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Getting old.

Toward the end of the summer, I started having some trouble with my hip. There wasn't much pain involved but it was similar enough to what happens to my shoulder that it upset me quite a lot.

Three things bothered me:

1. Dislocating a shoulder is one thing but a hip? How horrible would that be?
2. I'm pretty sure there's nothing that can be done about it. Not at this point, at least.
3. I'm also pretty sure that this is the kind of thing that only gets worse.

Two months ago, I made an appointment with our new family doctor. The appointment was for today. As it turned out, the new doc was away and I had to see the person who was covering for him (I knew this in advance). She was very nice, very efficient, very young. She asked lots of questions to which I gave unhelpful answers (no recent injuries, no medical changes, no pain running down my leg, no pain in my back, etc). She moved my leg in many directions and had me touch my toes but she couldn't find any problems.

On a side note, she says I'm very flexible. I think that's a good thing.

She said it's possible that I just have looser joints than most people. She wants my hips x-rayed though (both, so she can compare) and my lower back. I went across the street to the hospital after and I'm having those done tomorrow.

I did ask her what the chances were that my hip would dislocate (my biggest fear) and she said it was very unlikely. She said the hip is a very strong, stable joint (unlike the shoulder, which is the weakest) and that it would take something severe to make it separate, like a car accident or a fall from a significant height.

So I felt better after that. We'll see what the x-rays show.

And in unrelated news, about half an hour after I got home, they called from the school to say that J was sick and asked me to pick him up. He has a fever. Yay.

Posted by Ripley on November 25, 2009 | Tags: life