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THINGS ARE PROGRESSING on Knee REPLACEMENT

Tuesday, January 08, 2013



You asked and asked the date of my knee replacement. I so appreciate the kindness and concern of all of my Spark Friends.

Today I saw the anesthesiologist and she asked me questions, I asked her questions, my friend who is my health power of attorney asked questions. We both liked her very much. I told her one time I had surgery and they were going to take me to my room and I told them I couldn't breathe. They said you are breathing. I said, no, I can't breathe and they put oxygen on me and kept me in recovery a while longer. The oxygen did miracles. This lady told me I did the right thing.

She told me they would not put me out, that they would numb me from the waist down and not overdo it on the anesthesia but she would be right there to take care of me.

Now the 16th I see the cardioligist for a stress test and he has to fill out some papers if I can have the surgery or not, then they will give me a date.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/14/2013 11:39AM

    Praying for you Sweetie! Sorry I have been delinquent from our team but hope to get back this week!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/10/2013 6:26PM

    I just found out mine is in March. i'm not real comfortable about it..but i know all will be well and i will be out of pain eventually, and that helps!!! you will be fine..as will i..and maybe we will do a happy dance in 6 months!!

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123ELAINE456 1/10/2013 9:14AM

  The Lord has You in his Loving Arms. God Will Take Care Of You. I'm glad You have someone there to go through this with You. Bless Them. God Bless You and Have a Super Nice Day. Thank You for the Update. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/10/2013 9:00AM

    Awesome, thankyou fo keeping us updated

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GLORYB2014 1/9/2013 8:13AM

    Thank you for updating us Irene, it sounds like everything is progressing nicely. I, too, ask my doctors a gadzillion questions! Since it's our body, we need to know everything they plan to do. You are a wise lady!

Let us know when you get the surgery date.
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FREEDOMSTAR 1/9/2013 8:11AM

    Good to know the steps you are taking. Take care
God Bless

John
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PATTYKLAVER 1/9/2013 8:07AM

    Glad to hear that you are being proactive and have someone there helping you ask all the right questions. I wish the best of luck for you.

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CVRONEK 1/9/2013 7:52AM

    Sounds good, Irene. Thanks for filling us in. Love the dancing couple. It wont be long now!

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MAMISHELI53 1/9/2013 5:30AM

    Modern medical techniques these days are wonderful. But things CAN go wrong. It's good you have a friend for POA and that she came with you! Will keep you in prayer! Shel emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 1/9/2013 1:31AM

    It sounds like you have been blessed with a doctor who is both competent and compassionate. Looking forward to seeing you emoticon

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FLEMIDG 1/9/2013 12:40AM

    So glad you have someone with you who can ask questions you may have missed. Sounds like you are in good hands. Keep us informed. I am praying for you.

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GRAMMAP1 1/9/2013 12:32AM

    Good to know plans are proceeding well. It sounds like a competent staff so far. We will be praying. emoticon

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    So glad everything is going well for you and you will dance when it is all behind you. emoticon



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CAROLYN0107 1/8/2013 11:14PM

    It sounds as if you had a good visit with the anesthesiologist. I also had spinal anesthesia for my knee replacement. On the other surgeries for my leg they did general anesthesia. Let us know what the cardiologist says and then when you have your knee replaced.
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MNNSAIDE 1/8/2013 10:53PM

    Irene - I was worried about you all day with the darkness / rain / wind....but I am so relieved that someone was with you besides your guardian angel!

Now stay inside tonight the storm is on it's way!!!!

Marcy

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HAPPYMOM8 1/8/2013 10:28PM

    Oh sorry I missed this blog, Irene. sounds like you are taking care of business just fine. It is good that they know your sensitivities and can take proper care of you.
You are in good hands.
Hugs, pat

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RAINBOWMF 1/8/2013 9:56PM

    Terrific! sounds like a good visit. You are going to do just fine.

Thanks for the update.

Love Mary

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What a relief not to be TOTALLY under
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for the update - WE CARE !


Have a Wonderful Wednesday !

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LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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SADIEDOLORES 1/8/2013 9:04PM

    IRENE THE LORD WAS WATCHING OVER YOU PRAISE THE LORD.
SADIE

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YJNANA 1/8/2013 8:47PM

    So glad you had someone with you.
Second ears are so important, and glad your proactive yourself :)
Do you have Help lined up in case they go through with it soon?


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LMMIMI 1/8/2013 8:46PM

    Irene, thanks for the update. Now, prayers for everything to fall into place so you can have the surgery.

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MOM4407 1/8/2013 8:23PM

    Irene I am so glad you have someone to go with you today. The weather was so bad in Weslaco. Were you driving in it?

I am glad you take charge of your health and tell those doctors when you need something.

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JUDITHANNIE 1/8/2013 8:10PM

    Thanks for the update

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MOM2GEO_JR 1/8/2013 8:03PM

    Irene, you are in my prayers, and will continue to be in my prayers. Thanks for keeping us updated.

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IS ANYONE ELSE SPENDING CHRISTMAS ALONE?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012



Is anyone else spending Christmas alone? Let me know if you read this.

