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Post Surgery

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Just a short note: I came through arthroscopic knee surgery (yesterday) just fine. The dr cut out the flap of my torn meniscus (larger than he first thought it would be), and scrapped out some arthritic stuff. I'm following his orders, and doing well.

My DH and dog are sleeping on the main floor with me so I won't be lonely. DH is waiting on my hand and foot. He's a real sweetheart and I've been telling him so.

I'm back on SP, slower at first, but will regain strength, etc and be able to fulfill my team co-leader duties in the days ahead.

Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts towards me.

  
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POETLKNG2LOSE 2/8/2012 4:21PM

    Glad you got through surgery all right and happy to hear that your husband loves you enough to take care of you like that. Never take him for granted

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CANDOK1260 2/4/2012 2:46PM

    so happy you got through surgery well

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TRESSWANN 2/2/2012 8:07PM

    get better soon. don't over do it.

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CALIPIDGIOUS 2/2/2012 9:41AM

    Hoping you feel 100% soon! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/2/2012 9:39AM

    WONDERFUL NEWS!!! And isn't it such a GIFT to have a husband like that?! emoticonMine is the very same way! emoticon

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PMFISH 2/1/2012 8:52PM

    Great news! Added bonus you have someone to take care of you. Hope this fixes the problem with your knees. When they don't work or are too painful it is no fun at all. Have a speed recovery!

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PURPLELVR7 2/1/2012 8:42PM

    so glad to hear things went well

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/1/2012 8:12PM

    Yay for pain pills, slippers and nice hubbies! You deserve it, so take it:-) let me know if theres anything I can help with as far as the team stuff. emoticon

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FROSTY99 2/1/2012 8:04PM

    Glad to hear you got thru surgery with flying colors. Yeah for DH-he sounds like a real peach. Glad he is there for you.

Hugs
Pat

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HEALTHY4ME 2/1/2012 6:58PM

    Good going I had same surg. only when they got in there found out it wasn't my meniscus but bone on bone arthritis so they cleaned it up and on I went. The swelling will go down, the pain will lessen then get worse then all will be back to normal or hopefully better.
HUGS let hubby wait on you but do do the exercises!

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God is GOOD.

Monday, January 23, 2012

I want you to know that right off the bat.

My Mom started having mini strokes about 4-5 years ago, which, of course, affected her mind. She went to live with my older sister, then into assisted living. Mom continued having mini strokes, and developed other problems.

When I retired 3 years ago, we started visiting Mom twice a year - we live practically on the (USA) east coast and they lived in the middle of the country.

When I visited Mom a year ago, she was in constant pain, and I don’t think she recognized me. Her dementia had progressed. Nevertheless, I read scripture to her, including her favorite verses. That comforted me, and maybe her.

On Valentine’s Day, my sister called to say that Mom had gone home to Heaven.

A couple of days later, my brother-I-never-had died waiting for a transplant. Then, within another 5 weeks, two dear ladies from church died. I didn’t realize it then, but I was beginning a slide into deeper depression (I was already on anti-depressants) that intensified until October.

I resumed emotional eating, and hardly exercised: bad combination.

My two medical-field daughters urged me to see a psychiatrist, so I did. I was massively depressed, highly agitated, and becoming paranoid. My psych listened to me, asked questions, and then told me that I have Bipolar Disorder. Apparently all the deaths earlier in the year (and so close together) created the precipitating factor to turn my depression into BD.

So ok, now we’re up to the part where my BD meds have me in a good place again, but I managed two VERY stubborn sinus infections and somehow tore my meniscus (cartilage in my knee). Now we’re up to early December. My out-of-state kids were coming for Christmas (that was nice), but with my knee torn up, I couldn’t exercise. Sigh. “When it rains, it pours”.

DH and I already had arranged to go to Utah to watch Weber State University beat the stink out of three of its basketball opponents in January. We tacked on a visit with my sister in Texas, too. So, surgery is put off until the end of January.

BUT, this is not a ‘poor me’ blog. I’m giving you background so when I say that God is GOOD, you’ll understand that it’s not just a trite saying. God put my Mom out of her pain and misery. He sent me to a professional (psychiatrist) who is a woman (that’s a good thing for me) who ONLY treats people over the age of 60. Yea! Someone who understands me!

