The Summer of 2016 will definitely be remembered as the Summer I Stayed Home for 6 Weeks to Build New Bone! On Bastille Day, July 14th, Dr. SAW (really spelled Sah) popped by right hip out of my body and SAH-ED off the head of my femur! Then he pounded a new prosthetic femur head into my now dissected femur body. After that he reamed my right acetabulum to re-surface it. Then he stuck in a brand new socket where the shiny titanium femur head would sit. After all of this, he stitched me shut, like Dr. Frankenstein, and probably went to have lunch.
Several hours later I emerged from my epidural-induced comatose state when a nurse (I think she was a nurse. Maybe she was a physical therapist) came to get me up for a walk! WTFudge! I was understandably a Nervous Nelly about the idea of walking down the Hall of Washington Hospital in Fremont, CA. But I had already told myself that I was going to be THE PERFECT PATIENT!
Right away I was amazed to feel my hip joint moving smoothly, just as it had done in my early 30’s. WOW! Immediately my mind flew to dreams of hiking, dancing, riding my bicycle, walking the streets of Paris and the hills of Ireland, visiting my brother and his wahini on the Big Island to walk through the rainforest. About three days later, back at home, a friend asked, “How are you doing?” My reply: I HAD NO IDEA HOW MUCH PAIN I WAS IN UNTIL I WASN’T. Thank you, Dr. Alexander Sah! You and your team at Dearborn-Sah Institute for Joint Restoration are not only greatly skilled, but you’re compassionate, patient, and even funny!
Now I’m on my way! I’m excited for the chance to resume my once physically active life. Who knows? Maybe I’ll event do some backpacking or ride a horse again! Whatever it is my family, my friends and I are all happy that I’m on the other side and that I am truly BIONIC BZ now!
Yep, my name is BZ Smith, and I tell stories.