This is the first year I am spending Christmas alone. My Christmas was the 23rd as we had church dinner the 23rd and also a later meal with good friends.

I enjoyed all including the wonderful service and program at church but Christmas day everyone wants to be with blood family.

God bless you and remember Jesus is the reason for the season.

Irene

  
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HEALTHYLADY12 1/9/2013 8:46PM

    aww sorry you were alone on Christmas. I had this one doctor 10 years ago ask if I was alone on Thanksgiving. She was going to invite me over to her house. She was inviting people who did not have anywhere to go. I ran into her at Trader Joes. I had family to stay with but I thought that was the nicest thing.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/2/2013 11:37PM

    Getting caught up on so many of the blogs here on SparkPeople . . . sorry for being so late to this party. Merry Ninth Day of Christmas as I write this and Happy New Year, Irene! We're never alone when we make Jesus the reason for the season! So glad you had the best of comforters along your side to remember why this day is so important. You share your faith with so many great people -- keep His message alive and well! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/2/2013 4:55AM

    Irene - I am just now catching up on blogs. Sorry you had to spend Christmas alone. emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 1/1/2013 12:06AM

    Oh my I am reading this late. I am so sorry you were alone on Christmas. I know that the Lord was with you and I sure would have had you over if you lived in California.

Please stop by my page ANYTIME. It is a honor to be spark friends with you and I am so grateful for your encouragement and words of wisdom.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/28/2012 9:37AM

    Hi Irene!!
I am sorry i didnt read this sooner...I am hoping that next year you will talk to your minister and maybe the church can plan for those alone to meet for a few hours of fellowship on Christmas!!
For several years i have looked for people who would enjoy sharing holidays with us. This year there was a letter to the editor in the paper from a 30 year old woman who said she always spent holidays with her mom and her mom decided to go to florida, so were there others that would like to share her holiday meal? all she asked was for them to bring a dish to pass if they could, but if they couldnt that was fine, too. she offered to go pick them up, and take them home. She asked that no liquor be brought, and she had room for 11 people.
she later wrote that it had been wonderful..they had food from all different cultures, were planning on meeting for Christmas also (the letter was written 2 weeks before Thanksgiving) and were all good friends now planning for the fun of the next holiday.
Big hugs to you, Irene!!!

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RAINBOWMF 12/26/2012 8:53PM

    After reading most of the comments I want to say--Spending Christmas alone because there is no one to spend it with is so much more lonely then knowing
you are having or have had people over before or after Christmas.



Irene I know you celebrate Christmas because you believe it is the birthday of Jesus, well then pray and be happy about that. I would not mind being alone, Christmas is just a time of hurt and sadness for so many. WHY do we need a day to have family over and make Merry--- why can't we just do it anytime?

On another note , I have a son, that I love dearly, he spends all his time alone, I have a BIL who does the same thing, Jerry did it too. These people make their own choices to be lonely, I hurt for my son, but I gave up asking him to come in we are about 20 min. away from each other.
I know that doesn't have anything to do with you being alone on Christmas, I have said it before and I will say it again, you are such a wonderful thoughtful Lady, some Christian family should have ask you to dinner on Christmas Day, I know I would have cooked just to have you in my home.

Love and many many Hugs. It is a blessing to know you.



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LIVELYGIRL2 12/26/2012 1:23PM

  I just read this, and am sorry that you were alone.

I know you couldn't HAVE to ask someone, and people can be clueless, but sometimes there are friends or aquitences that genuinely would welcome you in their home with hospitality , if you made you need known.

Not everybody makes me one feel like an outsider , and awkward, although some do.

Two years ago, I ran into a gentleman name Tom at our local library. He told me that he and his friend Jerry didn't hardly have any contact with people from their church next door. They have health reasons, they don't go to church much.

They used to come for nearly 30 years

Everybody ASSUMED they had friends coming out the door and ringing off their phone.

Therefore I adopted them, and also send them cards and call and visit.

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DMSPEER93 12/26/2012 12:25PM

    Irene, may you be filled with the presence of Jesus! Sorry you were alone. Know that you're being thought of now! emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/26/2012 11:23AM

  Irene, Just got done reading your comments people left on this lonely blog....I had no idea there were so many people alone on the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

I feel in my heart and soul that Christmas and all other celebrations that we humans celebrate are meant to be celebrated with one another.

I am so sorry you were alone.

Christmas has to be the lonliest celebration time of the year. I don't know why but I think that many people commit suicide on Christmas Day and the devil just loves it.

The day light hours are short and if we are alone it just really makes us feel so alone and empty and the streets are empty and the stores are closed and everyone else is busy with their own family and friends.

I can really feel your lonely empty heart on this day that is meant to NOT be alone.

When we spend Christmas alone it is like we are abanded and left alone with no one caring for us.

I used to feel this way when I was growing up because my mom worked every Christmas and I was left alone till the day after Christmas and I did not have a dad.

I spent my growing up years alone all the time and getting into trouble all the time because I was always thinking of things to do that were not the best things to do for a kid.

But, then I got married and married three times and had seven children and just have never been alone since then.

