Susan’s New Hardware

11.28.2007 | 5:55 pm

Susan’s New Hardware

Originally uploaded by Fat Cyclist.

Susan’s got herself a fancy new hip. The surgery took a long time, but went well.

The surgeon says her hip wasn’t just cracked. It was full-on busted.

He said the ball just crumbled like balsa wood as he took it out.

I, for one, can’t believe Susan got along as well as she did for as long as she did.

I’ll continue to post little mini-entries like this over the next couple days using my iPhone. And I’ll be sure to pass along all the encouraging messages you’ve been sending her way. Thanks very much for your prayers, thoughts, and wishes on her behalf. They mean a lot to both of us.

It’s been quite a day. I’m exhausted.


  1. Comment by Lyne | 11.28.2007 | 6:07 pm


    So glad to hear that all went well. Rest and recover well Susan, all the best to everyone.

  2. Comment by je | 11.28.2007 | 6:08 pm

    she’s in my prayers.

    Good luck with the future and stay strong.

  3. Comment by dug | 11.28.2007 | 6:09 pm

    you’re tired? YOU’RE tired? what about me? what about US?

    oh, i guess this can be about you, at least for today.

    i wish i had a cool metal hip. but without all that, you know, other stuff.

  4. Comment by aussie kev | 11.28.2007 | 6:12 pm

    so happy it all went well,

    kevin and sue


  5. Comment by Philly Jen | 11.28.2007 | 6:23 pm

    Yay! Thrilled to hear that it went well.

    Hope you both catch up on some much-needed rest.

  6. Comment by randomhigh | 11.28.2007 | 6:28 pm

    Awesome-lookin hip, Susan!! very glad to hear it went well and that you’re resting now (man, miss the blog for a couple of days and bam! everything happens at once… which is a good thing in your case, Susan, cuz you needed the surgery) Hope you recover soon!! Best wishes and prayers for you and your family!!!

  7. Comment by DNAtsol | 11.28.2007 | 6:35 pm

    Yeaaaaaaa! Great news.

    And at the risk of being a little crass…. That is one sweet lookin’ ball and socket

    P.S. ignore what ever drivel my wife be about to post. I’m the true fan in our family ;)

  8. Comment by Lifesgreat | 11.28.2007 | 6:39 pm

    Woo Hoo! I am so glad all went well. Rest up Fatty, because once she has recovered from surgery, you aren’t going to be able to keep up with her!

    Wishing you both the best.

  9. Comment by Fan of Susan | 11.28.2007 | 6:41 pm

    DNAtsol – Nice. Very nice. We’ll deal with this in private. Speaking of private – Fatty, you just posted a picture of the inside of your wife!?! That just seems, I don’t know, odd. Nonetheless, it is rather a pretty hip and dna and I are seriously happy that Susan came through things well today. You wouldn’t believe how many times the two of us checked your blog today. To be honest, he and I had a pretty stressful medical day ourselves, but during it, we kept saying to each other “how do you think Susan is doing?” I think we were more worried about her than we were about me!

    Best to you both.

  10. Comment by Brandy | 11.28.2007 | 6:51 pm


  11. Comment by JC | 11.28.2007 | 6:52 pm

    Really glad it went well… prayers will continue.

    One of the best things about this blog is how you face life with brave faces and a sense of humour, for that alone you both deserve our support and well wishes.

    All be best for the recovery period,


  12. Comment by Barb | 11.28.2007 | 6:55 pm

    I, personally, would be more mad at the posting of the pre-op shot than with the one of her insides, but none of it really matters when you think of pain free ambulation. Heal well. Hooray Susan!

  13. Comment by Walter | 11.28.2007 | 7:16 pm

    Glad to hear all went well today — what a relief to have that part done. Here’s sending best wishes/karma/etc. for the recovery. Thanks for keeping us updated — I know you’ve got lots of other things to focus on…

  14. Comment by Lucas | 11.28.2007 | 7:24 pm

    Wow…you better get ready for her to kickbox your butt for posting a picture of her bottom on the internet! Hang tough!

