. . . to see my rheumatologist and an orthopedic surgeon. After 10+ years of kicking the can down the road I concede its time for the hip replacement. I'm still on the young side (58,) but my avoidance manuvers have at least sent me farther into the future when the longevity of the replacements has, in some cases, more then doubled. 2nd replacement at age 60? I don't think so! 2nd at age 75 - 80? That sounds more appropriate.
But this is all contingent on the rheumy's OK. Systemic inflammation remains my big enemy (either the sibling or the parent of Hughes,) and I'm sure that blood work will give the thumbs up or thumbs down to the surgery.
(And I relish any and all comments receive about how wonderful hip replacement results are! Feel free to share those. -- and if you have warning notes I suppose I should read those too and be grateful for the advice)
Back to walking my dog a mile around the lake in the afternoon? Back to walking the 7.5 mile Cowpasture Trail? or the 17 miles Big Beechy/Middle Fork Loop? or back to the West HIghland Way in a summer or 2?