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Wednesday, 1/23 Recovery Week 5--Ups and Downs

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hi all,

I am weary after the way this week is going. I try to do what is best for me--yet my PT told me today that it was their day to send routine reports to the doctors. The report my doctor got said that my hip is strengthening and my range of motion and ability to balance and use it grows daily, however, my knee pain is restricting and hindering its improvement and range of motion. He added that they are quite concerned about what the pain in my knee is going to do for my overall well-being. They want to see me be able to walk without my walker which would be awesome, but my knee is the first part that gives out and then my back gets ugly. I did walk 4 complete laps around the gym with the cane today, but I wouldn't try that without the PT and that security belt on. I'm not that sure footed.

Marissa stayed home from school yesterday and today. She is not good on those crutches. I took her to Target today to practice and she is far worse than I am. However, she has absolutely no weight bearing allowed on that foot and it is a different deal than mine. I am going with her to school tomorrow--they are on a half day schedule and it will be a good day to get her started. (I'm not staying for the half day, I am going to let the school personnel know what she needs, and if need be, I'll stick around long enough to make sure she gets them.)

I finished my writing for the job application last night and didn't get my sparking finished in the process. I seem to have a given amount of time for being on the computer. Both of my letter writiers have asked me for something--a "bio" by our HR guy and a "CV" by my professor. Hmm, I have never heard of a "CV" before and when I googled it, it turns out to be a "Curriculum Vitae" which is looking like a bio to me. I am going to write one in the morning and send them to both of these nice people who are helping me. I probably won't get to finish my application process until Friday afternoon or the early weekend. I am so excited to be trying this and learning more about myself. (I do need to proofread my writing again.) I am also supposed to attend a seminar to morrow jjafternoon, but I don't know if I will make it there. It is in my building and I am not sure that I can handle that.

Yesterday was also Miles' birthday and he is now 22 and officially an adult. He was far better this past two days than he consistently is--but he can be pretty juvenile in his behavior at times too. I guess there is a lot to be said for human development and how it happens in life. I also know at this point of my life that I don't want any of them growing up too quickly. (I also must honestly admit that we all have our moments, especially during the winter months that some of us don't get along as well as we normally do. I really hate this phenomenon.)

OK, I'm going to try to finish my sparking and then get some rest because I have a full day tomorrow. Right now, I hurt, especially in my right knee--but the swelling is up in my right hip again too. Nights are never the best part of my day.

Take care everyone and I hope we will all have a wonderful Thursday!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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ARIANERA 1/28/2013 2:26PM

    Curriculum Vitae is academic-speak for an expanded resume with a list of all of your publications and conference presentations. A bio is a focused paragraph discussing who you are and what you do (similar to the paragraph in the CV discussing your current job).

So they are related, but probably won't be the same.

Hope this helps.

Ari

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_LINDA 1/26/2013 10:23AM

    Happy birthday to Miles!
I sure hope with the PT report your Dr. takes your knee problem seriously and tries to figure out what is going on with it and treat it.
Make no mistake, the winter months are pretty much depressing for everyone with the shorter days and colder temperatures and being stuck inside together more often its no wonder everyone is getting a little short tempered with each other. You need to find more activities and things to do to get them out of the house in the winter time.
So glad you have people helping you with your application, the more eyes and opinions on it the better and more well rounded it will be!
Hope you have a good weekend!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/24/2013 8:53PM

    I hope the Physical Therapist can get the doctor centered in on that knee and find out what is wrong.

I have problems with crutches too. I find that men are better with them.

Happy Birthday to Miles!!

It sounds like you are in the final process for applying for that job. I'm sure they will be impressed.


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LILYBELLE12 1/24/2013 2:11AM

    emoticon I hope you get some rest tonight. I certainly understand nights being the hardest. I have so much arthritis pain, especially in the winter months, that sleep is always very elusive at night...then I fall asleep sitting up all day!

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Sunday, 1/20-Recovery Week 4: Nothing According to Plan

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hi all,

Last night was pretty rough. I fell asleep sometime after 1:30, woke up at 3:15, fell back to sleep after 5, woke up at 7, went back to sleep quickly, and got up at 9:30 to get ready for church. Marissa went to help me get clothing and stumbled on the wheeled desk chair that she likes to spin in circles for fun (and to drive me more than a little crazy...) I knew immediately she was hurt, so my husband had to come home and get her to take her to the ER with Mitchell bringing Micah home from church for us. (We still only have one vehicle with the car about finished in the shop.)