I turned 16 and had my first baby and then got married when I was 17 and life has been so busy and full of my family ever since then.

But, anyways I am so sorry you were alone on that most important time to be with someone,

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PATTYKLAVER 12/26/2012 9:46AM

    If you lived closer, I'd come get you so you wouldn't have to be alone. I always make sure that no one around me is alone.

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BRMCMILLAN 12/26/2012 9:27AM

    Hi, I relate to much I just read. I spent Christmas alone too. My husband died almost two years ago and this was my second Christmas alone. I received a couple of calls from adult children but not from all of them. I felt sad most of the day and am very glad its over for another year.. emoticon

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GLORYB2014 12/26/2012 7:46AM

    Irene, though I didn't get on here yesterday, I thought of you dear. Reading your blog, it is surprising how many are alone at Christmas.
It is too bad that the churches don't get up something for those who are alone, so they can get together for Christmas Day. Even a few hours would brighten the day.
But as I've said before, you are never really alone, you know He is with you, always.
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LITHGIRL 12/26/2012 6:22AM

    I spend my Christmas's alone every year. My husband died in '94 in a car accident at the age of 43. No kids. My oldest, married brother is busy with his wife's family and/or his kids and their families. One other brother is always working, and the other, after going thru a messy divorces, decided 6 yrs ago he doesn't want to talk to me, or one of his 2 daughters, any more.

It is a lonely time, I can relate. I have the pleasant memories of growing up, when my parents were alive and I lived at home. The smell of a Christmas tree in the house, the family get together and Christmas dinner. My one strength is my faith, and going to Mass on Christmas Day. Yesterday I had a simple dinner after church, and I listened to all the wonderful Christmas carols on the classical music station. My working brother called me. I don't miss the commercialization of the holiday, the frantic shopping frenzy portrayed every year, and how secular the country is getting......

Hope you made it thru the day with a few good memories, and the Peace of the season..

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YJNANA 12/26/2012 1:15AM

    IRENE
I am sorry you spent the day alone. Sometimes people don t Think about the ones with no family around.
I think this Holiday is very hard on you having lost your brother.
then then losing your nieice as Family....
HUGS

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SUNNYWBL 12/26/2012 12:10AM

    I spent my Christmas with my Rusty kitty and a new cat I received on Saturday. The new one is almost all black with a dot of white on her (I think it's a her)chest. She is very shy and spends most of her time under my bed.

I did call two of my three daughters to wish them a joyous Christmas, for some reason, I don't have a current number for my youngest, so I "called" her on
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SHIRLEYX 12/25/2012 10:52PM

    Irene, this year I am with my family, but for many years I was alone on Christmas. My mother-in-law lived 9 hours away, and since she really disliked me, my gift to her was to send my hubby and the grandkids to her house for a week so she wouldn't be alone. My hubby was an only child.

I never minded being alone for Christmas because I was with my family for the rest of the year. Now that the kids are grown and gone, and hubby lives 6 hours away to take care of my son I am so grateful to have them for Christmas.

We were not able to go to church this year as we don't all fit in the vehicle with the wheelchair. You are so blessed to have a wonderful church family!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/25/2012 10:11PM

    Dear Irene, No, I am blessed to be with family today, but I know ONEKIDSMOM and JOHAL are both alone. Hope things worked out for you today. Glad you already had some good holiday time with friends and church members. Sorry you didn't have family with you today. Hang in there. -Marsha

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GR8CATSBY 12/25/2012 9:26PM

    Hi, Irene -
I had lunch with my brother at a Chinese restaurant. But it's been a hard few days. I would rather have had people at church invite me over, and I know others got those invitations. If I didn't sing in the choir I would have skipped last night's Christmas Eve service. But I went, and I was blessed and reminded of the awesomeness of God coming to us in human form. And a friend there knew I was feeling down and gave me a box of Christmas goodies - for me and my cats. :-)
Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season, but Christmas is very family-oriented as well. God promises to "place the lonely in families", and I'm still waiting for that to happen for me.

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SADIEDOLORES 12/25/2012 9:10PM

    IRENE, IT WAS ME AND MY DAUGHTER JANET, SON WENT TO HIS GODPARENTS FOR CHRISTMAS, IT WAS QUIET AND PEACEFUL AND ENJOYABLE, DIDN'T HAVE TO COOK.
SADIE

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123ELAINE456 12/25/2012 7:07PM

  I have had to spend all Holidays alone for Years. It has been extremely had on me knowing my Son is 50 miles away spending them with his Dad and that side of family. There is no phone calls etc. I have to let go and put it in Gods Hands. Let Him handle it. Have no friends either. I hope You have a Very Merry Christmas. Jesus Is The Reason For The Season. Happy Birthday Jesus. We Have an Awesome God. God Bless You and Have an Enjoyable Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JUDITHANNIE 12/25/2012 6:10PM

    Merry Christmas Irene, We spent Christmas Eve with my late husbands family. Alan's Mom is 91 and he had 6 brothers and sisters. It was awesome with about 60 people..all the kids grandkids and great grandkids. Grandma loved it. I have done this since 1968 more or less. All the Mareks accepted my new husband right away and treat him like family. He was blown away. It was nice to see my 3 sons and grandchildren. All my brother and sister-in laws and of course Alan's Mom. They live in Il. and we live in Mi. but it not to far to visit once in awhile. Today we are home alone but happy thinking about last night. Sending you blessings and hugs today. Judy and Ken

