I mean, I look normal, right?
Take last night. My volleyball team and I finished our match (victorious!) and then headed to our familiar watering hole. Over a couple of pitchers of beer, my friends joked about me possibly meeting a guy in the hospital (um, weird). The ultra cute new guy on our team didn't know the situation (which was fine by me, thanks, friends!) so I had to fill him in. His response was like so many others I've heard:
"You sure seem to move around the court okay."
To which my awesome friend Adrienne said, "She hides pain really well." I simply smiled.
I totally get Steve's comment. I really couldn't expect anything else. It was flattering and inquisitive without being insulting. The complete opposite of, "I call B.S. on the bad hip story," which I heard in December after an especially fun round of hula hooping. Even though it was supposed to be a joke — I think — it was a little harsh.
Which brings me to my favorite part of this post:
The most interesting responses I've heard regarding my surgery
- "Don't take those painkillers, you don't want to get hooked."
- "Not sure how you'll be doing after your surgery, but want to go to a Cubs/Rockies game in May?"
- "Are you excited? My dad just had his knee redone."
- "How often do you think about the surgery?"
- "I have bone spurs in my toe."
My "hip sisters" may be the only people who find these as amusing as I do. The comments came from people who really mean well; they just don't know the whole gist of a PAO. I love that they care enough to talk to me about the surgery, I and look forward to many more comments like these!