On Thursday morning (2/26), Donna had a total hip replacement. The hip had not been painful but it had been “giving out.” What made matters worse was that the bone-on-bone hip socket was causing “transferred pain” to the knee joint and to the IT (iliotibial) band. The pain was sometimes a 9 out of 10. Seriously. Soooooooooo, the decision was easy.
Donna got a brand new hip in the morning and in the afternoon she was up walking. It was a few steps, but she was walking. Friday she walked with a walker down the hall. Today – Saturday – she got out of the hospital and went to a rehab facility for some intensive physical therapy. Tomorrow she starts the tennis program but it will only be doubles for a while. . . . .