How often do we thank each other for a kindness and thoughtful phone call, a birthday gift or a bowl of soup from a neighbor when we are under the weather?
I am sure most of us would say we say the word thank you every single day.
I began to think about who and what we thank a few days ago when I realised the time to I exchange the hip I was born with for a ceramic and steel ball and socket was getting closer. This hip, that has only a few more hours left before it is to be replace, has served me so well. And I feel it is only right to thank it for supporting me from the time I began to walk, to running the egg and spoon race, to helping me carry our five babies. It has helped me move tons of shopping up the steps of our family home and climb thousands of steps over my life time.
It moved me to the beat of bands such as The Animals, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival and took me on long beautiful walks through wonderful countries and in our own gorgeous Australian bush
How do we thank our bodies that tirelessly help us get well after illness, for taking us to the top of a mountain, or to that finishing line. How do we thank our bodies for keeping us alive when we felt too ill to move. For healing the infection, and disease, the burns, the pain, the cancer?
So to my hip, who has been such a loyal and trusted part of my life for well over 60 years, I thank you.
Here’s to joining the marvellous medical club of new knees, new hips, new hearts and lungs and infinite new possibilities.