I have a confession to make; I have a bad habit. When I get a new idea, I get so enthusiastic about it that I tend to forget that it might not work out like I want. For example, when I first started seriously thinking about the femur replacement, I was so thrilled about being able to do serious exercise again that I didn’t stop to realize all the other things going on that won’t be fixed by that surgery. So, to put my feet back on the ground, I thought I should make a list:
arthritis and bursitis in shoulder
bratwurst sized hernia along the center of my abs
bad teeth (seriously, I should just get them all pulled and get full top/bottom dentures)
This does not mean that I shouldn’t get the femur replaced – in fact, I am still trying to move forward with the VA about it. At this point, though, I don’t even know for sure the VA will agree that I should get it, so optimism is premature. I just want to be realistic about how much my life will change once it’s done. Yes, I will be able to do more weight lifting and eventually work back into distance running, but I’ll still be curled up in a dark room 1/3rd of each month on average, and I won’t be exercising my abs at all (except indirectly).