AQUAGIRL08's SparkPeople Blog AQUAGIRL08's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community So Much To Do! May 27 seems like a long way away. I've discovered that I have so much to do to get ready before my surgery. I started by making some telephone calls yesterday. I changed some appointments around. This morning, I discovered more appointments that need to be changed. Hopefully I will be able to cram it all into the next four weeks. Deep breaths, deep breaths, deep breaths! Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:41:32 EST Finally, A Date For My Second Hip Replacement Today, the surgery coordinator in my orthopedist's office called with a date for my second hip surgery. The date is May 27th. As before, I will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days and go to a rehabilitative hospital for a week or two. Then, I will come home and begin an at home physical therapy program. After about 3-4 weeks of home therapy, I will begin out patient therapy. Out patient therapy usually lasts 5 to 6 weeks. After I finish out patient therapy, I will have a home therapy progr... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:47:27 EST Vision Vastly Improved! Although it's still healing, my check up with the eye surgeon shows huge improvements. As far as the tech could tell, my eye is currently at 20/30 vision. That's a far cry from 20/475. My vision is still real blurry but all the colors are sooooo much brighter. As it heals, my vision will get better yet. Now when I compare the colors with my right eye to my left eye, the right eye sees white as white and the left one sees it as off white - almost beige. That is due to the cataracts in th... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:29:45 EST Cataract Surgery Went Well So Far I had my cataract surgery early this morning. The doctor said it went well. He will check my healing progress tomorrow morning. My right pupil is super dilated and very light sensitive. This will decrease by this evening (I hope!) It is strange having only one lens in my glasses. I feel lopsided! I am putting two sets of drops in my eye four times a day, five minutes apart. They sting like crazy but not as badly as the drops that they put in my eye before surgery. Surgery was weird. ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:57:07 EST Progress On Tasks, Etc., Etc. Razzle had a fairly good weekend. I played compound pharmacology and turned one of her pill medications into a liquid medication. (It only comes in pill form unless you pay a compound pharmacy to make it for you.) Don't worry, the vet told me how to do it and provided me with the one mL syringes to use to squirt the liquid into her mouth. I melted the pill in a very small amount of water. Then I added some honey to it and stirred it until it was well mixed. I put it into the syringe an... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:37:54 EST Razzle Is Home And Other Updates! We enjoyed having a delightful breakfast with Spark friend Slenderella61 yesterday morning. Both hubby and I were feeling better after a nasty bout with the stomach flu. She also had it again so it must be making the rounds again. The visit was the highlight of my week! We would have talked longer but hubby had some chores to do so off we went. <BR> <BR> We ran some additional errands and then took Missile and Zeus to the vet for some blood work. After I paid for everything (I could hav... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:10:01 EST Fierce Doggie Mom Takes On Animal Control Since I got little if any satisfaction from my two phone calls to animal control this morning, I decided to take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and I drove 16 miles to speak to a supervisor. I was armed with documentation. I took as many vet bills as I could find along with our original paperwork from Zeus' adoption. This included his information intake when they found him abandoned in a field, his medical history from animal control's vet, his neutering surgery and record of medicati... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:13:15 EST Hospitalizing Razzle I am so upset today. I took one of our fur babies, Razzle, in for another vet appointment this morning. Her white blood count has dropped from 53,000 to 32,000 but it is still twice what it should be. Since this has dragged on for three weeks now, after I speaking to her regular vet this morning, I decided to hospitalize her. Hopefully, more intense treatment will bring her levels closer to normal. I also requested that the vet do a blood panel on Missile and Zeus this Friday. This is a ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:44:45 EST Not The Way To Lose 5 Pounds! I am really feeling tired, with a headache this morning. I took a shower and just let the water run over my head. It helped. I decided to hop on the scale and, yup, I am down 5 pounds since I weighed myself Sunday morning. The weight loss is fluid loss and not the way to lose weight. So, I will drink lots of fluids today and rest. Maybe I will try to eat a piece of toast later. Everything I consider, makes me feel blah just thinking about it. I did manage to keep down some crackers (uns... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:21:52 EST Stomach Virus I got hubby's stomach virus. Nothing like sharing it with those you love. All I am having today is Gatorade. I may try real food tomorrow or the next day. This virus is particularly nasty. Both my stomach and lower intestines hurt. Oh well, tomorrow is another day! Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:23:13 EST Improvement For Both Razzle And Hubby! Yesterday I went non stop from 9am to about 7:30pm. First, I was involved with the dogs and trying to feed them take them out and dose them with their various medications. All the while, I was on the phone with our family doctor because hubby was violently ill all night. Finally the nurse at the doctor's office said that the doctor called in a prescription for him. Great! I would be in the area near our pharmacy later in the afternoon so I could pick it up. <BR> <BR> Next I picked up my... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:37:24 EST More Aggressive Treatment For Our Fur Baby I was a polite but ferocious doggie mommy this afternoon. The vet finally is being more aggressive with Razzle's treatment. The poor dog has been utterly miserable. I already have a re-check appointment for this Friday. She has been sick for way too long. The other two dogs are running and playing, so they are much better. If Razzle isn't better by Friday, the vet will need to do some blood work. She started on a steroid and is taking a new antibiotic. (For the next two days, she wil... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:34:58 EST Taking Control Of My Environment My side of the bedroom was horribly cluttered. I could make lots of excuses for it or I could forget the reason why and just take control of my environment. Now, the junk is cleaned out, the clothing re-hung and the space reclaimed. It feels great! I tend to be a fairly neat person so when things pile up, I find that it bothers me and kind of hangs over my head. It is very liberating to organize my environment, especially when I have lots of other things going on. So today I am liberated!... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:00:34 EST Some Improvement - Fingers Crossed Hubby and I slept better last night with only three interruptions. I am able to see daily sleep and activity with my FitBit. It blows my mind when I look at the sync with my iPad and FitBit and I can see exactly what time I get up and for how long. I can also see when I am the most active during my day. <em>224</em> So far today, I have over 6,800 steps. I still need to do my at home physical therapy exercises. That will put my step total up by quite a bit. <BR> <BR> Because of my inte... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:43:32 EST Poor Sick Pups We were up at 3am with our poor, sick pups again. Razzle is so stuffy that she is blowing bubbles out of her nose. I feel so sorry for the sweet baby. I sat and rocked her in my lap last night. Eventually, she fell asleep on top of me. I fell asleep from shear exhaustion. The other two dogs are feeling better but are still clingy and slept next to hubby. Normally, all the dogs sleep in the kitchen but since Razzle has been so sick, she whines all night if she is in the kitchen. If Razzle ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:51:03 EST Physical Therapy And A Too Packed Schedule Yesterday, I decided that I have made just about all of the progress I can make in physical therapy without having had my second hip done. My therapist agreed and now I am finished with PT at the therapist's office. I do still need to do my home program, which shouldn't be an issue. I am noticing some decline with my right hip, which is to be expected. What I would like to do is get through my cataract surgery and recovery before having the right hip done. In between all of that, I need ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 13:34:55 EST I Am Pround Of My Goal Achievement Today Hubby slept out on the couch last night so that I could finally get some sleep. Our new puppy either has to sleep next to you or sleep with the light on. Hubby kept the light on until 4am so that little Zeus could sleep in his crate. After 4am, he took the puppy outside and then slept with Zeus on his lap. I was so tired that I hardly moved and woke up stiff as a board. I decided that I was going to make a list of things to do today and see if I could finish everything on the list. <BR> ... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 17:51:10 EST All My Pictures Didn't Post Yesterday I tried to post picture of all three dogs yesterday but only the picture of the puppy posted. So, I will try to post pictures of our older two female dogs. They both turned 3 on February 28th. <BR> <BR> Here is Razzle. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is Missile. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is Zeus tormenting his ... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:06:51 EST Yesterday's Goals And Today's Goals.... Well, I can say that yesterday's goals were pretty much a wash. I am not even disappointed in myself because of the reason. On Saturday, hubby and I went to run a few errands and decided to stop for breakfast along the way. When he dropped off a box at the UPS store he glanced over at the display outside the pet store. The County Sheriff's Department had a table and three cages with dogs to adopt. Hubby was stricken by the appearance of a tiny little, white male puppy. He looked exactly ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:27:46 EST Goals Met From Yesterday I am going to post how well I did meeting my "What about me?" goals from yesterday. I am hoping that it will make me accountable for meeting the goals. <BR> <BR> 1. Call the eye doctor's office for information about cataract surgery. Done! <BR> The eye doctor's surgery coordinator spoke to me. She explained everything - step by step. I asked questions and she gave me detailed answers. The surgery is done at a surgery center. The whole expected time period at the surgery center... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:53:15 EST Just Add It To The Pile Or...... I went and had my MRI on my cervical spine yesterday. Part of my left hand and several fingers have been numb since the 18h of December. Since the hip was the most pressing issue, the decision was made, by my team of doctors and me, to take care of the hip first. I finally was cleared to have an MRI about two weeks ago. I got up at 5am, got ready and drove the 50 miles to my neurosurgeon's office for my test. I usually don't drive at night or in this case very dark morning. I have cata... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 08:34:34 EST So What About Me? For the last several weeks I have focused my attention upon the death of my nephew. That brought a great deal of pain to everyone in our family so it was understandable. Before that my focus was on my surgeries and recovery etc. which is also understandable. However I find myself so overwhelmed with my current and future surgeries that my whole journey toward health, including physical, mental and spiritual health gets lost in the mix of information and details. <BR> <BR> I remember going... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:13:17 EST Short And Sweet My sister got to Maryland just fine. I called her this morning. She told me that I made the right decision to bypass traveling on the train with all of my hip issues. I feel relieved. Whether she knows it or not, she gave me a huge gift just by telling me that. I am no longer conflicted, although I wish I could be there for the funeral. <BR> <BR> I slept well last night for the first time in over a week. Consequently, my physical therapy session was awesome! My balance has greatly improv... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:04:48 EST Mixed Emotions Today In a short time, I will pick up my sister to take her to the train. I suggested that we have breakfast before I drop her off since she hasn't been eating either. It will also force me to eat something healthy. <BR> <BR> I have mixed feelings as I go into this. I know she is devastated and needs to talk. I won't be able to make the trip with her because of my hip. I was tempted to go despite my issues but realized that I would be without a place to stay and the train ride is nineteen hou... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:55:26 EST Good Physical Therapy Session Today Hubby and I both felt blah this morning. I have had problems kicking this respiratory infection from two weeks ago. I think hubby is fighting it too. I have also been upset over the death of my sister's oldest son. Throw into the mix, my recovery from a hip replacement and voila, the Bermuda Triangle! <BR> <BR> I dragged hubby out and made him eat a good breakfast. I had an egg white/veggie omlet, so I ate well too. We ran several errands and returned home. Later, I got ready to leave... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:00:45 EST Tired And Not Hungry Today... I had my blood work done this morning. Since the order was supposed to be placed at just about the same time as my hip replacement, the only thing that came up was the CBC. I had to call my doctor's office and request that the order be sent. When they sent the order, it didn't have my thyroid tests on it. This required them to catch the doctor between patients. Eventually, all of the normal tests were ordered. Since I had consumed 35 ounces of water, by the time I was called back I was do... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:21:58 EST Okay, I'm Finished With My Binge I had such a good plan in place and then, boom! It's like life blew up in my face. I went on a binge last night and this morning. I'm finished now and back on track. I know exactly what caused it and I have taken care of my situation. It has been a long time since I have let myself binge. What is interesting, is that all of the sudden, I am back in control. Whew! I feel like I have walked through the maelstrom and made it through to the other side. <BR> <BR> I am back on plan. No s... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 17:38:48 EST So What Do You,Do.... We are going through a very tough time right now. I am facing three more major surgeries, my sister's (DWKINSEY ) oldest son died suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday night, my sister is in poor health and hubby just told me that he has extreme abdominal pains today. So what do you do when life just keeps piling thing on and there is no end in sight? I don't think there is just one right answer to that. Looking at the list is overwhelming and very depressing. <BR> <BR> The only way I ca... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:37:13 EST We Had A Death In Our Family Today, I found out that a family member had passed away last night. I am filled with sadness and feel devastated. So I imagine I may be slightly MIA for a few days as arrangements are made and our family grieves. We are waiting for the results of an autopsy, because he was only 41 years old. I am sure our family has many, many questions about what happened. I hope,the answers will be forthcoming. <BR> <BR> I keep thinking about all the good times and feel such a sense a loss. This afterno... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:24:23 EST Increasing My Steps And Awaiting Some Answers My walking conversion for steps yesterday was shocking! My Fitbit has a feature where if you are walking pushing a basket (the tracker won't track when you push a cart) you can manually add the amount of time you spent walking. I greatly under estimated it, tracking only the time spent pushing a basket, and my total number steps for yesterday was 7,562 steps! So far today, it is 5,752 steps! Yesterday's total was for all steps. Today's total is mainly (so far) for steps done when I was out... