The decision on replacing the left side of my ass #Myhipreplacementsurgery DAY SEVEN AND BEYOND I no longer remember exactly what I thought would happen during the post surgery period, but there is a possibility I am the victim of inflated expectations. “The major difference between the posterior (my surgery of 10 years ago) and … Continue reading Take My Hip-Please! #7
A decision on replacing the left side of my ass #hipreplacement Today is the day. It’s 4:30 AM, and my wife Claudia and I are waiting for the driver to show to give us a ride to the hospital for registration and then the operation. Okay, I admit to being a little nervous. But it … Continue reading Take My Hip-Please! #6
A decision on replacing the left side of my ass #hipreplacement The truth is that Susan has the wrong title. Officially, she is known as a “Surgery Scheduler.” It sounds simple enough and self-explanatory. But, let’s examine that more closely. The next time you are provided service, ask how you felt as it was being … Continue reading Take My Hip-Please! Day 5
A decision on replacing the left side of my ass! #hipreplacement surgery I found out today that my wish to be the first surgery of the day has been granted. No, it is not that they are doing me special favors. It’s that diabetics have more complications during surgery, and there are only two of … Continue reading Take My Hip-Please! Day 4
A decision on replacing the left side of my ass #hipreplacement DAY THREE More thoughts from the Colonial Capital, helped by my friend Thomas Jefferson here: I have gone from feeling as if surgery is down the path a way to realizing that it is just around the corner. Am I nervous? Or have I … Continue reading Take My Hip – Please! Day 3
A decision on replacing the left side of my ass #hipreplacement DAY TWO Surgical Attendant immediately before surgery: “Now Mr. Holland, which hip are you having replaced?” Me: “The right one.” That’s the way it was several years ago when I had my right hip replaced. But once the general public became aware of the … Continue reading Take My Hip-Please! Day Two
A decision on replacing the left side of my ass #hipreplacement DAY ONE Any one old enough to remember the Hinny Youngman line, “Now take my wife—please,” shouldn’t be considering hip replacement surgery. But here I am, a 74-year-old diabetic about ready to have it done. The other day my wife of nearly 50 years … Continue reading Take My Hip – Please!
The eldest of our five grand-kids, Kasey (yes, named after Ernest Thayer’s poem “Casey at the Bat” ) is now 11 years old and has for years proclaimed her intention to go to college—not just any college, but Stanford University. Admission requirements and affordability are not usually front-of-mind for 11 year-olds. If you are anything … Continue reading How Grandparents can Help Parents and Their Prospective College Students without Getting in the Way
The athletic department at Michigan State University invited me to participate in their orientation for parents of incoming freshman athletes. These parents were no ordinary group. With this presentation, I got as much as I gave—and then some. It was comforting to be again reassured that PARENTS GET IT.
I am this week returning to Albion to help put in place an outreach to parents and their college-bound students so that upon graduation they are positioned to use their degree for career success.