After the somewhat mandatory 3 hours in the ER that also made Marissa miss show choir winter camp, we found out that she broke her foot--the metatarsal on the right foot to be specific. She would be the fourth of my kids who have done this over the years, but was the first one that I recognized a big problem asap. She is a happy, sassy, active girl who doesn't complain and I just read the pain in her face after I watched and heard that crunch. She came home with a splint bandaged on her leg and a pair of crutches that she really doesn't know how to use, along with two prescriptions for pain meds and a stack of paperwork sending her to my orthopedic group--different doc, though. I am going to make sure she sees a doctor I respect and want rather than the "guy on call." The ER doc told her that it would be better in 2-3 weeks. Hmm, it was so with Miles. Mitchell took almost 5 months and 3 casts until he was healed. Megan had had the problem for a month or so before it was treated and diagnosed, so that took a few months. I walked on mine for 3 months before I had the doctor look at it. By then, I had done considerable damage because I was walking on crutches to protect my other knee and after almost a year in a boot, I had to have surgery to debride the arthritis and bone spurs and to put it together to heal. Anyway, I cannot tell my daughter who is currently in a play, who dances in show choir and they are learning their spring show (and who may lose her partner because of this) and who is probably going to have the Wicked Witch role in the "Wizard of Oz" that she might be out of commission for a while. It is okay to let her believe it will be better in a few weeks while I pray.

I missed church because of this, but the flowers for Miles coming birthday made it thanks to Micah attending Sunday School. Nobody got to go to Megan's play that ended today either. I have done my exercises here in the house and avoided some pretty cold temperatures today. I'm glad that tomorrow is a school and Federal holiday so that I can be there to take care of my daughter around physical therapy.

Both of us are in this weird place with our right legs now and are trying to manage the family room together. Hmm, we folded laundry together--first time ever that I think she didn't give me an argument over such a task. It has turned into a long quiet day and instead of writing, I did some puzzles. I am almost done with my writing for the federal position now. I have one entry that I need some statistics for because they want me to prove that my kids show academic growth. I have another entry that is hard to write because I need to prove that am in a good position to communicate to other teachers and that they will listen to me. I am not quite sure how to do that yet. I did some of my other reading on my friend's entry, but I am not quite done with that. I am kind of out of it after not sleeping and processing how quickly the day changed in such a short period of time with one seemingly small trip.

This is life with 8 kids. There is never a set of plans that don't get altered at some level. I am glad that this is not a major thing and am praying that her senior year doesn't get thrown all of the way off over this injury. She's a good kid in a competitive world and this would give her some stress. I realized that I couldn't do her FAFSA yet after finding the site down for maintenance last night--I don't have her W-2 from the church yet and that will be an important part of this.

Tomorrow will be my 5 week mark. This knee has to get calmed down so I can get everything ready to get in the pool in another week. WooHoo. Two weeks until I see my doc, unless, of course, he gets to care for Marissa. I don't know if he does routine accident care anymore, but if he isn't in surgery tomorrow (as usual), I think he will see her for me. If not, I have a second choice for her. I guess having a mother who is way too familiar with the local orthopedists is an advantage in at least one way!

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 1/22/2013 11:05AM

    What a rough day you had. So sorry for Marissa, hoopefully she will heal quickly. This will be so hard on her since she is such an active girl. Thank goodness she has such a wonderful mom to give her support. Hope your knee and hip continue to improve I know you want to get in that pool.

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_LINDA 1/21/2013 2:04AM

    So very sorry for Marissa :(( That is a very odd injury to incur. Especially strange your other kids have had the exact same thing, I wonder if its some kind of inherited weakness in that particular bone? I have done some terrible things to my toes and feet, but have never broken anything in spite of it. Not even when one time I was intense pain with my toe oozing blood for eight hours before it finally stopped, was a teeth gritter for sure, but no break. After that one though, I always wear sandals around the place, no exception :P I sure hope it heals fast for her!!
I spent 90 minutes walking in the coldest temperatures in a long time, it was -40 with the windchill. I had to go pick up the sandals I left at the place where I went to play bridge on Thursday. These are the only ones I can comfortably wear. My two others painfully rub on my upraised bad toe so I just had to get these back ASAP. At one point I didn't think I would make it home without my nose or hand freezing :(( In spite of wearing my warm Eskimo Parka, scarf, insulated ski mittens and wool socks, I really felt the cold, especially in my quadriceps. It was the longest walk I have ever taken. How I wish I could be somewhere warm. I am sure my RA would be a lot better in a hot place :P. Still waking up frequently with back pain. Bone scan on the 24th. Travel company's talk on trips on Tuesday -got to get planning my trips in case this back pain leads somewhere bad. I loosen up in my exercising, but am feeling it more restricting.
Hope you have a more restful Monday,
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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DETERMINEDJANET 1/20/2013 9:20PM

    Poor Marissa!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/20/2013 8:41PM

    I am so sorry about Marissa and hope she has a speedy recovery.

I played the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz too.

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Saturday, 1/19 Recovery Week 4--Keep Trying

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hi all,

Lady sure seems like her regular self today. I am so happy because I have missed my good friend. She keeps barking to go outside more than usual, but she is still my dear, sweet girlie dog.

I went tot he fitness center today and did a bit of walking. I saw a few people i knew and then went to the sauna before I showered. It's a good thing I didn't have my swim suit because I have never been so driven to do something like I feel about getting in the pool. I heard that the water was "perfect" today. Oh my, I have another week...

