, Valentine’s Day resurfaced hip.  Yeah, I’m that sentimental.

When I could barely walk, it became clear that surgery was the only answer. But I thought I was WAY too young to contemplate a total hip replacement.  That’s when I learned about the helpful folks over at Surface Hippy.  Patricia Walker created this outstanding site as a clearing house of all the information you could ever want about hip resurfacing, including message boards where you could post all of your questions before and after surgery.  It was there I learned that not only did I not have to suffer any more, that I could actually get my life back.

And boy am I glad I did.  Thanks to Dr. Rogerson in Madison, Wisconsin and hisHipHab team at Meriter Hospital I have been one happy hippy from the moment I woke up in recovery.  And two years later, I never take for granted being able to walk without looking like Quasimodo.

Becoming a Bionic Woman has been a life altering experience.  After surgery, I kind of hoped I’d have superpowers like the original Bionic Woman, Jaime Sommers,  who could leap 12 story buildings, run 60 mph and bend steel with her bare hands.  Didn’t happen.  But I’m pretty sure that given the right cape and accessories, I could still rule the world.

In search of the elusive cape

And speaking of accessories, crutches always make an outstanding fashion statement for any occasion.  Even meeting the man of your dreams.  More about that on Sunday.