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Saturday, 12/29 Recovery Day 12--A Big Fall

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Oh my, oh my...

I have been struggling all week to not do too much, but it is hard to be me and to let things go. I have done too much on every day except for last Sunday when the snow kept me in, Christmas Day, and yesterday after a stern talking to from my very nice new physical therapist.

So, today, with all of the wisdom of an ant, I decided it was time to go grocery shopping. I wanted healthy food and good choices for meals around here and I know what the rest of my family here will buy without my careful observation. My husband, our daughter Marissa, and myself left around 11:30 to go to (of all places) our big Super Walmart. They sell large sizes of many things which will support meals for my large family. Anyway, I went by and selected some wonderful fruit and veggies, and walked over to get bananas. (I don't like the great big ones my husband and daughter choose to buy...) Anyway, they came moseying over and I decided that I should sit down and rest my hip after all of the walking. (I considered a wheel chair or a motorized cart when I came in, but the motorized carts would require me to fold up my leg too much.) Anyway, when I went to sit down, the walker moved or the wheel came off or I don't know, but I flew over it and crunched my right shoulder and new right hip against the dried fruit display. I didn't hit my head or lose consciousness and all I could feel was pain in this hip and my back and my shoulder and it was horrid. I remember looking at my husband and saying that I didn't have any idea how he was going to get me up. At this point, I became aware of the number of people watching the show and the Walmart worker who said that I wasn't going to be getting up. They called an ambulance and helped to make me "comfortable" which wasn't possible.

To make a long--a really long story short. I ended up in the ER and after they could take the cervical collar off, they gave me a shot of pain meds and did the x-rays I was begging for. There was no dislocation of my new hip.

There is a lot of swelling in my hip and the pain is outrageous. The swelling and bruising on my right shoulder isn't fun either. I cannot sit comfortably in any position or location. I am thoroughly a mess. I am aching and don't know how to do much to help myself. I have tried periodic ice bags and heat, I cannot get comfortable at all.

Now, if I go through all of the reasons that were my fault that this happened with you all, you would tell me to let it go because I cannot change this accident. I am so sorry that I am so stubborn and that I don't know how to delegate and accept the way others do things.

I went to my WW meeting this week and lost .8 pound. That leaves me 6 over where I was pre-op. I am checking out this big hunk of swelling on my hip where my incision is.

We had a wonderful holiday and I only lost 3 different blogs that I wrote to share that with you.

It is time to find a new position to sit in because I cannot stand this. I'll update you when I can...

Gentle hugs,

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    I was holding my breath about the x-ray! SO thankful you did not dislocate the new hip. You've been so careful to keep it where it belongs. So sorry about the fall, but it sounds like a fluke with the walker and nothing more. Hugs!!! I pray you feel better from the pain soon.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/30/2012 2:45PM

    At least you didn't do permanent damage, Sylvia, and as your nurse friend who wants you to be around for a long time, I must insist that you rest. I know you and know that if you send one of your children with a list of exactly what you want they will get it to the best of their ability. Your problem is that you don't want to ask too much of people nor be a burden and you are not. Allow others to help you. It doesn't make you weak it makes them strong by blessing them with the gift of service to others. You should know because you are constantly doing for others. Speedy recovery!!

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KATHARINEBRAY 12/30/2012 2:24PM

so sorry this has happen!!!!!
what about those donuts you sit on ??? oh my !!!
Thank the Good Lord nothing broken!!!!


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_LINDA 12/30/2012 12:34AM

    Oh Sylvia :(( So very sorry to hear this :(( I hope you have not given yourself (and incision) a set back :(( Surely you could have made up a very specific grocery shopping list and asked your family to follow it? As for bananas -I love the smallest ones I can find, but sometimes you just aren't lucky getting them, so the solution is cut it in half and put the other half in the fridge until you are ready to eat it (my Mom just leaves it on the counter which I don't agree with)
Oh please take it easy from now on!!
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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SBEEGHLY 12/30/2012 12:14AM

