Yep, I’m on the road to recovery! I came home on Friday (11/27) and have been working at recovering ever since. Oh, come on now I know it isn’t going to happen overnight! I’m actually doing rather well at this point.
It has been a few days of increased pain and some extra pain medicine, but today is by far the most encouraging day I’ve had. I took a pain pill about 2:30 AM and I have not had one since then. I am doing very well and being very happy about it.
Yesterday was my first date with my home physical therapist. What a nice man, but how cruel! Just joking my friends – he gave me some exercises and I did fairly well with them and announced that he would see me again on Thursday for some more fun and games. Most of the exercises were rather easy but of course – no pain, no gain – right? There are a couple that I will be working on for some time to come and I must say that I am not ready for that quite yet!
My entire left leg is a myriad of colors from grayish green to a deep blue and a bit of red sprinkled throughout. And sore – well that isn’t even the word for it. But, I know it will heal and I must say that I am able to tell the difference between this temporary healing pain and the excruciating long-term activity pain I have been dealing with for the last year. I waited too long to do something about it and now I’m rejoicing that it is finally over and this too shall pass!
My strength will increase, the bruises will fade and I will be ready to rock and roll. Literally – – rock and roll! My greatest desire has been to be able to dance once again and I am able to envision it already. So hang in there with me and I may even post a picture of that achievement by summer!
Thanks for all the encouraging words and your friendship – you are a great bunch of “behind the scenes” friends! Have a great day and I’ll be talking at you later.
Well, Thanksgiving Day came and went without me because I had a little set-back at the hospital in the Pain Department. I experienced a whole new level of discomfort and paid the price for several days.
I was able to make it home on Friday – after being painfully sandwiched into my silver Subaru (gently by my husband and the nurse) and then rolled from one side of the seat to the other as we negotiated the hills and curves of Hwy 97 on the way back to Goldendale. My sweet husband talking non-stop all the way to tell me of all the things I had been missing since going into the hospital – (honey, I really don’t care – just get me home alive – NOW!)
Hubby had stopped at the grocery store and the pharmacy before he picked me up at the hospital and then we had to drop some things off at our extra freezer. He mentioned that my panting reminded him of a woman having a baby – I was just trying to stay sane on the ride home! Once we left the neighbor’s house we got to experienced the 4-wheel drive road up to our home for the last 1-1/2 miles. Bounce, jerk, cry, pant, moan, brace yourself for the next pothole and on it went. Seemed like another hour before we made it to the driveway and parked the car.
My husband is hurrying as fast as he can to get me out of the car and the guard dogs are doing their guard dog thing around me (sniffing, eyeballing, whining and wanting to be petted). So – now for the final stage of Friday’s helping of pain. Open the passenger door and try to figure out how to un-sandwich myself from my silver Subaru. My husband is reaching for my leg and I am panicking because I know it has to move really slowly and he just wants to help me out of the car as quickly as possible. He now is holding the walker and pulling on my arm and I am not bending as easily as we think it should be. Then . . . in VERY slow motion I am able to wiggle the foot on my sore leg to a position where it may or may not make it out of the car. Pant, pant, pant, cry, moan, curse and then plead for mercy! I wish I could make up my mind – I just want out of the damn car and I want out now!
FINALLY I GET BOTH FEET OUT OF THE CAR – Hallelujah, celebration time and a happy dance if I could manage it. I’m still alive and things are looking up for me. Now I only have 18 steps to get into the house and then into the recliner from which I don’t ever plan on moving again as long as I live!
I’m alive, I’m still in one piece, I have not torn out all of my hair and I can even manage a smile at my poor frazzled husband. Now I can “relax” and heal at home. Tomorrow is another day and I will have a better outlook!
Not that anyone really cares about my new knee except me, but I am excited and a little bit nervous about this operation!
WHY AM I EXCITED?
- I have needed this done for over 12 years. Originally docs told me I was too young and to wait until I could not stand the pain anymore.
- I have finally reached my pain limit and it is time to do this – NOW!
- I will now have time to write, write, write and read, read, read!
- I need some time off to “relax” doing what I love to do – write.
- I can stay in my jammies all day if I want to – make breakfast when I feel like it and don’t have to rush off to the office.
WHY AM I NERVOUS?
- I don’t like pain and I know I am still going to have some until I get healed up completely.
- I might go crazy staying home all the time and not being able to get up and go whenever I feel like it.
- I have down-sized my business so that I can handle everything from home and I have ALWAYS worked. This will be a whole new concept for me – just doing whatever I want, whenever I want. Kind of sounds like fun – – but I’m not sure!
- I have never spent every waking moment with my husband – am I ready for this?
- I’m retirement age – how did that happen? I think it sneaked up on me and caught me off guard.
So there it is folks – retirement, relaxation at home??? and surgery. Just what we all have been striving for since we started working. Except for the surgery part. Everyone I have talked with tells me that I will be glad I got the surgery done and that I will be up and around in no time (6 weeks).
We will see how much I enjoy all of this.
I will keep you updated!
Let’s see what my guide book has to say on this subject.
There are so many talented people out there. I have found wonderful articles here which truly inspire, entertain and make you smile. Thank you for writing your thoughts, feelings, adventures and opinions.
I am fairly new to WordPress & I must say that I enjoy the availability of such an assortment of reading material. AND having the opportunity to interact with other authors is a plus! I have been a FB Fan for quite a long time and I truly enjoy the relationships I have there as well, but often feel like I have more to say than just a “like” or “share,” although that is encouraging to others.
I want to be an encourager! I want to share my thoughts with others who express sometimes their deepest thoughts, yearnings, opinions & some are just having fun! Keep doing what you are doing because it touches others’ lives.
I’m willing to guess that there are writers whose only outlet of expression is here on WP. I’m thankful for you too and if I can be uplifting and encouraging to you, well then I want to do that also through my writing.
I am also a newbie freelance writer and experiencing some writing tasks I probably would never have gone looking for on my own. It can be quite fun at times and having a deadline in which to complete a writing task is good practice for our futures of being a sought-after author! At least for me!
So I actually said all that just to say: Keep writing for I and other enthusiasts will keep reading. It just seems natural that reading and writing go together. I’m not sure how arithmetic got thrown in there but that is a good skill to have also because we do need to keep track of our royalties after all!
Hello My Friends:
It has been a while since I posted anything here. I am considerably new at blogging but since I enjoy writing I thought it would be good experience for me. I have published my first book “Hanging By a Thread” and I am almost ready to release my second book which is a children’s story. It is called “Zipper Learns a Lesson.”
I would love to have an exciting and fun blog site. Will you help me by commenting and / or liking my blog? Today I am posting a short article – let me know what you think.
Welcome to my new blog. This is all new to me so maybe you can offer advice along the way. I am a new author and I am introducing my book: “Hanging By a Thread” (ISBN #978-1500508135). This is a true story about love, faith and a miracle. It is a true life short story and I know you will enjoy reading it. You will find it on Amazon.com and also on Kindle. Your feedback will greatly be appreciated, so if you read it, please remember to give a review of it also! Thanks a bunch and hope to hear from you soon!