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Friday, August 31, 2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Checking In

Just to let all y'all know, I'm still here, just not here. Whatever. Anywho, I'm still convalescing vegging out on the sofa every day or doing my exercises and walking around bored out of my goard. I've been walking around without my cane for a while now. I still have a little pain from walking too long on the treadmill. Sometimes if I stand too long while making dinner I will feel it really bad but that's part of my life and I'll take it as such. I'm not on my pain killers as much as I used to be. I've toned my drugs down. So now I'm just on the diclophenic. 
Lucy has taken to sleeping all day long when I'm busy. She is happy when I'm home so she feels she can let her guard down and nap and play tease poor ol' Spunky like she used to do. 
Well, I'm going to go walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes this time. I keep adding on time by 2 minute incrimates so I take it slow and steady. I'm hoping to go back to blogging this Sunday. Y'all have a magical day.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Post Doctor Appointment

Well, I just got back home after my orthopedic surgeon appointment. The doctor took out my staples and I see him again in three weeks for an x-ray and to see how I'm progressing. He was impressed as I thought he would be when I was walking without the walker. David was bitching the whole drive over to the doctor's office that I was going to catch hell for not having the walker but I didn't. The doctor said he was impressed that I was walking almost without the cane. I told him that sometimes I don't even use the cane except for when my leg starts to hurt. So, I'm doing good.
When I was getting ready for my appointment, Lucy started to worry. Some dogs have that worried face and Lucy has it down pat. She was so upset that she followed me everywhere this morning as I was getting ready. She layed on the bath mat while I was in the shower, she sat on my feet while I was dressing and the whole time she was whining. She was so worried that if I leave the house I won't be coming back. She really was upset while I was in the hospital. That poor baby. When she saw I was back home after the doctor's appointment, she nearly died from happiness. Really, she was dancing all over that place turning pirouettes and jumping in the air. Now she is laying next to me sleeping. She is such a happy little puppy because her mommy is back home.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Small Note To All Y'all

Okay, everyone. Tomorrow morning I go to see my orthopedic surgeon. I am SUPPOSED to get my staples out of my knee. I capitalized supposed because he has made me wait another week or two before. So, I'm hoping to get these motherfuckers out of my leg tomorrow. David said he will take my car to work and around 9:45 he will leave, slow down almost enough so I can put my feet on my walker lean back and latch onto the car and he will drag me all the way to my appointment. I said I'll bring the fire extinguisher in case the walker wheels catch fire. He started laughing. 
My leg is still hurting and I'm taking the Tylenol-3's just to function and walk. I'm still hobbling around with my walker in order to be good so David won't get mad at me but when he's at work or while he sleeps at night I walk to the bathroom without it. I can walk fine without my walker or cane now, I use them so David won't have a heart attack. Well, I'm going to go do my exercises and then put my leg up and read. All y'all be good to each other and I'll let you know what happened tomorrow.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Time Off

Hey Y'all. I'm going to take a couple of weeks off until I heal. Don't worry, I'll be back maybe sooner than you think but I need time off. So, all y'all be good to yourselves and stay safe.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

I'm just posting something small today. I woke up to see that the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, had passed away. Her voice and music were iconic. There will never be anyone better. Rest in peace your majesty.
One of my favorites

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Absolutely No Comments Please. [This is just a note to myself ]

Well, I found out something yesterday and today only re-enforced that little item. I really thought I could do it all and I was so fucking wrong. I can't stand for too long of a time yet. Before my surgery when my leg was hurting I was able to stand for at least 5 to 8 minutes at a time. That meant I could cook dinner and take a break and then come back and finish cooking. Now, I can only stand for 1 to maybe 3 minutes with a butt load of discomfort. I just got dinner started and barely could finish without crying. Dinner is still simmering on a very low flame, the puppies were fed and then let outside. I just let them back in again and they are both lying at the my one foot while I have my right knee resting on a pillow with an ice pack on it. I'm such a fucking idiot! I should have known better. I am in no way any better than when I left the hospital. I'm older and healing will take longer and I should have known that. I realize the error of my half-witted self. Tomorrow, I will stay in bed with my knee on pillows and relax. Just remember this in the future if it happens again, you dumb ass!

