The Good News About Bad News

Yesterday I had a follow-up appointment with my doctor about my MRI from last week. The good news is I don’t need a hip replacement, I don’t have early arthritis, or anything really very serious. I have a labrum tear.

The labrum is the tissue that sits between your hip socket and the ball on the end of your femur. (If you’re curious or want a very real image of where the labrum is – click here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.) Want to go hiking, climb the Great Wall of China, ski or practice yoga? Kind of important to keep it all in one place.

Most people don’t know (because I don’t talk about it a lot) but I have been in basically a constant state of pain/discomfort for 4 and a half years. So while a small surgery sounds like an awful thing to you all, it sounds like a godsend to me. This is an opportunity to be a 25 year old in a 25-year-old body and not be limited by this small ache that grows with each step, draws out my work day, and makes a good night’s sleep almost impossible.

Plus, there is definitely going to be ice cream involved. This will be the second time I’ve had surgery  (many of you remember the three months I couldn’t speak when I was 17…I’ll have to write about that sometime). As a youngster, my older sister had her tonsils taken out. She got to eat ice cream for like a whole week straight. At 5 or 6 that was the gravest injustice I could suffer through. So instead of beating my needy inner child, I’ll be sure to get plenty of Baskin Robbins on hand.

Now to start the process of finding a surgeon, making a few economic decisions, and driving off into a more active life!

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