TPETRIE's SparkPeople Blog TPETRIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Surgery a Success! Well it has been over 2 weeks since my knee replacement. I spent 1 night at the hospital and went home around noon time on the 14th. I have been to physical therapy 5 times so far and I have 6 more appointments. I am getting plenty of rest and certainly keep moving and stretching the knee. I ice it about 5 times a day and tying to stay motivated. I am on the mend. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 20:22:26 EST Knee surgery! Thank you everyone for the well wishes. You are great Spark Friends!! Fri, 3 Jun 2016 15:05:03 EST Knee surgery! I got a call today about my upcoming surgery. I am scheduled for June 13th. I'm not sure of the time yet but will find out on May 23rd. I am ready. Wed, 11 May 2016 19:17:23 EST Knee surgery! Well I saw my Doctor on Thursday and he did x rays. He found that my knee is way off to the side. He is going to give me a knee replacement. I see them on the 23rd for consulting. I will see my PCP on the 24th. She will let me know if I can go through the surgery. If all is ok I will find out when the surgery will take place. I will be taking some iron pills 4 weeks before. Wish me luck! Sat, 7 May 2016 19:52:50 EST My Sister! I am sorry to have to tell my Spark friends that my sister has passed. She died on March 9, 2016. Shae had down syndrome and she also had dementia. She was 62 years old. Her life expectancy was between the ages of 12-16. She is surely missed. I loved her dearly. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:39:23 EST A Great Day! Today has been a great day. I have eaten well and stayed within my calorie range. I have also exercised for 120 minutes. Tonight I am enjoying my grandsons. I couldn't ask for a better day. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 18:09:17 EST Walking Today I ate a healthy breakfast and I had a walk. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 20:42:57 EST Meat Pies Today I made meat pies for Christmas. I made 3 of them. We will have one Christmas Eve. The other two I will put in the freezer for another day. I now am cooking a meatloaf for dinner. Also baked potato and veggies. I made my daughter-in-law a cheesecake for her birthday. That is her favorite. Next week is my sons birthday and I will make him a Boston Cream pie. That is his favorite. have a great day everyone. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:31:43 EST A very busy day! Today was a very busy day. I brought my mom to visit my sister, helped my husband replace the controller on the furnace and played cribbage with my husband and my mom. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 20:56:02 EST My Sister!! Yesterday my family had to bring my sister to a new home. She is 62 years old and she is suffering with dementia. She has been such a joy to us. She has down syndrome and over the past 2 years slowly getting worse. She is not far away from us about 20 miles but it is awful not having her here. She was a vibrant person, she was witty, she could knit and she helped with housework. My Mom lives with me too and she is so upset all she can do is cry. My Mom will be able to go have lunch with her ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 06:46:26 EST Doing Much Better! Well I am out of my boot and I am increasing my exercise. I am so glad that I can physically walk now. I still need to rest but I have been spacing it out. When I relax I sit in the recliner and elevate my legs. There are days that my knee and foot still hurt but I am dealing with it. I will be better soon. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 18:08:33 EST A Good Day! I have had a good day today. I did some errands, went to the dentist office for a cleaning, cooked a nice dinner and just relaxed. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:01:50 EST Drs. Appointment today! Well I go back to see my Dr. today. He is back this week so I get to see him. Yeah! I always feel more comfortable when it is the Dr. I started with. I'll see what he has to say about wearing the boot for a couple of more weeks. Deep down I hope I can remove it. Well I will see, keeping my fingers crossed. Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:18:57 EST Doing Better! Well I am still wearing the boot. I make sure every time I get up the boot is on my foot. It is hot and heavy, but I really focus on putting it on my foot. I see my Dr. on Thurs. hopefully only a couple more weeks with this on. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Sun, 9 Aug 2015 09:20:54 EST Still Wearing the Boot! Well I went to my Drs. appointment today. He removed the stitches and put me back in the boot. One good thing is I can take the bandage and boot off to take a shower. Yeah!! On Sat. I will be able to go swimming ( actually I can tread water). I still need to be very careful for 4 more weeks. I go see my Dr. on the 18th of August. Well this is where I'm at. