Good morning, everyone!
I am sitting on the couch, enjoying my first cup of coffee. We still get up every morning around 6 so I can get my first antibiotic dose, then space the other 2. It’s a challenge sometimes. I’m also taking a probiotic to hopefully eliminate side effects of the antibiotic, but try to space them 2 hours apart; then I found that my calcium magnesium can interfere with the antibiotic, so also have to space that one. It’s been very educational! I have all sorts of alarms set on my phone. Yesterday, one went off while I was grocery shopping... and, my rather loud bird-chirping text alert from our daughter, then, my husband replying. I finally just lowered my volume - a lot!
... wow. Your surgery will be tomorrow, if I’m reading right. I will definitely be keeping you in my prayers. I relate to your nervous energies! I resisted my TKR for a long time, til finally I had no choice. I’d taken the stance that I’d had enough surgeries in my lifetime, that other than a matter of “ life-or-death situation, I had no intention of having any more. Not too smart, & my stubborn nature finally relented. Absolutely No regrets! I am SO enjoying the Big improvement in my quality of life!! There is no comparison!
As Hawkie once termed it, I am a “ foodie”! My Mom, Mother in law, and Grandmother were all wonderful cooks, and I remember how resourceful Mama always was when finances were tight. She had breast cancer when I was 4, then bone cancer 8 years later, & a lot of medical expenses, and Papa worked for the railroad, so there were strikes, with no paycheck. But - we never missed a meal. And, it was always Good! I also remember her wonderful oatmeal cookies & hot chocolate on Christmas morning. ( she & Papa had been up til wee hours of the morning with Santa’s helper duties, and then her getting the large turkey cooking forChristmas Day...the most Wonderful smell that woke us up!). I love to cook, & am enjoying that again. My appetite went away totally for a while, especially during IV antibiotics for an infection, but it’s Back! And like my knee, better than ever. For sure, I’d do it again, no hesitation. I notice that this is your 2nd TKR. so you know basically, how it goes. I bet you are all prepared. My best to you, I’ll be thinking of you especially tomorrow...
... gee, how very sweet of you to think of me ..... I am doing well! Sometimes I get a little frustrated, & find myself crowding the ODIC bench, and even the corner! (you are the one who first talked about it, for me). My husband will regularly gently remind me (often, to his chagrin, to no avail...). I see so many things that I have “ shelved” for so long! For a number of years, we had a small woodworking business, making handcrafted jewelry & keepsake boxes. We loved it (he worked as a computer analyst for years, skills that he used in designs & calculations); I assisted him a lot, did final standings, & created all the linings, ring & necklace holder pouches. We both loved it, & I still miss some aspects. But, it was a lot of work, & the time came to retire. Then, my bad knee got much worse. So, more “shelving”! Now, I have all this energy, & All these potential projects tempting me! Hence, ODIC time. But, as I continue to heal, I find recovery a lot better, usually, quicker. I do try to pace myself.
We are walking daily now ( one of my big goals... Yay!!). About 2 miles each day. Yesterday, my little Fitbit watch showed 10,000 steps! We get around 6,000 on our walk. I’m trying to lengthen my stride to help my extension, so I get a few less steps, but, we are enjoying the walks.
My appetite is back, I’m happy to say! Between the Tramadol nausea, & then severe appetite loss from the IV antibiotics, food in general, especially things I really like normally, just sounded awful ( the exception was the roast that I could get at the hospital... it was Incredible!, and, my husband’s old-fashioned oatmeal, and his 8-grain cereal, which he still makes once or twice a week). My Infectious Diseases Dr said this would improve once I was on oral antibiotics, which, thankfully, it did. To be a “ foodie” & not enjoying most things is downright Weird! I’m also enjoying cooking once more... And doing our grocery shopping, also driving. My husband was so very sweet to do it, but he is all too happy to relinquish that job!
My main challenges now are: my sense of balance, which is occasionally a little “ wonky”, and stamina, I keep landing in ODIC..
The past week or so, my exercises have been mostly ADL..... our son and his girlfriend are finally able to visit! We are beyond thrilled. There are some areas I want to clear out, particularly the spare room, which is sort of a “ catch all “. They really won’t care, but I want it nice for them. There will be Lots of good food... as she is Italian, she makes the most delicious risotto, and pastas, & loves to cook. David also loves to cook & will make us his pulled pork shoulder roast, cooked all day, along with his two homemade sauces. Lots of fun, and visiting. They will be here Saturday, we can’t wait!
I will see my surgeon on Friday. I plan to request that I stay on my antibiotic til the end of August, when our grandson starts back to school. He will be with us 2 nights & days during the week, & like last year, I don’t want to take a chance on missing out any of that time. And, I want to fully enjoy our garden, Farmers Market, and, Walking! Also, I figure that if I were to get another infection, by September, I’ll be almost a year since my TKR, & 9 months since my cleanout surgery. My ID Dr said that my chances of an infection would be highest shortly after I stopped the antibiotic, as it protective while I take it. Unfortunately, there is no test, nor any measures I can take to prevent. And no guarantees. I have fought staff infections ever since the colitis & peritonitis ( age 20) off & on, for over 50 years, so, I may have a chance for it to recur. Hoping not, but, at least if it does, I’ll be stronger, and, we know what to do. I’m pretty tough, and, my husband is a wonderful “ nurse” ☺️.
Well, as you can see, I began this yesterday, & am just now finishing it... I worked more today in that spare room, & it’s looking good. My husband reminded me earlier, “ Overdoing One day is not too bad, but you probably don’t want to do it Two days in a row..”. After nearly 52 years, he knows me pretty well. So I quit early, & am sitting with the heating pad on my back. No walking today, or tomorrow, we have snow once again. But, it’s good, we need the moisture... and, it has been Sooo pretty!
Today was CamGram’s TKR, if I read it right. Hopefully, she is home now & starting her recovery.
One quick question for you.... have you heard from @Eire1 lately? I have looked for posts from her, & can’t seem to find any lately. I may be looking incorrectly, & I missed a few days. Both she & her husband sounded like such lovely people.
Well, I just heard my dryer sound the alarm that it’s done....it’s in the basement, which gets pretty cold, & if I wait too long to remove the load, it becomes cold & pretty wrinkled. Do take care of yourself, and, again, thanks for asking about me. Btw, after reading the posts about shrimp & grits, I will have to try it! We have cheese grits on Saturday mornings, and, while the kids are here, we plan to go to Lucille’s, a local Creole restaurant here... Delicious food. Maybe they have it......they do have good grits, and seafood entrees......
I’m getting Hungry!!