Hip Hip Hurray!

You may be wondering where I’ve been over past 48 hours. Or not. Whatever. But let me start out by saying that the year 2023 has not gotten off to a good start for me. On New Year’s Day, my dog’s leash wrapped around my feet, causing me to fall on and injure my back. I was having agonizing lower back spasms for the first three days after that incident. Then, on Saturday morning, during a break in the heavy rainfall, I was up on a ladder cleaning my gutters and I somehow managed to fall off the ladder, landing hard on my left hip.

I called my wife with my cellphone and told her that I’d fallen and can’t get up. Seeing me on the ground writhing in pain, unable to move my left leg at all, she called 9-1-1. Within a few minutes the paramedics arrived, put a hard board under my body, lifted me onto a wheeled gurney, loaded the gurney with me on it into an ambulance, and drove me to the emergency room. Shortly after arriving, I was wheeled into an X-ray room. And then, not long after that, I got the news from an orthopedic surgeon. I had fractured my hip on the left side. In a few hours I was in surgery undergoing a partial hip replacement.

Nice, huh? And now I’m in my hospital room, where I’ll remain for the next two to three days before I’m transferred to a rehab facility where I will undergo physical and occupational therapy for a week or two to learn how to walk and cope with my new partial artificial hip replacement. The total recuperation period for an old fart like me can typically take anywhere from six weeks to four months. Isn’t that special?

Why am I telling you this? It’s simple, I probably won’t be doing a whole lot of blogging over at least the next two to three weeks. Maybe longer. I have some posts scheduled, but as far as writing a bunch of new posts or even responding to prompts, probably not.

And to think that just a few weeks ago I thought 2023 was going to be a better year than 2022. Silly me.

89 thoughts on “Hip Hip Hurray!

  1. Sadje January 16, 2023 / 7:01 am

    Oh I’m so sorry Fandango that this happened. It’s good that they have replaced the broken part of the bone. Wishing you all the best with your swift and complete recovery.

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      • Sadje January 16, 2023 / 11:07 pm

        Hope you get better soon. I found blogging too be a good distraction when I was in pain and discomfort after my surgeries


  2. newepicauthor January 16, 2023 / 7:12 am

    Your recuperation is much more important than blogging, get well soon and you will be missed by everyone.

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  3. Lou Carreras January 16, 2023 / 7:12 am

    First, I am so sorry that this happened to you. Second, your physical therapy and rehab is your principal occupation for the next three months or so. My left was done in august, so I really appreciate what you have ahead of you. Best of luck for a speedy and complete recovery.

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  4. Paula Light January 16, 2023 / 7:15 am

    I did wonder where you were ~ I assumed you were taking it easy due to your back. I’m so sorry to hear about your fall! Sending good vibes for a quick healing 💕💕💕

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    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 10:04 pm

      Thanks, Paula. It will be a while before I’m back in the swing of things.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Liz H January 16, 2023 / 8:11 am

    Wishing you all good things, and the healing faeries wrap you in protective circles (sounds like the medicis are doing their part). Us old farts have to stick together!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 10:00 pm

      Thanks, Liz. Us old farts should know better than to be climbing up on ladders.


  6. rugby843 January 16, 2023 / 10:06 am

    I can relate 😳. After surviving cancer surgery which was a doozie in spring 2015, in June I fell off my scooter onto a parking lot and broke a hip bone resulting in a hospital stay AGAIN and then rehab center. All not as fun as you might think. Hang in. And you can commiserate with me any time❤️👍🏻

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    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 9:58 pm

      No, fun is definitely not a word I’d use.


  7. rugby843 January 16, 2023 / 10:07 am

    Sorry here again. Recuperating from these events is why I started the blog🤪

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  8. Marlapaige January 16, 2023 / 10:48 am

    I am so sorry that you’re going through this! At least you got immediate medical attention. You getting better is more important than blogging. When you get the urge to write, you will, otherwise you’re busy healing.
    And do me a favor, please. Stay OFF of ladders!

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      • Marlapaige January 17, 2023 / 5:24 am

        I think that is a very sound, and safer, decision.

        I hope you heal well


  9. Nope, Not Pam January 16, 2023 / 11:19 am

    Take care, Hope you feel better soon

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  10. JT Twissel January 16, 2023 / 11:30 am

    Oh boy. So sorry to hear. I’m just recovering from a fractured ankle which I’ve been told could take six months to fully heal. It seems to take forever but you will heal!

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    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 9:55 pm

      I know, but it’s gonna be a long, painful process.


    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 9:54 pm

      Just when you think you can’t do anything stupid, you climb up onto a ladder when the ground is saturated and then are surprised when the ladder slips out from under you. As my wife has asked me, “What the fuck were you thinking?”

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      • Marilyn Armstrong January 17, 2023 / 3:27 pm

        I was hoping you were kidding. You really did that? Even poverty-stricken us hires people for that. We don’t “do” ladders. I’m really sorry about your hip. That’s a real bummer.

