I have been doing construction-type work since the early 1990s in a variety of capacities. My first business was a deck building business where I had to dig holes, move dirt, pour concrete, and lift truckloads of lumber. Over time I increased my skills and became certified in other areas, like roofing. Eventually, I gained a wide range of skills and transitioned to a general contractor. All of these skills came with a price, abuse of my body.

Over the last few years I have had to deal with increasing right hip pain. Trips to the doctor confirmed that I had end-stage arthritis of that joint. I kept working, as I had a company to run. Naturally, this only exacerbated my condition and eventually there was no other option other than surgery.

Like many, I had some concerns about such an operation, but my surgeon convinced me that hip replacement is a common surgery with a good outcome. I had that surgery less than two weeks ago, and I’m happy to report that my progress has been good. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to not be in constant pain. I have a lot of physical therapy ahead of me, but I’m improving every day. In fact, I’m writing this as I’m having coffee with a friend.

I’m so grateful that I live in country that offers excellent medical care. I feel like a new man and will back on the job very soon.