Health

So I have been having horrible pain in my right groin area. Over the weekend nasty swelling started. Went to the ER and had a CT scan. 

They were thinking hernia or ovary.

My internal system is perfect. 

Know what it is?

Hip joint.

Know what I need?

Replacement.

Crud!

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Comments (43)

  1. Bettymom

    Oh noooooo! Not the dreaded hip replacement! Be brave, be strong, be true- you too can survive! One of my aunts had a hip replacement when she was fairly young, in her early fifties. She wanted it desperately and had to hunt to find a surgeon who would perform it on her at her age. She finally did, and recuperated very fast, mostly because she was prepared and worked hard.

    August 02, 2017
    1. thoroughlyrandom

      I’m not yet 38. And I can’t wait to have it done! It will stop the pain. You know, AFTER I heal from surgery ;-). And the swelling will go away.

      August 02, 2017
      1. Bettymom

        Wow, you’re just a baby! My kids are way older than you (46 and 50)! Good luck, my dear.

        August 02, 2017
        1. thoroughlyrandom

          Thanks. I think when the new hip is installed I will see about a shoe that makes my legs even. So I only need the one replacement. However the ortho says replacements need to be done every 5 years or so. So I might be in serious doo doo.

          August 02, 2017
          1. Bettymom

            Every five years? That seems pretty often. I didn’t ask how long my knee is expected to last. I really don’t want to know! I already have shoe inserts to make my left leg longer.

            August 02, 2017
        2. thoroughlyrandom

          I have a sister who is 45 and a brother who is 57.

          August 02, 2017
          1. Bettymom

            Gee, all I have is one sister, age 70. Hubby also has one sister, age 71.

            August 02, 2017
            1. thoroughlyrandom

              oh there are more. let’s see…a brother and sister are 42, a brother 36, a sister 37, a brother 35, a sister 27, a sister 24.

              August 03, 2017
      2. jaageet

        When is the hip surgery? Instead of a shoe to make your legs even, how about shortening the right (take 3/4 inch off thigh bone) leg since work is going to be done on that part of your body anyway? Then, you will never be hurting your right hip.

        August 03, 2017
        1. thoroughlyrandom

          That sounds a bit extreme.

          August 04, 2017
          1. jaageet

            Yeah, I forgot about the flesh. Slicing off 3/4 inch would be like taking a bone-in ham-steak out.

            August 04, 2017
            1. thoroughlyrandom

              thanks for the image. I have to take the bones out of pork butts at work to get them going for pulled pork.

              August 04, 2017
          2. jaageet

            What do you do at work? Are you a kitchen person in a diner?

            August 04, 2017
            1. thoroughlyrandom

              Prep cook in a hotel.

              August 04, 2017
          3. jaageet

            Tough job. How long have you been doing this? Is this a calling? Or this is the only job you can get? Lots of moving back and forth in the kitchen on a bad hip.

            August 05, 2017
            1. thoroughlyrandom

              I’ve worked in professional kitchens most of my life. I’ve done everything from dishwasher to sous chef to exec sous chef to exec chef to inventory manager to front end supervisor to general manager. For me it is one of those things that falls under talent but little interest. But it is honest work with honest pay. Where I work now is an “outside” kitchen by a lake. To get to and from I walk up and down a small but steep hill. Heck on my poor hip.

              August 05, 2017
            2. thoroughlyrandom

              Your pic looks like you are wearing a chef coat. You a foodie too?

              August 05, 2017
          4. jaageet

            Le Cordon Bleu (culinary school) when I was young and foolish and watching too many bs TV shows of celebrity chefs like Anthony Bourdain. Poor hip is right (pardon the pun). That 3/4 inch is now planted in my head for life. I won’t be taking my legs for granted anymore. It couldn’t have been 3/4 inch when you were little. Puberty is the time when we start growing at a fast rate. Was it then that your legs grew unevenly? What about your kid’s legs? Did you have a bone doctor check them out for evenness?

            August 06, 2017
            1. thoroughlyrandom

              My daughter has a club foot that she got from her father. She will need it taken care of soon. it is the same length as the other one but turns under when she swims, goes up stairs and ladders and such. They have to brake it and pin it back together. YIKES! I started noticing my leg difference when I was about 12. I did mention it but my step father wasn’t interested in my care and wouldn’t let my mother be interested either.

              August 06, 2017
            2. thoroughlyrandom

              I got into their Pastry Program with an internship with Buddy Valastro.

              August 07, 2017
            3. jaageet

              Does your family get to enjoy your bread and pastries? Or are you all tuckered out when you get home after work?