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:24:37 EST Dr. App't! I went to my Drs. app't today. I was there for over an hour. The nurse took off the bandages and cleaned around the incision. When the Dr. came in he re bandaged the foot and gave me a walking boot to wear for the next 10 days. I can take the boot off to go to bed. I had been told I could put light weight on my heel only. I guess I was too drugged to remember that. That is what I did for the first 6 days. Well I know now. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:33:56 EST Getting Around! I'm finally hobbling around the house. Today my hubby took me for a ride just to get out for a short time. It really felt good. Tomorrow I may venture to the post office to get my mail. I need to do this in the morning or I will get too tired. Well my day is about done and I'm going to bed. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:48:17 EST Recovering! I am now home and recuperating. I was able to exercise Thurs. because my surgery wasn't until 2:30, so I took advantage of the morning. Now I am lucky if I get up and sit for a while. Today is our family reunion but I don't know if I'm going. It is raining and I think I will just stay home. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:26:39 EST Surgery done! Well I had my surgery today. The screw wasn't put on moot.y knee, it was put in my foot. I am home now and in intense pain. I am in bed now with my foor elevated. Hopefully tomorrow I feel better. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:45:28 EST Surgery!! Well my surgery is scheduled for July 16th, I'll know what time the day before. I am a little nervous but I'll be ok. Just a little worried about recovery. I just say more prayers for God to watch over me. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:05:43 EST Surgery!! Went to see my foot Dr. the other day and I was given 3 options. 1) don't do anything just live with the pain 2) have a cast put on for 6 weeks, when that comes off no guarantee it will be fixed 3) surgery go in and put a screw in the knee. The choice was mine and I chose option 3. I will know in a couple of days when my surgery is. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:43:28 EST Having an Enjoyable Weekend! This weekend is time for me to enjoy space. I am visiting relatives and just relaxing. Much needed!!! Tomorrow off to babysit for my daughter. will have fun with my grandsons. Monday my youngest grandson is having minor surgery. Will be there for my son and daughter in law. Afterwards heading home. I probably will be tired but a fabulous time with all. Sat, 2 May 2015 14:14:30 EST Resting Today!! Today I am not doing so well. It is raining and my left leg is throbbing. It Is not just the knee, it is the ankle and the calf of my leg. I see my Dr. on Thurs. and I'm going to make an appointment with my other Dr. I need to have my knee replaced. It is not getting any better and that is what I need to do. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:42:56 EST An Energetic Day!! Today I started out by doing some walking. I watched the Mass this morning and I got motivated. I ate a healthy breakfast, cleaned the house and then went outside and raked for 30 minutes. I have also made my bed cooked a meal for my husband and now I'm going to take my dog for a walk. When I get back I am going to relax for the rest of the day. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 15:40:05 EST A Great Day! Today was a great day. My family was here and we enjoyed a wonderful Easter celebration. Great food and plenty of family time. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 20:22:17 EST A Good and Busy Weekend! I had a wonderful but busy weekend. Saturday I needed to go grocery shopping plus other errands. <BR> I also did some more painting. On Sunday I did my housework, more painting and plenty of exercise. Come 8PM I was doing my sparkpeople and I fell asleep. I woke up and went to bed. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:59:23 EST Snow Again!!! Today I needed to go outside and clear the vehicles and shovel the walkways and steps. The only good part of that was I got in some exercise! Well any way the sidewalks are clear and my husband did the snow blowing. Amen to that! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 13:33:22 EST Not Feeling Well!!! Yesterday was not a good day. I woke up sick. The next few hours I spent it in the bathroom. All I ate was a hard boiled egg, a sandwich thin with all fruit and a clementine. I ended up sleeping the whole day. I went to bed at 5:30. I didn't get up until 3AM. Made my husbands lunch and then went back to bed. I'm still not feeling well. Hopefully tomorrow I will feel better. Not much exercise today and none yesterday. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:49:16 EST Freezing Rain Yesterday!!! The morning started out ok. It was overcast and around 1:30 PM it started to rain. It certainly was freezing rain. My hubby needed to go to work, so he left about 2:45. A tractor trailer had jackknifed a few houses from where I live. He needed to ride the snow banks to get to work. He also called 911 to report the trailer truck. Later on they closed our road so they could get the truck back on the road. There were cars and trucks off the road for miles. Around 7:30 PM we lost power. I figu... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:40:11 EST A Good Snowy Day!! Well we had plenty of snow. We got about 8 inches. Then freezing rain. I went outside and shoveled the decks and the sidewalk. I then cleared off 3 vehicles. I came back inside and watched the mass on TV. I then cooked a big breakfast. I have also made a nice chicken soup for dinner. I have also done some strengthening by doing bicep curls. I think I am done for now. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:38:34 EST Merry Christmas to All!!! Just a quick note to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Hope your day is full of love laughter and happiness. Also filled with your loved ones. I know mine will be. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:38:30 EST A Busy Day! Today I finally went and got my hair cut. It was getting really long. I also went to the grocery store, the bank and the post office to mail letters. I came home and got to watch my grandson. He is so much fun. I got dinner and then did the dishes. I am going to bed soon. I am really tired. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:12:25 EST Feeling Under The Weather! I have not been feeling well this week. I have such a bad cold and chills. I haven't been out of the house for the past 3 days. All I do is cough. Today I slept for half the day. I am starting to feel a little bit better. Have'nt done too much exercise either. Hope I am feeling better tomorrow. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:32:05 EST A Very Busy Day!! Today has been very busy. I finished my meat pies, cleaned the kitchen, made my bed and wrapped gifts. I also worked the BINGO today. I then got dinner and visited with my son and his son. I've walked over 6000 steps today. I am tired now and I'm going to bed. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:02:09 EST Snow Again!! Well I woke up to snow again. About 3 inches have dropped and now freezing rain. A good day to stay inside. I am making pj bottoms for my daughters family so I will be busy doing that. Also I think I will make my meat pies today. A good day for these projects. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:51:12 EST A Busy Week! Well my day on Friday didn't start out too well. I was cleaning off my car and I hit a chunk of ice and fell. I ended up hurting the left side. Knee and ankle. I still had things i needed to do so I continued hobbling around. That afternoon I elevated my leg for quite some time. I continued to elevate it for a couple of days.It is better now the swelling is gone. I also went to my daughters on Sunday and shopping on Monday. Today I am going to relax. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:50:15 EST A Very Busy Day!!! Today I was very busy. First I made a few pies. Took my shower and then needed to go to Hannaford because I forgot a few things for tomorrow. When I got home I needed to watch my grandson. While he was sleeping I made a cheese cake. I also was not feeling so well so I needed to rest. I have cleaned the kitchen and done other housework. Now I am going to bed. Happy Thanksgiving to all my spark friends. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:51:20 EST Snow!!! Well we have had our first snowstorm. We got about 2 inches of wet wet snow. The good thing is the roads are clear and so are the sidewalks. No cancelations either. This is the first of many to come. I'm not looking forward for this winter. Oh well that is what Maine is all about. Have a great day everyone. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:02:22 EST A Busy and Hectic Monday! Yesterday was a very busy and hectic day. At 8 am I needed to take my sister (who has down syndrome) to have her toenails trimmed. This can be very stressful if I was to let it, but I've learned how to deal with it. After that was finished I got my mail and came home. I ate a good breakfast did some exercise and cleaned the house. At 12:30 I brought my husband to the hospital to have some moles removed. he needed to be there by 1pm. Their computers were down so we never left until after 5 pm... