I had a doctor appointment yesterday. I need a new hip. Not today, but sometime in the future. How long that is depends on me. The doctor was really surprised that I didn't want to schedule it now, because the x-ray looks bad. But a few weeks ago they put me on a new medication and it is working well. I can do things again. I am back at the gym, walking the dog without pain and sleeping.
When my family doctor did the x-ray, about a month ago, I told her I didn't want to see it so she drew me a sketch of how my hip joint should look and how it does look. I looked at that sketch and thought about it and let it go. Let it go because the medication works.
However, yesterday when I walked into the orthopedic surgeon's office there it was, my x-ray up on the screen in black and white and I could see all that mush where cartilage should be. I could see how close those two bones are, almost touching in some places. And now I can't get that image out of my brain. There is was, proof. Proof in a photo and that spoke to me big time.