Art Major Stuff

Monday, August 13, 2018


I know, I know, I'm posting really late today. David was just home from work for lunch and he calls me every two hours to see if I'm still alive. Yes! Really! I can't even fart without getting a phone call about it. Personally, I think his laptop is on and it's picking up everything I do. When he came home for lunch just now. He saw me using my cane to get up and I realized he was upset. He wants me to keep using the walker but really, I can get around fine with the cane. So I better make him happy or he will be taking off more time to make sure I stick with the doctors orders. 
I'm having to wear the brace for six to eight weeks until I completely heal. Yesterday, I was sitting on the sofa with my leg on pillows and I noticed I was bleeding from the inscision. When I walk the brace buckles tend to slide down onto the knee from my thigh and cause irritation over the bandages. It might have pulled against the staples. I changed the bandage and everything was fine. I put a thick hand towel under the buckles. There is still some pain and  I'm on Tylanol-3. I didn't want the Hydrocodone that the doctor wanted to give me. I usually take it at night when my pain is the worse. I'm getting around pretty damned good. I have the treadmill for when I do my daily walking and I do my required exercises every morning and every evening. In reality I have graduated from the walker to my cane but I have to hide that for now. 
Lucy is my nurse again. she sleeps next to me at night and alerts David if I get out of bed. During the day she follows me around everywhere I go. When I'm on the treadmill walking she sits and waits for me to finish. She's a sweet baby girl. She really missed me something awful. If I start messing with my purse to look for something, her eyes get that worried look in them. Personally, while I was in the hospital, I think David traumatized her by telling her I ran away from home. What?! Yes! He does that sort of thing for laughs.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fantastic Friday

I decided to just take the quote of this story from Reshareworthy which is where I got this awesome video from. This is so cute. Check it out.
Bryan Chapman lives in Mississippi and captured this interesting scene between him and a group of hummingbirds sipping some sugar water out of a red solo cup.
Chapman created a sugar solution by by mixing one part sugar with four parts water and held up the cup. Soon one, two, three of the birds are sipping out of the cup, enjoying a sugary snack.
What a beautiful moment! Share these sweet hummingbirds with your friends!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

I'm Finally Home

I'm home! I'm home! I AM HOME!!
I left the hospital yesterday afternoon around 3:30. I have to say that I almost had to stay another day if it wasn't for me pushing myself during my physical therapy sessions. I really endured the pain of walking just to get out. The nurses, the CNAs and the PT staff were super excellent at their jobs. They kept me comfortable and as pain free as possible. Everyone was super from the time I initially entered the hospital until I left it, I have to say I was nearly spoiled to death by all of them but I just wanted to be home.
But getting back to when I got home, David got me safely into the house without Lucy attacking me with happiness. David locked her up in the living room with the baby gates. When Lucy finally saw me come into the house through the kitchen door, she nearly shook all her hair off from happiness. I mean to tell you she was crying and whining and wagging her little body so hard that I thought she was going to break something. When I got settled into bed, David released the "Kraken" and Lucy went nuts. But she was very careful with me. I know she had some idea her mommy was still in a bit of pain because as soon as she jumped onto the bed where I was, she delicately walked up next to me and laid her head on my stomach like she was saying she missed me and was glad I was home again. Poor little thing made me cry. She slept next to me most of the night except when I got up a couple of times.
Anywho, this morning I put my old brace on when I got out of bed. I washed up and changed my bandage, took my drugs did my exercises and ate breakfast. It's about a little after 10 am right now for me and I'm getting tired and I might take a little nap because sleeping at night is very rare with the intermittent pain spasms and having to get up for the bathroom breaks. I'll be posting now and then when I can. Love you all so much and thank you for the "get well" wishes.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Well, I spoke with my surgeon this morning and he said it was all up to how I feel tomorrow morning and what the physical therapist says in her report. I'm hoping it will be good enough to get me out of here. I didn't sleep but for five minutes the whole night because of my pain, and then I had an allergic reaction to the sleeping which never worked. Right now I'm very tired and I'm going to try to get in some sleep time right now. If I get discharged tomorrow I won't be posting at all because I'm going to be busy getting things done. If that happens I'll post Wet Dog Wednesday next week.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Monday - I survived, so far

