I wonder if you kind folks would help me decide on whether my proposed new article would be appropriate here, or better done as a series on my blog?
I'm not sure where the line gets drawn between 'generally informative,' and 'purely personal.' I just underwent knee replacement surgery, and am considering writing about the experience. I'm not all the way through it yet--only 3 weeks post-op.
Obviously, the article would be from a purely personal viewpoint, but also informative for anyone who's being faced with the same procedure...
Or maybe I should hold off for a year, until I'm back 100%? Or, by tipping my hand here, someone else who may be further along beats me to it...??? (hoping not...)
Great idea to write about this. My Mum had this surgery a few years back and at the time I contemplated writing about her experience (even to the degree I was tempted to ask permission to film the surgery itself). In the end I didn't do it, but can see how helpful an article from the patient's perspective could be to someone contemplating the same surgery. I would like to say though, you will never be '100%' again. For a start you can't kneel on that knee any more, and also you still have pain and are not fully mobile, it is just a great improvement on how you were prior to surgery. I wish you well in your recovery and for your future hub.
Well, I was in a fair amount of pain prior to surgery; and the knee was very swollen and deformed. Right now, it's tough, as the rehab exercises are painful, as I'm sure your mum can attest.
However, the doc thinks I should be able to get back to bike riding and maybe even my rollerblading. Yes, I'm aware about not being able to kneel, but I'm not much of a kneeler, anyway, so no worries there. ;-)
Thanks for sharing your insight.
Yes, Mum did find the rehab and exercises very tough, but she is lot better now (although not pain free in the knee). Main problem these days is the fact she tended to use the other leg more to avoid the pain when she had not yet had the knee replacement, so as a result she now suffers lots of pain in the hip on the opposite side. She also suffers from Osteoarthritis which is exceptionally painful (bones crumbling) and it seems there is nothing apart from painkillers they can do about this.
Yeeks...well, I do know that I hobbled around for years before this was fixed, and tweaked my back as a result of favoring the knee...so a fair amount of back pain both before, and now, as things learn to re-align...
It really comes down to the approach you take! A Hub like "How to Recover from Knee Replacement" or "What it's Like to Get a Knee Replacement" would come off as very informative. Instead of giving a play-by-play of your experience, you can break your work down into informative chunks that can povide readers with the insights that would interest them most.
I think it is informative to use on hubpages. Maybe you could do a part 1 and 2? Knee replacement surgery: what to expect in the month following. And then another about life with an artificial joint?
I think it would be a good piece for HubPages, because even though it would have a personal spin on it, it would also contain valuable information to those who could go through the same thing. Even a couple of the HubPages' Staff have articles about their experience undergoing certain surgeries. I know I would find it very useful.
I wrote a series of hubs on cataract surgery, with the thought that others would find my experience useful. However, I included a great deal of information on the surgery, the lens implants, costs, etc. - anything I could think of. A good deal of research became a part of each hub, although my personal reactions were also there.
That was an attempt to make it more informative rather than purely personal - apparently it worked as HP has not complained and I do get some google traffic. If you publish your experience on HP, suggest you do something similar.
I would love to read it myself DzyMsLizzy.. I sure do hope it's not illegal here in HP.
Its good if your personal experience makes people aware and guides them. It is a good idea to relate your experiences, in part wise series.
Wish you speedy recovery!
I think you should go for it. I tried one series of hubs and it's been doing quite well, but with a series things get strange where performance is concerned. My series is <link snipped> and you would think that people would read them in order. However, quite often the 2nd and 3rd parts in my 3-part series rank higher than the others, sort of a roll-of-the-dice effect. So, long story short I don't think there's anything wrong with a multi-hub series, but trying to get readers to read it in chronological order is nearly impossible.
More specific to your idea, if you simply make a custom Group and have only the posts related to your knee surgery under that, at the bottom of each hub people will see the other related hubs and they will be able to hop back and forth the hubs based on their own interests... so utilizing groups this way will at least keep your readers within the same "genre" of your hubs.
I think you're on to something dellea. I wrote a series of articles about my surviving a ruptured brain aneurysm, (not here in the 'HUB' unfortunately) and they received a lot of comments and questions.
I was surprised to learn that there is not that much first hand knowledge out and about on that sort of a brain trauma. People have what you're talking about but do not know where to look for info. The HUB is a good spot for that.
Luck with your surgery and more luck with recovery.
Ok, folks--my Hub on the knee replacement surgery is finished....and published under "Knee Replacement Surgery: What to Expect."
I thank you all again for your helpful input.
Give your experience then maybe recommendations on how you should do personal rehab or suggestions...or how you dealt with the pain...or something like that. That should be okay for hubpages. Relate your experience to something that is information...even a how to walk again is something informative. How to's are always good and a lot of people want to know how to something.
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