#Bionic man 2.1. Saturday, March 26, 2016. As my sister Kate said when she called yesterday, the countdown has begun. I’m scheduled to report for knee replacement surgery at Princeton Medical Center early Wednesday morning, March 30. As I’ve mentioned before, both my knees need to be done this year and it is likely that my left hip will need replacement soon thereafter. My right hip was replaced in 1997 with a revision in 2003. That’s why I’m categorizing this series of posts as “Bionic man 2.”
Despite some incidents this past year when walking around New York City, I’ve been having second thoughts about whether I really need this surgery. I waited almost 10 years to have my hip surgery. By the time it was done I was in constant pain, even when sitting on a heating pad. I needed a cane to buffer the pain when moving around. This time I only feel pain when I walk for more than a four or five blocks. If I don’t move, I don’t feel pain. That “solution” is not good for my overall health. Still I was seriously debating canceling this operation yesterday. My walk to CVS pharmacy this morning (0.4 mile each way) reminded me not to be fooled. Despite what I think while sitting on the recliner, my knees are not ok.
I also need to remember that I haven’t been able to go to tai chi class for more than a month. As gentle as tai chi movements are, pain made it difficult for me to concentrate after 15 minutes. Standing meditation, which I love, is out of the question.
This post is just a note to myself not to chicken out.