It’s Been a While!

Where to start??? First of all, I can’t believe that it’s been over a year since my last post and for that I apologize. Let’s catch you up and I’ll try to keep it as short as possible. Well, I completed brewing school last year and yes, I passed! 🙂 I got back home and was considering taking a position in the brewing world while I worked on my brand, but decided to put that on hold until I got back from a belated honeymoon with the wife.

We went to the United Kingdom for just over 2 weeks; we started in London and worked our way around the country to end with the last week in Scotland. It was magical and an amazing experience, but a few days in my right knee started bothering me. As our trip progressed, my knee bothered me more and more, but we were walking 8-10 miles a day in the beginning, so I just suffered through it. Needless to say, by the time we got to Scotland I was hurting and adjusting my walk to compensate for my knee.

I survived the trip and we had a wonderful time, but my knee and legs were very unhappy by the time we got home. I didn’t have insurance at the time, so tried to deal with the knee pain by seeing a physical therapist, chiropractor, getting shots in my knee, and body work. I managed to heal the muscles that had shut down, but after a few months, it was still bothering me, so I signed up for insurance to start January of 2015. After visiting my new primary care physician, taking a lot of blood tests, x-rays and MRI’s, we figured out that I had Avascular Necrosis of the femoral head on both sides. This came as a big surprise and evidently all of the knee pain was referred from my hip.

This was something I had never heard of, but with the help of the internet, I learned quickly and saw some images that I didn’t want to see. Basically, the top of my femurs stopped getting blood and started to die; they had no clue how I got it and I was well past any traditional treatment options. After seeing a surgeon who was very gung-ho about getting the surgery done, I decided to wait and see if I could treat it naturally. I tried everything that I could, but found out in August that my right hip was 50% collapsed and I needed to start seriously considering surgery. Well, I scheduled surgery yesterday for just over 5 weeks out for the right hip. We’ll see if that relieves some pressure off the left and delays when it needs to be replaced.

What now? I will focus on healing after surgery, but I have already been working on new recipes and even had a friend come and help me brew a few weeks ago. I am really looking forward to getting back to brewing and working on my brand. In the meantime, I am considering focusing on fun beer recipes, vegetarian/vegan food pairing and informative articles on some cool topics. This blog will now be called The Tao of Brew and I look forward to the good times ahead. Here’s to yours and my health friends. Prost!

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