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Saturday, 1/5 Recovery Day 19--Answers

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Hi all,

My appointments went well today. The big one, of course, with my ortho, was the telling information. I am happy to report that my hip is fine--the x-rays showed the apparatus is totally in alignment. That was the happiest photo I ever saw.

The big pain and issue is this gigantic lump which is right under my incision. My doc removed the dressing and the single stitch that was in it. (He uses surgical glue and butterflies to repair large incisions--they heal almost invisibly and totally strong.) He believes I have a large hematoma behind there and he was worried that the coumadin (the blood thinner) that I have been on has been adding to this thing, so he took me off of it entirely. He said it is time for me to be gentle with my leg and rest it frequently, applying ice as I have been. He also had no part of letting me go back to work at all before I see him again on February 4--the same with the pool. emoticon I am going to go to the conference on Monday and try and get away with my presentations anyway. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work.

I am not a good patient. I don't know how to sit around and do little to nothing. I don't know how to ask for help all of the time, especially every time I drop something because I am not allowed to pick anything up off of the floor. I'm often awake at night when everyone is sleeping which is another issue, I cannot wake people up to do things for me, so I sit in some situation and am unable to do anything. It makes me a bit crazy.

All of that being said, I am going to get ready to do my presentation on writing poetry with young children for Monday. I sent an email to the folks in my building asking for test scores so I could make new reading groups--and I can do that here at home. (Some of the children have made great progress and either need to be discharged from my program or moved to another group. Others have not made such strong progress and either need extra service or they need to be moved to a different group. There is no sub who can do this work for me. However, in order to be able to do this work, I need up to date data on each of the children involved which includes all 6 classes of 1st and 2nd graders and all of the 3rd and 4th graders who are at risk. Getting these scores from the classroom teachers is often a big problem for me--it happened with my progress reports again and they weren't turned in until late Thursday afternoon to the teacher who offered to help me out.) It generally takes me two days to make all of this transition, so I hope that I can do this my way. Other wise, I have made plans for the children, in their groups as they were already established. It isn't right for the kids, but it can be done that way. I already know enough about how they are changing and I don't want to waste an important month of their education because it is convenient for adults.

Anyway, I am not a good patient and I am frustrated. I am doing okay and as soon as this hematoma that is bigger than my wrist and lower arm goes away, I will be doing better. My aches and bruises will heal in their own good time and my hip will be as good as possible. My doctor does amazing work!! I am so fortunate that my pig-headed behavior didn't cause me any grief. I think I have a good plan that protects me from doing harm to me while helping me to maintain the best level of professional care for my students possible during my absence.

Any thoughts on all of this? Help me to celebrate my good news too, you have all done a good job of looking after me so far and I appreciate you dearly.

Gentle hugs,
Sylvia

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_LINDA 1/6/2013 12:29AM

    Sylvia!!! That fall should have been a warning to you, big time!! Take no more chances!! You really can't risk it!! No work means no work!! Sorry about the pool, but with that hematoma you couldn't go in anyway :(( You were very, very lucky this time! Why don't you have a reacher to use to pick up anything off the floor?? I actually got around it by simply bending the knee of my operated hip and doing a one legged squat to get things, but of course, you have to have very good balance and be in shape to do it. But I always made sure to hold onto something solid first. But a reacher does work for most things.
Please take care of yourself
{{{gentle hugs}}}
Linda

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DETERMINEDJANET 1/5/2013 2:48PM

    So thankful everything was okay with the hip! How long did he think it would take for this hematoma to go down?

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WALKZWDOGZ 1/5/2013 4:00AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Well, that is a lot of good news finally!

But...but! (nag mode kicking in) You need to take care of you! You'd take care of kids, family, & the Bassets & not let them do too much too soon, right? Do the same for you. You do not need to mess with clotting issues. Rest. Follow drs. orders. Breathe!

If you were a Basset, I'd put you on imposed crate rest. emoticon

For picking things up, have you tried one of those grabber gadgets? My aunt has one that I think she got at Ross's. It lets her get things off shelves or the floor, even from her wheel chair.

Keeping paws crossed here! emoticon

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