Good news. No break, no crack. When I asked what the line was on the film, the doctor just gave that shrug of the shoulders. Sort of the silent version of "No Hay". I forgot to mention that you can also see the six screws that I have in my lower back quite clearly on the x-ray. She never even mentioned them or asked what they were!
I'm just getting old. No surprise there. What is going on is that I have lost most of the juicy stuff (real medical term, I swear!) that lubricates your ball joints. The blow I suffered to my hip exacerbated a condition I didn't even know I had. The doctor very sternly advised me to take care of my hip because otherwise I will be looking at a hip replacement sooner rather than later. Sooner rather than later?!?! I don't know how she could tell from one x-ray that I am heading down that path. And just how, pray tell, am I supposed to take care of my hip? What does one do special to keep your hip working properly?
I suggested that some possiblilites would be no more sweeping the floors or back patio, not standing at the sink to do dishes, definitely no climbing ladders, no carrying bags of groceries for blocks to get to where we had to park the car and being allowed to sit quietly at the computer for as long as I want everyday. Nobody around here is buying it.
At any rate, I have bone rubbing against bone for now and no idea of how to fix that. I don't know what I'm going to do when the pain meds run out. Maybe by then the cow/swine anti-inflammatories will have done their job and reduced whatever swelling is going on in there that is causing the pain. Only time will tell. In the meantime, life ain't very much fun.
I would like to thank all of you for your kind emails and comments. Made me feel good, they did.