Those of you that have known me for a while are probably aware that I have a "bad hip." A real bummer for anyone, let alone a dog trainer. I have been plauged with hip pain on my right side ever since Ethan was born four and a half years ago. Since arriving in Oregon (and making use of the health benefits that come with my husband Kyle's job at Oregon Health and Science University), I have been seeing an entire team of doctors, all working to get me in better shape. The bad news is that I seem to be worse than ever right now, but the good news is that orthopedist Dr. Andrea Herzka, along with the others treating me, think that a (second) surgery has a decent (60-75%) chance of "fixing" me.
Gulp - under the knife again! I go in for the procedure on January 4th, followed by 3 to 6+ weeks of recovery, determined by what the surgeon discovers and fixes while I'm under. We are blessed to have my mother, Jane Babbitt, flying out from Maine for the entire month of January to help with cooking, cleaning and taking care of Ethan. Hopefully this will be a successful surgery, an easy recovery and a full resolution. I am already looking forward to the chance to once again go for hikes with my family, run agility courses with Pistol and Apple, and in general lead an active, pain-free life. Your prayers and good thoughts are welcome!