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Friday, July 3, 2015

It's Slow Going

I'm getting there slow but sure.  I can now feed the kittehs and clean their litter box.  I'll be doing that also for a friend who's travelling with my daughter.  With the exercises I've been given to do and therapy which starts on Tuesday I should be fully mobile soon.  It feels like it's been a long haul but, I guess, in the grand scheme of things it could have been worse. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

I'm finally, finally, back up on crutches after surgery.  If you ever have the choice of letting bone heal itself slowly or having glue put in,...let it heal naturally.  The other option may be a mite quicker, but a lot more painful.  My friends know I have a high tolerance for pain but this.....on a pain scale of 1 - 10 it's a 15 at best.  The Hydrocodone made it worse.  It didn't help ease the pain and also screwed up my head.  After taking two of them, as directed, I switched to the Tramadol once they wore off..  It isn't as potent as hydrocodone but it helped with the pain, let me sleep and is non-narcotic.  Why is it so painful you might ask.  Well, it's because the good Dr. drills into the bone to place the glue.  Then he might have to chase after errant globules of the stuff so it doesn't harden where it isn't supposed to.  At any rate, I'm back on the road to walking with the help of exercise and therapy starting tomorrow.  It's been a long road and I hope to never have to travel it again.  If there is a next time I'll let the body heal itself instead of trying to take a short cut.
As a side note....you find out who your friends really are, especially if, like me, you live alone.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Surgery

Tomorrow is the big day.  The good Dr. is going to drill into my knee and put bone glue where the break is.  He told me that I may curse him for a few days while the glue hardens, or I may not.  Some people take longer than others to heal.  I'm hoping it's the I may not and start getting around without crutches SOON.  The muscles, particularly in my left shoulder, are telling me they aren't happy.  I reckon that if I had to get around on sticks longer they'd adjust.  I've gotten pretty antsy, particularly this week.  It's been over a month since I first broke the bone and sitting around the house is definitely not my cup of tea.  There is lots that needs to be done around here.  I'm lucky to have a friend that loves to play in the dirt.  Thanks to her my veggie garden is showing signs of maturing. 
Don't know how long it'll be before I give a progress report (if you really need one).  Meanwhile I'd appreciate any healing vibes you send this way.

Friday, June 5, 2015

It's been a little over three weeks since I broke my leg.  I'm going stir crazy.  I can at least drive now so getting out of the house is not the issue.  The issue is that I can't do anything around the yard or garden or pond and there is lots to do.  In two weeks (I wish it were sooner) I'm going to have out-patient surgery.  The way the good doctor explained it to me when I saw him was.....I could go six weeks or more on the crutches or I could have surgery and be on them for maybe one week after the surgery.  Guess what I chose.  Yup...surgery.  What he's going to do is drill into where the break is and insert bone glue.  Yes, bone glue.  Who'd a thunk it?  Apparently it hardens in about a week or less.  He told me I'd curse him the first few days as it is hardening but after that I'll be good as new or better.  I was lucky when I fell that the coral he put in the first time I broke that leg acted as a rock which prevented this break from being worse.  The bad thing is that a partial break takes longer to heal than a full break.
At least now I don't have to wear that darn long leg brace.  After I'm healed, though, I think I'll get a small knee brace to wear when I'm out and about in the yard, etc.  It is said that third time is a charm but I don't think that applies to broken bones.
Y'all have a safe day and remember:  believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Made it

Well, I made it!  Got up the stairs and had my bath and washed my hair.  It wasn't easy but I was determined.  I've done this before, you see.  About ten years ago.  Same leg, almost the same spot.  Just not the same way.  Anyway, it felt good to be clean.  Also was able to get clean clothes.  So now all I can do is get more used to using crutches and then, perhaps, I'll be able to start driving....sometime next week.  You know, "they" always give you advice in the ER or whatever about being careful at "our age" watching our steps, being careful on stairs, gravel, etc.  Well, I am careful even though I am in pretty darn good shape for my age.  But sometimes the unforeseen can happen.  Many friends have called offering their help if I need it.  It's nice to know there are still folks out there who will take the time to help if needed.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I've been sleeping....a lot.  It isn't the medication 'cause I'm not taking any of the pain med, just Tylenol if I need it.  I need to get my butt in gear and get a bath and wash my hair!  I'm just so tired I feel like my get up and go got up and went.  Guess that comes with injuring yourself at my age.  Today, however, I'm determined is the day.  Wish me luck.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Laid up

As of this past Monday I've been laid up with a partial break in my left tibia.  It happened when I walked down to the pond to check on things.  I was wearing my boots which have no traction and when I stepped on the top step (wet, slick railroad tie) my left foot went out from under me and down I went.  I heard something go as I fell.  Somehow (must have been adrenaline) I managed to make my way back to the house and up the stairs where I got my purse and then called 911.  I made it back down the stairs and waited for the ambulance.  The x-rays at the local hospital didn't show a break.  My daughter made an appointment for me with my orthopedist for the next day.  His x-rays didn't show a break either so an MRI was ordered.  Sure enough, it showed an occluded break.  The fun part was getting into the Dr.'s office.  Imagine, if you will, my daughter trying to hold me up while I tried to hop on one foot to get into the building (she couldn't find a wheelchair).  A thank you goes out to the lady who tried to support me on the other side.  Luckily one of the two medical staff who were going to lunch went back into the building and got a wheelchair.   So....I've been scooting around the house in my desk chair (just like I did the last time I broke my leg....same one).  Neighbors, friends and daughter are making sure I'm taken care of.  Happily my daughter found my crutches so those get to be used starting today.  Had to cancel a class I was going to take at the Folk School  :(  but will hopefully be able to take it next year.
Something must be going on with the alignment of the planets.  My sister's oldest granddaughter broke the same leg in the same place on the same day as I did.  Another person I know was accidentally shot by his friend when his friend was buying a gun.  Totally accidental but what idiot hands a potential buyer a loaded gun without telling him? Happily the shot was through and through which is fortunate since the bullet was a .45 hollow point.  The victim will be without some small bowel but will otherwise be fine.
Another friend is going through major depression and severe anxiety.  The list goes on.
Enough already!
So....today I'm going to try to take a bath and wash my hair.  I've done it before I can do it again.  After that I'll take a nap.
What's going on in your life/