Thursday, December 20, 2012
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!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
I'm guessing that it would be no surprise to you that I am doing far better than anyone expected. I had a lot of trouble with my back yesterday and last night. I simply do not lie down flat. That was something that I have had to explain to each and every staff member here starting in pre-op. They were terribly kind to me and those folks caught on quickly. I have to say that I love, love, love those heated blankets they provide. They even gave me one behind my back since I don't lie back.
I had to wait a bit extra for them to clean the OR. My ortho and my pain doc/ anesthesia had a morning full of surgeries and it would seem that I was number four for their tag team. Dr. F, my pain doc and I talked about how he was going to manage me and how I have had a few procedures where he couldn't give me an epidural because of how tight my spine is and because of the metal that holds it together. He had a plan and it worked great. My epidural was about halfway down my back, not anywhere near the lumbar area. It worked great. I was even awake for part of this surgery--although it wasn't a lot of conversation between us. In the big picture, everything went according to the book this time round.
While I was in recovery, my back took center stage over my hip with spasm after spasm after spaasm, That earned me a couple of shots of morphine. It eventually worked some. They helped me to get my bed into a 90 angle so I was sitting as good as possible. I got to my room around 3:30, after it was cleaned. I have a private room (yay) with a lot of space. Sometime they brought me dinner--baked chicken, broccoli, mashed potatoes and gravy, apple juice,mandarin oranges, 2 cookies, a slice of whole grain bread. I gave them back their potatoes and gravy and I cut the chicken breast into 2 servings. For dinner, I ate half of the chicken, broccoli, 15 grapes that we brought from home, apple juice, and the mandarin oranges. For my snack that night, I ate a half of a chicken sandwich, 2 clementines, and 2 fiber one cookies that I brought. Unfortunately, I ate those two sugar cookies around 3 AM cause my tummy was growling and I couldn't get to my bag of fruit. I also took a walk to the bathroom twice last night but they wouldn't let me go any further.
My most difficult time was around 4:30 this morning. I had to go to the bathroom, but she went into the hallway for all of 6 seconds and couldn't find anyone to help. She insisted that I use the bedpan. My body went from urgency to total refusal when I got on the pan, my body gave up the entire idea. I sat on that thing for about 25 minutes and then she told me that I needed to get up and sit in a chair. (???) She called someone on the phone in her pocket who came fright in. Once I was standing, I asked to go to the bathroom. When I sat down in there, my body got busy and did what I needed. Grr-rr. I am going to have to be pushy and assertive for what I know I need.
They brought me to a chair and brought my breakfast. I had 2% milk, corn flakes, a western omelet (yuck), apple juice, and a muffin. Hmmmmm??? I gaver them back that omelet, I ate grapes, mandarin oranges, and apple juice for breakfast. I am holding on to the cereal,milk, and the muffin. The physical therapist and occupational therapist came in and let me walk to the hallway and back. They will both be back later--one to get me walking more and to learn about the "No No's" to this process while the other will be here to teach me how to do things like putting on my shoes and socks. They both are astonished by how well I am doing. I attribute it to my daily workouts at the pool.
I am tired now and have a bit of a headache. I'm going to finish my breakfast and my (yuck) mandatory miralax, and then maybe nap a bit before I finish sparking. I'll be checking in sometime, somewhere here! Take care of yourselves!!
Monday, December 17, 2012
We are loading the car as I type to run a couple of errands beofre I have to be at the hospital in just over an hour. I will then have to register again and go through the endless paperwork, my surgeon autographing my hip and another sticky cleaning, and so on... before my 11:45 surgery schedule (if things are on time.)
I have two Christmas gifts left to buy, many that are coming in the mail, and everything wrapped that I have purchased and received. I have an entirely messy house and a very sick husband. It has been quite a week.
Everyone is waiting on me--it is time to go!
Have a great day--The hospital has WiFi and I have my laptop. We'll talk again soon!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I'm an absolute bundle of nerves. It has nothing to do with my surgery and everything to do with everything going on around me. Children at school were unbelievable this week in our building--and when I checked with teachers in other buildings in our area, I heard much of the same from them. A few things that added to our mess included the holiday show Tuesday evening, Santa's workshop on Wednesday and Thursday that turned into Thursday and Friday because the principal was out sick on Wednesday, the principal being sick, a deluge of assessments because the term ends next week, and a "Just Dance" party on Friday for all of the kids who didn't have referrals. (I think teachers don't write referrals to keep kids in the party which really defeats the purpose.) Anyway, I am thinking it is wrong to do important assessments at the end of the term when all of the holiday things are taking place and children are not focused and I am thinking that maybe it is time for the school to do less of things like Santa's Workshop so that we aren't adding to the extreme behaviors going on. (On a sidenote, I didn't find out about the disaster in the Connecticut school until the end of my day yesterday, so I am guessing that that wasn't a part of our issues. It is scary to think that each of us in a school become targets like fishing in an aquarium for any nut with a weapon. I am so sad for all of the people who are grieving and traumatized over those extreme events yesterday and I am including them in my prayers.)