My knee is making me awfully whiny tonight. It is having some spasms and I cannot find a comfortable position for myself. I want to scream. My hip feels fine and I quit some of the leg bends that were aggravating my knee. I have plenty of exercises I can do, so letting those go made sense to me.

I am almost finished with my application questions for the dept of education position. I have one that I need some stats for that are in my classroom and the other needs for me to come back to it and tighten it up. We are only allowed 3500 characters per question and I was going on and on in my own defense. I'll try it again tomorrow. I still need to finish reading the entry for my friend's National Boards portfolio and I have to get Marissa's FAFSA done ASAP. It will be done by tomorrow so she cans tart qualifying for some other scholarships. She has picked Truman State University in Missouri for her college choice, but I am worried about us affording the costs with all of the other responsibilities we have. Our bills will be paid off in two years, but I don't know what will happen when we add in new stuff. My experience is that money issues get worked out and I refuse to worry too much about it. Anyway, Marissa went down to Truman with her music teacher last Monday and auditioned for their choir. I am guessing that that will be a big plus for her.

I am going to find a new position now and see if I can ice this knee enough to allow me to rest. I am looking forward to church tomorrow and want to be awake and ready. We have a few more weeks before our new minister starts and I am looking forward to every message that I get to hear.

Have a wonderful weekend!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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DETERMINEDJANET 1/20/2013 5:57PM

    Good news about Lady and also good news that you a desire to get active in that pool! Keep resting though! Your day is coming again!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/20/2013 2:51PM

    I'm really glad to hear about Lady. I hope she is finally over the hump.

I wish we had a place to swim indoors near me. I would be in it.

I think it would be wonderful to have enough money to never have to worry. Just live frugally, as I do, and focus on other things. LOL. I dread our taxes this year.







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_LINDA 1/20/2013 12:46AM

    That is good to hear about Lady..
So you get the hip fixed and now the knee is bothering you :( Sure can't win can you?? I was allowed in a therapy pool not long after my hip replacement, the only criteria being the incision must be well healed -small spots are okay that can be sealed. Has the bruise from your fall gone completely down now?
I am getting back to propping myself up with pillows and my comforter in various ways trying to find a position that will ease the pain I am getting. Maybe you can try a little of that with the knee.
Its more impressive to read a short, precise statement full of information then a verbose treatise of analyzing every little point you want to make. You are not trying to defend yourself. You are trying to SELL yourself! A rising crescendo of good points culminating in the skill and or experience you have that is most likely the one to win the position and the one you want them to remember the most! You can do this!!
May you have a good rest and enjoy your Sunday service. It shouldn't matter who is delivering it, its the message that is important!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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Friday, 1/18--Recovery Week 4: Showing Improvement

Friday, January 18, 2013

Hi all,

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!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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_LINDA 1/20/2013 12:56AM

    Good news all around -that is wonderful you can have some fun time with your sons! Would sure like to know what is up with the knee -time to pressure someone until you are given a satisfactory answer!!
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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DETERMINEDJANET 1/18/2013 10:02PM

    Glad Lady is doing better and that the sutures come out soon.

Will be praying the back has been caused by the hip and you notice a huge difference with time. What's up with the knee?

Your lunch out with the boys sounded fun!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/18/2013 8:44PM

    I'm glad to see Lady doing better.

I hope you can find out something about that knee soon. What does the physical therapist think is going on with it? You have obvious inflammation.

It's nice that your sons and daughters are so close. Many families are not.

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Thursday, 1/17--Recovery Week 4: A Day of Rest

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hi all,

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!!
Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

  
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 1/18/2013 3:11PM

    REST....REST....REST....You know you need to let your body rest while in reovery. Use that time to work on your resume. Make it the best ever.
emoticon On your weight lose this week. Pat

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/18/2013 12:58PM

    I hope you and Lady both feel better soon. Congrats on the weight loss!

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_LINDA 1/18/2013 1:28AM

    Sounds like you are in a see saw kind of maintenance which is at least better then a steady gain!
Sylvia, you should know major surgery takes a lot out of a person! you need adequate rest and nutrition to help you heal and recover, so be careful with what you are doing! Healing actually burns more calories, but unfortunatley, Sparks doesn't track that :P. I know I had to eat extra calories with no exercise to speak of (for me) with my hip replacement for at least the first two weeks. I was actually still eating my top of the range. Then I felt I could drop it down to a maintenance with my Fitness Tracker set to no cardio range. This tiredness could be either not enough nutrition or not enough rest.. Your body needs good fuel to recover and its not the time to worry about losing..
Take care of yourself,
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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DETERMINEDJANET 1/17/2013 11:10PM

    Whoo Hoo on the weight loss. I was down 1.2 for the week and I'm thankful. For the first time in many, many years I am heading into lower numbers on the scale.

Hopefully Lady won't need that cone much longer, but you sure have to protect the ear.

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