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LKWQUILTER 12/25/2012 6:03PM

    Irene, it is just hubby and I today as we had our Christmas yesterday evening. Our son was here but left early this morning going back home ahead of the bad weather (lives 4 hrs away from us) and our local daughter had to go to in-laws today. Our younger daughter called Friday morning that they would not be coming home from Indiana this year--first Christmas Holidays that we have not had all the grands for
Christmas. Also first Christmas without any parent as daddy died last May. Thinking and praying for you today too. (((H*GS)))

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MEME102 12/25/2012 5:37PM

    Hi Irene - I didn't spend it alone but I wanted you to know I"m thinking of you!! I was widowed over 35 years ago with 2 small girls....and at that time I was alone and I do remember it well. Yes I had my 2 girls but it was so overwhelming as my dh had just passed away in November. But, as I"m sure you know -- life goes on and we keep moving on. (and I never reallly liked that so much!!!) So I'm sending you warm winter wishes...hoping you're warm, and found something to do that you enjoyed today. I read where someone was listening to music - that would be my way of spending a quiet afternoon!

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ALWAYSLOWFAT 12/25/2012 5:21PM

    yes, Irene, i am alone but no alone as i know God, Jesus and my guardian angel are with me.

had hoped that since my niece decided to reconcile me that she and her daughters in their 20's might invite me over or come here for at least a cup of tea. but not even a phone call. she did come yesterday for a few minutes, i gave her a present, she had given me one a couple of weeks ago.

I think she had different motives for the reconcile but like your Memo to God i put my feeling in his what i call 'incoming box' for His action in His Time.

i am very happy with my Spark friends. happy you are having a good day.

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GMFAY33 12/25/2012 4:16PM

    With my husband snoozing (again) in his lounge chair, I would welcome your company. Thinking about the loss of your brother certainly adds to your loneless. I have been listening to Christmas music today. It has lifted my spirits a lot.

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GLABARBERA 12/25/2012 4:14PM

    Irene, I am also alone today. My husband is a deputy and is working a 12 hour shift today. The kids are 6 1/2 hours away. We will get to see them and the grandkids later this week. That will be more like Christmas. We are getting snow - I'm guessing about three inches so far. It is still coming down. Thinking of you on this blessed holiday. emoticon Glenda

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SCOOTDOG 12/25/2012 4:08PM

    Second year spending Christmas alone. DS and family will be coming tomorrow and staying til Saturday. He wanted to come earlier but I remember how hard it was to travel with small kids and their presents at Christmas. So I insisted that he wait til after Christmas. He will be returning early so they can spend time with DIL family at cabin in Wisconsin.

Friday had annual Christmas dinner with church friends. After church Sunday exercise buddy was over for dinner and gift exchange. Yesterday took lunch to friends where I used to work then delivered cross stitched stockings I had made to BF and her family.

Today I'm baking cookies for grandkids. Waited til today so I would not be tempted to eat too many - making monster cookies, Niemann Marcus, snicker doodles and my fav cherry winks. Still have a few presents to wrap.

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CAROLYN0107 12/25/2012 3:58PM

    Irene, I'm here. Spent Christmas with 17 other Americans, including two children. I'm bushed and I ate too much. It is almost 10 pm here and I'm headed to bed. I'm glad you were able to spend time together on the 23rd. Sorry you had no one with whom to spend today. Yes, Jesus is the reason for the season.
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MY BROTHER'S OBITUARY

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I went online and found my brother's obituary and his guest book. He had only one entry which I found strange as he had many friends.
I signed the guest book and someone else I knew also signed afterwards.
His name is Henry Joseph Chipman and lived in Santa Maria California.

I find many things odd as his wife's niece told me I didn't need to call or e-mail her anymore. It is like I was dismissed from his life. They had no children either.

He was cremated at his request, the niece said, and she didn't know what they would do with the ashes.

I do know he will have a new body and a new home. His last words to me which he could hardly utter were "I love you too, Irene". These words I will always treasure in my heart.

Irene

  
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JANETELIZABETH1 12/25/2012 3:58PM

    Irene, you hold tight to those last sweet words from your dear brother. As for the niece, I know you'll be praying for them both.

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MJREIMERS 12/25/2012 10:56AM

    It sounds like you and your brother had a close relationship and his last words were his confirmation of that. People grieve differently and some need to close a door to move on. It's hard to understand. emoticon

You have many people that love you and I know I feel very close to you and appreciate all you do for me as a Maintainer. Your devotionals "hit home" so many times. It's like the Lord is speaking to me through your words.

So thank you for who you are, what you do and the light that you share!

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KINEPS 12/24/2012 5:07PM

    Irene - you have the best memories of your brother, and were blessed to be able to be with him before he past. Keep those thoughts and words close to your heart!

Peace,
Maryann

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/23/2012 7:57PM

  Irene, that has to really hurt to be dismissed just like you have no feelings or say so in the matter....it sure does sound strange to me too.

