Dr, Willimam Bugbee and Leslie in Hip Revision.

Through my GETTING HIP,
we are creating a Healthcare System
that GETS HIP to being
the greatest it can be.


GETTING HIP,
this website of poems and inspirations,
is inspired by my journey through
bilateral hip revisions and recovery.

In December 2001 and again in January 2003,
I underwent hip surgeries to revise
Hip joint replacements that lasted 26 years.
The web site is intended to create
our places of Health Care as healing environments.
I encourage those in Health Care
and Designing Health Care
to know that everything they are doing to create
Healthcare is being appreciated.

The intent of this web site is to inspire,
to reach out to someone feeling alone,
to someone who needs to know that this
very moment they can plant seeds
for improved health and well being
through what they are doing right now.


HEALTHCARE AS WE KNOW IT
IS UNDERGOING A REVOLUTION.
WE CAN BE PART OF THIS EVOLUTION
AS WE TAKE CHARGE, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
OF OUR HEALTH.




"My Dear Leslie, Thinking of you
I dreamed my hip was gone
and I could not fly down the basketball court
I could not get out of bed
to stand with my guitar and sing songs of peace
but just lie in recovery
stuck with needles dripping things into me
drugged in my dream
you stole my hip as I tried to dribble by singing
"What is your wish, what is your dream"?
And you drove the full length of the court
running like Kobe in great gallop
your new hip working fluidly
you were the one flying
and sweetly swishing your poems
into the heart of humanity
you won the crowd over
and I rejoiced with them your new found serge
of poetry in motion
and then I woke up to realize it was not my hip you stole
but in my profound love and prayers for you to be whole
all the while it was my heart
and you returned it to me inspired
by the deep reach of your gardener's spade."
--Stephen Longfellow Fiske, author and minstrel


Dr. William Bugbee, my surgeon,
and visiting scholar,
Bajun in Jang MD from Korea.
Leslie  in the middle.



FOR BETTER HEALTH BECOME FAMILIAR
AND UTILITIZE NATURAL FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS
IN YOUR PRESURGERY AND POST SURGERY


I witnessed benefits of using specific natural supplements in the healing process. I was able to go right from Morphine to Boiron's Arnica Montana 30x, a homeopathic remedy. Homeopathic remedies are very popular in many countries. They have no side effects.
Before I entered the hospital, and during my stay, I supplied the hospital kitchen Chef with natural foods from my local farmer friends. I intend to return to the hospital and create an "organic day" that serves natural foods to the doctors and staff.