1) I have a hard time making decisions. For proof, see this previous blog post.
2) Once I make a decision, I rarely look back. For proof, keep reading.
Having decided that my LPAO/recovery was bearable and that it is my best shot at saving my hips, I have scheduled surgery for my left hip on Nov. 10.
That's right. November 10th. Seven months and five days after Dr. Mayo first worked his magic. I've had a lot of people ask my why so soon. My reasons, David Letterman-style:
- 10) I've already paid all the out-of-pocket costs for my health insurance for the calendar year. Having the surgery in 2008 means I will save about $2,500.
- 9) I want to sky dive, mountain bike and rock climb starting next spring.
- 8) Excellent work benefits and lots of paid sick leave. I eventually want to get a different job so I don't have to commute two hours each day, so I want to take advantage of my current situation.
- 7) Valium before surgery is lovely.
- 6) My parents will be able to take care of me again.
- 5) I am not a patient person.
- 4) The longer I wait, the less likely I will remember how great it is to be able to walk without pain. Which leads me to No. 3 ...
- 3) The longer I wait, the more I'll be tempted to put it off.
- 2) The right side bothers me more and more. Near-daily pain, and especially if I'm being especially active.
- And the No. 1 reason I'm having my RPAO so soon:
I'm not scared sh**less. Like I said, the first one was manageable. I know I can do this again. ... I think. ;)