    Just when I whine, I read your recent accident.. I should be counting my blessings, stop making excuses and be thankful - I'm not facing joint replacement.
You are so brave and strong..You are pushing forward despite odds that would have me bed ridden in pain and depression.
You reminded me..there is always someone out there that is worse than me..and I need to count my blessings more.
Thanks for that reminder and I wish you quick healing and pray for fast relief from your current pain. emoticon

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Sunday, 12/23--Recovery Day 6 (Oops, what I did yesterday)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Hi all,

It is nasty outside here today and after the original dumping of rain we got, the snow, temps that rose to the upper 30s allowing some melting--our ground areas were icy and slippery and my husband's resolve that I shouldn't try to go to church and take a chance won against my plans to go to church and show off what I am already capable of made me decide to stay home. He was pretty firm about it and he did finally give in, but I thought it was important for me to take him seriously. He was shocked when, I, the most strong-willed person he has ever known, listened to him and cooperated.

Part of the reality is that I am resting off yesterday. We spent about 6 hours shopping yesterday, mostly grocery shopping, with a bit in the drug store. I started out by going along to pick Micah up from his bowling league, and then we went to Weight Watchers so I could weigh in. Sadly, I had a 6.8 pound gain. I expected a gain--let's see, IV fluids, lack of exercise like I am used to a change in what I normally eat, a metal bar in place of my bones, constipation, pain meds...I expected a gain, but it was pretty hard to accept that much after I had tracked and eaten wisely all week, avoiding salt, sweets, and fats. Oh well, they gave me a "Bravo" sticker for even showing up. I know that my diet must be a great deal heavier on protein than usual and that I won't be able to work out at the same level of intensity for a while as well. It will take me a bit until I am on my losing path again. I won't quit trying but I will do everything in my power to take care of me because I need and deserve that!! (I may need help in deciding whether or not I should put this new weigh in on my start page. Please voice your opinions on that one!!)

We went on to the grocery store. I knew when I looked at their little electric carts that they would be painful for me to use. The seat was too low to the floor and I would have had to bend beyond that 90 degrees that was forbidden. I ruled that out and figured I could walk and sit on the seat of my walker if I needed. I had forgotten what it was like to be truly disabled and trying to get around in the grocery store on a busy day. People kept bumping in to me --or even worse, they would get behind me in a line and instead of being patient and waiting until the line moved, I would hear a loud sigh and then, the person(s) behind me would jerk around me and rush away like I was the dirt on their shoes. It happened over and over and over again. I won't lie, there were occasions when my husband with the cart and I with my walker were kind of blocking the lane, but there were as many when either we weren't blocking anything or that other people were the ones blocking it. I know I shouldn't have been offended but I was offended by people who were that impatient and unkind toward another who was obviously having issues walking. I am so lucky that I had forgotten this from the last time I was post-op and on crutches because it is enough to convince one to stay out of public.

After two very crowded grocery stores and a trip to Walgreens for a number of odds and ends that included flu shots for two of our children, I was spent. We left home at 10:15 AM and got home around 5:15 PM. About 30-45 minutes of that time was driving from here to there, but that leaves about 6 1/4 hours on my feet and I was tired, tired, tired. My family talked me into pizza for dinner and I didn't even complete a serving of that, I went to sleep. My youngest daughter looked at me and told me that I really didn't know how to take it easy and I guess she is right.

So... today, I have been home and except for a teeny, tiny bit of help with some cleaning and baking, I have been quiet. I have done a bit of walking and my exercises, but I stayed home from church and away from any and all errands. I watched "Miracle on 34th St" "The Polar Express: and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." I have taken a couple of naps too. I should have worked on my presentation for the big conference, but one more day won't hurt anything on that one.

Tomorrow will be a big day--I am going to school with a couple of big helpers to retrieve all of the gifts that have been hiding out there and we will move them to Mitchell's apartment until after the candlelight service tomorrow evening. I need to make a couple of more brief stops for 2 items for gifts, and then I need to buy the veggies for our veggie/ relish tray. When I get home, I have to make 2 big pots of soup for Christmas Eve dinner and the hors d'oeuvre tray. We are greeters at church for the 4:30 family service and we are lighting the Advent candles as well. After the service, we will go home, have dinner and our family gift exchange. Marissa, Micah, Mitchell, and Laura will all be singing in the church choir for the 10:30 Candlelight Communion service. After we leave there, Mitchell and probably Mason will bring all of the gifts here and we will put them out after everyone else has gone to bed. I know how old my kids are, but this is the way we have done things for years and I am not willing to break the tradition now.