I am so glad you have the last words he said to you to remember as your special treasure he gave to you alone.

He is waiting for you and all pain is gone and he is strong and younger and in full health and strength.

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MOM2GEO_JR 12/23/2012 7:31PM

    Hugs to you Irene, and sometimes people say things that we don't understand. Remember the good times growing up, etc with your Brother.
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123ELAINE456 12/23/2012 6:09PM

  I'm glad you have Good momories of Your Brother and His Parting Words toYou. God Bless You and Have an Enjoyable Day. Stay Safe and Warm. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DADDYS_GIRL6 12/23/2012 5:50PM

    Hugs to you Dear Irene!
So sorry she feels that way! It is her loss! Glad you can move on and have The Hope that will bring you together in Heaven! Such sweet words for him to leave you with!!
Hugs and if you ever need to chat please know I am here. Hope you still have my phone number! You are welcome to call too!
Love in Christ,
Daddy'sGirl

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CELIAMINER 12/23/2012 5:43PM

    I'm glad you have good memories of your brother and the loving parting words.

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DIDMIS 12/23/2012 5:21PM

    Thank you so much everyone for y our lovely comments. His wife has alzheimers and is 90 years old. The niece is the niece of the wife and of course I never met her.
When I read Mary's comment on the guest book I saw it going across the page before I read the comment. It brought tears to my eyes, but good tears.
So unless the niece of his wife contacts me that page of my life is closed until we meet in heaven.
Irene

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LMMIMI 12/23/2012 4:01PM

    Irene, your treasure is the love between you and your brother. No one can every change that. Sadness for that niece of his wife as she will probably never experience true love and compassion for others. emoticon

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LITHGIRL 12/23/2012 2:16PM

    Sending hugs to you.....There are a lot of people who are not computer savvy or know how to find a funeral home website to leave condolences. I'm sure his many friends will miss and pray for him.

He left this world and was able to convey his love to you at the end. That is the very most important thing. I have a sibling that has not talked to me or his daughter, grandkids for over 6 years because of a messy divorce and a penchant for trying to blame everyone but himself for his shortcomings. Considering how your brother's spouse and her relatives are acting now, you are better rid of such bitter people. May God bless and hold you close in your time of sadness...

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GLORYB2014 12/23/2012 12:05PM

    Your brother's last words to you are all that's really important Irene.
Sadly, when one of my brothers was dying, his mate told us that SHE was the only one allowed to see him! We should have known better and just gone to the hospital! We never got to hear any last words.

Your brothers to you are priceless, treasure them!
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CAROLYN0107 12/23/2012 11:41AM

    Your brothers last words to you are precious and something to be cherished!! I'm glad you got to contact him before he passed away.
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SADIEDOLORES 12/23/2012 10:31AM

    IRENE, YOUR BROTHER'S LAST WORDS TO YOU WILL STAY WITH YOU FOREVER, HE IS IN HIS NEW PERMANENT HOME AND HIS ASHES WILL COME TOGETHER AT JESUS RETURN FOR US ALL, HE IS FOREVER HAPPY NOW, CELEBRATE HIS NEW LIFE.
SADIE

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/23/2012 8:21AM

    Irene I'm so sorry to hear of your brothers passing. May God comfort you and bring you peace.

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CVRONEK 12/23/2012 7:42AM

    Irene, a dear friend passed on, in August and I, too found it strange that not many visited his online obituary and posted in the guest book. He was well loved, by many.
I am hoping that more, actually signed the book at the funeral home.
He was buried, in another state, so I am not sure.

Sadly, I have heard the story of dismissal, far too often, from even siblings, at the loss of their parents! An inexplicable thing. Even if it were to be a natural progression of less involvement, some people do not have the social decency to do it with any amount of tact.

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JUDITHANNIE 12/23/2012 7:18AM

    So sorry to hear about your brother. Sending prayers and a big hug for you too. I agree you now have to live through the memories you have. It's been 25 yrs. that I lost my husband and my sons and I remember the good times. It's very hard but as you know this is the heathly way to do it.

Don't know how close you were to your sister-in-law and neice,could it be this is how they are grieving? Maybe things will change with them but know your brother will be watching over you from heaven now. Love you, Judy

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SUNSET09 12/23/2012 6:19AM

  Live through his memories as we all have to pass this way as well. Some people can move on however, it seems like you may need to talk to the wife as you're getting second hand info. She may be suffering as well. It's difficult losing a love one however, he understood and left you a real sweet message and know that your living has not been in vain. Don't sweat the small stuff and keep on doing, what you're doing. My condolences! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLEMIDG 12/23/2012 1:01AM

    So sorry to hear of your brother's passing. It's too bad his family don't want to keep in touch, but at least you know that he loved you and that he is with The One who loves him dearly.

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NELLIEC 12/22/2012 11:53PM

    It is sad what people do to "move on." She is not the only one to cut ties. It seems that some people do that in this world. I do not believe in cutting ties, since I cherish those people I know.

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RAINBOWMF 12/22/2012 11:42PM

    I read and signed a note to you, Irene.

