Wednesday, February 22, 2017

leg update


Woke to SNOW this morning and everything frozen over!!! Heard Brian scrapping his windows prior to leaving for work at 6am...
AND talk about 6am.... he was leaving for work at 7am  winter hours I guess and started new 'spring' job working on a playground and has to leave earlier, well...... Luci does not appreciate time and he leaves for work and she gets up and wants out!!! Tried talking to her Monday, explaining that it was an hour early and she could wait.... oh the whining and carrying on was monumental and I HAD to get up get them both out and feed them.... Wednesday rolls around and things have not changed as days have progressed, she still wants to go out as soon as he leaves, I have to get up...
Had my doc appt yesterday and got out of the cast, and into a weight bearing boot, am so very excited!!! Also went to Costco and got stuff that had been needing, but still used the scooter as it is too big a store for me to try walking in right off the bat, have to slowly lead up to walking about on it. and supposed to use one crutch and find a shoe with 2" heel which I don't think I have, ah well, do best I can... but walking about sure does put you all out of alignment with that boot on... have to be careful and cautious about that.... they said there were no concerns and things were looking good.... and have to be in that boot for 5-6 weeks!!!!  Will be 3 months since the accident before I can resume yoga or the gym am trying to do stuff while sitting here and am hard pressed let me tell you, just want to start walking normally again, right now!!!!
Cleaned house today and feels SO good to be in a clean house, with floors all shiny and things smelling clean....
Got that ace bandage on a little too tight and started hurting , think that will take some finessing to find out the right way to do that, so that does not happen, at least my toes were not all purple :)  ha!!
Put a pic of Carl on here, he is in front of the heater, his normal place to be these days... eats, pees and sleeps...
You can see Luci's head in my foot shot, that is where she has been the last couple of months, keeping me warm and cozy and loved upon, her job you know....
Take Care All and God Bless
p.s.  shout out to ALL the people who helped me during this time, yesterday my friend Tanya came in from Madras to take me to the doc's ( she has also been coming in once a week to take me grocery shopping, great help indeed) and hold my hand during the cast removal ordeal... like it was anything, but it sure felt as if they were going to saw right into my leg,... and was sure that they were going to put another cast on me and was going to be so very upset... but just the mind going miles per hour on the wrong track, one more time.....  Thank you ALL so very much!!!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

OFF!!

WELL, have a doc appt on Tuesday, 21st.... and hopefully will get this cast OFF!!! Hoping, hoping, hoping......

A friend did this to one of my pics.. isn't it horrid??? Am sure this is what I will look like at 90!!! So wrinkled!!
 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Foot

Well, the foot apt was not as good, put me in a fiberglass cast, non-weight bearing. SO, I ordered a scooter from Amazon, called local Norco that rents out medical equipment and they wanted $100 for a month and said medicare would not pay for it, non-essential. Well, bet it would not be so non-essential if they had to be non weight bearing!!!  So for a little more just got my own, it works slick, but would be much better in a bigger house, I do a lot of jockeying about to get here and there in my little house, but OK... I can get around much better and faster.  Is going to be something to get it in the car by myself tho, and can't be maneuvering  it and a grocery cart, so will have to find someone to take me. Or go with me.  Need a Wal-Mart run and Costco..... am almost out of TP!!! Oh, no!! I am sort of obsessed with that and have to have LOTS on hand ALL the time.. hahaha.......
sooooo, was disappointed, but guess that is just the way it is.... and the countdown is going to the 21st, I think it is, the next apt, AND then I get a boot, and can be walking or whatever...  but it feels good, hardly any twinges, and off of the pain pills.
Even managed to clean house today!!!!! And do the bathroom, almost feel human, with all that dog hair sucks up and away and know I can do it now, so will be able to keep up...   :)
Things are looking up, even if I spend most of the time with the foot elevated, am reading again and finished two books... both mysteries, murder, mayhem and totally bad guys.....
Take Care and God Bless and stay healthy and careful on the ice!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 23, 2017

No More...

Well after endoscopy this morning, I have no more ulcer, that is really good news....
We had another skiff of snow last night.. geez.... But it had melted a lot over the week end. AND we are in the process of losing our little weeping cherry in the front yard, no piled up on it, then shoveled on it and the weeping branches just split off of the main truck, it is a sorry mess and leaning at an un-natural angle.  It is very sad thing... have to get another....
Tomorrow is foot doc appt.... can hardly wait for that, am hoping for something I can walk in, but may be too soon, but that is what I am hoping for, one can hope.
Take Care and God Bless, Stay WARM!!!