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 09:23:45 EST A Very Good Day! Today was a very good but busy day. I went shopping, ate well and went for a walk. I also got to relax for awhile. It was a very happy and productive day. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:27:21 EST Not Feeling Well!! I have developed such a terrible cold. All I have done for the past couple of days is sneeze and blowing. I have been taking Nyquil day tablets and tonight I will take the night time ones. Hopefully I'm better tomorrow. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:43:54 EST Dancing!!!! What a better way to exercise, dancing to Fleetwood Mac today. They are on the today show and every time they do a song I get up and dance to it. It is so refreshing! Good thing ther are not on all day! I love it!! Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:17:23 EST Another Busy Weekend! Another fun filled weekend. I met my daughter and her 2 son's and then ventured out to Yarmouth for my granddaughter's field hockey game. After that game we headed to Wells to watch my grandson's football game. We then went to lunch and celebrated my granddaughter's 14th birthday. It was such a terrific day. The weather was beautiful and everyone enjoyed it. Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:06:29 EST Another Fun Day!! This morning my husband and I headed to Wells to watch our granddaughter play field hockey. They won!! I also got to see her brother, my son and daughter in law. My daughter ,her husband and 2 more of my grandson's were there. My brother in law his wife, daughter and her 2 girls were there also. We then went to Cabelas and my other son, daughter in law and grandson met us there. It was such a beautiful day, I saw my entire family plus other relatives. I could'nt have asked for a better day. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:02:08 EST A Fun Day!! Yesterday I had a great day. I went to Freeport with my daughter. We went s, I bought a few things for my grandchildren. Went thru the drive thru at McD's I had a salad. I had fun with my 4 mos. old grandson then we brought him for his shots. we then went and picked up my other grandson. I visited with them for awhile and then drove home. It was so nice to spend time with my daughter and her 2 boys. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:23:41 EST A Great Weekend! I have had a wonderful weekend. I was busy but enjoyed it. I had my grandson from 1pm to a little after midnight. He is so much fun. Both my husband and I took care of him. On Sunday I rested for a while. Made the bed had breakfast showered and then went to work the Bingo I volunteer for. Afterwards my girlfriend and I went for a nice walk. It was so refreshing. I went to the grocery store then home and got my dinner in the oven. It was so good. Cleaned up after dinner and got to relax for th... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:23:23 EST No Bread for a Week! Well I have decided that I can't eat any bread or pastries for at least a week. I am breaking out with a rash of water blisters. This happened years ago and I had an allergy to gluten. I had learned to control it with a diet, but I have been eating too much bread and pastry. I now need to lay off the gluten for a while. It will take about a week to clear and then I will need to control it again. I know I can do this, I have controlled it for nearly 20 years and this is just a setback. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:30:37 EST A Beautiful Day! Today is such a beautiful day. I have the windows open and fresh air just pouring in. I am watching my grandson today. It is so much fun having a little one around. He is such a happy baby. sister-in-law and her grandson also today. Family is so special. I just love it. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:36:32 EST A Very Busy Day! Today has been extremely busy. I had friends over for lunch today. I made a bisquick chicken pie and cut up fruit. I also cleaned my house. At 9:20 I needed to bring my sister to the drs. After her appointment I came back home and finished gettting things ready for lunch. After lunch I cleaned up the kitchen. I then took a much needed break. later I needed to register my car, get the mail and go to the bank. we had dinner and afterwards went for a walk. I am now really tired and I'm going to ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:23:42 EST A Good Day! I am having a very good day today. I went to my sister's (she has down syndrome) fashion show. It is such an enjoyable time. The clients and staff select their outfits from the what-not-shop. Then 2or 3 clients and a staff member get to model their clothes. they parade down an aisle to the music they select. Smiles, smiles and more smiles. Everyone enjoys this so very much. It is so rewarding. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:59:25 EST