Surgery? Probably…

On Monday I’m going to have a few more tests for my coxarthrosis, including an MRI. Then the orthopaedic surgeon and I will decide what the next step will be, probably surgery (this fall). Luckily for me, I am in the hands of one of the best, if not THE best, surgeon in the Florence area. Super nice guy, to boot, very approachable…

So today I’m reaching out to my blog readers with MM, SMM, MGUS: have you had hip replacement surgery?

If so, then please please PLEASE leave me a comment here or on Facebook, or send me an email or a message via the blog’s Contact form…I would be extremely grateful to hear about your experiences.

In particular, I’d be curious to know how you prepared for surgery: did you have any special tests done? How (long) was your post-surgery recovery time…Hmmm, yes, things like that. Thanks a lot!

A bit of newsy news: this weekend I’ll be entering a new decade…I’m turning 60. WOW!!! That means that I’ve been living with SMM for more than 16 years…SIXTEEN YEARS!!! And, if we add MGUS to the mix, that number goes up to 22 years.

Who’d have thought? Potter, 7 kilos of happiness

And, apart from this coxarthrosis business, which is a bit bothersome, I admit, but, I repeat, totally unconnected to the MM, I’m doing well, very well. Stefano and I are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have our Green Pass, but we still wear our masks whenever we leave the house. Better be safe than sorry!

Speaking of leaving the house, we will soon be off on holiday, visiting three of the most beautiful lakes in northern Italy. A relaxing holiday, just what we both need. Perfect!

Take care, everyone! 🙂

P.S. The photo shows our Potter who now weighs 7 kilos…A big bundle of joy!


  1. Hi Margaret, I am 65 and have been SMM IgA Kappa for 4.5 years. About a year after diagnosis I began having pain in my right hip. Trip to ortho and diagnosed with degenerative arthritis. Made me wonder if the timing was coincidence or related to the SMM. I’m guessing it is more age related and because I played football all the way through college!? Anyway, I am looking at hip replacement surgery this fall too, so am also interested in hearing of any others experience. At the beginning of 2020 I did have orthoscopic rotator cuff surgery without issue or any special precautions.

    Btw, thank you for your blog. I found it right after being diagnosed and began taking curcumin and a few other supplements. The Dr thought I was headed toward treatment but I have remained stable with no CRAB symptoms! Thanks, Curtis

  2. Do the exercises they give you!!! You will be better than new. If done correctly it can correct some alignment issues with your feet. Of course, my doc is of Italian descent. Family owned a tomatoe sauce company in Brooklyn! You have my email address for any questions.

    1. Thanks, Bryan! Very encouraging! Yes, I will do the exercises and follow doctor’s orders.
      As for Verona, we are actually going to stop in Mantova as we make our way back down to Florence toward the end of the month. But at some point we do plan a trip to Verona, so I will keep your friends in mind, thanks!

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