Christmas Eve is a really important part of our tradition. Our involvement at church means a great deal to me and that is part of the reason I gave up going to church today. I would have hated to have done something that would have prevented me from enjoying the wonderful day that we will have, as we wait for the birth of the Christ child. This is a day of wonder and glory and that has impacted the hearts of so many, so much more than any other day. I know that we often get weary of seeing the stores put out their decorations in September and of listening to some types of Christmas music for too long. I know that we resent the hype and the way that people have ignored or forgotten the real reason for the holiday and the whole commercial deal that Christmas has become in so many places and different ways, but there is a day of love and caring that exists in the hearts of many, and I have raised my family to understand and appreciate that.
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Have a wonderful Christmas Eve--may your day be special and full of love!!
Gentle hugs,

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/25/2012 6:57PM

    I agree that you really don't know how to rest. LOL. You really should rest though. Your body needs rest to heal.

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GOTTAPLAN4U 12/24/2012 10:01AM

  Don't update your weight. Let the trauma to your body settle and give yourself a chance to be "back to normal" before you consider an update.

But do stay with the healthy eating. After all... That's normal now, right?
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Friday, 12/21 Recovery Day 4 at home, The Blizzard!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hi all,

Oh my--the weather is almost bigger news than my hip. (Almost--as one of my dear and slightly crazy friends used to say--almost only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades, ha ha) We only have 5 inches of snow here but it won't keep blowing. TYhe kids are home from school again as is my son who teaches. My school district is open and doing business as usual.

I had a lot of problems with that physical therapist when I had my last back surgery. Part of that long nasty story includes the fact that she made me roll back and forth to get into that impossible body brace rather than putting it on me as I stood as the other therapists did. She also took me out for a walk after she had me in hooting, crying pain and spent ther time visiting with the person from the company that made my brace and didn't watch me as I stumbled around. I got chewed out by soime doctor who had no clue what was going on and I couldn't catch my breath or talk at that point. I thought I was choking. When I got my voice back, I screamed at her and let her know my opinions of her at that point in time. So, as Linda pointed out in her response to my Day 3 recovery blog--I am not sure torturing me by making me lie flat on my back was protocol either. I have the printed exercise program for people who have had hip replacements and it isn't on there. I also slept quite well in my recliner, using my leg block strapped on so I didn't roll my leg out. I plan for this to go quite well and will do nothing to cause me any grief.

Yesterday was okay, but it tired me out greatly. The antiseptic nature of the hospital is good for recovery. I didn't have to move furniture there to get around. I think they have everything moved sufficiently for me so we don't have to keep moving this and that as I walk around. I had a pretty good night all in all. I did a little more shopping online--I keep thinking I'm done but another nice sale came my way with free, rush shipping. I got one thing for the girls that was something on one of their lists that I didn't get and that I know the other had wanted--yay.

Today, I am still in my jammies and I have done my exercises once. I am having pain that is mostly managed with my meds. It would be easier without any of it, but it also wouldn't be on its way to being better either. It is achy with some bruising. My incision is clear and clean and I am going to try for a shower today or tomorrow. I am worried about climbing over the side of the tub. (Ha ha, I could go to the fitness center and use their easy entrance shower... Actually, I'm a member, I could do that. I am going to give that some thought. I just texted Megan to see when she could help me to do that, lol, I found another way to make my life easier.

I received an email from our local National Board Teachers group encouraging us to apply for a position in the Teacher Ambassador Fellowship program. The opening statement is asking for the "best and brightest," so it may be a rigorous process to get one of these position We would work half of our year for our district and half of the year doing a variety of duties promoting education for the federal government. I am giving this some serious thought--it may fill my need to grow professionally in a positive way. It isn't due until January 29th, so I can think about it.

