After nearly three years online and on YouTube and twenty years in Thailand, talking about life here has become increasingly more difficult. Perhaps this is why I prefer taking photos as opposed to talking. Ever have a friend who does nothing but talk about their relationship? How good it is, how bad it is, how much they love the person, how much they hate them and how much they need them? This is sort of how I feel about talking about Thailand. So...today's post is about what I like - photography and several of my favorite photographers.
But first, when a guy writes in slamming those who come to Thailand to be with younger women, I feel the need to speak up. If there's one thing I can do without, it's some judgmental American whining about how the only reasons men come to Thailand is for the younger women.
To paraphrase, "The men who go to Thailand can't get women back home."
While this may be true for some men, it certainly isn't for all. The main point being, so what if a man is with a much younger women and so what if they don't want or can't get women back in their home country? Sounds like a hater to me - or someone with jealous tendencies.
Moving on...to the photography...
The Hip After Five Weeks
Five weeks ago, I had hip replacement surgery. No longer do I feel the head of my femur grinding into my hip socket but I am only about 75% recovered at this point. The hip still aches and I have to be very careful how I move. Move the wrong way and a jolt of pain runs through my leg. By the time I returned home I was capable of going up the stairs, slowly, and while going up and down them is easier now, there are still times when it's hard work. After being seated for a long period of time it still takes a few seconds to get going but as the implant and bone grow together and time passes, this will become less noticeable.
I can't imagine how many people there are in the world who are walking around with hip problems because they are without the resources to have the surgery done. Or they're too scared to have it done. The surgery has taken up quite a bit of energy and set me back financially, but I am grateful I had the surgery done and even more grateful I woke up from anesthesia. But I am now a low point both physically and mentally.
In the beginning, my post-surgery progress was far better than I expected and far better than the norm. Twelve hours after surgery I was up and walking with the help of a walker. The following day I was walking unassisted. However, I have now plateaued and my improvement has slowed. This irritates and at times, frustrates me too.
Perhaps I want too much, too soon. All I can do is try to remember to stay positive. Every day is a day in which I am healing. Before, I had a hard time walking, now walking is less painful. Before, I was unable to lie on my right side, now I can do so. A few weeks ago, I had to use my arms to pull myself up the stairs, this is no longer necessary. Also, the range of motion in my hip has improved.
Right now I'm chomping at the bit though and I'm eager to be 100% again. Hopefully in another month or so I will be. Or at least I'll be closer to 100%.
BTW - for those with hip and knee problems, go see Dr. Chanakarn at Rajavej Hospital in Chiang Mai. His phone number is: +66.53.801.999.