Highlights of my week included three doctor appointments. I am having vision issues with my eyes not working together to take advantage of the monovision I was given with my cataract surgery. I'm back to bifocals, but I need them and am looking forward to not reading with one eye closed these days. Dr. C didn't say "no" to me working half days in January, but he didn't say "yes" either. It comes down to how I am doing. That makes sense to me. I did have a big rush to have to have another urinalysis and didn't find out until yesterday if it was free of bacteria. I was told that if the bacteria was still present, it would cancel my surgery. That was a bit nerve-wracking. anyway, at 2:00 yesterday, the hospital finally called with that information and my surgery time. I have to be at the hospital at 8:30 Monday morning and my surgery will be at 11:45. It is a 1.5-2 hour procedure and I will probably be in the hospital for 3 days. The insurance approved 5 days, which surprised me since they usually go less than the doctor wants. He spoke of me recuperating either at home, in rehab, or at a nursing home. Eeeek--I did time in rehab after my back infection and that place made me cry. I cannot see me being anywhere but at home for Christmas.
Then--our professor's department chair scheduled an emergency meeting for the staff at the same time as our final on Wednesday. She couldn't find anyone to give the exam, so it got turned into a "drop-in event" on Thursday between 3-7 when she could be there. That freed me up to go to the kids' band concert on Wednesday which was nice. Thursday, which was supposed to be my casual day, turned into a nightmare. Floyd came to pick me up and asked me to "call the doctor." He has only asked me to call the doctor one other time since we have been married. He was wheezing, feverish, and had a sore throat. As I described his symptoms to the nurse, she told me that he needed to go to the ER. I had to get to school--so my husband took me to my exam and the kids met him at the hospital and one of them came to meet me. When I got to the ER, the place was jammed up with every chair full and people sitting in wheel chairs and on the floor. When they finally called him to go back, there were beds in the hallway with people on them. Anyway, after a f.5 hour wait, it turned out that he has viral pneumonia and influenza type a. The doc was surprised because he said most of the patients they are seeing have had type b. Anyway, that means that a) I have to keep my distance from him and b) He won't be able to come with me for my surgery because there is a 5 day period that you can be contagious and they sure don't need that at the hospital. There also was nothing that they could do with this being viral in nature, so he got prescriptions for Tamiflu and a cough syrup with codeine--and he made a promise that next year he would get a flu shot. (He has always said that flu shots make you sick. Hmm, I have had one each year for the past 15 and haven't had the flu in 15 years except for some of the intestinal stuff that has been passed around once in a while..) I did stop on my way to the exam to weigh in and was thrilled to have lost 2.4 pounds. That covered the .8 that I gained last week and left me 1 pound away from my goal for surgery--not too bad. That leaves me 11 more to lose after my surgery to be at that "new goal weight" I have been working on.
Tuesday night was my late night at work with Marissa. We created literacy bags as holiday gifts for all of my kids. They had a little toy or two, a candy cane, three books, a Nickelodean magazine, and a Family Fun magazine for each of my students. I also wrapped several more Christmas gifts. The kids were sure excited over their gift bags. I also worked until almost 8:30 last evening trying to prepare for being gone. I was tired and teary eyed when I left. I am not done--no lesson plans yet, I was given a bad surprise. The principal emailed me and told me that the gal I chose couldn't be my sub if I worked half days, because she lived so far away. I called her to check on that and found out that she wasn't going to be able to get her paperwork done in time because "Iowa" was switching over their system and nobody could get their transcripts until sometime after New Years and there wouldn't be time to register her as a sub in IL. Great, now I am back to not knowing who might work for me--AGAIN. I will let the people down town help me next week when they weren't planning a sub for me anyway.
Today, I have to do about a dozen errands before I get to the pool. I received a gift in the mail for one of the boys that was broken and I need to get it to UPS today. they have already sent another, so things should be okay for him. I have a few things left to buy, including a pair of slippers to take to the hospital. I also have lunch with my best friend and of course, time in the pool. I hope to come home and catch up on sparking and doing my Christmas cards when I am done there. It should be a busy day, "sans" my husband who can keep his lousy germs to himself. I do feel bad for him, but I don't dare to pick up any of what he is has.
That's about it--I didn't get my report cards finished because I didn't get scores from everybody. I did my part and found somebody who will fill in the missing scores, make copies, and distribute them for me. Thank heavens, I didn't have time to finish them up even if I had gotten the scores at the last minute. It was a wold and crazy week.
Take care--and find a way to enjoy the season instead of rushing through it like I have been doing. Next week will be my time to heal and to sit back and enjoy cards and visits with my friends and family. I am looking forward to be forever rid of this ugly hip pain that is increasing with each breath I take.
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