  15. Comment by Jodi | 11.28.2007 | 7:33 pm

    Yay! A new hip. Old hips are sooo 80’s. New hips are the new black. I could go on and on, but I doubt even the pain medication makes me that funny.

    Love you two monkeys.

  16. Comment by Beast Mom | 11.28.2007 | 7:36 pm

    awesome. I’m so glad this got done earlier. You guys hang in there. We’re all pulling for you.


    p.s. that other post comparing Susan to Lance/Floyd, etc. was hilarious. I know the situation is not so hilarious at all, but I admire that you can still keep your sense of humor.

  17. Comment by Sprocketboy | 11.28.2007 | 7:47 pm

    This good result must be very encouraging! Step 1 completed: hooray! A speedy recovery and out on the dance floor, please. If that is allowed in Utah. And if it isn’t, I am sure that exceptions will be made for courage!

  18. Comment by Pregnant-and-soon-to-be-fat Cathy | 11.28.2007 | 7:52 pm

    Yikes, Susan! I can’t believe you were walking at all with that hip! You are an amazing woman. I’m so glad everything went well for you and yes, that is one fine looking new hip!

  19. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 11.28.2007 | 7:59 pm

    From the X-ray it doesn’t look like she got the new scandium/carbon fiber composit hip. What’s up? You wouldn’t pony up the extra money for the upgrade?

  20. Comment by lowrydr | 11.28.2007 | 8:03 pm

    Great news on the surgery going good. Now just get some sleep caught up on, both of you. I’m sure that lovely Sis of yours will help watch the kids so you can get caught up. Peace and Healing coming your way.

  21. Comment by Brie | 11.28.2007 | 8:39 pm

    More thoughts and prayers coming from Oz to your family – Susan is an inspiration to us all, and you are an inspiration us too Fatty for the loved ones who deal with this pain day after day.

    God speed with recovery

  22. Comment by Lisa B | 11.28.2007 | 8:44 pm

    That is one *solid* looking hip, Susan, way to go! You two will be dancing your way through Italy, I can just imagine it now. :-)

  23. Comment by | 11.28.2007 | 8:55 pm

    I have a bad feeling you’re going to suggest a trail ride to break it in?
    Seriously though. Glad to hear that all is well so far! Continued prayers and thoughts! GET BETTER SOON SUSAN!

  24. Comment by Harp | 11.28.2007 | 9:01 pm

    Glad it went well and I hope both of you can get some rest

  25. Comment by Uphill Battle | 11.28.2007 | 9:14 pm

    Thankful that all went well with the surgery. Continued prayers for strength and healing.

  26. Comment by James | 11.28.2007 | 10:12 pm

    Great news. Get well soon!

  27. Comment by Marrock | 11.28.2007 | 10:48 pm

    Yeah, I’m sitting here wondering if a certain someone tried talking the doctors into doing some Ti and CF replacements.

    Good on ya girl, you’ll be kicking butt and taking names again in no time.

  28. Comment by Jeff&Jenn | 11.28.2007 | 10:58 pm

    We are so very glad that the surgery went well today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys!

  29. Comment by Lins - Aust | 11.28.2007 | 11:00 pm

    Glad to hear that went well.

  30. Comment by buckythedonkey | 11.29.2007 | 12:15 am

    Great news. HUZZAH!!

  31. Comment by Little1 | 11.29.2007 | 12:38 am

    what a wonderful sight first thing this morning! our sunrise on the ride this morning was only a fraction as good as the news so far!


  32. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 11.29.2007 | 1:48 am

    Just remember when you take the trip to Italy… with that much hardware on board you’ll need to arrive at the airport days in advance to make it through all the metal detectors.

    On the upside… from memory Italy is getting pretty close to the top of that checklist.

  33. Comment by flossy | 11.29.2007 | 2:45 am

    That’s super great news on the op. Good karma for a speedy recovery

  34. Comment by Travis and Hua | 11.29.2007 | 2:53 am

    woohooo way to go, you’ll soon be up and chasing fatty around!

  35. Comment by Big Boned | 11.29.2007 | 3:07 am

    Glad to hear that it went well….What do you figure you can get for the “stair shuttle” on eBay????

