Sunday, November 16, 2014

The worst blogger ever!

That would be me. It's not like nothing has been going on, I just never get around to writing about it. How did it get to be mid November already? 

October was busy. Ben, Manda and Amary, and Steph, Dan and Toast all came home at the same time. The occasion was to celebrate Steph and Dan's marriage, and we had a great party. One day we took Amary to Duffield's and rode the hay wagon to the pumpkin patch. The kids had such a good time. 

My knee is doing really well. Most days I get 2500 or more steps, and on a very active day I've done 5000. 

November is a great month to work in a school. We've been off for Election Day, NJ Teacher's Convention, Veterans Day, and next week Thanksgiving. 

A lot of places have started offering free meals to the Vets on Veteran's Day. Ralph had lunch at Texas Roadhouse and dinner at Olive Garden. It's nice to have his service acknowledged and celebrated. 

I have a whole boatload of things I want to sew and crochet for Christmas! Steph and Dan will be in the first week of December, so we're doing Christmas with them early, and I have to get busy! 

My winter after-the-holidays project is going to make a log cabin quilt for our bed. We had been using a quilt that I'd made for Steph, and she took it to Oregon, so I've been using a store bought comforter. 

In the next week or so, our local radio station should be starting to play Christmas songs. I love this time of year!

Gobble Gobble!
Holly

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Where does the time go?

I use this blog as a kind of journal, and I always mean to post way more often. Time is just going by so fast! If I could give up work and sleep, think how much time I'd have! 

My sweet grandson Eddie turned 11 this week! I can't believe he's growing up so fast! Julianna is 7, and Amaryllis is a year old! It boggles my mind!

When the kids were growing up, I thought I'd have so much time when they grew up and moved out. I'm still waiting for all this time to appear. 

Friday night Manda, Ben, Amary, Steph, Dan and Toast will all fly in for Steph and Dan's celebration of their marriage. It was actually cheaper for them to bring Toast with them than it was to board her. With her getting older, they will worry less about her if she's with them than if she's 3000 miles away. 

My knee is almost 9 weeks postop, and doing well. On damp days it aches, and I figure that will go on for about a year. The ache is less than the pain that I had preop. Most days I wear the Fitbit pedometer, and I finally broke 3000 steps a few times. 

The computer is another time sucker upper. I limit my Candy Crush time, and should really quit it. Facebook is totally addictive, and I get some great recipes and quilting and sewing patterns from it, as well as keeping up with the goings ons of the family. 

And it's a gorgeous Sunday, and time to go to lunch!

Holly

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Brrr!

The temps dropped down into the 50's last night! For the first time in months, I had to close the windows because it was cold out!

My knee is now 6 weeks postop, xrays are good, ortho is happy with my range of motion. The swelling in that foot is down enough that I can wear a regular shoe. 

Manda, Ben and Amary are in the San Juan Islands off the coast of WA. They are staying in a B&B and going on a whale watch. Steph and Dan are in Bend and Sisters, OR. Ralph is in DC for a reunion of his Navy/SeaBee's battalion.  Heather worked, and I shopped for clothes! 

Yesterday was my nephew Michael's 30th birthday! Next week Eddie will be 11, and Ralph will have a birthday. Tomorrow is my friend Pat's birthday. Last week was my niece Sharon's birthday, my friend Roseanne's, and my friend Barbara's. Lots of September birthdays! 

We're getting back into the routine at school. I'm happy that this will be my last year of working fulltime. I'm ready to start doing things on my schedule, not the district's. I like what I do, but the schedule is not a bit flexible. I want to be able to travel in the spring and fall, not just in the summer. I want to not have to worry about going to work (and coming home) in the snow. And I'm so tired of getting up at 6.30 AM, especially when it's dark out. So it's time to fold 'em and get out.

And now the laundry is calling me!
Holly

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Four weeks postop!

My new knee is 4 weeks and 3 days old now. It's getting stronger and stronger, and I can walk around the house without the cane, most of the time.

We started back to work on Thursday. We had inservices all day Thursday and half of Friday, then we were released back to our buildings to set up our offices. 

We've had some gorgeous weather in August. A lot of the nights we could turn off the AC and open the windows. Towards morning, it gets chilly, which feels wonderful. More nights than not, I sleep well. 

Steph and Dan are visiting Manda, Ben and Amary this weekend- I'm so glad they are able to see each other reasonably often, so Amary knows who they are. 

Today starts a three day weekend! We've already been to the grocery store, and I'm planning to make meatloaf for dinner, one of our favorites. We'll have mashed potatoes with the meatloaf. 

And now to get off the computer and accomplish something!

Holly

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Three Weeks Post-op!

The new knee is doing very well. The walker is history, and  so is the leg lifter. I still need the shower chair, and the cane most of the time. It takes a few steps for the leg to get going right. 

I got the 22 staples removed last week. Wow, did that hurt! More than I expected! And it throbbed for hours. The xrays look good, and ortho is very happy with my bend and straightening. Now I have to strengthen it. 

As soon as the staples came out, I started driving. It's my left knee, so the hard part is getting it up into the car. Ralph is thrilled that I'm driving!

The invitations are out for the celebration of Steph and Dan's marriage! I'm very excited to have them all come home for that in October. 

This will be my 25th year as a school nurse, and most likely my last working full time. I wasn't ready to retire, and suddenly I am ready. I'd like to work a few days a week, so I have to explore that. 

After a week of beautiful temps, it got hot and humid again, and the AC is back on. 

And so it goes!
Holly

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Two weeks out!

I've had my new left knee for two weeks today. Tomorrow I go for a followup appointment with ortho, and get the staples out. The bruising is almost all gone, and the edges of the incision are well approximated- the staples need to come out. I've been transitioning from the walker to the cane. I was doing great til yesterday, when we had a rainy day and I could barely move! I'm icing it a couple times a day, elevating it a lot, and tylenol is pretty much controlling the pain.

We go out somewhere almost every day. Yesterday I got a long overdue haircut, and we went to breakfast. Today I stayed in, tomorrow will be ortho. Considering that 2 weeks out with the first knee, I was just leaving rehab, I'm doing great. But it's just not going fast enough! I'm tired of being a patient! 

I've gotten a lot of reading done, and a lot of crocheting done. I don't feel like I can stand long enough to cut fabric, so no sewing yet. I've cooked several meals, though. 

It's going down into the 50's tonight, so I turned off the AC and opened the windows. It should be nice for at least a few days. 

And all too soon, August 28 will come and I'll go back to work. Another school year starting- my last year before I retire!

And so it goes!
Holly

Saturday, August 2, 2014

A New Knee!

Wow, the difference two years can make! I got my right knee replaced in June 2012. 3 nights in the hospital, 10 days in rehab. In 2013 my insurance company and the hospital were in negotiations. They finally came to agreement this February, but I wanted to go to the Pacific Northwest before getting my left knee replaced. 

So I went in on Wednesday, July 30. I was the first case. New technique, spinal anesthesia with sedation, rather than general. I got to my room at noon. At 2 pm, PT had me up walking with the walker, and left the walker so the nurses could assist me to the bathroom. I even sat up in the chair.

Thursday, postop day one, PT walked me in the hallway, and we did steps. I was discharged home right after lunch! Friday, home PT came out and had me do exercises, and left me a list. She'll be back three times a week for two weeks. 

I'm getting around well with the walker. I do the exercises, ice the knee, and sleep. Tylenol is so far controlling the pain. It's amazing the changes in procedure!

And now I have to do the exercises again!

Holly