Strange about the niece but so be it, your brother is gone to his eternal life now and you can be happy that you got to talk to him before he passed.

Love Mary

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CASTIRONLADY 12/22/2012 11:40PM

    It is very hard losing someone you love. But when we know they feel no more pain or sorrow and are in a place of blessed peace, it is not hard to wish we were in that place also. But one day we will meet those loved ones again and experience the same blessed peace. I am glad he had the opportunity to express his love for you.

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MNNICE 12/22/2012 11:38PM

    My sympathies on the loss of your brother.

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A CLARIFICATION ON MY BLOG ON THE KNEES

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Some have said they had two knees done at once and other said one at a time.
My doctor said ONE AT A TIME as it would be less risk. He is doing the most painful first.

And to top it all off I came home and found a note in my door saying they are going to work on my street and no one can park on it for three days. I'm not used to walking that far so someone loaned me a walker. I already parked my car in my space after finding who was already in it. A neighbor helped me find them and they moved it.
I did better with the borrowed walker even though the wind was blowing so hard I thought it would blow me away.

SO NOT TO WORRY One knee at a time but then I have to go through the process twice which will take a while. I plan to live 17 more years so want them to be well done.

Irene

  
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SWEETYOUNGTHING 1/2/2013 5:43AM

    Best of luck with the surgery - prayers and hugs, Pat

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BRENDA1946 12/25/2012 3:26PM

    Irene, You will be glad that you had your knees done and done one at a time. I had my left one done Aug.22, 2012. I am excited about having the right one replaced on March 13, 3013. Attitude is so important. I live alone and my daughter stayed with me the first 5 or 6 six nights. She was always close by when I showered but I was able to do that all by myself. The dr. wanted me up walking and doing exercises as much as possible. It was such a positive experience as I am sure yours will be. Therapy is very important. It was so surprising how fast the first 6 weeks went. Oh, one last thing. I feel so much better and have more energy than before. I didnt realize how tiring it was to try to function with bad knees. God bless you. Will pray for your surgery.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/21/2012 6:01PM

  Irene, I cannot imagine both knees at once, that would really be too hard I think.

I am glad you are pushing forward to maintain your body so that you can go on with a good quality of life.

Just the thought of surgery really causes me to get high strung and over the top and emotional.

I for one don't like the thought of losing control over myself, my body and what is happening to me.

I went through ten pregnancies and got back on my feet as quickly as I could and refused to stay in bed for any length of time.

Just knowing you are going for an operation brings all these memories back to me.

I pray that your doctors are spirit led of truth and our Lord's grace and love surround you to keep you in perfect peace and all that the operation entails goes quickly and smoothly and that you heal and bounce back to health and strength faster then ever expected in the name of Jesus.

To your good health and long living and strong body being preserved by the love and grace of our Lord to be used for the body of Jesus to encourage all others in Him.

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YJNANA 12/21/2012 4:36PM

    Glad you have a walker Irene, it will help with recovery too.
Costco sells a really nice one with a seat, so when you want to Stop and rest, you put the seat down, Lock the brakes, and sit.
Absolutely One at a time.
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GRAMMAP1 12/20/2012 11:34PM

    emoticon emoticon I know you won't regret, "one at a time". My first one I had done 3 yrs. ago and now the other knee thinks it needs the same attention. It does. I am not too anxious to do it as long as dh has so many health issues. Otherwise, I would go for it now. God bless as you have your surgery. You will recover well and quickly because you have a good attitude. Hugs, Jane emoticon

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ALWAYSLOWFAT 12/20/2012 9:55PM

    Irene - i wrote some info on SP in my post re experiences other people had with knee ops. on the whole, all were successful.

i think those who followed dr.'s re exercise did better. some people are afraid to move and sit more after the op and that is wrong. if you can't go to a pool, walk in house using a walker or cane. walking poles good too as you have 2 for balance.

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SHIRLEYX 12/20/2012 9:31PM

    I think your doctor is so smart to do them one at a time. Easier for you to heal and that is the important thing.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/20/2012 10:11AM

    oops forgot to hit subscribe!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/20/2012 10:10AM

    SO glad you are walking thats GREAT!!!! I only need one done. know several people that got both done at once...one said she would do it again the others have vehemently said NO....one has to work harder while the other is healing.
but i think its personal preference!!

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CAROLYN0107 12/20/2012 9:13AM

    Working on your street IS a complication. I'm glad you have a walker to use though!!

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CVRONEK 12/20/2012 7:27AM

    So you have figured out the 17? Is it 17 exactly or 17.5? lol

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PURPLELVR7 12/20/2012 7:07AM

    praying for you

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L*I*T*A* 12/19/2012 11:23PM

    many dr's will only do one knee at a time while others will do both but it depends on many factors before they would even make that consideration......
do you have a surgical date as yet????
praying and wishing all goes well for you when you have your knee done!!!
blessings and hugs..............lita

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/19/2012 9:46PM

    So good to hear relief is around the corner. May this bring you some peace, too. This is an answer to prayer and continued prayers are yours. Have a merry, merry Christmas! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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CAROLYNVIL 12/19/2012 8:59PM

    will be praying for you.

