September 27, 2019
After two years of severe hip pain, I was sent to Dr. Hogan for a consultation. I had been to another provider two years earlier, but was told I would not be able to ever ride motorcycles again. After discussing my situation, Dr. Hogan assured me that if we completed surgery by January 30th, I would most likely be able to get on my motorcycle by May 1st, try to balance it, and when I felt my hip and leg were strong enough, I could again ride. There were only two things I could not do, run a marathon, which I said –“No problem”, and second, I was not to jump from a airplane. That, to Dr. Hogan’s dismay, was a problem with me. I had promised my granddaughter that I would do just that.
There were several discussions, and she finally said she did not condone it, but, if I promised to only do it once, she would reluctantly say yes. The surgery was completed on January 30th, I was sent home 48 hrs later, and eight days later, was walking on my own, My recovery went very well, and on March 27th, I went out to look at my bike, sat on it, and next thing I knew, I was riding on the road. Form that day, until November, I rode a total of six thousand miles.
On August 24th, I rode my motorcycle to Pepperell Mass, met my granddaughter, and we suited up, boarded a plane, and a few minutes later, I was out the door, freefalling from 13,000 feet, coming in for a wonderful landing. My bucket list was then complete for the year.
My hip replacement has never been a factor in anything that I wish to do. Dr. Hogan gave me a complete, new active life. My only reward to Dr. Hogan–She can forever say, she had one of her hips jump out of a plane.