Saturday, January 26, 2013
Apparently we are expecting some horrible weather starting late tonight. My husband just called from work to make sure I knew about ice, icy rain, sleet, dropping temps and snow for 2 days followed by warmer weather and then a second drop. Yuck, I really don't like winter weather. It doesn't do well for me physically and much of anyone else emotionally. However, it will be spring in less than 2 months and that is what I am thinking about.
Lady got her stitches out yesterday--and except for bumps all over her ear and the area that has been shaved, she is none the worse for all that she went through. We took Frankie along for his annual visit and that made it a lot of fun. Lady hates riding in a car and cries the entire time she is in there, and she barks the entire time she is at the vet (until they take her away from us.) Frankie is a social little pug, silly boy and while I was trying to calm Lady down for everyone's peace of mind, he lifted his little pug leg and squirted the cat food display. I was pretty embarrassed, but the lady with the mop and bucket came out and cleaned it up, no big deal. Frankie was a good boy, not a peep when he had his exam and got his shots. He is such a different personality than my big basset hound girl. The most interesting part to me was how they lie on the back seat of the jeep on the way home and Lady didn't make a sound. I think I will start bringing Frankie with whenever she has to go somewhere because it seemed to have given her some sort of stress relief. (By the way, Frankie has a multitude of nicknames that include Lil Frank, Frankie doodle poodle, Franklin Delano, Franklin P Dinwiddie, and others that are escaping me at the moment. He answers to all of them!)
Physical therapy went the same as it has been. It occurred to me as I write the title for this blog that on Monday, it will be 6 weeks and I CAN GO TO THE POOL!! I will have one more week to be home from work (as far as I know) and I am going to get to go to the pool during grown-up time every day. That is sure to brighten my spirits and help my body get back to normal. I am guessing it will help my knee and my hip to do even better. I am so excited to think about the water, my first time in the pool this year!! WooHoo!! The Pool!!
I got the letter from my professor for my job application. It was so wonderful it almost made me cry. I was so touched by her kind and thoughtful appraisal of who I am as an educator and a learner. I will cherish that letter forever and it will be there for me to use when I need a boost. I didn't expect that to come of all of this, but it is such a blessing and a special gift.
Speaking of gifts, those of you who respond to my blogs sure help me along the way and in some of these blue moments, it is nice to be able to come back and read your thoughts and support. I need to do more with the blogs of others, but I don't know how to get enough computer time in to do that. I need to find out how the rest of you get in your daily sparking, your exercise and time for visiting spark friends' pages and feeds and the like. There must be a way to make it all fit in and I haven't figured out after over 3 years here. If you can help me to get there, please let me know!!
It's been quite a month and I thought I would be bored and have spare time on my hands. That hasn't happened though. I still have things to do, like 3 books to read (plus two more that I got for Christmas) and an afghan I am making for Megan. I am sure she is convinced that I will never get it done. I have a collection of books to sort out for Mitchell and myself. I also wanted to make some posters for my classroom. I am not sure what I have spent my time doing, but I haven't been bored. I think I could have been a full time mother and been busy all of the time without a job, had this been a generation where that kind of thing was common.
I need to do some shopping today, especially with the bad weather forcast. I sure don't want to have to send someone out for a last minute run for toilet paper or something similar. That will help me to get in my steps today. I am also hoping to go find myself a couple of neutral colored tops. My winter shirts are all too big and look pretty silly on me right now, so before I go back to work, I want to take care of things so I can use the majority of my wardrobe. At some point, I will be purging myself of a lot of things.
I hope it will be a good family day tonight. I haven't decided on dinner yet, I think I'll plan something when I go shopping. It should be a good trip and it should also be fun.
Have a great weekend--think of a tropical island and all of the great summer things we can enjoy. That is far better than thinking of dangerous winter weather in my book.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
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!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
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!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
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!!
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!
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