December 2.....that is the date around which my world is revolving at the moment.
After struggling with the nearly constant pain of osteoarthritis in my right hip for more than a year, the orthopedic surgeon has set a date for my hip replacement surgery. December 2.
November will be a whirlwind of activity as I prepare for recovery time in the month of December. As of now, my deadline for preparing for Christmas - decorating and shopping - is December 1.
Everything leading up to the holidays has been accelerated!
I am a little overwhelmed, to say the least. Although my surgeon is planning on using the anterior approach to the surgery, resulting in a faster and less restricted recovery, I am looking at being out of the loop for most of the month of December.
With this in mind, I have begun making arrangements and preparing for the down time. I already have a plan for scaled back Christmas decorating - and will be sharing our new holiday look as I put it into place over the next couple of weeks.
Next, we will be making our shopping list and getting that all "wrapped up" prior to Thanksgiving. I am so thankful that Eddie Dale will be helping with this part - he loves to shop for Christmas presents! And I am already a big fan of getting the shopping done early to avoid the crazy crowds. So, this won't be such a big change for us.
As for work, the holidays are traditionally slow in the Real Estate business. I am blessed that I work in an agency where we help each other out and work as a team. So, I can pick up the phone and enlist the help of another agent when I can't handle something from home.
All in all, December is pretty much the optimum time for me to go ahead and get this fixed. While I don't particularly look forward to the procedure, recovery and rehab, I do look forward to "healing" and being done with the steadily increasing pain. As my orthopedist stated at my last visit, "It is time."
And, so, I move forward, albeit slowly, one foot in front of the other.
I hope you will tag along with me as I travel this part of the journey. I know that blogging will be a good creative outlet for me during this time. And I can sure as heck use your encouragement as I navigate the detour ahead!
Until next time, wishing you many blessings....