I saw my surgeon this morning, and I'm officially on The List for a full hip replacement. It could be as long as a year wait, so nothing is imminent. I'm feeling really good about the decision, much happier. Hip is getting more painful by the week, so I'm ready to do something about it. It will be an Exeter ceramic-on-ceramic prosthesis (shown below).
The operation and recovery will be less straightforward than a standard hip replacement for someone with a normal hip who 'just' has osteoarthritis - my whole pelvis, hip joint and femur are very unusual / mangled, and it will be a challenging operation. Higher risk of complications too. Dr Smith might be able to fix my leg length difference, but it is a secondary consideration - having a secure prosthesis is more important.
And please welcome the lovely Purl, who arrived this morning - my new white 2.4 GHz, 2 Gb MacBook! She has joined me so I don't have to be chained to my desk for the next 4+ months - working in the living room is a nicer environment, but I'm mainly planning on working a day or two each week at the National Library, in their Reading Room, away from the Interbets (which is a big distraction), and other procrastinations like my family, chores, and phone calls. The Nasho is just one bus ride from my door - but a long bus ride (stealth knitting time!!)
Along with Purl, I have a new mini graphics tablet (ie portable) - a Wacom Bamboo tablet, which is divine. It's black and cooool. I've used Wacom tablets for years - they are brilliant. Much easier on my hands than a mouse.
We're into talking author contracts this week ... no deadline extension is possible, so I'll be working over Christmas - guess it's a good excuse to do less ;)
OK, back to the coal face! And if anyone's down Tuggeranong way this Saturday (13 Sept), do come along to the Tuggers Stitch'n Bitch - 2-4 pm at Coffee Guru at the Anketell St entrance to the Hyperdome - Dotter and I will be there, and would love to see you!
PS Isn't it a cool date? 10 - 9 - 08 !