Contributed by MacArther Plumart
I suppose it was right after my second hip replacement while I was still using my walker to get around my house when I made my mind up that one day I was going to become a walking golfer. There are a lot of reasons why I made this decision, but I think the biggest one was that being able to walk a golf course for 18 holes would mark the symbolic end of this ugly and painful chapter in my life and usher in a new and more joyful time. With this in mind, I attacked my rehab process with vigor and determination. It has been 3 months since I made that decision and over the last few weeks I have played golf 6 times and walked all 6 of those courses. Now realize this…it is still a challenge for me. My legs swell after 4 holes, I have to take pain medicine and anti-inflammatories to be able to play golf and the last nine holes are a bit of a struggle. BUT…I can do it!!! And I am over-joyed!!! I trust that each round hereafter will be a little less painful and require fewer and fewer pills to complete. The end goal is to be able to walk a golf course without pain and without pain medicine.