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Life After Hip Replacement

11 Jan

A friend sent us the link to this blog entry by a woman who underwent surgery for what looks like hip replacement, if I’m interpolating correctly. This is a magical story by a charming woman who refers to herself as a reluctant clairvoyant.  Check it out:

My Magical Band of Allies

Jan. 1st, 2010 at 1:07 PM.  It's been 4 weeks post-op.  I'm off the walker, back to my leopard print cane, and I'm finding myself "forgetting" to use my cane when walking outside or doing minor tasks.  Where once there was pain, now there is none and my pronounced limp is slowly receding every day as I get stronger and re-learn the process of walking. I can't push it too much but I am surprised at how easy, rapid and peaceful my whole recovery has been.  I saw Dr Gilbert earlier this week for my first follow up visit since surgery.  He was pleased with how my gait has improved and how mobile my left hip is becoming.  However, I still need to follow hip precautions for the next 2 months.

One of the things I did to prepare myself for surgery was listen to a CD my friend Marsha loaned me called Meditations to Promote Successful Surgery by Belleruth Naperstrek [sic].  Interestingly enough, I just recently was introduced to Marsha by a mutual friend.  Marsha had a total hip replacement in the same hospital with a surgeon from the same medical group just 4 months earlier.  She loaned me her CD and recommended I listen to it prior, and often.  She felt it was one of the main reasons her surgery and recovery went so smoothly.  This 2 CD package is a combination of affirmations, visualizations and it very clearly helps to set the intention for your body, mind and spirit to prepare for surgery and to promote healing afterwards.

One thing that really resonated with me was a visualization involving one's own "Magical Band of Allies".  During this guided exercise I was gently encouraged to visualize an operating room and the competent, well trained medical team that is preparing the room for my surgery.  Part of this exercise also included visualizing my own Magical Band of Allies; my personal team of angels, guides, supporters, ancestors and well wishers from this and other dimensions.  BellaRuth [sic] described this team as your own personal cheering section overseeing, supporting and holding the space during the entire procedure.  This was my favorite part of the meditation as I imagined a Band of Angels hovering over the OR table in a circle holding hands, watching and guiding during the entire operation.  I would estimate that I listened to this CD as least a dozen times or so before to my surgery, my Magical Band of Allies being the focal point of my visualization.  

Come surgery day and I'm led to my pre-op surgery room at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.  It was a private room where I slipped into my gown, questions asked and IV lines were started.  A very calming energy was present and I immediately felt relaxed.

And, at the very top of the walls was a runner or band of decorative wallpaper  about 6-7 inches tall that went around the entire parameter of the room.  The scene that was displayed before me contained many of the animals from Africa; lions, giraffe, monkeys, turtles etc.  At first, I marveled at the fact that a scene containing so many African animals decorated my room while I waited to go into the OR and I took it as a sign this was all meant to be, it was all perfect.  Which it was. 

It wasn't until after I was discharged and back home that I realized that this Band of African Animals was indeed, my Magical Band of Allies.

My Magical Band of Allies





Photo courtesty of Magical Magalita, aka Maggie Rufo

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award