Friday, January 18, 2013
Lady is doing well. She only has to have the cone off when she is home without a watchful human eye on her. She (the vet) had a lot of trouble getting the bandage off of her ear again and so she shaved it to make it a bit easier this time. Poor baby. She is healing nicely and the sutures will come out net week.
I had physical therapy today and I was able to walk around the gym with the cane, but the last 6 to 8 steps were tough because of my back. My knee is swollen now--the hardest exercise that I am doing is leg raises with a five pound weight around my ankle. My knee really resists that. After we were done, my PT told me NOT to do that sort of walking at home because I wasn't ready yet. I have used a walker for a long time to support my back. Now, I am unsure of what to expect--between the long term issues with my back and the healing of my new hip. It would be too good if my new hip gave me enough relief with my back that I could be free of the walker. I wonder if that means my back pain has been all about my hip for all of these years???
My sons took me out to lunch today after therapy. I had fresh veggies and a small steak, yummy. I don't usually eat much protein for lunch, but it was really good. It was kind of fun to go out with those two nuts as well. They are silly together and do some interesting things like try chocolate shots in their diet coke (yuck) and pepper sauce on their fries. They have fun no matter what they are doing and that is a good thing. I think we all need to be like that.
Tonight, I have to work on my resume and application and I need to finish reading someone's written entry for National Board Certification. My W-2 came today, so I can do the FAFSA for Marissa this weekend too. There seems to be plenty for me to do while I am sitting--It will require me to be focused on what I am doing and not on my knee pain. My knee feels swollen under and around my kneecap . Time for my ice bags!
Take care and enjoy your evening. We are officially enjoying a weekend now!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I have been tired again today--way more tired than has made sense to me. I have had a hard time staying awake most of the day. I can;t remember being this tired in a long time.
I did get myself together this afternoon and did my exercises, went for a walk, went to WW and stayed for the meeting, then ran a few errands and did a bit of shopping. However, I am back at home now and am still tired. I am enjoying some ice on my knee again. It feels a bit swollen tonight.
I am glad that I lost 1.8 pounds this week. Last week, I gained 2.0 and the week before, I lost 2.2. I think I am truly in my maintenance mode right now and will stay there until I can get back to good cardio that raises my heart rate and works my entire body. I have at least another week before I can go to the pool--I'll have a week in the pool before I can go back to work.
I had a phone call from our HR guy today--he come to realize that I worked on the 7th when I was supposed to be on leave and that is causing them grief, especially since I qualified for extra pay for doing my presentations. I guess he will have to figure that one out.
I am still working on my application. I want to answer the questions in a way that shows off who I am and what I can do. I want this position-they hire 80 people out of the hundreds who apply. It will be tough competition. If I don't make it this year, I will try again next year. I think this is a position made for me and I am going to give it my best.
That's it for today--Tomorrow, Lady has her first follow-up at the vet. She won't get her sutures out until next week. I wonder what we will find out about the cone. She really hates it so much that I feel guilty.
Take care and enjoy the good in your world!!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Today has been a thoughtful, thinking, thinking, thinking day for me. I have been working on that job application. They will ultimately hire about 80 people from about 800 to 1000 applications. It will be a tricky competition. I know I am a very good candidate, but I am going to have to write it all correctly to be considered. I have to be thoughtful, undoubtedly.
I am noticing improvement in my hip and its functioning. I am so glad. I can get my own leg in and out of the car without help these days. I can do a lot for myself except for the shoe and sock on my right foot. I can walk through the store with only a couple of stops to sit and rest. I did a lot of new exercises in therapy today, but...
The therapists are new to me and I think they have a goal to have me walk unassisted. I didn't realize that until today when one of the guys attached a gait belt to me and we went for a walk with the cane. (I have two of my own canes and have used them in the past.) I got about the length of the gym and my back started heaving and that was that. I lost track of my rhythm and had to grab hold of the first available thing--a big exercise machine. He was kind and caring about things and waited out the spasms and helped me to walk back, realizing that I had started holding my breath and doing a number of inappropriate personal behaviors. He got me to my chair and he said for me to rest and to breathe... I was embarrassed and I don't know why. I wanted to walk--my hip is more than ready for that, but my back, grr-rr the problem of my adult life--got in the way.
The other thing that is bothering me is my right knee. It aches and it aches and it aches. It is constant and annoying. My PT finally suggested that I talk with the doctor about it because even he must understand that this isn't just using a part that has been sitting idle for a long time. I know that that isn't so because I know what my workouts prior to my surgery did and I didn't leave any part of my legs and unused. It is where my biggest source of discomfort is right now. (I am icing my knee as we speak.) My hip gets tired after I have done a lot of walking or whatever, but it comes back pretty quickly after I rest. My knee starts the day a bit rough and grows more and more painful all day long--and by now, heading towards bedtime, I am quite upset with the whole deal. Grr-rr, I had my hip replaced, my knee replacement was about 9 years ago or so and hasn't had much pain for some 8 years. I sure hate feeling this again for whatever reason.
