I saw the orthopedic surgeon at Duke and he outlined the first steps in the hip replacement plan. Step one is to consult with a Duke based hematologist who will be the " in charge doc" through my treatment. Then the anesthesiologist, and allergists to sort through my multiple drug allergies, then possible follow ups, then, somewhere in all this, the surgery. This is going to take a while. I am in the high risk of falls category so I exchanged my Mother's ugly, but functional, cane in the closet for my pride. And I continue to wait and cope.
Aging is not for the wimpy!