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Forum topic by Rick Dennington posted 05-23-2011 08:24 AM 2308 views 0 times favorited 53 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rick Dennington

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05-23-2011 08:24 AM

Greetings all,

On May 10th, I had to go into the hospital for a total hip replacement. It got so bad that I couldn’t hardly get around, and trying to work in the shop was a major killer, or even just walking got to be torture. My “ball and socket” was completely worn out and shot. I spent 4 days in the hospital, and they get you up the next day starting you walikng. This last week I had to have nurses from Home Health Care come to my home, take vital signs, re-dress my insicion, and check for any blood clots, etc. On Friday I got the staples removed (I had 28 staples). Been doing physical therapy this past week also, and have one more week to go before being released on my own. I have to use a walker (it makes me feel really old…lol), but I’m on the mend. It’ll take a few months to get back on my feet again, so I can get back to normal activities, so woodworking is out for awhile. That’s why I haven’t been on LJs in a while. Hopefully it won’t be too much longer till I’m back in the shop making sawdust and chips. Just wanted to pass that little tidbit of information along to all my buds. I know it’s not woodworking related, just Coffee Lounge talk…..Later. Rick.

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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View Dennisgrosen's profile


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#1 posted 05-23-2011 09:03 AM

hope you heal fast and recover soon Rick
but you shuold take it real slow now and get some more trainning
two to three times a week
I say this becourse I drive with a lot of people who had the hip or parts of it replaced
I hope you have got yourself a hard wedgeformed pillow to sit on

take care

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#2 posted 05-23-2011 09:46 AM

Just think, Rick, you are almost a modern day Steve Austin. lol The bionic woodworker. Heal fast man. Your tools have been complaining about your absence from the shop. They are very lonesome. Best wishes, man.

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#3 posted 05-23-2011 10:11 AM

Glad to hear you came out the other side alright in the end my friend, you’ll be sore and stiff for a while but the discomfort now will be worth it in the end.

I have a similar problem but not at the stage where I need to go into hospital for the op ,but inevitable in the end.

Enjoy the Summer, by the time Autunm comes around you’ll be raring to get into the shop.

catch you later buddy.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#4 posted 05-23-2011 10:58 AM

Good luck in your recovery. I am sure it will be full and quick… I think I would be looking to try things you can do in bed – like carving… or arranging a scrolll saw setup :) Maybe leaning sketchup to plan, plan, plan.


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#5 posted 05-23-2011 11:08 AM

glad things went well.
My Mom’s advice (she’s had 3 hip surgeries—the material broke on the 2nd hip and she had to have it redone) ......... push yourself but don’t break the rules. No riding the lawnmower! :)

My Mom hated the walker as well..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 05-23-2011 12:16 PM

Hi Rick;

Better the ball and socket wears out, than the ball and chain! LOL

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 05-23-2011 12:35 PM

Glad to hear you doing ok after surgery. You know you can get a small mat at the craft store and you could try your hand at marquetry. The window method , make a few things to inlay or some frig magnets. Hope you fell good enough to maybe give this a try.

-- Billp

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#8 posted 05-23-2011 01:35 PM

While your recovering wood work in your head and come up with some awesome designs.When you are all recovered you can churn out all that stuff that was formulated in your head.Get better soon!!!!

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#9 posted 05-23-2011 01:41 PM

Get well soon man.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#10 posted 05-23-2011 01:46 PM

Best wishes for a fast recovery…BC

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#11 posted 05-23-2011 02:03 PM

Best Wishes and a speedy recovery. I’ve know several people who have had knee or hip replacements and have said afterwards, that they wished they either knew they needed it sooner or had it done sooner.So you’ll be back in the pink again as soon as you recover. Take care.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#12 posted 05-23-2011 02:17 PM

Take your time getting back in the shop. When I was studying to be a paramedic (volunteer), I worked with a patient in the ER who had decided, against his doctor’s advice, to start woodworking again while he as still feeling shaky. He fed his hand into a planer and the planer took the bones from three fingers (but left the skin behind—it was a pretty odd injury).

Be well and take your time. It’s not worth risking an injury just to make some more sawdust!

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#13 posted 05-23-2011 02:49 PM

Glad to hear you are on the mend, Rick. Listen to the doctors and don’t overdo it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 05-23-2011 02:58 PM

I’m very sorry to hear that, Rick. I have no doubts that you and your bionic hip will be better than ever in no time!

Feel better soon and keep us posted on your progress.


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#15 posted 05-23-2011 03:16 PM

I wish you well on your recovery.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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