Tuesday, June 09, 2009

But I'm still a spring chicken!

I've been trying to duck it for a couple of years now, but it doesn't look like there's any way around it. I met with a surgeon today, and after reviewing MRI and CT studies, he recommends a laproscopic procedure to clean up bone spurs on my right hip and (we hope) a little tidying of the labrum.

The weirdest thing is I don't know how I did it. A few years ago, we owned a house on an acre-sized lot, and toward the end of push-mowing sessions, that hip seemed to become really tired. The worst incident was after—not during!—a street hockey game where I suddenly couldn't walk and had to use my stick as a cane. You'd think there'd be some nasty collision or fall or something to pin this on, but it really seemed to come out of the blue.

That's been a couple of years ago. Back then, I didn't know I had a likely tear and hoped that I could work through the condition. In my defense, the pain was only in certain positions, and I walk limp-free. Deep squats at the gym hurt, and I hope I didn't do additional damage trying to tough it out.

So I'm facing four to six weeks on crutches and several months of rehab. It's tough getting old.


Dr. Jones said...

Grandpa Bacon...when you get all better, will you make a resurgence to hockey? I am thinking about jumping into the rec leagues this Fall at the Ice Plex.

Tom O'C

Greg Bacon said...

I hope so! The doc said it'll never be back to one hundred percent, but my fingers are crossed for being able to tolerate running and other high-impact exercise again.