Sunday, June 29, 2014

I'm so Boring....................

So I'd love to do a post about all sorts of exciting things I've been up to, but.....................I got nothin!!  Except for picking over 60 pounds of blueberries and getting a sunburn, and going to PT and getting my pain managed, I done nothing.  How sad and boring is that.

Today I started cleaning out the one living room of stuff so that we can put the washer and dryer in there and leave a path from the kitchen to the door for our remodel.  The replacement cabinets are shipping on July 3rd and we are excited to just get it going already.  You know that feeling - you've planned, you've worked for it and now it's like come on, lets get it moving and get it done so we can focus on other things.

I am still going to PT 3 times a week and sometimes I'd just like to give my therapist the knee, but I know it would hurt me far more than him.  And it's only when he's making it hurt more really, the rest of the time I really like him.  I have 113 degrees bend on my knee - lord what will it take to get to 120 and how much pain will I endure.  I got good results when I sat on the table and he would bend my knee that way, but now it's the harder position of laying flat on the table and raising my knee up - yeah, that's not nearly as easy and the results are hard to achieve and my whole leg just quivers.  I almost yelled "Uncle" last Friday but I refrained from any embarrassing outbursts, haha.  When you were a kid did you yell "uncle" as a way to say - I give up when wrestling with siblings and friends?  It's not a term I hear anymore, but I used it as a kid.

We are gearing up to have company on the 4th of July.  My friend Kelly is newly retired (as of this past Friday) and she needs a celebration, so that is what we are having.  It should be fun and a relaxing day too.  My house is rather torn apart for the big remodel so I hope she won't mind that, I think as long as the food is good she won't care.

My Auntie will be having a test tomorrow, so if you pray, say a little prayer for her that it's good results, or send her good vibes.  I'll be thinking about her all day for sure.

So what are your plans for the holiday weekend?

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Blueberries are On

With my new knee and my focus being on PT and just moving around as normally as possible I almost forgot about blueberry picking.  Luckily CR looked at the website and found out that they opened for picking on the 17.  So today we went out to our favorite organic blueberry farm and picked 19 pounds of blueberries.  CR picked 2 buckets full and I only got one bucket full.  It's not easy when you have a new knee to pick those suckers and it's exhausting and thanks to the pain meds buckets of sweat poured off of me.  Wow, not the fun time I usually have.  CR also helped me wash and dry them, put them in baggies and get them into the freezer.  Man I hate not being able to pull my weight and do my part.  We are going to try to go out again tomorrow and another day to get enough put up for the winter.


Our cabinets got inspected this past Sunday and 2 of them have to be re-ordered.  One of the two looks like someone dropped it off of a truck.  So that will hold up any remodeling till the new cabinets arrive.  Just as well, allows me more time to get this knee in better shape.

When I came home from the hospital I was on a 12 long lasting pain med with another pain med prescription for when I had break through pain.  Well the long lasting pain med ended on Saturday and I'm having a terrible time getting the other pain med to work.  I seem to have to take one every 4 hours and honestly I start pacing every 3.5 hours waiting for the 4th hour and relief.  It's crazy.  I may call the doctor.  The thing is I hate pain meds, so I don't want more, but I also am having issues with the pain.  What a big baby, right.

Still no sewing or embroidery.  Before it was lack of focus, now it's pain issues and trying to get myself on a schedule that accommodates these issues.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Electric Carts at Costco

Have you ever driven one of those electric grocery shopping carts??  They look simple enough and really they are quite simple.  Simple if you are alone in the store and there aren't dozens of people weaving in and out of the fray, crossing in front of you, children running wild rather than staying by their parents cart, etc.  When you factor all that in, they are a nightmare to drive.  Yesterday CR and I went to pick up some prescriptions, pick up some stuff at the grocery store and since the weather has been so crappy, rainy, windy, chilly we decided to go to Costco too.  I can get along pretty good just using a cart at the grocery store, but I knew I couldn't walk all of  Costco just yet.  So we decided that I would use an electric cart.  Wow, it was more exhausting than just walking I think.  I swear I had so many people cross in front of me, kids dart in front of me, and it seemed people actually act annoyed that a person is in one of those carts, or at least that I how I felt.  That said, we got our shopping done and by the time we got home I was beat I was so tired.  I admire the elderly folks who drive those things around and make it look easy.

