Thursday, November 12, 2015
Lost in the woods...
She's been lost in the labyrinthe of her crazy cockamamie world... lol But she's still the queen of Quite A Lot.
I finally had the knee replacement surgery, for one thing. I will be having the other one done too within the next 6 months sometime. Depends on the other stuff going on. I had some issues with blood clots from the surgery, and am taking Coumadin and trying to find the right dosage to get things leveled out and the numbers of the PT/INR where they are supposed to be.
[The prothrombin time (PT) is used, often along with a partial thromboplastin time (PTT), to help diagnose the cause of unexplained bleeding or inappropriate blood clots. The international normalized ratio (INR) is a calculation based on results of a PT and is used to monitor individuals who are being treated with the blood-thinning medication (anticoagulant) warfarin (Coumadin®).]
It seems I vacillate between clot city and hemophilia. lol I had a pulmonary embolism while at the hospital. It was a small clot in my lung (never life threatening) and was addressed immediately. I spent a week at the most amazing hospital ...4 days longer than I was supposed to. The knee replacement itself went exceptionally well and I am now at 6 weeks post-op and am walking without even a cane. The relief and lack of knee pain is so amazing I am begging them to hurry and do the other. lol
This is a pretty brutal surgery. They cut the femur bone in 2 places (above and below the knee), manipulate the muscles and tendons and out with the old and in with new. The pain from the surgery is pretty bad,--who knew cutting your bones in half would hurt so much ?? Those ladies at the circus make it look so easy when they are sawed in half...
Anyway I had home health for a few weeks because it was just too hard to get rides and to appts (exhausting) because I live out here on Honeysuckle Hill. I have to have that blood monitoring done weekly, so it was easier for them to come here and the physical therapist too. But now I am driving again and back in life. Have a few weeks of outpatient PT and then I'm finished with that. Very happy to have finally taken care of this...like everyone said I would be.
I have stopped writing everything for a while here. No blogging, no magazine stuff, nothing. I wasn't even on the computer at all for days at a time. Been lots of other stuff going on...my sister-in-law's brain cancer is in full progression it seems and we are all dealing with that. Within a 6 month period 8 people I knew died, one of whom was a family member. The weather was a nightmare here this year and I had no garden to can. Imagine what THAT has done to me. lol I did buy some tomatoes and can some salsa. have canned some Cowboy Candy. Have frozen what few bell peppers made it. It was awful. By next spring my pantry will be empty. Thank goodness I have canned so much the past 2 years when the gardens were bountiful. One of my peach trees died. My apple and pear tree were hit by fire blight and are going to have to come down. The county sprayed and killed ALL the blackberries along the front of my property one day when I was gone...new guys working for them and didn't understand about the wrath of Annie (they do now).
All in all--a very strange year indeed.
Hopefully I will get back on track. I have missed you all so much. Missed writing. Missed reading your blogs. I feel like I am coming out of an intensive hibernation. On a bright note, I did have 2 of my recipes PAID FOR and PUBLISHED !!!!!!!! by Grit magazine in a special bread issue they put together. As soon as I can find one of my copies, I'll take some pics and show you. Very proud ! lol
You can imagine the disarray of my house after several months of not being able to do my householding chores. First because I could barely walk there at the end and then the recovery from surgery. Slowly but surely I am making my way through it. lol
I AM SO GLAD TO BE BACK !!!!!!