I guess I am scattered. I also have a workshop to organize for January 7. I need to organize what I am teaching and the materials I am using, along with the activities for the attendees. I also have to prepare the handouts and get them copied by then. I will be busy, but more on the kind of things I love to do than lousy paperwork that is limited by the cooperation of others. I think this new hip and my new vision are rejuvenating me by reducing my discomfort.

For now, my goals are more simple--I am sitting carefully, holding my leg and foot in a proper way, not picking up anything I drop, doing my exercises, taking my meds and leaving everything else to anybody else. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it!!

Have a great holiday weekend!
Gentle hugs,

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/25/2012 6:52PM

    We are getting the blizzard tonight. I dread it. It sounds like you are recovering well.

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ACIMPEGGY 12/22/2012 11:47PM

    Dropping things is awful! I have such pain when I do that! I have to stick my right leg out behind me and bend very carefully, preferably holding on to something for balance..

I had to read all your most recent blogs to catch up here! It sounds like you have a great attitude, Sylvia! I predict a full and rapid recovery.

My neighbor - quite a young man - has had a hip replacement and is quite pleased.

I am trying to manage my degenerative disk disease and locked disc a different way. You'll see on the chat thread.

Snow storm? Gosh, I thought we were pretty close to each other (me southside of Chicago). We just got a dusting here, although I know 'up north' it was worse.

Glad you got your shopping/wrapping done. I haven't wrapped a thing yet!

Keep us posted, honey.

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    Glad you made it home safely and that you are getting things organized to help you recover well. I think using the walk in shower at the rec center is a great option for you!

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_LINDA 12/21/2012 5:32PM

    Awesome work! No way should you consider getting in a bath tub -I had no choice, but they gave me a transfer seat to do it so there was no chance of slipping or falling. USE the shower! I wasn't allowed to shower so soon -your Dr.'s have way more relaxed rules.
I am glad to see you being so careful and allowing others to help. I am a little surprised not everything was shut down with five inches of snow. What a coincidence for it to happen now -it allows your family to be home when you need them the most!
Great shopping -I have never shopped online for gifts, but this year as I can't get around I had the brilliant idea of letting them go pick out a gift on the Air Miles website -I have so many airmiles I don't want them to expire before they can be used (47000 miles!) So lots of spending power! I already got Mom a food processor and a toaster oven.
I hope you pain continues to be held at bay,
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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    emoticon Sounds like you have a good plan. Organizing, copying paper work. Looking at your plans for professional growth are things you can do resting your leg, and they should help keep you mind occupied so you don't dwell on other things you want to be doing and can't right now. I know you will rest your leg and there are several strengthening exercises you can do with you leg without hurting it. I'm sure you have copies of those exercises. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and happy holidays with your family and friends. emoticon emoticon Pat

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Thursday, 12/20--Recovery Day 3: Going home (in the blizzard)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hi all,

My body isn't quite awake, but I am doing well enough that my surgeon is letting me go home today in the snow. I am going to get dressed as soon as I write this blog and wait for everything from losing this IV to wearing real shoes and clothing. I might even have pizza again, ha ha. (I do like a bit of salt on my food, lol.)

I had a fair night last night. Miss Sadistic, the PT, forced me to lie flat on my back yesterday for 15 minutes to stretch out my hip. It didn't matter to her that I was writing in pain from my back. This gal and I have a lot of ugly history and it started to rear its ugly head in the 2 times I saw her yesterday. My husband was here today and she didn't behave that way. I climbed two flights of stairs--not fast, but I did it.

I have a lot of Christmas gifts to take home that I have wrapped. That is one thing I accomplished while getting better.

My husband just got here and there are lots of cars in the jeep. This snowstorm is getting a lot of attention because it is closing up the midwest.
He didn't have any trouble getting here when he was in four wheel drive, but the nurse just said that I have to have another therapy and it will be a couple of hours before I can go.

