I had to smile, because when I asked my doc if the new hip implant he is going to install would last the rest of my life, he did a quick calculation and said I would probably live 15-20 more years and yes, I should have it until I die. Good, I thought I don’t want to go through this again in my 90s. 

On the other hand, as a demographer, I know quite a lot about Life Tables, those things actuaries use to calculate life spans for insurance purposes. I know the data used in them (even by the Social Security Administration) is historical and therefore more out-of-date with every passing year. The advances in medicine are truly amazing.

On the other other hand, what most of us can look forward to is a long life with increasing physical difficulties especially if you have a degenerative disease.  This is a good reason to do everything you can to take care of yourself as best you can.

One of the reasons I want this hip surgery is because with the pain I am experiencing, I find it difficult to do many things I did without thinking. This means my physical activity has slowed. Not a good thing for someone who is already taking 3 meds for heart issues.

I am looking forward to being able to walk my dogs, go to the pool for arthritic exercises, and perhaps take up yoga or tai chi in the next few months. All are good for me.

As for diet, I have lost weight over the past year, although my weight loss has slowed with the diminished physical activity. I am not as thin as I had hoped I would be when I had the surgery, but will have to accept reality. It will probably take two strong male nurses to lift me. Fortunately, some of the male nurses are quite strong.

Global Life Expectancy / Age

Global Life Expectancy / Age (Photo credit: ixycreativity)

  

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  1. Hmmmm, methinks you’re looking forward to those strong male nurses carrying you around! Just kidding . . . but as I think I’ve said before, I know several people who’ve had hip replacement, and every one of them reports complete success (altho’ there is physical therapy), even that it’s a life changer. Good luck!

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  2. Another 15 to 20 years!
    I foresee another 10 max. that’ll do me. As you say, progressive ailments will make life a misery, I have started with heart and joint problems; if they get worse, I don’t want much more. Quality over quantity. I see my husband who is 13 years older than me and his growing infirmities and I don’t want to end up half blind, hearing impaired and riddled with arthritis. Funnily enough, he loves his life and can’t get enough of it.

    Best of luck with the replacement surgery; these things are so advanced nowadays, you’ll probably be sailing through the whole thing.

    And here’s to another 20 years of activity!

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  3. Good for you for working on your weight. I know it’s not easy, but it will help your new hip in the long run. It’ll be good for your knees too. I’m really excited for you.

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  4. Hi Dianne, I will be thinking of you during this time and sending lots of healing thoughts your way. Thank you for the note. I will be getting in touch when I get back home. We have two family commitments coming up, and then mid October I should be back home again.

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  5. All the best during your upcoming surgery. Some of the male nurses are strong as well as great. A male nurse that cared for my mother in one of her last hospitalizations was so good and so attuned to her need for modesty. He was careful and creative in his care for her health needs, both physical and emotional.

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