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Female , 46-50
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Last Seen Aug 29
Member Since Jan 13, 2010
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I Survived The Old School Bus

From Huonville To Hobart In the late 70's, early 80's, we had to take the old school bus from our country town in the Huon Valley to the city to attend Matriculation College (years 11 and 12), a distance of some 35 kms... [more]
  • I Love To Be In The Company Of Creative People

    I Love Art I was very lucky as a 10 year old child, to meet a lady in our neighbourhood who befriended me. She was 16 years older than me, and was married with two babies. I became her babysitter, and we became … [more]
  • I Give You A Year

    1974 First, some background is necessary to show why 1974 was a special year for me. I was diagnosed with Perthes disease of the hip when I was 7 years old. That was 1971. I was placed in the childre… [more]
  • I Am Christian

    My Unusual Baptism From the age of four until I was six, my brothers, sister and I attended a local Sunday School down the road from us, where I first heard about God and Jesus. I loved the stories from the Old Testamen… [more]
  • I Was Tagged

    Five Things About Nellkellicus Thanks for tagging me Perserverer! 1. When I was one year old, my Dad came home from work one night and gleefully told Mum that the Annual Flower of the Year for 1964 was the 'Nelly Kelly… [more]
  • Living with Perthes disease and a Chronic Back Condition

    Posted on: January 16th, 2010 at 5:25AM

    I'm 46 years old, married, with two daughters aged 12 and 9. I was first diagnosed with Perthes Disease when I was 7 years old. I was an atypical case as it usually affects boys around the age of five, but I have since met other females with the condition. Perthes is a disease which affects the blood supply to a part of a bone. In my case my left hip. First symptoms are pain and a limp. I remember Mum taking me to the doctor for my first "hip"visit, with an examination that proved to be the first of many many more over the years. My legs were measured, knees bent up and foot waved from side to side to check the rotation; fingers dug into my hip joints. X-rays followed, again the first of m… [more]

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  • Living with Perthes Part 4

    Posted on: March 15th, 2010 at 6:43AM

    Shortly before I turned 42, my hip started hurting. The dull familiar ache. Burning with inflammation. I was doing a lot of walking at the time, and the weight was coming down, but the hip was getting worse. I was seeing my GP on a regular basis while waiting for an appointment with a specialist. I had Xrays, Cat scans and MRI's of my back, hip and sacro iliac joint. The results weren't surprising so far as my hip went - the degeneration was very clear when compared to my right hip. The head of my left hip was squashed flat and jagged. What was surprising was the scoliosis in my back. It had increased, and my L5 S1 discs were now heavily compressed, despite wearing a raised shoe. I contin… [more]

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  • LiWith Perthes Disease & a Chronic Back Part 3

    Posted on: January 25th, 2010 at 6:04AM

    Life in my late teens and early twenties was full of activity - I skated, scuba dived, bush walked, swam and cycled. I was fit and enjoying life, going out on the weekends and dancing till dawn. That was halted briefly by extreme pain in my left hip joint when I was 24. I felt like I had sharp shards of glass in my joint; it was agony to walk. Another round of X-Rays, another orthopaedic specialist, and this time I was treated to more up to date medicine. A day stay in hospital, a laproscopracy for a flush out, and a few days recovery at home and it eventually settled down again. Just an episode!After that, I had no problems with my hip or back until my second pregnancy at the age of 36. My … [more]

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  • Living with perthes and chronic back part 6

    Posted on: March 31st, 2010 at 9:01AM

    Prior to my surgery I looked up as much information on hip replacements as I could find on the internet. On the day of the operation I was taken to a doctor's office where it was explained to me in detail what they would be doing. The top of my femur would be sawn off, a metal rod with a new metal ball hip would be inserted into my femur. The second part would be the socket. Given my relatively tender age, they opted for the strongest and longest lasting method - the artificial socket was backed with tiny hooks, which would be glued in place, and eventually the hooks would graft into my own bone. My surgeon later told me they had problems getting the socket in correctly - my flattened defor… [more]

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