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  1. Barbaraj

    [THR] Here We Go Again!

    PS Mount Rainier IS gorgeous, @KathyB and even though I seldom visit, it looms large in the horizon on a reasonably clear day, like a giant vanilla ice cream cone. And @Fit4Family, I love PT mostly because it provides structure and one more incentive to keep at it in terms of exercise and...
  2. Barbaraj

    [THR] Here We Go Again!

    Well, the best laid plans... Here I am, still at home on the west side of the Cascades as there was a lot of snow in the mountains yesterday, and I think more predicted for today as well, so my friend and I ended up not going east. Both of us are total weenies when it comes to driving in the...
  3. Barbaraj

    [THR] Hipster64's Recovery Thread

    Well, my fingers are crossed for you, @Hipster64, that you'll be able to take at least through next March, and sure, next June would be fabulous! With two hip replacement surgeries so close together, I think you absolutely deserve extra time to recover, and especially if extra time takes you...
  4. Barbaraj

    [THR] A new world..there better be coffee

    I agree--food is a topic we can all relate to, and with the slow trudge of recovery, it's nice to read about something other than aching thighs and wonky hips! An honor bakery, @mainegirl1? That sounds pretty cool--but the temptation to take 'em all since there is no one around to notice...
  5. Barbaraj

    [THR] Bickypeg's new hip

    Hi, @bickypeg Nice to read about a good night's sleep (so lovely when that happens, and really makes the following day a brighter prospect) and then going out, you little gadfly, to trot around and visit various places--a good day! Sorry about knees complaining on the steep stairs, but maybe...
  6. Barbaraj

    [THR] Here We Go Again!

    Thanks for the 3 month anniversary wishes, @Calgal and @Elf1 And, it is sad, isn't it, @gertie, that we can't simply bound back to our pre-hip nonsense days. From here on out, it is going to take regular exercise and commitment to keeping active if we want to stay as healthy as we can. Got...
  7. Barbaraj

    [THR] Hipster64's Recovery Thread

    Glad that, for the umpteenth time, your crown was successfully cemented back, @Hipster64 I have to say you are far more patient and forgiving than I would be if I'd had to have that done as many times as you have! But maybe in the future a permanent implant might be possible. Right now the...
  8. Barbaraj

    [THR] Fiona UK recovery<

    Wow, back to planks already, @Fiona444? That's very impressive. I'd eventually like to get back to doing those daily but right now I don't think it's a good idea--still a bit too stiff and achy and I realize my core needs work but starting with planks (one of the hardest of core exercises) is...
  9. Barbaraj

    [THR] Fit4Family's recovery thread

    So, 60 degrees is COOL in Virginia? Huh, around here that qualifies as somewhat warm, nice and comfortable, and we all cheer for those days. It's funny, I lived in Virginia as a child (Springfield) and I just remember the HOT summers and then a good deal of snow in the winter, so different...
  10. Barbaraj

    [THR] Elf1 Recovery Road

    Oh, I hope that your first night on your new mattress is comfortable and you get a solid night's sleep. Mattresses are SO expensive but, boy, when you find one that works for you, it really makes all the difference in the world. I love mine, and I am always so grateful when we come home from...
  11. Barbaraj

    [THR] A new world..there better be coffee

    Wow, @mainegirl1, you are such a foodie! My lack of enthusiasm for cooking these days is pretty substantial, although I still (and will always) enjoy making desserts. I made some caramel sauce this afternoon, along with a pan of shortbread cookies--serving a cookie all smushed up with a scoop...
  12. Barbaraj

    [THR] BoneSmart = best recovery!

    Wow, you are going to have a wonderful trip, @ceezee, and while you will miss your baby, that baby will be enthusiastically waiting for your return. And, sounds like you have a wonderful person to care for your pooches while you're away--that is so great. I hope the weather isn't too cold...
  13. Barbaraj

    [THR] Here We Go Again!

    It's a dreary start to the day, with wind blowing the rain against our bedroom window this morning and waking me up--grumble, grumble--around 6:00 AM. I am one of those who, once awake, finds it hard to simply lie in bed for very long after. I need to use the bathroom and with hip recovery, I...
  14. Barbaraj

    [THR] Bickypeg's new hip

    Oh, I agree with both of you, @bickypeg and @Layla--babysitting the grands is both wonderful and exhausting and I always fall asleep easily on nights following any care for the wee ones. And I think complaining about body stiffness is October sounds about right--it's a transitional weather...
  15. Barbaraj

    [THR] Hipster64's Recovery Thread

    Good for you, @Hipster64, for making sure that you are able to take all the time you're entitled to, and that insurance is lined up as well. Being able to really recover and be able to work is critical, and pushing it too early could very well result in setbacks. So, good for you, and so glad...
  16. Barbaraj

    [THR] Here I go again!

    Well, it's Thursday today and I hope that you might be feeling better today, @julesglass, and I hope the vet will be able to suggest something to help Lucy's hind leg. How is that ear infection doing? I hope the buzzing in the ear is fading and that you'll be able to return to work...
  17. Barbaraj

    [THR] Fit4Family's recovery thread

    Wow, folks, all this talk about the upcoming holidays is starting to freak me out! Really? Are they truly just around the corner? NOOOOOO...! I am glad to read that you were happy to see some rain these week, as you really needed it, but I hope it doesn't stay around for too long. I find it...
  18. Barbaraj

    [REVISION THR] Fractured femoral prosthesis

    Wow, what you've been through sounds pretty horrific, @helenium! But so glad to read that new techniques were available to do repairs this time although, really, it's just time for you to take a break from surgery, right? You've been the gauntlet and it's time for some permanent healing and no...
  19. Barbaraj

    [THR] Elf1 Recovery Road

    Great report, @Elf1 about how your thoughtful and detailed letter to the hospital generated follow-through on their part, and, I hope, some real changes that will benefit future patients. Good for you being willing to share your experiences with them, that clearly started the ball rolling and...
  20. Barbaraj

    [THR] A new world..there better be coffee

    Wow, that is a lot of folks to lose power, @mainegirl1 But sounds like it must happen often enough, or at least the threat is great enough, that having a back-up generator is essential. If you head outside for some exercise, be mindful of that tree debris--sounds like a minefield out there...

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