Randall Absence FAQs

Where u been?

  • This is a professional blog.  Please use standard English.

Sorry.  Where have you been?

  • Last Friday, about 12 hours after submitting final semester grades,  I had hip resurfacing surgery at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Why have surgery over the holidays?

  • Because I did not want to miss any (1) classes or (2) summer break.   Winter break provides enough time to rehab so I can start next semester without a hiccup.

Why did you need hip surgery?

  • Who knows.  Not because of a specific accident, illness, or trauma.  For about six years I have had symptoms of arthrosis, the deterioration of cartilage, in my right hip.  The cartilage wore out and my pelvis bore directly on my femur, bone on bone.  Whatever the cause I lived with it without concession–except that I stopped running, which I miss.  This summer I exacerbated the discomfort by climbing up and down a stepladder about 10,000 times while installing cedar siding shingles on my workshop.    I saw an orthopedic surgeon, took Piroxicam to relieve the pain, and scheduled the surgery for winter break.

Is this the surgery my grandma had last summer?

  • Similar, but likely not the same unless Grandma is under the age of 60 and a jock.  Grandma probably had Total Hip Replacement.  Both surgeries involve prosthetic implants but my surgery removes less bone and is, obviously, way cooler.

Does it hurt?

  • Surprisingly little for seven days post-op.  I only feel the hip when I do one of the many things I’ve been instructed not to do, like roll from my back to my side without a pillow between my knees.  The incision doesn’t even hurt very much.  The area aches, the leg is stiff from fluid retention, and my hip and thigh muscles are on strike because they’ve been mistreated.  That’s about it.

Can you walk?

  • With crutches.  I can put all of my weight on the surgical (also known as the “involved”) leg, but I can’t do much else with it.  I walk circles around the first floor of my house, sit in one of the few chairs that do not violate the Global Precautions Against Surgical Hip Dislocation, and climb the stairs to lie on the bed and do physical therapy. That’s why I said below that my ass is glued to my chair.  Each day the leg is a bit stronger with greater range of motion.

Who is your orthopedic surgeon?

  • John Ready at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

What’s next?

  • Rehab, football, course prep, rehab.  Pretty dull.  Talking to myself–I mean blogging–helps pass the time.