I'll get home sometime today!!
Take care, my friends!!
Gentle hugs,

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_LINDA 12/21/2012 12:55AM

    Wow! You are doing amazingly well to be able to climb the stairs and get dressed! Can't imagine why you would have to lie down on your back for 15 min doing this stretching. My PT never did anything like that. I was just given bed exercises and standing exercises to do on my own. Never even touched my hip, except to see how my range of motion was coming along, which she did have to do while I was laying down. I guess any bed exercises will be out of the question for you :(
So glad you do have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get home in. Sorry you had to deal with this uncaring PT. I have been lucky, the ones I have had have been very compassionate and don't push me nearly as hard as I push myself.
Safe trip home,
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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    Hope you make it home safely!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/20/2012 2:37PM

    I hope you guys can get home soon. It is getting wilder and wilder here. Stay safe.

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Wednesday 12/19, Recovery Day 2

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hi all,

Yesterday was really weird. My hip is what it is, probably doing a bit better than can be expected. I do know that knee replacements are more difficult than hips, but I am moving around fairly well. (I just took a walk that surprised the therapist.) Yesterday, I was in the restroom and became nauseated--not a little but a lot and that included a nasty pain in my right side that was excruciating. I ended up in bed for the majority of the day. They gave me a variety of pain meds and it turned out that Tylenol #3 worked best along with the stuff for nausea. It passed in the evening and I slept for a while. I woke up around 3 AM and have been awake since then, making up for all of that extra sleep I got yesterday. All I can say is that I am sure I never want to feel that pain again--I think it might have been built up gas or something related.

I just was interrupted by the occupational therapist showing me the equipment I can get to put on (and take off) my socks and shoes. That went well--I don't know if I need to buy those things for three months of use because I have plenty of help to put on my socks and shoes. I did fine with that little lesson as I did with my first physical therapy exercises. I think I came into this well prepared in body and spirit. My body is in the best shape it has been in in my entire life, so that makes sense.

I have been given three rules that cannot be broken--no crossing my legs, no extending my leg over 90 degrees and no bending at the waist over 90 degrees. From what I learned this morning, those rules are for three months because the big problem with a new hip is making it come out of the new socket. I would absolutely hate to do that.

Today, I have some presents to wrap that didn't find their way from our mail up to my room last night. (My kids remembered to put them in the jeep right away, but they didn't tell my husband they were there. e told me that I didn't get any packages and I thought that was wrong...) I will keep walking and I am sad that I have broken some of my spark streaks that have went on for years, but this is more important than that.

We have a mind-boggling snow storm coming tonight which might keep me in the hospital an extra day, according to the occupational therapist. If we get the "big" amount of snow, it won't be safe/ possible for my family to drive in town to get me. Otherwise, it looks like I will go home on Thursday, just as my doc predicted. I feel like I can handle that.

Thank you all for giving me support. I didn't get all of my sparking done yesterday because I was sick--I will try today! I'm thinking of you all, along with that pool that I have learned to love so much!! Take care of yourselves.

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_LINDA 12/21/2012 1:02AM

    You must have had a delayed reaction to the anesthetic perhaps? Glad something worked for your pain. With all the GI troubles I have had, that familiar gas pain was the worst. Fortunately, after a month of really bad trouble, its settled, likely because the painkillers have caused me to swing the opposite way from diarrhea to constipation. Not quite sure which is worse :P.
Those three rules are the most important ones you must listen to -they told me one dislocation and you will have trouble with it the rest of your life (like poor Dedicatedtohim Cynthia on the RA team)
Its really incredible how well you are doing with the mobility!!
Hope it keeps going so well!
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/19/2012 3:34PM

    Gas can be so painful. I hope you are over that for good.

It sounds like you are doing very well otherwise. I hope the storm at least waits until you can get home. You will rest so much better there.

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    Just focus on your recovery Sylvia. That is more important than your spark streaks and keeping up at spark at this point. Overall it sounds like you are recovering well. Glad you are feeling better today with the nauseau.

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PJBONARRIGO 12/19/2012 10:29AM

    Good for you! It sounds like you are on your way to recovery! Hope it's fast! Merry Christmas to you and your family and best wishes for the New Year! emoticon

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