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LOOKS LIKE A 4 TH TIME

From: COBY JACOBS
Date: 06 Feb 2001
Time: 14:04:17
Remote Name: 64.158.52.142

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I'M VERY PLEASED THAT I FOUND THIS SITE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DEALING WITH MY RIGHT HIP FOR THE LAST 33 YEARS, I AM HAVING TROUBLE DEALING WITH THE ASPECT OF A FOURTH REPLACEMENT. I WAS 15 YEARS OLD IN JAN. 1968, I FELL IN A HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY AND SHATTERED THE TOP OF THE FEMUR. 3 PINS WERE PLACED IN MY JOINT AND REMOVED 6 MONTHS LATER. APPROXIMATELY 11 YEARS LATER IN 1979 , HAD A MAJOR CAR ACCIDENT AND MY RIGHT LEG GOT JAMMED FROM THE BOTTOM UP AND INFLAMMATION TOOK IT'S COURSE AND THE ARTHRITIS ATE THE BALL AND SOCET AWAY. I HAD A CEMENT HIP PUT IN IN JAN. OF 1979 AND WAS DOING FINE UNTIL I FELL DOWN AN ICY DECK STEPS AND LOOSENED THE CEMENT IN 1984. SUBSEQUENTLY, I HAD A REVISION IN JAN. 1984 (JANUARY- A SCARY MONTH FOR ME)AND THE DOCTOR ABSOLUTELY PUT IN THE WRONG SIZED HIP AT THE WRONG ANGLE AND I SPENT ALMOST 3 YEARS IN EVERYDAY AGONY. AS ALL KNOW THE PAIN WEARS YOU AND OF COURSE MY LOVELY WIFE AND CHILDREN WERE AFFECTED. MY WIFE (KAREN, HAS A BROTHER WHO WORKED IN MT. SINAI IN NEW YORK AND HE HOOKED ME UP WITH DR. ROGER LEVY WHO THEN PERFORMED MY THIRD TOTAL HIP ,WHICH WAS NOT CEMENTED TO ALLOW THE BONE TO GROW INTO THE METAL TO CREATE THE BOND. NOW IT'S 14 YEARS LATER AND THE PAIN STARTED 3 DYAS AGO DOWN THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY LEG WITH THE CONSTANT ACHING ,GNAWING JOINT PAIN IN MY BUTTOCKS. I ALSO HAD MY LEFT KNEE REPLACED LAST JUNE 2000 DUE TO OSTEO ARTHRITIS AND I'M STLL RECUPERATING FROM THAT ONLY 7 MONTHS AGO. I HAVE ALWAYS PRIDED MYSELF ON BE ABLE TO STAND BACK UP WHEN I HAVE BEEN KNOCKED DOWN, BUT IT IS GETTING TO ME. IN 1968 ,I SPENT 3.5 MONTHS ON MY BACK IN A HOSPITAL BED IN MY PARENTS LIVING ROOM AND OF COURSE HAVE HAD MANY,MANY MONTHS OF RECUPRATIVE THERAPY OVER THE YEARS. SOMETIMES, I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THIS KNEE AND NOW MY HIP AGAIN IS A PROBLEM I WILL CARRY FOREVER. TO ALL OF YOU OUT THERE, I CAN TRULY SAY I " UNDERSTAND " . FOR A FINAL COMMENT THOUGH, AS MUCH AS MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT'S LIKE ON A DAILY BASIS AND ESPECIALLY WHEN THINGS ARE WRONG, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO FEEL. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND I AM SO HAPPY THAT I FOUND A FORUM TO GET THINGS OFF MY CHEST. THANK YOU

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