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Hello @froggy1,

Thank you for taking the time to tell us your story as that must have taken some courage to share so much. We are happy to have you here.

I would like to invite @mrfish, @janelaine, and @lynzze to this conversation as well as they have all recently discussed antibiotic spacers and hip issues as well.

@froggy1, you may also want to check out the following discussion, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-kind-of-mobility-can-i-expect-with-an-antibiotic-spacer-in-my-hip/. Robin, if you don’t mind sharing, have you picked up any hobbies that don’t require movement to help keep your mind busy? I know when I was laid up after my knee replacement and ankle fusion I battled some depression from the isolation, inactivity, and boredom. I had to rely on my guitar playing, movies, and playing video games to keep my mind busy, but even those mindless activities can only take you so far. Chronic pain and mobility/joint issues can be isolating, so I am glad you found us here on Connect.

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Thanks Justin. My problem is that I have been dealing with depression and anxiety for 40 years so it’s not surprising that it got so much worse after this.I developed PTSD about 7 years after an incident that I’d rather not discuss. I’ve been debating writing to Dr. Phil for a long time. He seems to have connections with everyone. He works with these dual diagnostic centers that deal with the whole person physically. emotionally and psychologically. I’m thinking that he would be my best shot at getting my life together. But I have so many issues I wouldn’t even know where to start if I wrote to him. I keep hoping one of my friends will write to him about me. I’ve brought it up but no one thinks I’m serious, I guess. I’m very serious! I started making jewelry again but I’m not very fond of or good at selling it. I don’t want to do etsy, craigslist or e-bay because setting up a web page and paypal and all that involves, I have no idea or interest in doing all that. I’ve looked around at local farmers markets too but it’s usually about $50 for a table and literally every other booth is selling jewelry. I need more than a hobby, I need a job. One where not having a hip won’t be an issue. Because I’m not doing any more surgeries. None, ever never ever. That’s what I’m trying to deal with. Sorry for being a downer but if I can’t be honest there’s no point in participating. Thanks, Robin