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GRACEISENUF 12/19/2012 7:46PM

    Will keep you in prayer...I am happy for you!

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SCOOTDOG 12/19/2012 7:37PM

    My surgeon will only do one knee at a time. Cousin had both knees done at same time and now thinks it was a mistake. My physicsal therapist expected me to do my exercises 3X a day. If I had both knees repaired at same time, I know I would not have been able to do that much in one day.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/19/2012 6:41PM

    Praying things go well.

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GLORYB2014 12/19/2012 6:14PM

    emoticon Irene, one at a time is the way to go! Your first one done will be doing so well by time you go for the second. I'm happy for you Irene!
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123ELAINE456 12/19/2012 6:06PM

  One Knee at a time is the best way to go. Sister In Law had one knee done at a time. You will have a long Rehabilitation for each knee too. Take One Day At A Time And You Will Come Thrugh It Fine. God Bless You and Have a Super Good Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HAPPYMOM8 12/19/2012 5:43PM

    I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU, IRENE.

YES, DH WAS VERY GLAD HE HAD ONLY ONE KNEE DONE AT A TIME AS THE DOCTORS SUGGESTED . IT IS BEST FOR YOUR AFTER SURGERY MOBILITY FOR GETTING TO THE BATHROOM, ETC.
HUGS, PAT

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JUDITHANNIE 12/19/2012 5:04PM

    Good luck and keep me posted prayers and blessings coming your way

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KINEPS 12/19/2012 4:37PM

    Irene, one knee at a time is good advice. My surgeon felt the same way. I know there are those that have done both at the same time - but honestly, why take the risk?

Having surgery twice isn't so bad.

Hope you continue to feel better.

Hugs,
Maryann

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NELLIEC 12/19/2012 4:29PM

    17 more years, eh? So you have it exactly figured out! emoticon

God bless you!!!

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SADIEDOLORES 12/19/2012 1:14PM

    ONE KNEE AT TIME IS WISDOM OF THE LORD, TIME GOES QUICK AND SOO IT WILL ALL BE JUST A MEMORY AND NO PAIN.
SADIE PRAISE THE LORD

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DADDYS_GIRL6 12/19/2012 1:14PM

    Sorry they are going to work on your street! Praying for safety for you!!
Hugs!

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MOM2GEO_JR 12/19/2012 1:06PM

    Thanks for the update Irene. Please try to get some rest. God Bless
Marsha


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LILYDOG11 12/19/2012 12:37PM

    God Bless you Irene....I wish you well on your Knee Surgeries. I think that is a good Idea about staying in on the days your street will be worked on ...just stock up on food (the necessities) I would do a few goodies too, but I know you have given them up. Bless You. Lesley emoticon

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CELIAMINER 12/19/2012 11:25AM

    Wishing you speedy recovery! Can't wait till the day you ask, "What took me so long?"

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DIDMIS 12/19/2012 11:13AM

    Mary I go out to eat once a day. It is difficult to shop, cook and eat just for one.

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RAINBOWMF 12/19/2012 11:06AM

    Thank you Irene.

Maybe you could stay in for the days they will be working on your street.

Hugs Mary

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WHAT I FEEL TO DO ABOUT MY KNEES

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

After a long time of having pain in both of my knees I knew I needed to do something about it so took the ball in my hands. My doctor said you are not ready for surgery but the way I walk and the pain I have, etc. told a different story.

So I went to an orphopedic surgeon my doctor recommended today. You asked me to let you know what the doctor said.

He definitely said I need both knees replaced and I really like the way he said he would take care of me.

I liked the him and people I talked to in the waiting room gave him a good recommendation. The 8th I go to see the anesthesiologist to see if I am able to have the surgery. The doctor said he had done knee surgery on people older than I including his own mother. He said it is according to our health.

I believe this is what God wants me to do and would appreciate your prayers. I don't know when I will have the surgery as I have to wait my turn.

Irene

  
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L*I*T*A* 12/20/2012 1:29PM

    praying all goes well when your have your surgery.......
blessings and hugs..............lita

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LIVINTODAY 12/20/2012 10:48AM

    God will be with you, Irene. I know you believe that.
I had my right knee replaced a over year ago. It was difficult at times but I went through the therapy and am totally pain free. What a difference it has made in my life!
My doctor wanted to wait until I was older but I said, "We never know how long we will live and my family is not long-lived; these may be my last active years and I want them! He immediately agreed; I received wonderful care and can do things now that I couldn't do even 5 or 6 years ago. I still can't scrub the kitchen floor on my knees -- but I don't miss that!
Wanda
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CVRONEK 12/20/2012 7:26AM

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HAPPYMOM8 12/19/2012 2:01PM

    WE WILL PRAY YOU GET THE GO AHEAD FOR YOUR MUCH NEEDED KNEE SURGERY.
DH HAD HIS DONE THIS PAST SPRING WHILE HE WAS STILL A YOUNG- 87.
HE IS REALLY REALLY HAPPY WITH IT.
HE PLANS TO HAVE HIS OTHER KNEE DONE COMING SPRING AT AGE -88.
HUGS, PAT

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DADDYS_GIRL6 12/19/2012 1:12PM

    Thanks for letting us know Irene!! I will be praying!! Glad you found such a good DR.!

