December 9, 2007 was five months after winning a third cycling National Championship (July 08, 07) and I was on an operating table having reconstruction surgery to a badly fractured right hip. The injury and operation were extensive and changed my life. There's a diagonal hockey stick scar running 18 inches from the top of my glutenous across the outside of my hip and down my thigh giving evidence to the eight screws (2.5 inches long) and twelve inch plate secured into my pelvis that were used to put me back together
My surgeon at the time said it would be hard to predict overall recovery and cautioned with certainty that the post operative condition would lead to accelerated and significant arthritis. He was right. From day one it's never felt right and I've been in various degrees of acute pain this entire time. But this past year the arthritis and pain have increased sharply. On a scale of 1-10 I'd give it a 5/6 during most of the day, 7/8 at night and a 9/10 when initially standing and the first few steps. It's a real challenge. The pain saps my mental focus and it's physically exhausting all at the same time.
Considering everything, I've done pretty well keeping strong and managing pain. With some limitations I've still been able live a normal active life and race my bike hard enough but now its at a point where the joint is done, there's nothing left. A recent MRI showed the joint looking more like a broccoli stalk embedded into mashed potatoes than proper ball and socket joint. So I'm getting a total hip replacement in a few weeks: Dec 09 to be precise. Ironically this is five years to the day of my operation in 2007, or perhaps not that ironic. My life seems often to be unintentionally threaded with linear numeric synergy.
Prognosis for the operation is good. If all goes well I should come out of this in much better condition and comfort than what has become the norm for me these past five years. I can't help but hope putting me back together this time will; in this way, change life for the better.
Peace and roll strong!