That's about it for today. Lady is finding ways to mutilate that cone today and we have had to rescue her once and the cone twice, ha ha. I sure hope that the vet takes her out of it tomorrow or Friday rather than leaving her in it another week. She is getting pretty owly over it.
Take care of yourselves. Time is flying by so quickly that I'll be back at work before I know it.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Physical therapy is getting a bit more difficult as they let me do a bit more. I think I might be reading their concern about all of the pain in my right knee more like I am, even though they keep telling me that it is hurting because "it didn't have to work much when I was having all of my hip trouble, but now that my hip is doing more of its share of the work, my knee is having to work more as well." Quite honestly, I don't believe that because my leg has never been allowed to be babied and without movement going on. I have worked it and worked it, in the pool and out of the pool--with weights and without them, using bands and the stepper and so on. I also am a bit surprised that it feels so swollen after I leave therapy, especially after it has been babied and iced with relaxation time. I haven't had pain in that knee since a couple of months after its second replacement surgery. Before that, I had non-stop pain in that right knee for about 4 and a half years along with about 5 scopes and two very good docs trying to come up with a treatment that matched the fact that I was "only 43." It kind of scares me because that knee caused me to have more falls without provocation than anything in my life. It was then that I also became diagnosed with RSD--and if you don't know that nasty little disorder, check it out on our "Health conditions from A to Z" here on SP. It is awful. Around here, it is so rarely heard of that people have big fundraisers to help cover their expenses. I lived with it and all I can say is thank heavens that my ortho moved back here after having been in Columbus for over a year and that he teamed with my wonderful pain doc/ anesthesiologist to figure out what was causing me all of the grief.
I was catching up on my emails today and I may have an answer for myself professionally. Because I am a National Board Certified Teacher, I was sent an email about some positions with the Department of Education. Some are Washington Fellowships that are not going to work for me. The others are classroom fellowships that allow people to work half a day in their position and then the federal government pays them to be liasons between regular teachers and the Dept of Ed., sharing information both ways and advocating for what teachers want, know and believe. I think this might be a perfect response to what I need professionally and I have started working on my application. I need to have letters of recommendation from a couple of people--one in my district. I have sent a request to an assistant superintendent because obviously, my principal wouldn't be a good person for such a letter. I also asked the professor of the ELL classes I have just completed. She already got back to me and raved about how this position would be a great match for me and that she will have my letter early next week. I am excited because having a half day with my kids and a half day under anyone else's supervision sure sounds like a perfect position to give me what I need. Now I have to admit that they will have hundreds more applications than they need and it will be very competitive, but I am as good as anyone else and I am going to give it my best.
Lady either has to wear the cone until the end of this week or the end of next week--I'm not sure which. We cannot take a chance at her whipping up that poor ear again while it is trying to heal. I am so sorry for her. The only peace she seems to get is after she takes her antibiotics and goes to sleep. The only good that has come from all of this is that she has finally started fussing at Sadie for some of her naughty behaviors. Lady has not fussed at her this way ever, and Sadie is paying attention to my sweet hound when she lets out her sharp, loud bark for her monkeying around. Sadie has quit fooling around with the cone or with Lady as she tries to get comfortable. I'm proud of Lady for helping her people here with that ornery pup.
I have an appointment with my therapist again tomorrow--we shall see how he thinks I am doing. I am guessing the entire world is shocked that I haven't been inside the school since before the end of break. I am going to get my husband to go water my plants tomorrow and I am not going to do anything except to work on this resume and application. I hope that I can make it top-notch and have a chance at one of these coveted positions.
Thanks for hanging in there with me too!
Monday, January 14, 2013
Today was strictly routine...or as much as it gets around here. We started off at church and with yet another interim pastor. Our new pastor starts in about a month and I am looking forward to the kindness and consistency I have been used to in the past. We did have an ordained pastor today and got to have Communion. I have missed being on our regular schedule with Communion.
We went grocery shopping after church and (yay) no falling!! That went according to the plan. I spent the rest of the day sparking and reading. It's been quiet.
I don't think Lady is going to get used to this cone, poor girl. She keeps running into things and then is just confused by it all. I feel so badly for her. She is taking her meds without a problem, including the ear drops.
There's nothing much else going on--isn't that amazing?
Have a great new week.
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