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

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A new family member!

Steph and Dan were scheduled to be married on 10-12-14 at a B&B in Pennsylvania. Then she told me they'd actually get married right before that, in Oregon, so they wouldn't have the hassle of a local license process. 

Then she decided to get married on her birthday, July 7. In the judge's chambers. With strangers for witnesses. And cancel the big Pennsylvania wedding. 

Heather and I were so sad that she got married without any of us there, but we understood. And understood the cancelling of the local wedding- it was going to be expensive. 

As to what kind of family celebration there will be, who knows. Not me, for sure. We'll talk about it next weekend when we see them. 

We all welcome Dan to the family. He's been in Steph's life for a few years now. He's supported her thru the deaths of her godmother, her grandmother, and Whiskey. He's provided love and a shoulder to cry on for her, which I love him for. 

When they moved to Oregon in December, it was hard. We miss them, and we're glad Manda and Ben are close-ish to them geographically. I don't worry about them, they both have a lot of common sense and a shared view of what they want their life to be. 

We'll see them next week at Amary's first birthday party- how is that possible that the little baby is now a year old! 

And the beat goes on.
Holly

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Break! Finally!

The district I work in is always one of the last ones to close for the summer, because we're off for every silly holiday anyone has ever heard of. Then they close for a week, and reopen for summer enrichment programs, which I don't work. 

It's going to be a busy summer. Next week I have preadmission testing for my knee surgery, and the following week I have doc appointments for medical and surgical clearance. 

The week after that I fly to Sea-Tac to visit Amaryllis for her first birthday! How can that be! We'll spend a few days at Manda and Ben's, then relocate to Beaverton to see Steph and Dan's place and visit Toast. I fly out of Portland, and come home by way of Phoenix. 

Then on July 30, I get a new left knee to match my right one. The left knee is getting worse and worse, I use the cane a lot now. I'll be in the hospital for 2 days, then come home for in-home PT. Rehabbing the knee will take up August, then back to work! 

Tomorrow is the long delayed birthday party for Julianna and Mom. A Frozen theme, of course. 

Last week we went to Tori's high school graduation party! She's grown into a beautiful young woman, and is going to Stockton. We also went to a meet the baby party for Barbara and John's granddaughter Clementine. Such a cutie! 

Also in June Manda turned 33, and she and Ben had their 4th wedding anniversary. 

It's been an eventful month, and the summer will be busy!

Holly