I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous...Now Read My HIPS!

Now Read My HIPS! is returning very soon. My blog is currently under construction. I am doing some minor renovating and will begin blogging for the New Year, possibly before. I can't wait to start up again. I have missed all of my followers! I love every single one of you! You have helped me to become who I am today! I could never have continued my blog without all of your support. Please be patient, and please continue to support this blog as well as my other blog Chronically Mommy. Pass this information on to anyone that you know may be interested in knowing...To be continued...

I had my shoulder and both hips replaced, and I am changing things up a bit on this blog! I began belly dancing in 2010! Yes you read that correctly!! I am going to be blogging about my experience as a woman with several joint diseases and conditions who had her shoulder and both hips replaced who now belly dances and performs! I still have pain, but I want to blog about how I have fun too! Now Read My HIPS! Please read Chronically Mommy (chronicallymommy.blogspot.com) for info on health/pain.

Hi, I have avascular necrosis in my shoulders, hips, and knees, psoriatic arthritis, sjogren's, fibromyalgia, and hypermobility. I found out that I have autoimmune arthritis in my cervical spine and a bulging disk in my lumbar spine. Seven years ago my spine orthopaedic surgeon told me I had a small amount of autoimmune arthritis in my SI joint. The question still remains: Is the spinal involvement due to Psoriatic Spondylitis, which is a more severe form of Psoriatic Arthritis or is it a new diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis? Whatever the diagnosis, the treatment will remain the same. I had my left hip replaced in 2003 & my right shoulder replaced in March of 2010. I literally gave my right arm to be ambidextrous! LOL! Lastly, I had my right hip replaced on May 10th, 2012.

I began belly dancing. Yes that's correct! I began belly dancing in 2010, so now it is time to "read my hips." Pain is still another part of my life. It is just a question of when, where and how much, but I would like to use this blog to write about my experience as a woman with several joint diseases and conditions who had both hips and a shoulder replaced and now spends her free time belly dancing and performing! I belong to a dance troupe since February of 2014, Seshambeh Dance Company. I am dancing weekly with my troupe in an advanced class and on Saturdays with another class which focuses on exercise and being a strong woman. I am performing a lot more often now, at least 4 or 5 times per year! Join me in my journey!

At times, I take 16 to 20 pills a day. I go every 4 weeks to the to get a 2 hour IV for my autoimmune arthritis diseases. Just when one thing seems to be doing better, something else goes downhill! My attitude, however, is always going uphill! I am 42 years old, have been married 16 years, and my husband and I adopted Mick in Dec. of 2010! I have a lot on my plate right now, but I take it one moment at a time. I believe that God will never give me more than I can handle. However, I do need to learn to ask for help sometimes instead of always doing it by myself!



(Formerly "I Already Gave My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous!")

Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

And now my life has changed in oh so many ways,
My independence seems to vanish in the haze.
But every now and then I feel so insecure,
I know that I just need you like I've never done before.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me.

When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody's help in any way.
But now these daya are gone, I'm not so self assured,
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors.

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down
And I do appreciate you being round.
Help me, get my feet back on the ground,
Won't you please, please help me, help me, help me, oh.

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Now Read My HIPS!
Asmara "Beautiful Butterfly"

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"I'm Thankful to See The Next March 29th!"


This is in Chronic Babe's Blog Carnival # 26, "I am thankful for..." Last year on this day, March 29th, 2010, I was at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA on my first night of recovery following right shoulder replacement surgery. I am writing this post on March 29th, 2011, thankful that I have made it a full year with a wonderful new shoulder! I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for such a wonderful orthopaedic surgeon. He is the best in town, and that is why I picked him. My shoulder had collapsed in Oct. of 2010, and I waited until the end of March that year for that particular doctor to replace it. I could have had another orthopaedic surgeon from another group do it sooner, but I chose him! Thank you, Dr. D! I also would like to thank my wonderful friends from the Young Professionals Arthritis Group. They had brought me food as I recovered. Thank you dear friends, and you know who you are, Susan, Ang, Carlene, Kelbi and Michelle for being wonderful company to talk with and for taking me out when I was stuck at home and couldn't drive yet.

There is so much to be thankful for in this past year. With this shoulder replacement, I was able to get back into an exercise routine that helped me to get my strength back. It helped me to get a routine. Not even 7 months after my shoulder replacement, we were matched with a birth mother! What a wonderful gift to get well for! Thank you to that family for choosing my husband and I to raise Michael. I don't think I have ever been more thankful for anything in my life. With my health on the up rise, I could look forward to being a mommy for the first time in my life!

Although we had our rough times preparing for Michael to come home to us--meaning that the birth family almost changed their minds when they found out I had arthritis. They almost decided against my being Michael's mommy for fear that I couldn't do it because of my joint problems. So thank God for my Dr. W! He agreed to speak with the birth family to let them know that I would be a good mom, and that my arthritis would not prevent me from being able to raise Michael. So thank you, thank you, thank you, Dr. W!!!! I will never forget what you did to change our lives from husband and wife to daddy and mommy!

Thank you so much for all of the support that I have received online. Who would have guessed that people that I never met and probably will never meet in person would have given me so much encouragement and also have made me realize that blogging isn't just for me, it helps others. I am so thankful for all of you out there in cyberworld that have read my blog and have commented and given responses and replies. You have helped me to use my blogging and now Blog Talk Radio to help others in their journey to help themselves by helping others just by telling their story, and by helping themselves by the sheer joy of knowing that you helped even just one person with your story! What a wonderful feeling!

I am thankful that I decided to blog about the pain of waiting to have my shoulder replacement because had I not done that, who knows where I would be today~one year and a half since I began my blog! So thank you all my followers, friends, doctors, cyberfriends, facebook friends, chronic babes, and family that has been there for me and I for you! Remember, if it weren't for you, there would be no blog, and if it weren't for me, this blog would suck! So my story of my struggle has brought humor, love, pain, sadness, and most of all a great read for you all! Thank you all for listening and being there! Hang in there because ya never know when the next joint will need replacing!!!! Blessings and healing to all of you out there!

2 comments:

Headstrong said...

Awesome post! Many, many more April 29ths to you and yours!
Cheers,
Headstrong

Dana Morningstar said...

Thank you Headstrong!

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