I’m trying to eat better, but it’s always hard for me to do when we travel – so I have to work harder. After my surgeon ok’s it, I’m going to resume exercise. And I WILL lose all the ugly pounds I’d re-gained. I'm quite upbeat - what a turn-around from a few months ago.
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POETLKNG2LOSE 1/28/2012 5:40PM

    Hey friend I am so sorry to hear all the problems you are having . I agree God is good to do what he did; sometimes I forget that an d focus on my own self pity party and forget others who are worse than me. .Keep it up and God bless you mt friend. My daughter has been suffering with a yeast infection for well over a month. And now she might have fibromyalgia. So pray for her .

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/23/2012 9:41PM

    Yeah, I thought maybe you were hiding wings, for me, this just proves it! I'm sorry for your losses and trials. I have some things to learn from you about grace:-)

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PURPLELVR7 1/23/2012 7:38PM

    Glad to hear you are doing better - with God you can do this

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/23/2012 7:36PM

    BLESS your sweet heart! Thank you for sharing your story with us! And I agree, God is GOOD!!!! {{{{love and hugs}}}} Susan

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/23/2012 3:10PM

    Oh, I am so glad you got what you need to press on! SO glad! You are doing a wonderful job on your journey, and the Lord IS blessing you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thurs night, 12/22

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Praise the Lord! My (newly graduated) daughter got a job in her field (LPN)! Thank you, Lord!

Also, my (southern) dau and her family arrived safely yesterday for a week. DH and I took our granddaughter and grandson with us to the animal shelter today. I had my Grdau with me in the kitten room, and put her to work. She seemd to enjoy it.

Blessings on you all.

  
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JUDYAMK 12/27/2011 1:54PM

    Nursing is a great field, she will have work with 40 million of us baby boomers retiring in the next few years.Take care
Judy

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IUHRYTR 12/22/2011 11:18PM

    Double good news. emoticon -- Lou

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/22/2011 7:24PM

    emoticon amen!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 12/22/2011 7:10PM

    I am glad that your daughter got a job especially in this market. I have had on luck so far. Have a great Christmas with your family. Miss talking to you.

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12/20/11

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas. I won't be online as much the next seven days - my daughter and her family will be here for Christmas.

Be safe, be happy, and remember that Christmas is for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Nancyu

  
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DISGRUNTALGOAT 12/22/2011 3:58PM

    Merry Christmas and a Happy new year!! emoticon emoticon

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DISGRUNTALGOAT 12/22/2011 3:58PM

    Merry Christmas and a Happy new year!!
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/20/2011 10:37PM

    *hugs* to you and yours, Nancy! I'm the same! Family will and does come first! Merry Christmas, dear friend!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/20/2011 9:18PM

    Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your family, Nancy!
You'll be in my thoughts, prayers, well wishings, and blessings even when you're not "here"!

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SKINNY1DAY 12/20/2011 8:28PM

    Have a Merry Christmas! Enjoy the time with your family! See ya back on here again soon!

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IUHRYTR 12/20/2011 8:00PM

    It will be nice to have your family together. I miss the old days where ours did that. -- Lou

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Monday 12/19

Monday, December 19, 2011

My Wonderful Spark Friends,

I saw the ortho doc this morning, and have an MRI scheduled for tomorrow. Then I see him again for a consult about the MRI, but not until Jan - his 1st avail appt to see me again. THEN we'll schedule arthroscopic surgery, as my dr feels that that is called for. (The MRI is just to see what all is damaged).

Due to some stuff in my life, I won't be able to get surgery until early February - but at least I am confident that I can get it then. Meanwhile, my knee brace, cane and ice pack are my new (long-term) best friends. : )

While I wouldn't have chosen to have developed Bipolar Disorder or a torn meniscus, and especially at this time of year, at least God provides the medical help I need, and I am most grateful to Him. Re: the BD - I'm doing VERY WELL, thank you.

I'm so thankful God loves me so much that He sent His only begotten Son to come as a fully-divine/fully human man to take my punishment on the cross. God loves each one of you as much, too. The cliche is "Jesus is the reason for the season" but it is so true.

Have a Merry Christmas, everyone.

  
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IUHRYTR 12/19/2011 10:36PM

    Hoping better days are ahead for you. Stay positive. -- Lou

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/19/2011 10:06PM

    Nancy, I will always keep you in my thoughts, prayers and well wishings as you go through this process.
I'm glad to hear the BD is managed, that is a major accomplishment!
Have a very Merry Christmas and celebration of your beautiful faith!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/19/2011 3:47PM

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! I may not be on Spark as much with a houseful of family, so just know that I'm wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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