Well, I'm doing pretty good for a saucy bitch in the hospital. This morning started out bad. We arrived 15 minutes early, which was good. I signed in, and David and I sat and waited. Now to let y'all know, I was early at 6:15. They told me to be at the hospital at 6:30 and they would call me back and my surgery was scheduled for 7:30. AHAHAAAHahahahaahahaaaahahahaa!! Yeah right. Finally 20 minutes later they called my name and we went into admitting because that is what they do. I got my name bracelet and then I had to sign paperwork that was not sent to the insurance because somebody at my doctor's office didn't do their job. We had to wait another 8 minutes for the insurance people to okay the paperwork that was supposed to have been signed and okayed last week. The admitting clerk finally told us that everything is good and to follow her to the other waiting room outside the pre-op department. We waited another hour before being called back. At 8 a.m., I was called into pre-op, answered all the usual questions and such. The nurse had trouble getting a vein for the IV. She had to call backup. The IV was in after 4 tries and meds and feel good drugs were administered. 
At around  9:45 or there bouts, the OR nurse wheeled me into the OR. The anesthesiologist tried to administer a block in my spine and missed twice. Finally hit the spinal column and all was good from there on in. I got out of the OR at around 12:50. They said I was humming Yellow Submarine before I went under and again when I came out of the best sleep I've had in years. The doctor said He only had to replace the plastic plate on the tibia and didn't have to put in a hinge. Now that, besides having my laptop and the view from my room are the only things that have happened to be good things today for me. 
So, I spent an hour in Post-OP and then they took me up to my room. I have a beautiful view of the southern horizon from my window with these humongous puffy clouds. Just beautiful. I have already had PT people come and get me out of bed and have me walk around. This was unheard of 3 years ago to have someone get out of bed the same day of knee or hip surgery and walk. But I did very well. I had a very nice large lunch and soup for dinner. I have been doing my smaller exercises in bed to get my muscles going which is good. The thing is I do these exercises every morning and again at night before bedtime at home to keep my leg muscles from seizing up and causing pain. I really want to get out of here as soon as possible. So, every little thing counts.
David went home and got my Laptop for me. I was bored shitless, to say the least. This morning I laid out my clothes to go home in and he brought them up to me in case I do come home early. He told me that Lucy is badly grief-stricken. She thinks I ran away from home or something. David says that she moped and whined the whole time that he was home for lunch. Poor baby is going to just die of happiness when I come home. Well, It's getting to be around 7:30, David left and I'm really tired. Shift change for the nurses is happening and I'll be getting my evening meds very soon now. I'm going to ask for something to help me sleep through my knee pain. Y'all have a nice evening. Good night.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

It's Thursday

Not much is happening today. I did practically everything except laundry yesterday. I went to the hospital and got pre-admitted so on Monday all I have to do is show up for the surgery. I also had an EKG and blood drawn. So I'm waiting for my doctor's office person to call me and let me know when to be at the hospital on Monday morning. So there's that.
Lucy is wondering what all the flurry around the house is all about. She has this sad look on her face and she's following me everywhere I go. Poor baby girl. Anywho, I got my hygiene bag ready with my brush and toothbrush and toothpaste and lotion for dry skin. I have my dress hanging on the door hanger of my closet for David to bring so I can go home. All that good stuff is ready. I made enough food to feed a military squad so David has something good to eat while I'm unable to cook. The house is clean. My plants will be watered thoroughly before I leave just in case he forgets to do it. I should be back home by either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. I'm actually shooting for Tuesday night.  I know all the exercises I have to do and all the precautions so I'm really hoping my doctor will let me go home early. 
It was a pleasantly cool morning for once. I sat outside and read the news on my laptop. It was so quiet. You wouldn't know it but there are kids in our neighborhood. They just never come out to play. It's just too hot for them I guess. I remember my mom couldn't keep us in the house during summer no matter how hot it was. We went exploring and played all day outside until it was dinner time and then went outside again until it was dark. It's a sad sight when kids don't know how to be kids anymore. Very sad.
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