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        • Fandango January 17, 2023 / 4:46 pm

          I wish I were just kidding, but nope, I really did that. And, yes, it is a bummer,


          • Marilyn Armstrong January 17, 2023 / 7:00 pm

            Sometimes we forget we aren’t who we were. Even three or four years ago, I occasionally felt frisky. Not so much anymore. These past few years have made a big difference. Between 72 and 76 is more than it would seem. Garry was pretty lively at 80 until he stopped being able to see OR hear. Ah, this has been ONE HELL of a January! Let’s hope we’re getting all the really bad stuff done with early on and it will be better after this. We can certainly hope, anyway.


  11. pensitivity101 January 16, 2023 / 12:53 pm

    OMG Fandango. The new year has not started very well for you at all! At least you got immediate treatment. Here in the UK people are waiting hours for an ambulance, then spend hours in A&E and as for operations, well, it depends if there’s a strike on or not.
    Take advantage of ‘the rest’ as no doubt you will be put through your paces. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery.

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    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 9:50 pm

      Thanks Di. I’m trying to rest up, but for some reason the night nurses wake me up every two hours or so to ask me how I’m doing.


      • pensitivity101 January 17, 2023 / 2:16 am

        At least it’s not to give you a sleeping pill. I was only in overnight for my surgery and the nurses were taking my BP every hour!

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  12. bushboy January 16, 2023 / 1:47 pm

    Speedy recovery Fandango. Old farts like us and ladders don’t mix now-a-days. Looks like you need supervision when your wife is not home

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    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 9:48 pm

      I think I need to keep both of my feet planted squarely on the ground. But that may take a while. I feel like I’m having to learn to walk all over again.

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  13. donmatthewspoetry January 16, 2023 / 2:13 pm

    Sorry to hear you going through all this. I fell off a ladder and fractured my pelvis. 6 weeks in recoup hospital. It’s the complete destruction of your routine that got to me.

    Nice to see you still retaining your sense of humour with post title and pic.

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    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 9:46 pm

      I’m trying to keep my sense of humor, but so far physical therapy has been no laughing matter.


  14. Gr8BigFun January 16, 2023 / 2:33 pm

    Seems odd hitting the “like” button on a post where someone has injured themselves. It’s just the blogger’s way of showing we are glad you are ok.

    Does this make you a Cyborg now? Apparently, you’ve been taking this artificial (intelligence) thing way too seriously of late.

    Let’s hope the hip follows the six-week plan and you are back on your feet quickly. Your words and wit will be missed but getting healthy is more important.

    I leave you with this joke…

    A man hobbles into McDonalds and places an order for one hot fudge sundae.
    The cashier asks, “Crushed nuts?”
    “No,” he replies. “Hip replacement!”

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    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 9:44 pm

      Ha! Good one. Thanks for the smile, Greg.


  15. Kaye Spencer January 16, 2023 / 2:37 pm

    Well, darn it. Just when it seemed safe to go into a new year… Here’s hoping your recovery is quick.

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    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks. Yeah, tough start for the year for me.


  16. Taswegian1957 January 16, 2023 / 3:38 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of your two recent mishaps. I do hope that your recovery will be a speedy one.

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  17. BriannaMarieWrites January 16, 2023 / 5:09 pm

    I hope for a speedy recovery, friend! Keep an optimistic attitude and write, write, write! when you can! It’ll help 🙂

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    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks. I’m still in a lot of pain, especially after a physical therapy session, so writing has not been my top priority.


  18. cagedunn January 16, 2023 / 6:27 pm

    Sigh. You were up a ladder … and with an ongoing back injury. I think your wife needs to invest in a leash.

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  19. jai January 16, 2023 / 9:16 pm

    So sorry to hear about your hip, but am sure you’ll be up and around soon. My dad, at the age of 85, fell and broke his hip. He did his physical therapy without fail (even when he returned home), and I was amazed how quickly he was up and going again.

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    • Fandango January 16, 2023 / 9:38 pm

      It’s a struggle because it’s very painful, but trying to stoic and deal with the pain so that I can, like your dad, be up and going again.

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  20. jai January 16, 2023 / 11:55 pm

    I know it isn’t easy, though. 😕💕


  21. Ruth January 17, 2023 / 1:34 am

    Oh no, you’ve really not had the best start to 2023… 😦 Here’s hoping your new hip heals quickly – take good care of yourself ❤


  22. Maria Michaela January 17, 2023 / 3:24 am

    Ouch! Just when you were getting better. I hope for a fast recovery and healing.


  23. Jay January 17, 2023 / 4:10 am

    Oh, no! This year isn’t being kind to you at all! Wishing you a speedy recovery, and that rehab goes smoothly. Take good care of yourself, we’re not going anywhere!


  24. Terveen Gill January 17, 2023 / 5:17 am

    That’s terrible. Life is unpredictable. I hope you get back on your feet soon. Take care and wish you well.


  25. Michael B. Fishman January 17, 2023 / 6:24 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this, Fan. Take what they give you to manage the pain and listen to the physical therapists. Positive thoughts for a speedy recovery.


  26. CARAMELODY January 17, 2023 / 6:35 pm

    Oooooooh no!!!!!! Yikes! You just take care of yourself Fandango – nothing more important right now.


  27. John Holton January 18, 2023 / 10:39 am

    OW! The hip replacement is bad enough, the rehab can be a killer. Be sure to lay in a good supply of Aleve. Hope you feel better soon…


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