Lately, I'm in a bunch of pain.
|I got a good giggle out of this!|
Well, enough that the thought of continuing this level of activity with this level of pain in my arthritic hip is bringing me to tears faster than the thought of having surgery.
Whoa. That's a big change.
My goal is to ride a (t least one) 50-miler this year.
Mostly to contribute towards getting Fiddle a "decade award" (we've got three years into that already), but also because it's what I do.
At the end of last season, a 25 or 30 mile ride was not just do-able, it was almost easy...but a 50 seemed pretty out-of-reach. I got a cortisone injection right after my final ride of the season, and felt better. For a while.
I was hoping that cortisone might last me until a few weeks before the 2014 ride season started up, so I could get another injection, try to ride a 50, and then make decisions from there.
But it hasn't lasted long enough. Right now the pain meds are only knocking the top off the pain, and it takes a major effort to get my own socks on each morning. Shoelaces are a thing of the past.
I'm hoping to get approved for another injection next week (fingers crossed) and then another injection in mid-March before Home on the Range if the February shot is wearing thin. I already know the doc won't be thrilled about two shots so close together.
On the other hand, the doc does Ironman. He has heard of Lew Hollander (who was a Pacific Northwest endurance rider and Ride-and-Tie-r before he was ever an Ironman). It's possible, though not likely, that the doc will get it. It's not like I'm proposing a plan to live on cortisone for five more years.
Just get me through a 50, or let me at least give a 50 a good, honest try.
If I can't finish, I'll pull.
If I don't try, I will probably go crazy and I will probably take major parts of the Western Hemisphere with me.
As Monica has said, keeping me on the Disabled/Inactive list will not bring prosperity and happiness to society.
If I can barely struggle through a 50, I'll schedule hip replacement surgery right after the ride so I'll be able to at least swing a pulaski with the Renegade Rendezvous trail crew at the end of June. If it's not that bad, I'll probably try another 50 or at least do some LD's until we get past Renegade, and THEN I'll schedule surgery.
The days of hoping I'm going to make it through the entire 2014 season on my own hip are gone.
I keep hearing that hip surgeries are "no big deal" these days, and that people who have them wish they'd had them sooner.
Hmmm. The thought still scares me to death.