Frankie and Slim

Frankie and Slim
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014


Yesterday I had my Cortisone steroid shot in my hip at 10:30AM. They informed me I would be virtually pain free until about 4:30PM then the pain would return for 24 to 48 hours before we knew if it was going to work long range. The moment I stepped off the table I was doing a happy dance. I could get in and out of the car easily, walk up and down the stairs in my home, sit comfortably in a chair and change my clothes putting on my pants with ease!  

Needless to say my sister went along to be my support as well as my chauffeur and my photographer.

Well they lied to me. They said the pain would come back around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. I've been up all night waiting..... and NO MORE PAIN!  Just kidding about the all night part. I climbed out of bed this morning feeling great. Mild discomfort might describe what I feel if anything. Woohoo!

I have many to thank for prayers and well wishes. Looks like this is going to be a successful procedure for me to repeat every 3 months if needed and hopefully prolong the hip replacement. 

The second blown up photo showing the hip joint with the needle going in just below it. There is dye in the cortisone steroid that will flow up and around that entire ball joint during the coming hours.

As Ron always said, "Better living through chemistry.".

(Of course now I have no excuses to call for help. or to put off my housework and laundry, etc.  Maybe I should squeeze a little more sympathy from family and friends before shouting all this news.  LOL)


  1. So glad that the shot was effective. Enjoy the dancing for a long time.

  2. Anonymous6:54 AM

    That is good news Annie. Enjoy the pain free experience but don't overdue it tho' - things might change.

  3. I'm so glad you found something that is working for you. I hope it will keep you pain free for a very long time.


  4. so happy to hear its working...
    dance all ya can, while ya can:)

    love n hugs

  5. That is so great! What a wonderful thing - being pain free.

    My sister gets those shots in her shoulder and they help tremendously.

  6. Olga Hebert
    I never dreamed it would work so fast.

    Cathy, don't be a spoil sport:) I know it might change but I am pretending I'm good for life.

    It is such joy. Now I have to have someone remind me not to limp. It is such a habit that I have to remember it isn't necessary now. lol

    Sonny Gianetti
    "Dance, then, wherever you may be,
    I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
    and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
    and I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he."
    A favorite song of mine:)
    Hugs back at ya.

    Ron used to get the spinal steroid injections and was so sad when they stopped working for him. Still they gave him some happy walking times while they did work that he would not have had otherwise.

  7. Wonderful news! Now you can do all the things that you were struggling with, well except the laundry, I think home help would be great for that...hehhehe

  8. I have had a hip replacement - I waited for years and years and years. I wish I hadn't waited so long,m but I do understand. Never got a shot in the hip though - the new yes. LOL I am glad it worked for you!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Brighid
    Laundry and bed making. Both things I always would like help with.

    Chatty Crone
    Everyone who had the hip replacement loves it and I would do it if I wasn't so afraid of another surgery. Threw a blood clot in the last one and had heart attack while in the hospital. Don't want to stop blood thinners again if I can keep from it.

  10. YAE! I'm so happy for you. What joy to be pain free. I was too gutless to get the shot before. Now I've got shoulder pain again and hoping it doesn't get worse.

  11. Anonymous12:02 PM

    Cortisone is a miracle cure. My daughter was all but disabled after a dancing injury. She could not put weight on her ankle for 3 weeks. She got a cortisone shot and walked out of the doctors office.

    Glad yours worked just as well.

  12. Anonymous12:09 PM

    Congrats on being pain free. I hope this continues for a long time.

  13. Woo Hoo. And happy (pain-free) dances.
    Long may it continue.

  14. Good news. Chronic pain is a drain! My back pain comes and goes, but I think it is more going this days. Being able to move without carefulness is a blessing.

  15. Wonderful news. So glad the shot worked so well for you. Hopefully it will last longer than the 3 months. Milk the help as long as you can.

  16. Wow! Such good news! Being without pain is so fantastic.


  17. Annie,

    My FIL used to say that he crawled into the Doctor's office for his Cortisone shot and danced his way home.

    Happy it was the same for you.

    About the housework. I just put out some "GET WELL" cards on my mantle and when visitors come into my dusty house they say,"Oh,dear, look at all those cards. I guess she was too sick to clean."

  18. That sounds terrific, G-A. I could do with some that! I'll be following your progress with interest. I've got a crazy hip, too. The joys of growing older!! :)

  19. Kay
    I could not believe how easy the shot was. I dreaded it and feared the pain from it, but the PA who administered it was fantastic and they really numb you well before giving the shot. Don't be “gutless” if the shot might help.

    I don't know these shots weren't around when my mother was my age. Her whole life would have been different if she could have walked with ease.

    Thank you. You and me both:)

    Elephant's Child
    I do hope it will continue for a long time but now that I have had a taste of what it is like to be rid of the stumbling and limping and inability to bend, I know when the shots quit I will be ready for the hip replacement.

    I forget that I don't have to limp anymore and find myself hobbling around as if the pain was still present. One woman gave me some good advice yesterday and that was to plant my heel first when I walk. That has truly helped me stop limping.

    Arkansas Patti
    I think my helpers have already made a mass exodus:)

    A funny thing about getting rid of severe pain – suddenly you notice all the lesser aches and pains that you were not aware of. lol

    Getting out the “get-well-cards” immediately. Love that. Love you my friend!

    Never fear, I advise everyone of my progress, even the mailman.

    Snaggle Tooth
    Thank you my friend. And I am happy for you with all the good things starting to happen in your life.

  20. Wow! This is great - such pain can be all kinds of trouble and that it is gone or mostly gone is great!

  21. happy to hear granny...cheers!

  22. That's the first time I've heard that doctors have been right about when the pain would stop. Good for you. I'm so glad that it worked out.

    Now, be good and stay out of trouble.

  23. Anonymous7:53 AM

    I didn't comment on this?!
    I'm glad this seems to be working for you! Yay!
    (Quite a comment, eh?)

  24. Just looking at the picture of the needle gives me the creeps. You are brave, woman.

  25. Oh dear! I'm sorry it didn't last too long. That's hard.