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New hips for old

2010 August 19
by Gordon Reid

On Tuesday of next week I am going into the Pennsylvania Hospital to have what my surgeon calls “a hip revision”. I had one hip replaced in 1999 and one in 2000 in the great luxury of the Lister Hospital in Chelsea, London, and oddly it is the newer one that has worn a bit and is giving me quite a bit of pain. So, after looking at X-rays, the surgeon decided it must either be totally replaced or at least “revised”, whatever that means.

He estimates that I will be in hospital for three days and then in rehab for a few more. So I should miss just one Sunday at St Clement’s, and maybe not even that, if I am fit enough to sit in Choir, while Father Sipe, our Honorary Assistant Priest, celebrates. Thereafter I can no doubt limp around the altar, as the priests of Baal did in their competition with Elijah on Mount Carmel.

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  1. Richard permalink
    August 19, 2010

    I had a total right hip replacement in 2005. The x-rays at my recent followup showed no signs of wearing. I’m thankful for that. I wish you success on Tuesday.

  2. August 19, 2010

    Prayers for a speedy recovery, Father. The interwebs tell me that Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori is invoked against arthritis, which is the closest topic to “hip replacement” that I could find. I don’t know him, but I’ll ask him to put in a good word for you.

  3. John Rettger permalink
    August 19, 2010

    I pray that your surgery and recovery go well. And may your fate be far, far better than that of the priests of Baal!

  4. John permalink
    August 19, 2010

    Prayers for you Father, for the success of the surgery, and for your speedy recovery. May our Lady watch over you.

  5. Richard Alton permalink
    August 20, 2010

    You will be in my daily prayers and at all the Masses at Saint Andrew’s, Stamford.

  6. ambly permalink
    August 21, 2010

    I trust this will go well and easily for you, Father.

  7. Stephen permalink
    August 22, 2010

    God Bless you as you undergo this procedure, Father. I have yet to have the honor of meeting you in person, but that is a situation I’d like to remedy as soon as possible with a visit to your wonderful parish. It has been such a long time since I have been there! I will remember you at my prayers as I attend the Traditional Latin Mass here in Jersey tomorrow.

  8. August 22, 2010

    I hope all goes well and that your recovery is smooth and speedy. God Bless.

  9. edm permalink
    August 22, 2010

    I shall ask that your name be added to the prayers at our Sung Mass tomorrow here in New Jersey.

  10. Donna, Leia and Charmaine permalink
    August 24, 2010

    Dear Father Reid: May God bless and grant devine favor to the surgeons taking care of you as well as everyone in all facets of your admission to Pennsylvania Hospital; so you can return to St Clement’s healed and whole in Jesus Mighty name we pray. May Our God Bless you during your recovery process and give you great peace to know all is well. Our prayer is that we believe Our Beautiful Jesus suffered so we “Are healed” and we pray in agreement and claim that truth for you today. See you at Mass soon, God Bless You. Amen

  11. Daniel Devlin permalink
    August 26, 2010

    My prayers are with you and for a speedy return to the footpace. Hope you’ll be up and dancing (liturgical of course) in no time.

  12. Joe permalink
    August 26, 2010

    Thought I’d send out an update for anyone wondering–just spoke to Fr. Reid on the phone and he says he’s feeling well, all things considered. He’s been walking a bit today and is checking into the rehab hospital tomorrow. Should be back in the rectory in a few days.

  13. August 27, 2010

    Oh Father, I’m so pleased to know you’re on the move again. May your return to S. Clement’s be a speedy one. God bless!

  14. August 30, 2010

    Best wishes for your recovery and regards to Fr Sipe.

  15. Michael Arrington permalink
    September 29, 2010

    Dear Father,

    I wish you well during and after you hip redo. My sister had a hip replaced about 2 months ago. I Look forward to seeing you again on the 3rd of October.

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