Y: Yikes


Y is totally for Yikes! The answer to the previous X question: This is a model of the hip replacement gizmos that will be used in my upcoming procedure. Thank you for all your responses. I hope you’ve made a new friend in expression with haiku. Certificates of Distinctions available soonly.

There are three parts to the contraption: the long lower knife/cane/golf club grip that fits into my femur, a dense plastic faux cartilage, and the round pelvis-nested salad bowl.

(And yes, I was the only one at the surgery preparation class that was so awed as to take photos of these amazing devices.)

What I love the most is the coral reef/spaghetti-like parts to which my actual living bones will meld/grow into. I’ll pause here, and let you read that sentence again…
It’s all made of titanium, and yes, I will set off metal detectors.

So Y is also for Yes?

Yes, I’ll be needing to close down MMS+S for a few weeks while all the magic (and pain medication) happens, so if you’re thinking about ordering a kit or two, please do so in the next few days.


Yes, I’ve not been getting out much, but reading a lot and appreciating the many comforts of home. This is a late-night surprise encounter of Albie (and his debris field), stretched out on the (unmade) single bed in the sun room.


And Yes, yes, wily Scarlett. As poet David Whyte suggests,

Turn sideways into the light as they say
the old ones did and disappear
into the originality of it all.

(From “Tobar Phadraic”, one of my many favorites from him.)

Yes. Yes. Yikes.

24 thoughts on “Y: Yikes

  1. Luci garvin says:

    Thank you so much for the share and the photos…….blessings …….can’t wait for the finish, and sure you are too……cuddle the kitties for me…are they careful around the minis?

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Hello Luci, and welcome! Thank you for the blessings; they are much appreciated. The cats are cuddled as much as they’ll allow. The older one is indifferent to the miniature builds; but the newer, younger Scarlett was an absolute terror. It took her somehow launching a build and herself off a high shelf crashing to the ground before she gained respect… or whatever passes for cat keep away.

  2. Shelleybweb says:

    Modern medical science, it can make you want to stand up and dance! Thanks for the cat pic. Will continue sending healthy happy thoughts your way.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thank you, Shelley. The recent improvements in this particular surgery are pretty amazing, and I’ve every reason to believe recovery will be swift. (Still… happy healthy thoughts wafted my way much appreciated :)

  3. Sheila says:

    Wow! That’s very cool. My mom had her knee replaced but I didn’t get to see the parts before hand. Hope everything goes well and your recovery is without incident. And may the painkillers give you many wonderful silly ideas!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thanks, Sheila! I found the parts to be very interesting, beautiful even. I hope the painkillers do their job while needed; I’ll probably keep you all apprised of my silly ideas.

  4. Joyce Merten says:

    YOW WEE! I loves love many things about your post! One of your soon to be hips looks like a space age, no nonsense answer to your situation I feel much more confident now that I have seen this.
    I also love your outdoor succulents they are quite impressive and suitable to yor location.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Right? I felt the same way, Joyce, after seeing the appliances. The NP giving the presentation even touched on apparently some peoples’ concern that it would add to their weight …?! Before reassuring them (us?) that they’re made of titanium, which is very lightweight…
      The succulents are rampant, and much in need of pruning/transplanting, but doing well in our water-wise garden.

  5. Elizabeth S says:

    Domo Arigato Nancy Robato
    I’m sure that your surgery will go well. My sister had both her hips replaced and is back to teaching fitness with more Flexibility and Less Pain than she’d had in the years leading up to it.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Hah, Elizabeth. And thank you for sharing your sister’s experience. At this point I’m so anxious and swirly, I don’t know what to think. I’ll be very glad (and fortunate) to be on the other side :)

  6. Bennie says:

    Wow! That’s some fancy hip replacement. You’ll be stylin’. I guess the first few times you fly someplace it’s gonna be funny saying to them I might set the alarm off but You can’t joke about not having a gun because that’s a trigger phrase these days. I’m sure you’ll have a good explanation for them.

    Best of luck to you and your surgery. One of my cousins had hip replacement and she’s doing pretty darn good today so I have no doubt you’ll be back to your old self very soon. Thank you for sharing this with us. We will miss your posts but we will be here anticipating them in the future.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Bennie, I know! It’s far more fancy than I am, really, but… I guess there’s a whole protocol for flying implant people; it is a FAQ on one of the many informational handouts. Thank you for your well wishes. I have a laptop and just may post during my recovery… for better or for incomprehensible? I’m hoping the enforced downtime will engender some new ideas.

  7. azteclady says:

    I share your fascination, and will be sending you all the good thoughts for a smooth procedure, and as painless and quick recovery as possible.

  8. Carrie says:

    Thanks for sharing….wishing you a perfect surgery and speedy recovery. Once the physical therapy is over, you will be a new woman.

  9. Jodi Hippler says:

    As serious as surgery is, it is such a good thing that we live in a time where technology allows us to go in and get our failing parts replaced. You’ll be better than new in no time, and wondering what else you can have upgraded! Best wishes for a speedy and pain free recovery!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Oh Jodi, thank you. I have to agree; each meeting with the surgery team is like being at a TED talk with the latest, most amazing insights and examples of integrated health care — quite a leap for this medical procedure phobic gal. I hope to keep you all posted, not about this interruption, but all my great new ideas :)

  10. brae says:

    Oh, my! :[ Best of luck to you in surgery and a speedy recovery. You are so right that the design is amazing and thought-provoking.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thank you so much, Brae. I almost think I’m taking a kind of pride that something so amazing will be part of my body, enabling me to continue walking, hiking and exploring. Eyes on the prize!

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