Archive | September, 2018

How to be HIP

26 Sep

This title refers not to being a hipster, not to the acronym used for High Impact Prevention, or to that commercial that once featured a very cute and perky cartoon hippo for the health insurance company.

It refers to my mom who at the ripe *youthful* age of 84 years will soon be getting hip replacement surgery.

In the past year, she has been dealing with exceedingly more debilitating pain in her right hip. Nothing else has worked. And given that she has congestive heart failure and takes certain meds that are contraindicated for pain meds that could help, this is her only option for improving her quality of life and being able to go on the long walks she so loves.

So, on October 12th I will be packing myself up to spend the week (and if needed, longer ) to be with her while she recuperates in the Bronx.

Not too long ago, this would have filled me with much dread and anxiety. Luckily, I have become much more hip myself with age and can navigate upheavals with stride. I’ve notified colleagues that I will be available via phone/text/email and can work diligently on an upcoming funding application.

But Mami and her cadera that hopefully will soon be able to menea once again come first.

Thankfully, my team is very supportive. Like a nice strong hip.