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The Long and Winding Road

By Steph's Scribe @stephverni

Surgery Update

I’ll keep this one short. Today marks six weeks post hip replacement surgery. Here’s what I can share about this long and winding road thus far:

While my hip seems to be on the mend (only minimal pain and discomfort), my SI joint (sacroilliac joint) has flared up and is causing me more pain than the hip. When I embarked on this journey to replace the hip, I also suffered from back pain, specific to that area where the SI joint sits. If you’re someone who has pain in that joint, hear me clearly: I am extending my deepest empathy and sympathy to you. I know what that pain is like. It can be ferocious.

I think when we opt to have corrective surgery, we are hoping it’s going to magically fix all the issues. I’ve not given up hope that the new hip isn’t helping, but I’d be a liar if I said I’m not concerned by the continued pain.

I keep doing what I’m supposed to: physical therapy, exercises at home, walking, and leaving the recliner behind. I’m wearing sensible shoes and resting and healing.

Now, if only that SI joint settle down into its proper place and allow the whole of the area to heal, we’d be in good shape.

The Long and Winding Road


I will be launching my newest novel in November. I’m very excited to share it with you, and it’s not the book that I’ve teased about thus far. It’s a completely different story, holiday appropriate. I’m thrilled to be able to say the launch is days away, and I’ll be selling signed and personalized copies as gifts for those you love.

More details forthcoming. Stay tuned.

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