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WENDYSPARKS 12/19/2012 10:20AM

    Praying for you!

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TUBLADY 12/19/2012 9:50AM

    I had both knees replaced last year, right one in April, left one in Sept. I was 69 and had been disabled for over 12 years.
I would have had them done sooner but needed to lose some weight first.
I sailed through the operations and recover was fantastic.
Now i can do everything. Well not supposed to run, but I don't want to run at 71 any more anyway. Running was one of the reasons my knees gave out in the first place.
If you have a joint or part of your body that is failing, get it fixed. The doctors can do fantastic work. But you have to work at it too.
You will feel like a new person when you have knees that support you, are free from pain.
Take care, my best to you.
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JAOTAO 12/19/2012 9:35AM

    Blessings to you .... I pray that you have a successful surgery and heal quickly. Take care and be gentle with yourself.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 12/19/2012 9:12AM

    way to go, sometimes we have to take matters into our own hands, after all it is our bodies
have a great day
hugs

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GLORYB2014 12/19/2012 6:59AM

    Thank you for the update Irene! If the next doctor gives the okay . . . go for it my friend! The surgery will relieve you of so much pain.
But . . . I had a friend who had both knees done at the same time and she told me she wouldn't advise that to anyone, far too hard and long to recover. One at a time might be best! But do listen to the doctor and follow his advice . . . he's the doctor!
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JSALERNO 12/19/2012 6:25AM

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LMMIMI 12/18/2012 11:59PM

    Irene, so glad that you found someone who understands what you are going through. They can do so many wonderful things now even with the anesthesia. I understand the pain I had both knees done at the same time and it was so wonderful to be rid of that pain. Prayers and thoughts are with you.

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CAROLYN0107 12/18/2012 11:26PM

    I pray for wisdom for you, the anesthesiologist and your ortho surgeon. Most people I've met are very happy that they got their knees replaced. Getting my left knee replaced is the only way that I was able to walk after having broken my knee/leg. I was up walking the next day!

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CMWARDRN 12/18/2012 10:44PM

  I'm praying for you Irene.

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NELLIEC 12/18/2012 10:19PM

    I am putting you on my prayer list right now!

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JILL313 12/18/2012 10:10PM

    Praying for you. . .it's in your hands and Gods.


Hugs,

Jill

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123ELAINE456 12/18/2012 9:11PM

  I wish You the very best for your Upcoming Surgery. You are in my Thoughts and Prayers. God Bless You and Have a Nice Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SADIEDOLORES 12/18/2012 9:05PM

    IRENE, SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO TAKE THE BALL AND RUN WITH IT, YOU KNEW WHAT YOU NEEDED AND YOU TOLD THE DR WHAT YOU WERE GOING TO DO, GOOD FOR YOU WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU.
SADIE

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_LINDA 12/18/2012 8:44PM

    You will have a new lease on life with the joint replacements. I went from barely being able to walk to being able to enjoy hiking and my high intensity cardio workouts with my artificial knees. So glad you were proactive and sought out a specialist's opinion. Sounds like you found a gem of a surgeon!! I am sure the anesthesiologist will be suitably impressed with your healthy lifestyle! My thoughts are with you Irene.
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SHIRLEYX 12/18/2012 8:36PM

    If you need to have both knees replaced, then it is good for you to have the suregery. My prayers will be with you on the 8th and for your surgery.

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DEDICATED2HIM 12/18/2012 8:35PM

    hi Irene, I wish you the very best as you prepare for surgery. I'm still trying to get my hips squared away and need my shoulders to be replaced and then it will be time for my knees as they are starting to squawk now too....These mortal bodies with their pains and breakable parts are really just the pits. I can't wait to get my new body, Ill tell you that's for sure. You're in my prayers, God bless.

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JUDITHANNIE 12/18/2012 8:09PM

    God bless you, my husband had both of his kness replaced at the same time and my sister also. They both did well Ken was young my sister was around 72. Prayers that you are healthy enough for the surgery. Please keep me posted. emoticon emoticon

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GROEDER 12/18/2012 7:50PM

    I wish you the very best for your surgery. I hope is goes as well as mine went!!! Getting rid of that pain is such a relief.
You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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MEME102 12/18/2012 7:28PM

    thanks for the update Irene -- let me know when so I can put it on our knee/hip replacement team surgery list updates -- you will certainly be in my prayers!! If you have found a good dr. that's the main thing!!

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RAINBOWMF 12/18/2012 7:16PM

    Thanks for letting us know Irene. Sounds like a great surgeon. I will keep you in my prayers.

Hugs Mary

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MOM2GEO_JR 12/18/2012 7:04PM

    Thanks Irene for the update, and we will pray for the right decision. I am glad that you got a second opinion. Keep us posted. Love ya and God Bless.

Marsha


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SWANATOPIA 12/18/2012 7:02PM

    Sounds like a good Doctor! Knee pain is the worst and I think the surgery is a good option to relieve the pain! Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers!

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