  36. Comment by allan | 11.29.2007 | 3:24 am

    Soooooooooooo glad to hear it went well.

  37. Comment by Mike Roadie | 11.29.2007 | 3:52 am

    That’s great news!!!
    Rest and recover……..
    Susan, please make Elden do, like, a million things to make your life more comfortable. Anything you want…anything you need……no matter how trivial—just put him to work for us!!

    Greetings from “The Happiest Place on Earth”!!!!

  38. Comment by Orbea Girl | 11.29.2007 | 4:16 am

    Thanks for the update on Susan. Delighted to hear that the surgery went well. Love the new hip, very stylish. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  39. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 11.29.2007 | 4:25 am

    Brilliant – take care of yourselves.

  40. Comment by Joe G | 11.29.2007 | 4:37 am

    Fantastic! Glad you got through it, Susan! Get some rest, (you too Fatty). We’ll keep thinking and praying for a continued recovery!

  41. Comment by Pammap | 11.29.2007 | 4:46 am

    Fatty, thanks so much for posting. Now that you’ve brought all of us into your world, it’s only fair that you keep us up to date!

    It is amazing how your thoughts can wander throughout the day to a person you have never met but it happened for me this week. I would be going about my day, Susan would come to mind, so I’d breath a prayer for her.

    Today was a nice start to the day to know that she came through the surgery well and with new components! Very nice.

  42. Comment by FliesOnly | 11.29.2007 | 5:12 am

    Wow…I can’t even begin to imagine what walking around on a busted hip would feel like! What an amazing women. Kinda puts all my petty aches and pains back into perspective. Thanks for keeping us all abreast and here’s hoping for a speedy recovery. Now, get some sleep.

  43. Comment by seth | 11.29.2007 | 5:20 am

    Mmmmmmmm…..Titanium. If I ever need them someday I want to have custom Moots titanium hips. Congrats on a successful surgery.

  44. Comment by Maile in Florida | 11.29.2007 | 5:42 am

    Congratulations, it’s so great to hear the surgery went well and see the nice new hip. Here’s to pain relief and a great recovery.

    Titanium is cool, but steel is real–impressive hip either way!

  45. Comment by eunicesara | 11.29.2007 | 5:55 am

    Thoroughly, totally amazing. And wonderful!

  46. Comment by domestique goddess | 11.29.2007 | 6:43 am

    glad it was a success! yea susan! thanks for the update fatty.

  47. Comment by sans auto | 11.29.2007 | 6:52 am

    The hips don’t lie, and I’d say that looks like a mighty strong hip on that lady.

    Our prayers are with you.

  48. Comment by Rider34 | 11.29.2007 | 6:53 am

    Dude, seriously…that is actually a Landis x-ray, right? ;)

    Susan, stay strong and fight on!

  49. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.29.2007 | 6:58 am

    The hip looks good. Rest well, make Fatty serve you hand & foot! May God bless your recovery.

  50. Comment by turnonthejets | 11.29.2007 | 7:01 am

    Huzza! New gear! Keep on keepin on…do what you do Fatty…it’s good.

  51. Comment by carl nicoletti | 11.29.2007 | 7:07 am

    She’s gonna be GREAT!! A cycling buddy of mine who is about my age (58) had it done to both hips a few years back and says it changed his life. Lots of hard work ahead, but worth it!! Good luck – CN

  52. Comment by KT | 11.29.2007 | 10:38 am

    Wow, that hip looks AWESOME!

    Susan, I’m glad your surgery went well, you’ll be up and about in no time at all!

    Yay! Win!

  53. Comment by Miguel | 11.29.2007 | 11:06 am

    Rock on Susan! You are great!

  54. Comment by Coyno | 11.29.2007 | 1:50 pm

    Hey Susan

    I’m sure all readers are struck by your courage, determination and humour. You are an inspiration to us all


  55. Comment by Coyno | 11.29.2007 | 1:50 pm

    Hey Susan

    I’m sure all readers are struck by your courage, determination and humour. You are an inspiration to us all


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