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If Neil Young Wrote A Song About Hip Replacement ‘Old Hip’

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Neil Young wrote a song when he was young called “Old Man.

Young states, “About that time when I wrote (“Heart of Gold”), and I was touring, I had also — just, you know, being a rich hippie for the first time — I had purchased a ranch, and I still live there today. And there was a couple living on it that were the caretakers, an old gentleman named Louis Avila and his wife Clara. And there was this old blue Jeep there, and Louis took me for a ride in this blue Jeep. He gets me up there on the top side of the place, and there’s this lake up there that fed all the pastures, and he says, “Well, tell me, how does a young man like yourself have enough money to buy a place like this?” And I said, “Well, just lucky, Louie, just real lucky.” And he said, “Well, that’s the darndest thing I ever heard.” And I wrote this song for him.”

Now that he is older he might have re-written this song to called “Old Hip.”

Young man look at my life,
I was a lot like you are.
Young man look at my life,
I was a lot like you are.

Young man look at my life,
Sixty four
and there’s not much more
Lived alone with one bad hip
Makes me remember when I had two.

Hip lost, such a cost,
Give me things
that don’t fall off.
Like a femur that won’t get tossed
On my walker rolling back to you.

Young man look at my life,
I was a lot like you are.
I need someone to wheel me
the whole day through
Ah, one look in my gait
and you can tell that’s true.

Arthritic hips, tears in my eyes,
I used to run around this old town.
Doesn’t mean that much to you
To mean that much to me.

I’ve been first and last
Look at how the time goes past.
But I’m all alone at last.
Rolling on my walker home to you.

Young man look at my life,
I was a lot like you are.
Young man look at my life,
I was a lot like you are.

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Now Get Out And Hike Your Favorite National Park

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Take A Hike: Easily find hiking trails near where you are right now or at your favorite national park.

Now that you have a new hip, you can hike again… yea!

Using Bing To Find Hiking Trails: Bing, yes Bing, has a feature that allows you to find hiking trails near me, that is ‘me’ as in ‘you.’

It actually works better than Google because it use your actual location.

How To Search For Hiking Trails Using Bing:  There are two ways you will probably conduct your hiking search.

  1. If you are already at or near your destination: Go to Bing.com and type “hiking trails near me”
  2. If you are not at your destination but want to look ahead: Go to Bing.com and type “hiking trails near me <Name of Destination>”. In example, you might type “hiking trails near me Mount Rainier National Park”

I have included a few of my favorite national parks as as example. On the first example, I share a screen shot of what you will see with your search.

Mount Rainier National Park Mount Rainier National Park hiking trails

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hiking trails

Grand Teton National Park Grand Teton National Park hiking trails

Big Bend National Park Big Bend National Park hiking trails

Cuyahoga Valley National Park Cuyahoga Valley National Park hiking trails

Acadia National Park Acadia National Park hiking trails

Isle Royale National Park Isle Royale National Park hiking trails

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Great Smoky Mountains National Park hiking trails

Zion National Park Zion National Park hiking trails

Petrified Forest National Park Petrified Forest National Park hiking trails

Rocky Mountain National Park Rocky Mountain National Park hiking trails

Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park hiking trails

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A Broken Wrist (Colles Fracture): 8 One Handedness Tips For Those With An Arm Cast

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My Financial Contributions To The US Medical Care System Continues: So… a few years after I had my hip replacement (it wasn’t cheap), I was hiking Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. A beautiful national park to visit. Great place to visit as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has many hiking trails. At the bottom of this post I have included more Hawaii hiking tips.

Let It Rain: Everything was going great, then I fell (don’t hike after a hard rain) and broke my right wrist (I know, I know… what a klutz). I broke both wrist bones (my radius – the larger of the two bones of the forearm and my ulna) and had surgery (guess I had forgotten how expensive US medical care can be) to fix my colles fracture – see video below. I also learned that I should be nice to Pele.

Bonus Factoid: U.S. health care spending grew 5.8 percent in 2015, reaching $3.2 trillion or $9,990 per person. As a share of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, health spending accounted for 17.8 percent

I am right-handed, so I soon discovered how difficult life can be with a broken wrist and trying to use my left hand. I had to learn how to do many things with one hand.

If you break your wrist, you can have lots of mobility and functionality problems occur including those below. I have included 8 tips:

    • Going to the bathroom: I bought a full service bidet (that means hands-free with warm water, not cold water, squirted on your tush). You can read why I bought the BioBidet model here. I bought it because it is hard to reach your netherlands with your non-dominant hand. And, because I remembered when one of my friends broke his dominant hand elbow playing basketball. His wife said to me, “The only thing worse than wiping your own a** is wiping somebody else’s a**.”
    • Writing: I don’t. I bought a good, but cheap, computer microphone.
    • Opening anything with a lid: My wife graciously does this for me. But, she warns me, if I continue to under appreciate her, I may buy a one handed jar opener.
    • Showering if you have a cast (plus the aroma that can accumulate when you don’t shower). I took a garbage bag and some elastic wrap to make a cast protector. Video below. You can also buy a shower cast protector.
    • One handed shoelace tying – a video is below. But here is what I did: I went barefoot, wore flip flops and for shoes with laces, I bought elastic shoelaces by Lock Lace.
    • Pulling on socks with one hand: First, I went to anklet socks – that was easier – less to pull up. Second, I learned to cuff the sock top which creates a space for me to insert my thumb and forefinger to widen the sock. A video of one technique is below. FYI, I had a sock aid that was useful when I had my hip replacement surgery, but it didn’t work too well as I needed both arms to pull on the ropes. I used the ‘flip flop as a sock aid’ method as well – video below.
    • Gotta’ shave face/legs: I have a medium beard and hadn’t ever used an electric shaver, but I was finding shaving with one hand hard. I bought a waterproof electric shaver. Easy to use with one hand and did the job.
    • Typing on a computer. I now use Google Docs with voice typing, copy the text and paste to the application I need. Video below.
    • Protect your wrists: Also, once healed, you (meaning me) need to be careful so I bought these inexpensive wrist braces.

Hiking Hawaiian Trails Tips:

  • Long pants – lava is unforgiving and very sharp.
  • Hiking shoes or boots.
  • Walking stick
  • Bottled water
  • Compass or GPS
  • Short sleeve shirts with sun protecting collars
  • Hat with sun brim
  • Dark UV or Polarized sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Backpack
  • Small first aid kit
  • Sun screen – lots of it

Visit the State of Hawaii, DLNR, Division of Forestry & Wildlife Nā Ala Hele Trail & Access Program

One handed shoelace tying

Demonstration of putting socks on one handed

Demonstration of putting socks on one handed – but I cuff my socks instead for better control

How to Shower With An Arm Cast

Google Docs with voice typing

Elastic shoelaces – using Lock Laces

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Don’t Give Flowers After Surgery. Instead…

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Don’t Make This Common Post-Surgery, Gift Giving Mistake – While I was in the hospital recovering, my father called and asked how I was doing and if he could send me flowers. I politely (?) said that I would only be in recovery for two to three days so there was no need for the flowers. He meant well, he was far away and thought flowers were exactly what I needed. They weren’t.

Don’t Give Flowers After Surgery. Instead Give These! I made it home on day three and, to my surprise (if you saw me, you would know that I am not a flower kinda’ guy), I was receiving flowers. A flower delivery arrived (Flowers? What am I going to do with flowers?), then a neighbor brought over (MORE) flowers in a vase.

This Is Way, Way, Way, Way Better Than Flowers – She asked me how I was doing then was patiently waiting for me to acknowledge how nice the flowers looked so I finally gave in and said, “Thank you for the flowers in that nice vase!” I paused, then honestly said,  “The only way this could be nicer was if that vase was filled with M&M’s.” She smiled. I got brownies with M&M’s in them (she knew that was my favorite) the next day.

Neil Diamond & Barbara Streisand, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers

Flowers (Make That M&M’s) For Algernon – Trailer

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Hip Replacement Surgery Tip #49: ‘The Quantified Recovery Process’

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Count On It!

OK, so you are a bit obsessive about measuring, analyzing and quantifying things… I get it. I have been known to be a bit of a task master and recorder of effort.

In your business or personal life, probably both, you would keep track of a wide variety of items: earnings per month, best half marathon time, the number of books read, expense per employee and similar items. Either it was your nature or you knew that “That which is measured improves. That which is measured and reported improves exponentially.”

In short, plan on quantifying your rehab activity for optimum recovery.

Well, Don’t Forget Monitoring Your Post-Surgery Recovery

Everything can be ‘quantified’ these days. Even stuff you weren’t aware (how much time you spent on NetFlix) of or don’t really want to measure (how much you spent on chocolate).

You are going to be dismayed about how ‘slowly’ your recovery process is and asking yourself, “Why isn’t going faster?” You will find if you monitor your recovery, from the first day you started (walking to the mailbox and back) to a week later (around the block) to a month later (it gets better and better) you will be surprised and astounded about how quickly you recover from hip replacement surgery.

Fitness Trackers

So all you need is an easy way to measure your post-surgery recovery process.

It is very easy to quantify and measure your progress. Amazon offers a wide arrange of ‘fitness trackers.’ Most of which you simply place on your wrist, move around then hook up to your computer and watch your progress over (a short period of) time.

When you go back and review your progress, you will be shocked! Below is a map of a post-surgery trip we took to Hawaii. I went 4.51 mi with an elevation gain of 652 feet (it doesn’t seem like much, but that is about equal to 60+ story building) in 1:46:59, including all the photos I took and road crossings etc.

garmin maui

You can make a reward game of your recovery progress:
Walk 1 mile = new walking shoes
Walk 2 miles = new walking outfit
Walk 3 miles = new MP3 player
Walk 50 miles = new spouse

 

 

I have to walk early in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing (But your fitness tracker will track the time of day when you exercise and you can see if you walk more in at various times of day).

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