While waiting to have my right hip replaced this spring (I had the left one done 3 years ago) I got my left thumb caught in a table saw. The orthopedic surgeon that gathered the pieces and sewed them back together was doubtful the thumb could be saved, but it was. Even though that ordeal actually turned out to be longer and more painful than the hip surgery, I told Cathy that I was glad I do not have three hips This leads me to give a huge “Thank You” to Duke Orthopedics for the hip and the thumb. How lucky we are to live here with the best medical care in the world. The good news is I am doing great and I am back to work. P.S. That is my excuse for being late with this newsletter.