Bob Gilbert's Katy Blog: TBT - Rome and Hip Replacement Surgery..

TBT - Rome and Hip Replacement Surgery..

TBT - Rome and Hip Replacement Surgery..


Six years ago to this day I had hip replacement surgery. I was placed in the intensive care unit (ICU) after surgery as my blood pressure was extremely low  and at dangerous level. My body was filled with morphine via an IV to kill the pain. I was aware of what was going on but the morphine was clouding my basic judgement. Yolanda was worried enough to potentially become  sick!   


Yolanda could not spend the night as the unit was locked down at some point in time and there was no bathroom in my room. Yolanda stayed as long as she could and did not want to leave but certainly it was necessary for her not to stay all night.


I was awakened in the early morning hours of the next day by an alarm and blinking light. My mind said some poor person (SOB) in here just set off the emergency alarms due to a major issue. My mind thought what the heck happened? Next thing I know I see several people running into my room. In super slow motion it dawns on me the poor person (SOB) was none other than me! Even with being heavily sedated it was a  very scary few minutes in my life for me.


I could on and on about my horrible surgery experience but will stop here as this is the Holiday/Christmas season. time to think positive happy thoughts! Rome!!


Days before the surgery we had traveled to Rome and had a fabulous time. So many great sites and places to see and visit. Wonderful cuisine, wine and people. I was really happy I got this opportunity to visit Rome for a few days and the surgery encounter certainly reinforced my feeling about this trip.


Here are a few of the picture I took on that trip. These days I would have taken several hundred pictures ( if not more) but that was not the case back in 2010!


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I recommend to everyone to travel to Italy if they ever get the opportunity!




Colosseum feral cat who looks like he has never missed a meal!

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Comment balloon 18 commentsRobert Bob Gilbert • December 15 2016 10:46PM



 We love Italy it has been a busy day doing nothing tomorrow will be more of the same. Lots of little details! I hope you have a great day!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 3 years ago


Would not mind going to Rome again.  We were there during the Christmas Holiday several years ago.  I love the Italian decorations, each town is distinctly different, no copy cats whatsoever.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 3 years ago


So sorry to hear about your surgery experience. Glad it all worked out.

The photos of Rome bring back such happy memories - I've seen all those sights...maybe not THAT cat but certainly many others. I would love to go back.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 3 years ago

I have had some great times in Rome as well Bob.  Much better than surgery.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 3 years ago

Travel memories are more fun to recall than surgery.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 3 years ago


 Again I did not get points for comments I am getting so tired of this no one else seems to have the problem is it rigged?

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 3 years ago

Your pictures are great. That is a really good one of you and Yolanda. 

That cat looks truly fat. 

It looks like I might be getting another feral (heavy with kittens) to the shelter. I think she knows my plan and she isn't coming around like she normally does. But I'll get her. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 3 years ago

That's a frightening story about your hip replacement, Bob!  But your pictures of Rome are wonderful!  I'm glad everything turned out ok with your surgery, and you had those memories of your trip taken just before.

CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

Wow Bob, I am glad you had some fun in Rome and after reading your story I can't feel bad for hat has happened to me lately with my medical issues. Hang on to life and remember that we are not immortal.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 3 years ago

What a fabulous trip, in fact all of your trips with Yolanda sound fabulous. Let's think happy thoughts. It's time to plan another trip.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 3 years ago


Rome would be a great place to visit anytime.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

That sounds like a very scary time my friend, I am so glad that you got through it.  I love the pictures of Rome!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 3 years ago

Good morning Bob. The trip pictures are fabulous and certainly a better memory than the surgery.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Thank you for your comments and stopping by. The trip was wonderful and loaded with happy memories. Surgery no so much!! LOL.. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 3 years ago

Glad you made it through the hip replacement and are now able to look back on it and be positive.  The pics of Rome are great.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 3 years ago

Bob,this is bringing back memories of getting new knees, and they did make my next trip to Paris a whole lot easier than the one I took a few months before surgery.  I hope your new hip is friendlier now.


Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) over 3 years ago

You cannot go to italy too many times, it is a magical country and looks like you got there just in time.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 3 years ago


 We went last year and the year before to Italy and I am ready to go again! I hope all is well! Love you!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert almost 2 years ago

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