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 16:10:16 EST Tired But Happy For the first time in 17 months, I pushed a regular cart around Walmart and Publix today! I probably overdid it but I am resting now. I feel tired but happy. I was also able to do my new PT exercises this morning. Two of them used ankle weights of a bit over two pounds each. I may be stiff as a board tomorrow but for the first time in these many months, I feel alive and semi functional. Big non scale victory. Now I look forward to the day when my disease will be stopped by a second hip... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 19:20:27 EST An Active Day! I woke up this morning stiff as a board. My shower helped a lot. The pollen count is very high today so asthma medication was adjusted accordingly. I was ready to walk in an attempt to combat my stiffness. Hubby and I did one block and then I rested. <BR> <BR> After resting, we decided to go to the Bloom'n Arts Festival in our town. We got in the car and dropped off several packages that needed to be mailed. Then, we hunted for a parking space. The whole downtown area was cordoned off so ... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 13:45:14 EST New Physical Therapy I have been tired and dragging over the past week - especially the past 4-5 days. I haven't been blogging because I just felt so exhausted. Yesterday, after a huge coughing fit, I called the doctor. He told me to come into the office. It appears that I've been sick for the last ten days or so with a fever of 100 degrees. So it isn't because I am so out of shape that I have been breathing heavily. It is a combination of pollen and infection sending my asthma into overdrive. Good to know. ... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 16:48:27 EST Busy Day I drove myself around to appointments today. It felt great! My last appointment, today, was to have my hair done. It has been ten weeks since my last haircut. While I was laid up, I trimmed my bangs myself and cut the bottom of the hair in the back. Hubby evened it out after my initial cutting job. I guess I got sick of looking like Bozo the Clown. LOL The stylist and I discussed possible style changes just in case I get stuck and have to have my other hip done unexpectedly. We decided t... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:07:05 EST Graduating To Outpatient Physical Therapy I have one more home therapy session this week, then I start outpatient physical therapy. I am supposed to have therapy twice a week for six weeks. The trick will be to get through the therapy without hurting my other hip or my spine. I am praying that I can do this successfully. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 14:40:17 EST I Drove Yesterday! We had tremendous thunderstorms yesterday and in some areas, tornados. I did my workout indoors because of all the rain. Hubby and I ventured out, ate breakfast and went to the local pharmacy to drop off a couple prescriptions. I used the store as a place to walk around because it was dry. <BR> <BR> Later in the day, we needed to go and pick up the prescriptions. The rain had stopped and the roads were dried out. I drove to the,pharmacy, walked in the store and,drove back home. It was e... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 11:41:52 EST Tuesday Today I woke up ready to try driving. Hubby had a doctor's appointment and I told him that I would go along with him. For some reason, hubby wanted to drive so I just enjoyed the ride. When we got to the doctor's office the doctor was at the hospital with several emergencies. His staff called us just as we drove up to the building and said he would be late by at least and hour or two. We opted to reschedule due to another appointment later in the morning. <BR> <BR> We decided to get some ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:54:31 EST Progress Is A Mixed Bag Yesterday, I walked 4,725 steps. For the average person, that isn't a huge amount of steps. For someone who is disabled and recovering, it is a huge number of steps. My physical therapist had a mixed reaction when I told him about my step total for yesterday. He told me that it is great progress for someone recovering from hip replacement surgery! The other side of the coin is pain in the other hip. That doesn't sound too bad unless you have avascular necrosis in the other hip like I do.... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:48:06 EST Walking, Walking And Walking My physical therapist told me that walking is the best type of therapy for me right now. Yesterday, hubby and I walked around the Sy-Fy event in our town. We walked very slowly and I rested frequently. We stopped to visit with several friends along the way. It was a fun way to spend a sunny, beautiful Saturday. I was very tired when we got home. If fact, the activity totally wiped me out. <BR> <BR> This morning when I woke up, I was so stiff that I could hardly move. I felt queasy from... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 10:21:44 EST Progress One Step At A Time! I had home physical therapy at 8am this morning. Instead of doing strength training, we worked on taking steps side to side and front to back while maintaining balance. I did a fairly good job as long as I stayed with a slower pace. The big news is, that I shocked the therapist by walking around without a cane or anything else! He asked me if I have been doing some walking on my own like this. I replied honestly that I sometimes forget the cane and walk without it. He was impressed! The ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 18:00:01 EST Finally Feeling A Bit Better It has taken four days for my left hip to feel better since I stressed it last Saturday. This morning, I was able to slow down my pace and walk to the corner and back without much pain in my opposite hip. Yay! I was also able to do all of my exercises this morning along with my walk. I did them with good form and I breathed with the effort. I have been making such good progress that I was released by occupational therapy yesterday. At home physical therapy will continue for about two more... