Update: I'm going on 4 months with the spacer, even though the infection has been gone since at least mid-July. Now the delay is that Zimmer didn't start making the new, highly customized acetabular implant until mid-July and then had to scrap it toward the end of the manufacturing process and start over. The reimplantation was originally scheduled for July 15, then August 26, and then, on the night of August 22, my doctor informed me that the implant hadn't arrived yet.
Zimmer says that they HOPE to get the implant to my doctor by Sept. 11, but can't guarantee it. And, mind you, I had to do all of the work of chasing down someone at Zimmer to get information and they've changed their story multiple times.By the time I'm reasonably ambulatory, I will have missed swimming (already past), cycling, and my summer concert series, and I'm just glad I don't have any performances scheduled until November 22 – and could miss that one, if necessary, as it's with my husband's jazz quartet, which can perform without me. First concert with my ensemble is January 11. I can't rehearse with anyone and can barely practice with the spacer. The pain, waiting, uncertainty (and worry that the spacer will break through the paper-thin pelvic wall during the delay) and boredom are driving me mad, and I'm not sleeping – if my boss weren't accommodating me, I'd really have nothing to do.