One day after school, my brother convinced my Mom to rent a movie for him and his friend, who was sleeping over that night. Maybe the MPAA didn’t have the same parental warning labels then that they do now, but for some reason, my mother didn’t object to my 11 year old brother and his friend renting Halloween, a horror movie that features a killer named Michael, who, after spending his formative years in a psychiatric hospital for murdering his older sister with a kitchen knife, escapes to wreak havoc on some local teenagers.
I have made some poor decisions in my life, but none quite as memorable as was when I decided to stay up with my older brother and his friend to watch Halloween. I don’t recall my parents being concerned or even being aware that I was cowering behind the living room couch, as my brother told me to keep my eyes open, and to stop being such a wimp – I was eight. I also don’t recall sleeping in my parents’ bed that night, but I am sure I did, as there is no way I could have slept alone.
If being mentally scarred by the movie wasn’t bad enough, my brother ensured that I would not easily get over my newfound fear of scary movies. He was no musical prodigy, but within days of watching the movie, he had committed to memory the piano theme music for Halloween. During the years that followed, my brother used his piano skills most effectively when my parents went out for the evening, and asked him to watch over me.
Before my surgery, I wanted to know exactly what a hip resurfacing entailed. Maybe I shouldn’t compare surgical videos to horror movies, but after my Halloween experience, I wasn’t keen on watching YouTube clips of real hip resurfacing procedures. Fortunately, I found the following animated video that is not only educational, but also safe to watch:
I had my operation at UCSF and my procedure was slightly different than the one described in this video – my surgeon did not cut any tendons, he did not insert a drainage tube into my leg, and I did not have restrictions on my activities after I left the hospital. I can’t thank Dr. Vail and the rest of the staff at UCSF enough, but I will give the folks at Stanford credit for creating a quality video of a hip resurfacing without scalpels, blood, or terrifying theme music.