Friday, January 20, 2017

(small) Rant

I am SO very sick of seeing that there are so many people out of work and it is all Obama's fault.  Unemployment rate in Oregon is 4.7% as of Dec 2016!!!  The Federal unemployment rate normally followed pretty close to the state.  People!!!!
I worked for the Oregon State Employment Dept for over 30 years and the WHOLE time I do not remember there EVER being a rating so low, even during the Clinton era, Maybe down around 5.4% for short periods of time. And normally much, much higher, with extensions and people getting UI for over a year!!! Some even longer. Special schooling programs ran for 2 yrs or more.   EB, (extended benefits) FSB (1 and 2) (federal benefits) OB, (Oregon benefits) extensions went on and on, over and over, to keep the economy moving any way they could. This during the 70's-2000, the Republican reigns...  so for me 4.7% looks downright cheery....
 AND just try to get a call thru to the Employment Dept in this day and age, they have cut services to such a degree that NO ONE can get thru to talk to a person. Customer service is down the drain.  My son had an issue last year and was on hold for over 6 hours and finally gave up. IF you can get thru first thing in the morning, like the 1st hour of opening you can leave a call back # and they will get to you in the next day or so. So stay chained to your phone! But after that magic window, you can't even leave a #. The days of talking to a real person are far and few.   They do not have a local office to go in to either, everything is run by phone. But I will give them credit, once you got hold of a person, they did take care of the problem...
That is it, just sayin' and the UI rate was much higher when Obama took over... (I retired in 2002 so am not up on the rates for sure since then, but remember them to be higher and had just gone into an extension when I left (think it took 6.7%, to trigger) as I was so disappointed that I had to live thru another one, because it required so MUCH more paperwork and work to apply for and get going and I thought I would dodge it all, ha) Just another case of not believing everything that is written or take as gospel.. (especially when coming from a certain camp)
Take Care and God Bless

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ankle Update

Yep! This is my ankle... not a fun couple of days, just let me say.  BUT it is getting much, much better, have cut back on the meds, that Oxycodene works well people...
Upset that this will be what it looks like now forever, but what is, is, right? The pain was pretty unimaginable right at first, but it does get better, daily. if I sit with the leg up and still, it is ok, but dangle it down like to hop to bathroom with crutches and boy howdy, it just screams...
I am slow, I have to think things through on how to do something, can't just go barreling into something without knowing how to do something,  That is the way it was with the shower
Not to get the leg and cast wet at all, they want it 'bagged' twice and not in water.  well there was just no way to do that.  But last night I thought of a way.  Put the shower chair in backward, with the backrest next to the faucets. Sit on the edge of the bathtub, which is same height of the chair, then transfer self, dangle the left leg out of the shower and cover with the shower liner.  works really well, except for that 1st little spurt of cold shower, I can live with that, in order to get a shower and wash my hair!!! Did not even get water on the floor.  I was hasty tho, to... did not want to linger and give fate a chance.  There is only so much real estate to wash over in any case.... the hair was the most important...  Feel SO much better and human.  Brian washed sheets, so after bed was remade, with the TONS of pillows in place, I am the Princess once more  hahahaha
Yesterday morning we had excitement, I fainted on the way back to bed from bathroom, I even sat there for awhile too, on toilet after done as was feeling sort of funny, by the time I got Brian's name out, I was down, now my butt hurts too :).. Have never done that before, it was pretty weird, clammy/sweaty, black swirlies and down I went.  Did not hit my head tho or foot, thank heavens.  Brian insisted I call the Doc and they called back today, good thing I was not still on the floor huh??? Said I just had surgery, duh, needed to move slow and stay hydrated.  Really? they were most helpful.  the hospital did call me yesterday tho, to ask how I was and do a check-up, that was nice.... But the delay with surgery and waiting for a call back after falling down, am less than thrilled with dealing with this office....  Everything seems to be going according to plan tho, no swelling, that I can see, keeping it dry and have enough meds to last. Brian is attentive to my every call, was right there when I fell and was duly freaked by the whole thing
Luci has been my constant companion, was very worried after I fell too, cried and carried on, did not think she would ever calm down. But she has taken every opportunity to 'potty' in the house if Brian is not right there. 
Brian has also had to shovel snow, by himself!!!! Takes 2 hours to do the driveway and sidewalk after a dump! Last time was only 1 1/2 hours.  Have been thankful he has been off work due to weather, to be here, don't know what I would have done, well would have just languished here in my bed. Probably starve to death!! He leaves me a big jug of water, so I can fill my glass when I need to, so I don't have to call for that... Just call when Luci jumps down, or need some food thrown at me :)
This too will pass
Take Care and God Bless All.. Stay warm and safe!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Note they do not venture out very far at all and if it is covered in snow it is worth pooping there, even if it is the sidewalk...


These pics are taken really fast, not well edited either, but wanted to get something onto the blog before my BIG surgery tomorrow.  The snow has been unrelenting and pretty continual. when Brian came in tonight he said it was trying to rain, which means freezing rain. There is no where to pile the snow.  It is a good thing I am no longer shoveling, it gets so high I can no longer lift it up and over the berm made on prior days.  And that is pretty much where it has gotten to... He has been a couple times to the store and runs out of cigs :) so has to go out to get more so has to keep things shoveled, priority, right?

Finally saw doc last Thursday and scheduled the surgery for tomorrow, have to be there at 7a. Yes I am keeping it iced up but still is horrible bruised and hurts like a bugger. am hoping that it won't hurt after surgery, right?? Well, anyway eventually that is what I am hoping for. But there is nothing to do but to have the, there is no alternative, I saw the x ray and the bone is apart down there, not together like it is supposed to be, so, there you go. I just have such feelings of dread about it tho.....
My brother and sister in law are driving in to be with me... thru the horrid weather, but they are both truck drivers, log and long haul, so they certainly know how to get about in the bad weather, and I am just not going to worry about them, they will be fine!
So here is m, signing off for awhile, and hope you are well, safe and warm
Take Care and God Bless