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Name:
Cathi

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Dreaming of the mountains...


Who is Granny?

I'm the incredibly blessed mother of 9, "Granny" to 16, and wife of "The Papa," the knight-in-shining-armor whose loving support has made it possible for me to stay home and give my life to mothering, homemaking, and 26 years of homeschooling. Life at Granny's House is full of laughter, friendship, books, music, lively debate, writing, and good things to eat. My days are made even more meaningful by coming alongside other moms, giving them the support and encouragement that I lacked as a young mother and helping them to network with each other in ways that strengthen homes and families. A few times a year I board a plane to visit my "away" kids, to attend the birth of a grandchild, or to enjoy some lazy days with my best friend, but I always love coming back to...Granny's House.

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  • Tuesday, October 30, 2007
    Many of you have asked about this procedure that I'll have done next month. I've tried to find some good descriptions and good pictures (non-gory ones) but there's not a lot out there. But I'm going to do the best I can.

    In short, here's my problem:

    Data from short- and long-term follow-up studies indicate that thigh pain is a significant complication after apparently successful cementless total hip arthroplasty. In most cases, reported symptoms are mild to moderate, resolve spontaneously or do not progress, and require little or no therapeutic intervention. However, persistent thigh pain may be a source of dissatisfaction or may present as severe, disabling pain. Possible causes include bone-prosthesis micro-motion, excessive stress transfer to the femur, periosteal irritation, or a mismatch in Young’s modulus of elasticity that increases the structural rigidity of the prosthetic stem relative to the femur. Thorough diagnostic evaluation of thigh pain is essential to rule out prosthetic infection or loosening, stress fracture, or spinal pathology as the primary source. Treatment options in the aseptic, well-fixed femoral component include medical management, revision of the femoral component, or cortical strut grafting at the tip of the implant.
    (Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)


    Through a process of elimination and some nuclear medicine studies that have shown some loosening of the tip of the implant, my surgeons have determined that a cortical strut graft may, I repeat, may relieve the persistent four-year pain. The procedure, while used commonly after a fracture or to stabilize the femur before a hip replacement in an older patient with thinning bone, has not been used on a wide scale to alleviate post-op thigh pain in THR patients. The results have been mixed. But there is currently no other course of action...and if this doesn't work, then I will just have to live with the pain until such time as other components of the hip fail or are compromised and it needs to be completely redone.

    The procedure consists of using a piece of cadaver bone in sort of a collar shape and partially encircling the femur with it at the level of the tip of the implant, about half-way down my thigh. This is then surrounded by metal bands to secure it tightly and give it the best chance to "grow" into my own bone. The hope is that this will stabilize the portion of the bone/stem that is either loosened or that is failing to "give" due to the great difference in elasticity between bone and metal.

    The diagram to the left is the best I could find. It does not show a hip implant; rather it shows an allograft being used to correct for a defect in the femur. But the procedure is similar. The pink piece is the donor bone that will eventually graft into the host bone.

    The x-ray on the right shows a completed strut allograft in a patient with a hip replacement. The bright white portion is the prosthesis. The thin white bands are holding the donor bone in place. So this will resemble my x-rays when my procedure is complete.

    One of the obvious questions is whether there is a possibility of rejection. My surgeons' response and my own research indicate that this is not a problem as it would be with live tissue of some kind. There is very little "living" tissue in cadaver bone and treating for the tiny possibility of rejection would present larger risk than rejection itself.

    So...there's about the extent of what I know. The science behind it fascinates me; but more than that the hope of some permanent relief encourages me to undergo one more "swing" at this thing!

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    Granny's Mission Statement
    "...Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done....that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children."
    ~Psalm 78:4-6

    My Focal Passage for 2011...
    Philippians 2:5-11

    5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

    6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

    7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

    8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

    9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

    10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

    11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    ~Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)


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    "The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it."

    ~Samuel Johnson


    [Oxymoronica, n., A compilation of self-contradictory terms, phrases, or quotations; examples of oxymoronica appear illogical or nonsensical at first, but upon reflection, make a good deal of sense and are often profoundly true.]


    Books on the iPhone, the Kindle, or on the nightstand...


  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, Alexander Mccall Smith
  • The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, Arthur G. Bennett, editor



  • Books finished in 2011...

  • Oxymoronica, Mardy Grothe
  • Some Sing, Some Cry, Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
  • English Society in the Eighteenth Century, Roy Porter
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann Voskamp
  • His Word in My Heart, Janet Pope
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
  • Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas
  • The Confessions of Saint Augustine, St. Augustine
  • Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats, John Keats
  • Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell
  • Words That Work, Frank Luntz
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  • Poke the Box, Seth Godin
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, Gary Taubes
  • A Patriot's History of the United States, Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
  • Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom, Anh Vu Sawyer
  • The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, Shona Cole
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, Elizabeth Kantor
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, David McCullough


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    "Were the whole realm of nature mine
    That were a present far too small...
    Love so amazing, so divine
    Demands my soul, my life,
    my all!"