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Getting Restless

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

I must be healing and for that I am very grateful! Until recently, I have been content just doing my exercises, checking in with my email and SparkPeople, and watching television. And when I say 'watching' - that's pretty much all I've done. My typical behavior while the TV is on is to be knitting, sewing, planning meals, or something in addition to watching whatever is passing as entertainment at the time.

There has been a fair amount of sleeping going on as well. Little cat naps - 30 - 40 minute lie-downs to just rest my mind, my leg, and/or my body. As I am weaning off the pain pills, I am having fewer of those cat naps.

BUT, I am bored. I do have a book I've been trying to read - and finally yesterday I made some progress on that. I have been working on a shawl since I went into the hospital (17 days ago) - it usually takes 2 - 4 days to complete a shawl so I've not made a whole lot of progress. I am keeping up with my Norwegian Language classes, but just by doing the absolute minimum.

So today's project will be to find activities that will interest me, stimulate my mind while not being too taxing on my body. I am behind on my Ancestry site but sitting at the computer isn't the best for my knee. There's always de-cluttering to do - I'm sure if asked Tom will bring me a container or two and help me get the trash out to the garbage can. And I do have a couple more taxes to finish, which needs to be done soon.

On the healing front, I am amazed at how well things are going. I only took 3 pain pills yesterday which tells me that I will soon be able to put those away, except for a possible need here and there. I have all but put the walker away. I will miss that walker - Ryan, the Occupational Therapist, gave me a lovely bag which attaches to the walker and has room for my cell, my e-reader, and whatever else I may want to keep close. But I really don't need it for walking anymore - I am walking in the house just fine by myself. The next appliance to go is the shower chair. I'm ready to stand up and take a big-girl shower.

Today is physical therapy - not sure what she'll come up with for today but I know it will be challenging. I guess that's the name of the game!

Thanks to all for sharing this journey with me. I am happy to report that it hasn't been as difficult as I was expecting!
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    Kathy, you have made so much progress in a short amount of time. Yay, to you for getting around on your own. emoticon
    1579 days ago
    Kathy, you have made so much progress in a short amount of time. Yay, to you for getting around on your own. emoticon
    1579 days ago
    glad to hear you are restless
    1580 days ago
    What great news! Please be sure, slow, steady so you don't undo some of this progress. Seems a major leap forward from a post a couple of days ago, so glad to read this one.
    1580 days ago
    Getting restless is a sign that you are getting better! I'm so happy to hear you are starting to feel better. :)
    1580 days ago
    Glad that you are feeling better. That is so quickly for such a major surgery! Best wishes!
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    Oh, Kathy, it's so remarkable to see how far you have come in a short 17 days...I mean REALLY remarkable! Our bodies are so amazing! I continue to enjoy your updates and to hear you are weaning down off the pain pills. Before you know it you will be back to your wonderful walks and Daisy Doodle will be the happiest dog in town! emoticon

    I'm gearing up for the big dine-in crowd on Saturday. We will have ribs as the main course which I will prepare and I've assigned side dishes of corn on the cob, baked beans, cole slaw, crusty bread, dessert and a few appetizers.

    It does make it so much easier when we all pitch in and bring side dishes. BUT...the clean up is the hassle. We used to pitch in on that also but as the years have rolled by it pretty much falls to the hostess.

    I'm lucky I have DH to help me out.

    This will be a first for the kitty cats...they may freak with all these people in the house all at once...we are expecting 17. emoticon

    I always whine...why do they all show up when it's MY turn...whhaaaa! Don says I have to stop being such a good cook...HA! emoticon

    Tomorrow night we gals go to the beach to enjoy sunset to send off one of our favorite friends who will be going back to MO. for a while. She is the one that just lost her husband so I wanted to make a special effort for a nice send off for her. She loves the beach and her daughter came down here with her so it will be special for her also.

    I'll try to snap a few pics and blog about it. Our beaches are SO beautiful..white sand...just gorgeous...I really should enjoy them more..we are only about 15 minutes from the beach. DH and I used to walk it every morning and I gathered shells for my jewelry designs. I might even have a few pics on my picture page.

    It was HOT yesterday and today 85 and 86...I hate the muggy heat! We are expecting some rain tomorrow and then it should cool back down into the mid 70's...now THAT'S MY KIND of weather! emoticon
    1580 days ago
    You are making such great progress! Your story inspires me. I'm so glad you're almost pain-free and are starting to walk normally again. Thank you so much for sharing details of your experience. It has taken away some of my fear about having to have the same surgery someday.

    Hope you can be free really soon to roam the land and do everything by yourself!

    1580 days ago
    Hi Kathy. Just got back from the city, a sorority meeting. We are getting a famous Hollywood speaker who has all the insight and gossip of old Hollywood for our luncheon that should create a big crowd with the ladies. I am excited because the last two speakers were duller than dull. We are having the luncheon this year at my mom's country club because the past few years the Four Seasons Hotel has cost a bundle and the food was just terrible. So now we switched over to the club in hopes our guests will be happier.
    It all goes to a good cause, disabled children and teenagers, so the more people, the better it is.
    No word from Lisa...day two.
    Lucy is doing terrific. She is truly a happy camper and enjoys our morning rendezvous together.
    I can imagine how bored you must be. Okay, start decluttering Kathy. You can do it my friend, just sit on the sofa and have Tom bring you stuff. Enough tv, enough knitting, this is what you should be doing. It will make the time go by quicker. When will you be able to be upgraded to small walks outside?
    I think I am in a good space now. Just living my life and enjoying the garden as well. Everything is tidied and potted except my big pots. It is suppose to rain starting tomorrow night and through the weekend so I will plant those pots next week maybe. I hate it when I plant my annuals and it pours so much it water logs them and I have to replant. According to my TIGHT BUDGET, I have to be sure that doesn't happen again.
    Other than that, all is well here in kind of sunny Marin. It is a little hazy but all my doors and windows are opened. Hope your evening is good sweetie, enjoy your dinner.
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    Comment edited on: 4/5/2017 6:01:17 PM
    So glad to hear of your progress. Hope you get more spring weather days to enjoy while you continue to heal. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1580 days ago
    I know that feeling about the recovery and getting tired of not doing much, but just not quite up to it. I was that way every time I had surgery on my shoulder, just a achy feeling, even reading was a challenge cause I kept rereading until I quit trying for a couple weeks, TV didn't quite cut it, Crocheting just took to much concentration, etc. That sedation really does a number on the old brain. Just don't over do.
    1580 days ago
    Progress! Go you!
    1580 days ago
    ... a sure sign of healing! A bit of brain fog from the anesthesia (so I was told) and/or perhaps the pain meds... plus the body has a major issue to deal with... you'll start feeling up to multi-tasking when your body is too! emoticon on your progress! emoticon
    1580 days ago
    Have a great day
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