Today I had my last blood draw done and on Sunday I will be done taking the blood thinners.  Tomorrow morning they'll haul my CPM machine away.  I've had it for 3 weeks and it's hard to believe it's been that long, seems like I just got home from the hospital.  That last 10+ degrees of bending my knee are going to challenge me and I don't know that anything will make it easier than a bit of suffering and a lot of hard work.  I have about 8 more days of the heavy duty drugs and the doc wants me to take them all before switching to just the one drug.  Probably a good idea, but I hate having no focus and no ability to sew.

Our cabinets were delivered yesterday and are in the garage.  The contractor is out of town so he will be here on Sunday to open and inspect for any damage.  Then we will see where we will be on his schedule.

The longer it takes the more time I have to get this knee in shape so I can do more and clean after the kitchen is done.

As I said earlier, it's been really chilly lately and miserable because I've just had bouts of not being able to get warm.  Luckily this afternoon brought about the promised change by the weather man and the sun is shining and it's 80 degrees out there.  I don't want it to be super hot, but I sure didn't enjoy the chilly weather we had for a while there.

How's the weather and summer progressing in your neck of the woods?

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam







Monday, June 16, 2014

Doc Says I'm a Star Student

Yes, I am an over achiever and I admit it.  But if I'm going to put myself through this much pain and rehab, I'm going to get every thing I can out of it.  So it goes with my knee.  I am ahead in the bend of my knee and everything in general according to my doc.  Maybe he's just being nice and encouraging me, whatever, it's working because the sooner I have this new knee whipped into shape the sooner I can continue on doing what I like to do.

I got my staples and all the dressing off today, traded it in for steri-strips:


It's looking so good and it feel good to have the staples out - those pesky things were itching and pulling.

We also got an x-ray of my new bionic knee - isn't it pretty:


Everything is looking the way it should and I'm well on my way to a great recovery.  I'll have the CPM machine for one more week, take blood thinners for 2 more weeks and see the Doctor again in 4 weeks.  Until then it's all about the physical therapy and doing my exercises.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Let the Chaos Begin

We have a busy week ahead.  Monday I have PT and following that I finally get the staples out of my knee.  Last Thursday was 2 weeks since surgery and I'm progressing really nicely.  My physical therapist told me that within the first 3 weeks of surgery, they want you to have at least a 100 degree bend on the knee, well as of last Thursday I was at 110, so safe to say I'm well on my way to 120 degrees, which is the minimum bend, some can get more.  I'll take whatever I can get as long as I get the minimum at least.  Then Tuesday our cabinets will arrive.  From there they have to be unpacked and inspected by our contractor for damage.  If there is damage they will have to re-order and we'll wait for everything to arrive, if all is well, then we should be on the schedule soon.

It's been awhile since I posted anything about Rascal and how he's fitting into the family.  I'm happy to say that all the boys seem to be friends now and they play and wrestle together every morning before it's time to sleep the day away. Rascal doesn't sleep as much as the other 2, but he's young yet.  He loves cat toys and currently he's getting rascally with a plastic ball that has a bell in it.  Rascal also loves to put balls and mice under the stove and fridge, etc and then watch his dad fish them out with the help of a yard stick.  He is a wild man at times and then when he gets tired and a bit naughty, he'll come to me, nestle on my neck and fall asleep - nothing like having a kitty snore in your ear.  With the pain meds, it's a nice little break for me too.  I use it as an excuse that I must need a nap also so Rassy is just making sure I slow down and take one.

I have a basket that holds a few lap size quilts and lately the boys - Rascal and Scotchie have been taking turns napping in the basket:





Rascal LOVES that darn basket, so Scotchie had to enjoy it as well.  It's harder for Scotchie to get in and under the handles.  He's 17 pounds and Rascal is only 8 pounds.  But Scotchie was determined and he did it!!


I took the above picture of Maddie the other day.  She was exhausted - after all she is my nurse and is constantly making sure I am okay, checking on me (I'm not allowed to close the bathroom door just in case I need her it would seem) and of course I need kisses for healing so she gives me kisses through out the day.  She is the best nurse in town I'll tell ya!!