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:54:40 EST My 5 Week Post Op Check Up I started my day with my physical therapist at 8am. I was able to walk all the way to the corner this morning! He laughed when I told him how I accidentally irritated my incision on Saturday morning. He asked me if I learned anything from my experience. Of course I had! I learned not to bend over to look for something in the clothes dryer after having a hip replacement. He assured me that it happens, usually only once, to most patients who have a hip replaced. It has taken me two days to ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 16:18:41 EST Extend A Healing Hand Yesterday, I was in so much pain that I felt sick to my stomach. I was laying on the bed, watching television, trying to distract myself until my pain medicine kicked in. Tears were leaking out of my eyes. Hubby came in and asked me if I was okay. He flopped down on the bed beside me. I told him how I was feeling and asked him if he would please hold my hand, which he did. I felt so much better almost instantly. My hand was so cold and his were warm. I was amazed at how healing just the... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 16:19:17 EST Valentines Day A Time To Be Thankful For Love Somehow, many of our holidays have ceased to focus on the meaning of the holiday and have become more focused on commercialism and "things" instead. Tomorrow is Valentines Day. I hope that I focus with an attitude of gratitude for those who I love and who love me. <BR> <BR> Thank you Spark People for providing this free health and fitness site. Thank you to all of my Spark friends. You have supported me, listened to me whine and shared my victories. To me, that is priceless and I am bl... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:29:12 EST Backing Off Exercise Today I woke up stiff as a board this morning. I took a warm shower which did nothing. I took pain medication which just barely took the edge off. My asthma is acting up because the heat came on last night and because I am so out of shape due to illness. <BR> <BR> The therapist came early and he could see that I was moving very gingerly. I did the first half of my exercises and he suggested that I stop doing the exercises and go for a walk outdoors. I was all for that! The good part was that ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:50:55 EST Progress To Report! Over the past few days, I have worked hard on my therapy tasks and exercises. I am paying closer attention to safety, breathing while exercising, pacing, form and posture. There are so many things to concentrate on, that I can get overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> I made a chart for my exercises so I can keep track of what I am supposed to do, how often I do it and the number of repetitions. I do it for practical reasons. My therapists are impressed at how seriously I take the rehabilitative pro... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:23:50 EST Better Today Fingers Crossed I felt better today when I got up. I didn't have as much nausea from pain and stiffness. I slept better too. I am down to two pain pills per day but would prefer to not take any. I dislike the way I feel when I take them but like the pain control. I think time will take care of it. I am hoping that my inflammation in the incision will tone down and take the pain with it. <BR> <BR> I have occupational therapy this afternoon. I am not sure what to expect. Hopefully she will bring a devic... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:56:40 EST My PT Made Changes To My Exercises I had a bunch of questions for my PT when he arrived this morning. (Last week another therapist saw me while my therapist was away on vacation.) The calf raises I have been doing started giving me cramps in my toes. We changed them from standing to sitting, with a rocking movement back on my heels to the balls of my feet. We will see if that helps. I also asked him about holding for a count of 5 for two other exercises. For the bridges, it was way too advanced and for the bent leg lift, w... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:06:52 EST Improvement With Physical Therapy Changes Yesterday, I switched around my therapy exercises and adjusted the number of repetitions. Although I was stiff and sore this morning, a little activity took care of the discomfort. I completed my first set of exercises without issues. <BR> <BR> Hubby convinced me to go for a car ride after a short rest following my PT exercises. I was surprised at how much easier it was for me to get into the car! This is a huge deal! Last week, when hubby picked me up from the rehab hospital, we had to m... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 18:18:43 EST Thanks Spark Guy For The Suggestion! First of all, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone you read my blog yesterday and supported me. You have no idea how much all of the encouragement and words of comfort mean to me. You truly touched my heart. <BR> <BR> I thought about what Chris, "Spark Guy" Downie says about just trying for ten minutes of exercise and about breaking up your exercise into smaller chunks and spreading it out over your day. So, today, I ran a little experiment. What if I reduced the number of repetitions of all 12 of m... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:53:18 EST