              August 08, 2017
            4. thoroughlyrandom

              So you went to one of the most prestigious culinary schools and you don’t work as a chef?

              August 09, 2017
            5. jaageet

              I was chasing a dream that had nothing to do with being a chef. A chef has a bottom line to meet and that takes all the fun out of creating a fine dining experience. As a chef, I would have to kick asses in the kitchen all day long. Besides, not everyone who graduates culinary school can cook. Most can’t. Do you think even a rat can cook?

              August 10, 2017
          5. jaageet

            Is your daughter ok now? Kids are oblivious to deformities. I once saw a one-legged child around 8 with a crutch running around playing with other kids – each trying to catch the other. He was leaping across over drains without missing a beat as nimble as a kid with two good legs. Once they become teens, self-consciousness kicks in.

            August 07, 2017
            1. thoroughlyrandom

              She is fine. Very active and sporty.

              August 07, 2017
          6. jaageet

            Yeah, you could say I am a foodie. I am not into dinner rush or feeding 500 people on Mother’s Day. The only good thing I got out of cooking school was not how to cook but how to clean everything spotless in the kitchen. This alone deserves one Michelin Star.

            August 07, 2017
            1. thoroughlyrandom

              I do most of the cooking in my house.

              August 09, 2017
          7. jaageet

            What do you feed your family? Do you plan the meals and cook everything for the week on the weekend? Even living alone, I plan all my meals for the week and cook on the weekend. So, it’s like eating home-cooked TV dinners taken from the fridge to heat up: mainly meat and vegetable sauces. This cuts down the kitchen cleaning to once a week. It’s hard work for you cooking at home on top of a full day’s job at the café.

            August 09, 2017
            1. thoroughlyrandom

              I plan the meals for shopping reasons. but cook every day.

              August 09, 2017
  2. jaageet

    How on earth is it possible for a 38 year old to need hip replacement? Are you a gym rat and overworked your hips doing Zumba?

    August 02, 2017
    1. thoroughlyrandom

      My right leg is slightly longer than my left. Undiscovered and untreated until now. So when I stand all weight goes to the right. Too much pressure over 38 years and bang goes the hip.

      August 02, 2017
      1. jaageet

        Undiscovered? How much longer is the right leg? No one stands with body weight evenly distributed on both legs all the time. Usually, more weight is on one leg or the other. Are you sure they got the diagnosis correct? It would be a crying shame if they replace a perfectly good hip just so they could rack up tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs borne by insurance companies. It’s a racket.

        August 02, 2017
        1. thoroughlyrandom

          About 3/4 inches. And yes, they are sure.

          August 02, 2017
      2. jaageet

        3/4 inch and undiscovered? I could not stand straight with a 3/4 inch plank under my left foot. You must be walking funny all your life. And your parents did not see that?

        August 02, 2017
        1. thoroughlyrandom

          Not really. I have always leaned to the right. Maybe they thought I was being political or something. LOL.
          No, my biological father was out of the picture, my step father was abusive and my mother suffers battered womens syndrome.

          August 02, 2017
        2. thoroughlyrandom

          Needless to say, I wasn’t always well cared for.

          August 02, 2017
          1. jaageet

            Poor you. Are you still in pain or did they give you some pain-killers? I just don’t like the idea of you getting a hip replacement.

            August 02, 2017
            1. thoroughlyrandom

              They gave pain meds, but not the “good” ones, ones that would actually help before you hit the dose limit. and a few others. But I don’t like to take it all as I have a 5 year old and a husband and a job. I can’t afford to live in a stupor until the surgery is done.

              August 02, 2017
          2. jaageet

            Didn’t your husband spot your longer right leg 5 years ago?

            August 02, 2017
            1. thoroughlyrandom

              He knew I had hip problems but isn’t really obvious. I would notice it when I would stretch out but thought I was a bit nuts. Happy to know that isn’t the case.

              August 02, 2017
          3. jaageet

            I would rather have you nutty with two good hips.

            August 02, 2017
            1. thoroughlyrandom

              Right! But I will happily take this over the hernia. I know several people who have had the same hernia open several times. NO THANK YOU!

              August 02, 2017
  3. Bettymom

    Wow, so many siblings! I wouldn’t know how to handle that! I also have a longer right leg than left. I spent my life with my right knee slightly bent so that I walked more or less normally. My whole family knew I walked funny, but no one ever figured it out until I was in my forties. Hernias are like bunions. They usually have to be done several times, too. I didn’t know that when I got the first one “fixed.” It’s now just as bad as it ever was and it was done about six or seven years ago.

    August 03, 2017