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PostPosted: Oct 5th, '17, 14:57 
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The cold has passed all right! Four days after that ridiculous hard freeze we had the daytime temperature hit 30 C (86 F), and it's been wobbling between 17-25 C (63-77 F) since. I put a length of shadecloth over the top of the hoop house today, here's hoping it does the job and keeps my baby plants un-crisped. :laughing3:

I've got a ton of seedlings out in the aquaponics and in root pouches etc, and there's a bunch more plants I want to put out and things I want to do and I want to get more fish and and and...

...and I need to dial it back a bit, because I'm not going to be able to do much in the garden next month. I'm having hip replacement surgery on the 3rd of November. :headbang: (Take that, doctor who told me no surgeon would be willing to do a hip replacement at my age! Turns out the specialist disagrees with you! :bootyshake: )

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Shady hoop house! It should cut down on the intensity of the sun at the hottest part of the day, when it gets seriously nasty, but otherwise leave things alone.

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(Take that, doctor who told me no surgeon would be willing to do a hip replacement at my age! Turns out the specialist disagrees with you! :bootyshake: )


My aunty had a hip replacement done when she was 95! So it seems you are never too old to have it done if you are in good enough shape to withstand surgery

I hope your goes well Mel:)

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Mel Redcap wrote:
(Take that, doctor who told me no surgeon would be willing to do a hip replacement at my age! Turns out the specialist disagrees with you! :bootyshake: )


My aunty had a hip replacement done when she was 95! So it seems you are never too old to have it done if you are in good enough shape to withstand surgery

I hope your goes well Mel:)


I'm 44 - his concern was that he thought I'm too young. :D The current prostheses are apparently expected to last a lot longer than the previous lot, and also my surgeon agrees with me that even if it conks out and I need to have it replaced in 20-25 years, I'll be in much better shape than I would be if I spent that time waiting to be 'old enough' to get it, and unable to do much in the way of exercise in the meantime. :thumbleft:

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You'll be better off Mel having it done sooner than later, my brother in law had one done in his late 20"s.

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Hi Mel, how are you doing? I hope you're done with surgery. I've been thinking of you.

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Hope it went well Mel. My father had a hip replacement in mid-40's. His original issue was caused by falling through roof when younger and favouring one side. He reckoned it was like 200% afterwards. He had to get it replaced again about 10 years or so later (that is/was pretty normal apparently). Being younger means you should heal much faster and the joint should be stronger and pain/ache free. Hope it works same for you. Bit of BYAP forum and AP planning should help with the recovery ;-)

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It got postponed! Thanks for the well wishes guys, sorry I didn't see them earlier but we've been having internet problems. Turns out it doesn't work so good if cockatoos eat the insulation off the line and then it rains. :dontknow:

Ennyhoo, I have a cat scratch on my leg so surgery has been postponed until it heals. They're really cautious about infection risk with joint replacements, and then they're being extra cautious with me because my arthritis meds are all immune suppressants. I've been rescheduled for the 17th, the cat has had her claws trimmed, and I'm putting a double layer quilt over my lap every time I sit down so I'm prepared for if she jumps up unexpectedly! :shock:

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Oh wow! Better safe than sorry I guess. I hope you are feeling relatively well.
I feel for you as the ups and downs with my little issues are wearing at me. The visit to the local orthopedics group got postponed for me as well. Of course I pushed my body to do stuff, which rewarded my spirit but the hip wasn't happy about it at all..
To the 17th then!
Good luck and best hopes and wishes.
May the Force protect all your wires from those pesky Cockatoos too!

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Well, I'm stuck without my steroids and fish oil annnnd I'm in a stupid amount of pain. :dontknow: Not much I can do about it. I'd give you a fistbump of sympathy but I think it would hurt us both. :-P

I hope you and Nell feel better soon!

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Thank you Mel. Did the surgeons make you stop the steroids to help you heal before surgery? I'm so sorry you are suffering. I go today to Orthopedics and find out how bad mine is. Every time a new place is afflicted it feels like the worst I've had. It used to be that steroids worked well, that ship seems to have sailed. I feel for you, this hip crap hurts like hell. Get well.
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Yup. Steroids are an immune suppressant, and fish oil is an anticoagulant*; they** don't want me getting an infection after surgery or bleeding too much during it. My main medication (sulfasalazine) is also an immune suppressant, but not to the degree steroids are, so my rheumatologist advised me not to stop that one... and frankly if I had stopped it I probably would have gone back on it by now. The temptation to go back on the steroids is also pretty strong. :P

<rant> I can't knit (too painful and frustratingly slow). I can crochet a bit (different movements). Picking up a jug of water hurts; picking up a mug of tea sometimes hurts too! Opening jars or bottles without some sort of tool is just Not Happening, even when they've already had the seal broken and should be easy. Walking sucks, and driving is getting to be painful enough that I don't wanna. I'm also sleeping really badly, because even if I can find a comfortable position (haha no) it only stays comfortable for an hour at most. Also, although I technically have psoriatic arthritis, I almost never get psoriasis; turns out that's another thing the steroids have been keeping under control. I have a patch coming up in my eyebrow. :upset: </rant>

Blah. Anyway. One more week. And I've said it before but it's worth saying again; I hope you get some good answers soon, Brian! :support:

(*People who are taking one or two capsules of fish oil a day usually don't have much of a difference in their clotting factors. I'm taking four triple-concentrated capsules a day, so the equivalent of twelve normal capsules; there's a difference!)

(**okay, I don't want that either. :P)

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And we're off again, first thing tomorrow morning! Fingers crossed it goes off without a hitch this time. :shifty:

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