Friday, January 04, 2008
…A hospital out here in the Valley of the Sun—Mercy Gilbert—is starting a “Joint Camp.”
…No, not that kind of joint—knees and hips.
…They will have t-shirts and challenges to encourage people to get ready for their replacement surgery.
….We are talking pure fun here.
…Six weeks prior to surgery, patients can come to workouts, even building up their arms to use their walkers better afterward.
…They say studies show that pre-op workouts make rehab 74% less likely.
…There are about a dozen of these camps nationwide.
…In case you hadn’t noticed, HA is not the rah-rah type. She did attend a two-hour session at another hospital, where her sister later had a hip replacement. They tried to make it peppy and fun—but HA thought people looked a little burned out and apprehensive.
…Also—no S’mores were served.
…And where would one wear a t-shirt that said, “I Survived Minimally Invasive Surgery for My Decreptitude” anyhow?
…Aw, HA will shut up. I am sure this idea is great for a lot of people and that a lot of other people put time and effort into it. What about the six weeks of in and out of the car, extra walking, and then exercise with bone-on-bone pain?