Well sometimes life throws a curve ball.
I joined the forum a few months ago seeking advice on putting
together some cruising and boat purchase
plans for next winter.
As a result of those discussions I scaled back from doing the Caribbean
in one season into just the Bahamas
and maybe a jaunt down to the DR and
then the rest in the following seasons. I got great advice and was able to refocus
on what to look for in purchasing
a boat ( 30íor so)
Now the curve ball. As a result of a skiing accident
10 years ago,
five years ago I was advised that I had advanced arthritis in the left hip and that it was only a matter of time before
Iíd need it replaced.
So after a few months of thinking I could tough it out
and make it through at least one season of cruising (Hence- Time2Go)
It just became unmanageable from a range of motion and pain perspective and a week ago
I had a Total Hip Replacement. Iím already walking with a cane and hope to be able to
handle the docks at the Annapolis
show in 2 months.
So my new questions are:
Anybody out there cruising around with a Titanium Hip Replacement?
Iíd love hear how you did and how it has impacted your cruising life?
Iím still sticking to my plans and going for it next winter
But somethingís will have to change I might have to scale down to
27í after I pay all the various deductibles.
Boat will have to be in better shape As I donít think I will be up for all the contortion jobs
I also plan on staying in the Keys and Dry Tortugas until I get
my sea legs back, practice with the boat and just get
comfortable with a new joint.
Is there enough there to keep me busy for four months?
I knew this was coming but thought I had more time.
Now itís Hull
Tiller is now fine, Atomic 4 fine, Just the basics
**** like this happens and you realize that this is indeed a one way street
I'm turning 60 in a few months and experiencing the cruising life is a dream
that Iím not going to let slip by so I'm looking forward to
hearing from anybody out there who is in the same boat
(no pun intended)