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staples out & real shower & shampoo today

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

progressing on time w/o complications.... I start home PT tomorrow.... emoticon

  
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CHARLOTTEL1 6/3/2010 8:37AM

    So glad things are coming along well! Thinking of you! emoticon

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KAT7457 6/2/2010 8:45PM

    isnt it great to have a real shower and shampoo in your own home.good luck on the PT.wish you well.Good Luck and dont over do it.take care hugs kat

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/2/2010 7:09AM

    Progress! So glad you are doing well ~ have a great day!

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MSWEEZER 6/2/2010 6:20AM

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MUSIC66 6/2/2010 1:17AM

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CYCLINGSANDY 6/1/2010 11:07PM

    Yeah for your healing! The shower had to feel awesome too! Continue to care for yourself as you totally heal.

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ELAINESHAFF 6/1/2010 11:04PM

    Glad things are progressing nicely.

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MARPET44 6/1/2010 10:37PM

    I bet this felt so good!!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/1/2010 10:16PM

    emoticon Don't you just love taking a shower and cleaning up? A sponge bath just doesn't cut it!

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I got spoiled in rehabbbb......

Monday, May 31, 2010

this morning my husband brought me breakfast in the living room. It hurts to sit up in a chair with my legs down very long..I get up and walk around a lot and try different positions. DH just brought me a second bag of ice for knee and I am back in bed, typing with one hand on my laptop....so this will be a short blog...thanks for all the notes and well wishes while I was gone. I MISSED MY SPARK FRIENDS!!!!!

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Happy Birthday to me...I am 64 today....

  
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MOLLYJ9 6/2/2010 8:54PM

    Happy birthday, have a great recovery, Every day gets a bit better.

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KAT7457 6/2/2010 8:42PM

    Happy belated Birthday Teddy, hope you had a great one. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CMRAND54 6/1/2010 9:02PM

    Happy Birthday. Take care of yourself.

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ELAINESHAFF 5/31/2010 11:11PM

    Happy Birthday, Teddy!!
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MUSIC66 5/31/2010 9:42PM

    happy birthday to you.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/31/2010 6:26PM

    Happy, happy birthday!

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MSLZZY 5/31/2010 4:05PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Take good care of that knee!

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DREAMWEAVER1637 5/31/2010 3:49PM

    Happy Birthday is in order. It sounds like you are starting to do well from your surgery. It's good that you were able to go to rehab. I didn't have that option on mine but my surgeon is very pleased with my progress. When I got home my BF brought me my meals to the couch so I didn't have to put my legs down. It was kinda nice while it lasted but I'm a better cook emoticon

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MS5835 5/31/2010 2:30PM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon

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REDHATLADY9 5/31/2010 12:55PM

    Happy b'day!

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Finally back home with internet service....

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I was in rehab from last Monday until today (Sunday) so it was only 6 days and I am home. I had only one complaint about the rehab facility....they didn't have wifi. So I have not Sparked since last Sunday or Monday.

My sense of time has been a bit altered by being under the influence of narcotics, so sometimes I forget which day what happened. It is getting better, though, I think.

I had enough phone calls while I was away from home. I will probably be catching up with my spark friends soon. I haven't even looked at my spark page yet.

I got home about noon today and had lunch and took a nap. It is now 4:00 p.m. and it is time to feed the cats.

I might return to the rehab place to volunteer playing the piano for the residents. I played for 20 minutes 3 times while I was there, and over exercised my right knee when using the pedal on the piano so have to hold off on piano playing for awhile until my muscles are stronger. I also cannot drive for about a month. Everyone except one resident (there's one in every crowd) liked my playing. The nurses especially showed appreciation. (I think they were weary of the Bing Crosby CD that was playing quite a bit while I was there.) I was surprised how well my hands held up to the exercise of playing the piano. My hand surgeon said it would be good exercise and would strengthen my hands (of course, if I didn't overdo).

I had a honey of roommate (Joan was 83 or so and was in very good spirits in spite of recooping from a broken hip with replacement). We got along well and were both early risers so never bothered the other one when we were sleeping or getting dressed for the day.

I had three lovely elderly women as my dining partners, Ingeborg, Elsie and Helen. They were very nice, though their memories were worse than mine but nothing I couldn't handle. Elsie told me four days in a row that yesterday she had a nice picnic (she really did go to a picnic but only once). The first morning at breakfast I wore my I Love Lutefisk shirt and they all thought it was a strange thing to wear and after that I wore more normal clothes.

The food was excellent and I must have eaten fish every day (which suits me just fine).

The care was excellent and it was quiet at night so most nights I got enough sleep. Sometimes I woke up every hour, but usually slept 2 to 3 hours at time which was pretty good for only being about 9 days out from surgery today. I probably will sleep even better in my own comfy bed in familiar surroundings.

Well, I'll be back tomorrow morning to blog and do some more catching up with my spark friends. **** I have missed you all.********* emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MUSIC66 5/31/2010 9:40PM

    great blog.

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SHARONSPARKLE 5/31/2010 9:12AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. I admire your positive attitude and it sounds like your recovery is moving along. It was very nice of you to play the piano and I'm sure they would appreciate you playing whenever you're up to it.

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BIGT_56 5/30/2010 11:31PM

    I was so glad to see your blog when I opened up Sparks tonight. Glad to see you are recovering well. Just remember to take it easy and do what the Doc tells you to do.
My husband was in rehab after his stroke, so I know how much that piano playing was appreciated by all the residents (and their visitors as well).
Have a good nights sleep in your own bed!

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JANE1216 5/30/2010 10:35PM

    There's no place like home ------ ahhhh!!!!

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ELAINESHAFF 5/30/2010 9:33PM

    So glad to hear you are back home. Take care and follow the doctor's advice.

