The hipster diaries


Why do we love hospital shows so much when the reality is so not nice? That’s putting it mildly! For as long as I can remember there’s always been a medical show on the air — because doctors and hospitals bring on the drama. Unwanted drama.

I won’t dwell on boring medical blah blah, but here’s what’s happening. After five years of pain that I ignored because, who wants to pay attention to pain…I’ll be having a hip replacement this week. Not how I planned to spend the Easter hols.

I’m taking refuge in my writing, reading, binge tv watching and knitting to get me to surgery day and beyond.

When it comes to taking good health for granted, I’m guilty. Now that something needs fixing, I’m marshaling my mental toughness so as not to allow my mind lead me into dread. I’m meditating, practicing my last yoga for awhile, and reading the Autobiography of the Dalai Lama.  He says the challenge is to feel joy and compassion in the difficult moments of life, not the easy ones.

After I completed the many pre surgery tests, I did something my grandmother, Tania, used to do before she checked into the hospital. I went to the salon. Feeling my best whilst in the hospital will count for a lot. Haircut, mani, pedi, bring on the pampering.

One thing for sure: life doesn’t stop for surgery. Just yesterday the floor tiles exploded in an upstairs bedroom as often happens in Tropica. The heat, the pressure of the grout and voila, the tiles burst up. I hadn’t counted on masons, pounding hammers and cement dust during my recovery. Oh, and the washing machine died too. A houseguest who is supposed to stay in the exploded tile bedroom is coming. Ya gotta love it!

I was wondering what profound or helpful things I could share with you in this moment — but there’s nothing new. I’m just a person like you who’s dealing with what life puts in her path. It’s not cancer; it’s a hip. No complaining allowed. I take comfort in the fact that this serious surgery has benefited millions. I will join the dauntless hipsters who have succeeded in rehabilitation and enjoy a better quality of life. We’ve all got a lot of living to do!

Take good care of YOU. If I miss a week of Camp Liza, you’ll understand. Let the healing begin!

xo Liza

P.S.  You can bet I’m packing my hospital luxury survival kit.

Hello my lovelies! I’m counting on you to have all the loveliness of the Easter hols. Tell me the beautiful, amazing and normal things you’ll be doing this week, so I can celebrate your lives. I won’t bore you with medical blah blah. There’s too much other good stuff to talk about. So please, chat away in the box below! If you enjoy being part of our witty, intelligent and stylish group of women, enter your email in the box above so you won’t miss a thing.

31 thoughts on “The hipster diaries

  1. Lisa, my thoughts are with you
    You will be a better you in a short time
    Life happens … but you are one of the lucky ones who have the
    Ability to bounce back…speedy recovery!!!

    1. Hi Christine! Thanks for your message. I try to be positive..but sometimes there are little cracks…but then I get back on course!

  2. Hang in there….it will get better. I spent Easter Sunday afternoon flying kites with my grandkids…..with my replaced hip running around like everyone else….better than some! You are doing the right thing and those five years of pain will just be a memory. Just follow doctors orders and don’t skimp on the rehab.

  3. In the past year, I know many people who have gone through hip or knee surgery. Some of them were very active (runners, golfers, even a climber) and others fairly sedentary though most of their adult lives. I guess parts just wear out. But, truly the good news is that all of them have done well post-surgery and were very pleased to have gone through the hard stuff to get to the other side. My best to you, Liza. Oh, and Easter was wonderful for me here in the midwest. Nice weather and a great hiking/walking day.

    1. Ronda, thanks for sharing stories of good results. How lovely that you hiked on Easter. Wondering where in the midwest you are. Carry on!

  4. All the best for tomorrow Liza. My 74 year old gym coach had her hip replaced last year. She was up at about in just a few days and back to normal within weeks. Take good care of yourself and I hope you too make a speedy recovery.

  5. Liza, I hope your surgery goes well and also that your recovery time is short. It is important that we take care of health issues as we age. Our minds might be young at heart, but the body doesn’t always bounce back the way they did when we were younger. Will look forward to the next report from Camp Liza. Eileen S.

  6. Sending healing thoughts for a speedy recovery! May a painless future await you. 🙂 I look forward to every piece of tropical wisdom you bestow upon us. 🙂

  7. Doesn’t life just happen when we are making other plans while we are healthy!! I understand completely and wish you the best recovery; tiles that are now behaving; a magic wash machine that does it by itself and a houseguest that waits on YOU. All the best, Liza!

  8. Hi Liza,
    I’m sorry to hear you must have your hip replaced. As you say, it is what it is and you will feel so much better when it’s done. I wish you all the best!
    To distract your thoughts, let me tell you we had a beautiful Easter. The weather was gorgeous, I live in a suburb of Chicago. We kept it simple, my five grandchildren looked so cute in their spring colors and loved hunting for eggs. Their little faces had chocolate on them. We had a delicious salad with baked ham and asparagus and cheesy potatoes. I hope my description took your mind off your hip.
    I wish you all the best. Try and do yoga breathing to help keep you in a good place.

  9. Alas, the joys of our senior years are also marked with health challenges. Be confident that your surgery will be successful and you will be back at doing yoga along with lots of physical activity soon. Take advantage of this opportunity to rest and read and TV binge (I highly recommend Grace and Frankie on Netflix) and visiting with well wishers in person and through Camp Liza. Sending healing thoughts.

  10. I just discovered this site and am so inspired by you, Liza. I am 67, single, and had a total hip replacement on March 6, 2017. I was walking the same day, discharged on March 9 because heart rate was high or would have gone home the same day. Had to promise the doc I’d have someone in the house with me for 7 days post surgery (I managed to have someone for a couple and was fine). I took a shower the day I got home with the help of a shower chair, was going to the bathroom, getting food and drink, etc., with the help of a walker for a week. Then a cane for another 2 weeks. I was driving in 3 weeks as I was off all pain meds. It’s now May 21 and am still having some leg pain, especially at night and still a little limp when I’m tired. Had 1 1/2″ added to my leg, so that will take a few months to adjust to. So, doing great, getting on with life and I would do this again in a heartbeat. NOOOO downside for me. Had a great doc and the anterior approach which facilitates few restrictions and shorter recovery. I live in the Atlanta, Ga. area

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