I went into the back room where we are storing all the kitchen stuff and saw this adorable kitty statue - only his eyes moved.  Chanceman never turns down a challenge to get to high places while disturbing nothing.  The cat is a talent.  He also is helping with nursing duties, he gets in my lap a couple times a day so I can pet him and he purrs and rubs on me.  Now I must say that when he gets on my lap, he avoids my stitches area and most of that leg in general.  He knows it hurts and he will not step or lay on it.

Not much else to share.  Looking forward to the kitchen starting soon and to getting my staples out as they tend to hurt and get annoying after a while.

I want to thank a few of my blogging friends and other friends who read my blog for sending me sweet cards and funny cards, you all have made my day.

Hope you all are enjoying Fathers Day!!

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Monday, June 9, 2014

It's The Little Things

After a big surgery like this (or any other for that matter), all the little things add up and they make you feel good when you accomplish them.  After a bit of a set back last week, I ended PT with a 100 degree bend on my knee which is really good - the goal is a 120 degree bend if not better when all is said and done.  I can hobble a  bit more without the walker, but I still have it close for balance.  I can put weight on my leg without horrible shooting pains (well that's my story and I'm sticking to it), I can maneuver around so much easier than just a week ago.  But it's all baby steps, so they might not even be visible to someone looking at me, but inside I know when I've done something I couldn't do a day or two before.

I'm still taking meds for pain, something I'm not thrilled about, but the drug combo they have me on is doing a great job of keeping the pain level low and not making me feel like crap in the process.  Sometimes I'm hungry, sometimes I'm not, I guess that is the drugs too. 

I was pretty proud of myself on Sunday as I made scrambled eggs with fruit for breakfast and put a potato salad together for dinner.  CR helped - he is a huge help and I was able to do some things that make me feel useful.

I see the doctor next week to get the staples out and also next week should be exciting as our new cabinet are set to be delivered on Monday, whoohoo.  We are ready!!

Hope all is well with you, I've not been reading much in blog land or anywhere for that matter, I don't seem to have the focus to do so yet.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Taking Warfarin

When you have a joint replacement procedure it is standard to put you on a blood thinner for 4 to 6 weeks.  I dutifully  came home with my prescription and have been very good about remembering to take it, I might add.  Well lets back up a minute.  Yesterday was a very painful day with my knee and the drugs only seemed to help a bit.  I just ached to the roots of my teeth.  On top of that, my tongue and throat were so sore that it was painful to eat or drink and everything tasted of metal.  As if that's not enough, I haven't "gone" for 7 very long and uncomfortable days.  Granted I hadn't been able to eat much, but still, 7 day's people, it's not right!!

Okay so back to PT, we went to PT and it hurt, then we went to get my blood work done as they have to keep a close monitor on how thin my blood is.  That afternoon the nurse calls and tells me how I need to take that med for the next 7 days.  I'm sitting there thinking about this conversation (while many hours pass before I realize it) and think, oh no, I've been taking one in the morning and one at night.  I've been overdosing myself.  Listen if you need to stop following my blog now I'll totally understand, because this is about as brainy as it gets around here, though I'm loath to admit it.

I went to bed in a miserable state yesterday and woke up to a good day.  My pain level is tolerable, the metal taste and the pain in my mouth has eased up and I have been cruising down the highway of relief all day too.

Happy Stitches and Hugs,
Tam

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

It's over, it's done and I'm in no hurry to do that again!!

Last Thursday I had my knee replaced and boy did it need it.  Of course with any situation like this there has to be something funny  to share with friends and for me, it would be my "drunk dial" to my Aunties in  North Carolina.  I truly just wanted to let them know that all was fine and I would call them back when I could talk and makes sense.  But me on drugs, well not a chance of that happening.

Poor Aunties came home to a weird, slurred, message that half way though I got the hiccups and apparently they couldn't hear it so I pointed it out to them.   Safe to say I should not be allowed to use a phone during these times.,      I called them the next day and we did have a laugh about it. 

Haven't had much of an appetite lately so Poor CR, he had pick up some soups at the store and other things that I might eat if I did decide.  Tomorrow I start my Physical Therapy.  I think it's mostly an evaluation day where they see where I'm at and what I need to work on.  I know this much - I want to kick the darn walker to the curb and soon.  It's amazing the progress that I've made just since Thursday.  But I have a Long Way To Go.  Oh well I'm ready!!

Well maybe I can get back to sleep, talk to you soon!
Tam