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MS5835 5/30/2010 8:58PM

    So glad to hear that you're back at home already and doing well. It's so nice that you played the piano for the residents, I'm sure they appreciated it. Have a wonderful holiday and keep us posted on your progree

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/30/2010 8:25PM

    I am so glad you are home and on the mend! I bet they are really going to miss you and your piano playing.

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GIZMO-G 5/30/2010 7:23PM

    I checked earlier to see if you had posted and was so happy to see your post when I checked again. You have no idea how much your blogging has helped me emoticon I look forward to hearing more about your experience and I'm so glad you are home and doing well.

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MSLZZY 5/30/2010 5:45PM

    So glad you're back and healing! Have a wonderful day!

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MSWEEZER 5/30/2010 5:39PM

    Sounds like your recovery is coming along nicely. Glad to see you are home and gradually getting back to things. How nice of you to play the piano for them as well.

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LOOZINITNOW 5/30/2010 5:23PM

    Glad to hear you are back home and doing well. What a great thing...playing piano for the residents. I bet they really enjoyed that. emoticon

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the fog is lifting...

Monday, May 24, 2010

I noticed my blog this a.m. had a few errors regarding which day I was talking about.....My memory is getting better. Apparently the memory problem is due to anesthesia and narcotics (love those narcotics). I was having the severe pain and problems eating yesterday and today is better but the knee hurts quite a bit when I walk and do PT. Today I only bent the knee to 95 degrees but considering the pain I have that is considered good.

I have found which nursing facility I am going to (Friendship Village) which is a very nice place even nicer than the place I stayed at last year for my left knee.

I have plenty of people at my beck and call here and because I am considered a fall risk (I have fallen at home a few times in the past year) I have to get someone to help me up and down from bed every time I go to bathroom or want something out of reach from my bed.

I have a friend who is going to drive me from the hospital to the rehab facility. Otherwise transportation would probably be 50 to 100 dollars (it is only about 5 miles from here, so I am glad I have a friend who can do this for me). I will be there about 10 days.

My husband has called me a lot and sometimes I have to tell him I am too tired to talk or some other excuse as I really don't want to talk to anyone more than 5 to 10 minutes.

I am so glad my first choice of facilities was approved (it depends on availability).

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ELAINESHAFF 5/25/2010 11:38AM

    Good to hear that you are coming along nicely after your surgery. Keep up the progress.

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MUSIC66 5/25/2010 4:05AM

    thats good that you got you first choice of rehab.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/24/2010 3:03PM

    Glad you are getting the facility you requested!

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MSLZZY 5/24/2010 2:29PM

    Sounds pretty normal. What you want and what you get-two different stories. Glad today is better and that the facility you are going to was your preference. emoticon

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CATLADY52 5/24/2010 1:19PM

    It's good that you got your first choice. I hope the pain goes away pretty soon.

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Yesterday was not a good day...

Monday, May 24, 2010

The pain block in my leg was discontinued today and I had a lot of pain...also had upset stomach and oxygen saturations were lower than usual. I spent a lot of time in bed and getting up is painful. I hope today is a better day. PT went well and I got my knee to move to 100 degrees, but later in the day I had lots of pain... I am still not allowed to get out of bed by myself and if I forget the bed alarm will go off...I accidentally leaned off the bed once yesterday and I heard a loud beeping and thought it was a fire alarm....however, the nurse came running and I found out it was the bed alarm.

I am scheduled to transfer to rehab today. I still don't know which one I will be going to.

Yesterday between PT and feeling awful..I actually forgot to spark. I had perfect attendance going in May but spent a lot of time resting and/or sleeping. I was probably catching up on the sleep I missed the night before.

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LOOZINITNOW 5/24/2010 11:17AM

    Hope you have a better day today. emoticon

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MARPET44 5/24/2010 10:37AM

    Hi Teddy--hope today is better. You are doing great--my knee wouldn't get to over 100 for 9 weeks. emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/24/2010 10:03AM

    I am sorry you are in a lot of pain.
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I, too, am surprised you are blogging as much as you are! I am sure you were getting well deserved rest yesterday. Too bad SparkPeople won't take an 'absence note' from your surgeon!

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BZYBOYSMOM 5/24/2010 9:55AM

    Feel better my friend!

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MS5835 5/24/2010 9:50AM

    Hi Teddy,
I'm glad the surgery went well. Sorry you had a bad day yesterday, and I hope today is better for you. You're in my thoughts.

Keep us posted
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GIZMO-G 5/24/2010 9:45AM

    Hi Teddy,

I'm new to this team and scheduled for my first knee replacement on June 30. What an inspiration you are emoticon
I spent the weekend reading most of your blogs and feel like I have a road map to prepare for my surgery. I was amazed when I saw your blog the day after surgery. I hope each day continues your improvement and you are up walking with your new knee in no time emoticon
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CHARLOTTEL1 5/24/2010 9:12AM

    Hope you have a better day today and you get caught up on your rest. emoticon

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JOHNTJ1 5/24/2010 8:27AM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers and you are a real hero

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MSLZZY 5/24/2010 7:10AM

    Hope today is better! emoticon

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ELSEEBEE 5/24/2010 6:50AM

    Hope today is a much better day! It's always hard to recover from surgery, but keep focusing on how great it will be when your knee is healed and you'll be able to go back to your favorite activities.
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SASKATIA 5/24/2010 6:25AM

  Every bad day is motivation to make the next day better.

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MUSIC66 5/24/2010 6:19AM

    sorrry you had a bad day yesterday.

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MSWEEZER 5/24/2010 6:16AM

    Sorry about the bad day yesterday. Hopefully today you will see a bit of improvement and feeling better. Likely you'll have pain for a bit longer but once you're thru this, you'll feel much better.

Do keep us posted!!

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