Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I had my shoulder surgery yesterday. The doctor reshaped the AC joint and the end of the clavicle bone (collar bone) as expected. Her stitched up and cleaned up the rotator muscles, which was also expected but we hoped wasn't going to be necessary. The tears were very small which will make recovery easier. What was unexpected was torn cartilage and a large tear in the bicep tendon. Neither of these showed up on mt MRI much to our surprise! The doctor seemed as surprised as I at this turn of events, The doctor said that he was able to fix all of these issues fairly easily which will make my recovery time shorter. What the recovery time would actually be, he couldn't say yet until he sees me this coming Monday,
I am so glad that I went to all of the trouble of preparing my meals and doing all of the other things! This has greatly reduced the load placed upon hubby's shoulders. He is still very attentive but not as stressed or as confined to the house. My preparation has freed up a lot of his time and enabled me to eat and sleep on some kind of schedule. I have continued to eat healthy foods and make good food choices. Yea me!
I have to sleep sitting up, on my back which isn't very comfortable. I'm in quite a bit of pain, which so far has been controlled with medication. My doctor said that most of my pre-surgery pain and stiffness most likely came from the big tear in the bicep tendon. Even though I'm in a lot of pain now, I can feel the difference in the type of pain already! I take that as a very positive sign.
At my appointment on Monday, my doctor will start me on some very simple movement exercises. I can remove my bandages on Friday but can't shower or get the area wet until the doctor sees me. I'm glad that I got the body cleaning wipes and non rinse shampoo at the medical supply place because they will be necessary in the week to come!
Well, this one handed typing has tired me out! It's time to go heat up the chicken soup that I made on Monday. It will feel good on my sore throat (from the breathing tube) and will be very nourishing too.
A special thanks to everyone for all of their support and kindness - especially SLENDERELLA61. You've been great!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
We have an old, silly pup who is 16 years old. She has been with us for 14.5 years and often acts like a cat, except when she decides to be silly. She has bladder control issues due to age and wears doggie pants to help save our carpets. .Last week, we decided to give her a bath and she got cold. We tried to put a sweater on her but she had her own solution! Instead, she burrowed underneath her bed. At first we walked around the house looking for her in an effort to put her doggie sweater on her. This is where we found her!
I called out to my husband to come and see how she had solved her own issue with being cold. Then I grabbed the camera.
We both laughed until we had tears in our eyes! Our Traci can be a clever old dog when she wants to be!
Sunday, March 10, 2013
I was a busy bee all weekend long and I'm almost ready for Tuesday (The date of my surgery.) Tomorrow, I will run the vacuum, do last minute shopping, fill out my surgery paperwork, make a pot of chicken vegetable soup and change the sheets on our bed. So far, I have frozen homemade meals for 3 dinners. I have a bunch of frozen Weight Watchers meals in the freezer too. Other than the need to purchase produce at the store tomorrow, we are set as far as meals are concerned.
I have finished the Easter baskets and addressed the cards for our families (we have large families). I have also done the cards for my older persons (who are alone) card ministry. All of my pre-op tests are complete. I have done laundry and shopping for medical items that I will need. The priest at church blessed my shoulder and we prayed together (I was so grateful and touched by his gesture that I was close to tears.)
The only thing I have left to do is relax. That is the biggest hurdle yet to come before my surgery. Once everything else is complete, I will feel more in control. I plan to listen to my relaxation CD tomorrow after I've finished those items that I've listed above.
On Tuesday, I will start my Spark Break. I will miss all of you but I'll be back soon!
Friday, March 08, 2013
I was so very busy today, working on items on my "to do" list. I attended my Friday Weight Watchers meeting (I'm down 1.8 pounds this week!) and finally have lost a total of 25.4 pounds!
After my meeting, I took a bag of "too big for me to wear now" clothes to Good Will. It was exciting to see how much my body has changed! I will take another load over on Saturday or Monday. Next, I went to a quick doctor's appointment to pick up a prescription that I will need in the next month. Since I may not be able to drive for a while, today seemed like a good time to pick it up. After my doctor's appointment, I went shopping to use $15 worth of rewards cash at a local department store. I got a cute pair of lavender shorts and a muted top echoing the same color. I may have my left arm in a sling but I will look like a fashion plate while it heals! Next, I went to a medical supply store and purchased body cleansing washcloths and shampoo that doesn't need to be rinsed out. I will need both of these during the period when I will not be allowed to get my shoulder wet. I used them during the first 8-10 days after I had my second knee replacement and they are wonderful! I completed my day's journey with a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase some fresh produce and several things for the turkey chili I made for dinner tonight. Once I got home, I put everything away, made the chili, paid some bills, balanced my check book, took the dog for a short walk, put up my spring wreathes outside and relaxed in my easy chair. I made enough chili so that I could freeze half to have for dinner in the coming weeks. Hubby came home to a delicious smelling house and dinner was ready and waiting. We both relaxed and read the paper and then had a leisurely dinner. We had fresh sliced strawberries for dessert! Yummy!
Tomorrow, I will get up early and go to the 5K Senior Games Race to support my local Spark Friend, SLENDERELLA61. The first year that she ran, she won the bronze medal. The second year she ran, she won the silver medal. I won't say what I think she will do this year because I don't want to jinx it. Let's just say that she will do her best and that by doing so, she will be the biggest winner out there in my eyes. I'm very excited for her and will be the loudest person in the stands when she goes by! She will be running two other races for different organizations later in the day with some family members. My hat is off to her for being such a trooper and for supporting her family in their races too!
I will use the rest of the morning and afternoon to indulge myself. I will look around at a few yard sales and perhaps get a pedicure. I think that a little pampering will help me to relax. I'm feeling very anxious and don't have vigorous exercise as my usual outlet right now. I have to use other means to relax and unwind. Later, at home, I plan to listen to 3 tracks on my relaxation disk. When I'm done, I will make another healthy dish and like today, I will freeze half of it for the weeks to come.
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