Monthly Archives: April 2011

Epurrphany

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My big bro Mel commented on my entry about Luna, the cat who must have had an epiphany. He called it an “epurrphany,” and I just had to share that wonderful play on words. It is a very comical sight throughout the night on my bed; always Lola the dog and Bo, the black cat. Luna makes an appearance and usually stays buried under the cover, and Simba, our old man, tries to find a comfortable place for himself. It wasn’t like this at all before my surgery. It definitely has the look of a cadre of protectors/healers surrounding me with purrs and wet noses. I actually don’t mind it, but as my knee heals and I can move around more, I know I will want my bed back.

Pain….Need I Say More?

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So, big shot that I was after surgery, I was sure I wouldn’t need to fill the second prescription I had for pain meds. Wrong….!! And now that my physical therapists are making me do things like bend my knee, I need the meds even more.  Sure that’s their job, to make me scream like a baby, and my job is to take more pain meds! No worries – I don’t have an addictive personality, but truthfully, more of the meds just make me sleepy.

Pain is scary to me because I have this vision of pushing my knee too far, major pain occurs, and all my staples pop out of my leg – like I’m the Hulk getting too big for my skin. The therapist reassured me that the staples won’t pop out of my leg and my knee will remain intact. I did have good news today though; on Wednesday I bent my knee to a 78 degree angle, and today it was 90 degrees. So, I think I’m safe on the staple popping for now. I do have these awful visuals of the doctor taking the staples out with some office staple remover, but I’ve been reassured it won’t look like that. This is all such a mystery to me.

I think we’re tackling steps next week.

Animal Kingdom

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The oddest thing occurred with our pets while I was in the hospital. It’s kind of embarrassing to say how many animals are roaming around my house, but I’ll do it anyway. We have Wendy and Simba, 17 and 18 yr. old cats, Bo, 6 year old cat, Luna, Madelyn’s 2 yr.old cat, and Lola, 5 year old dog. I know, I know – absolute craziness to have this many pets – I don’t need to be reminded, but as Madelyn was growing up, the pets helped to relax her tics and stress.

Well, before I left for surgery, Luna would offer me a pittance of affection (mainly when she wanted to be petted). Luna also never stood more than two feet next to any of the other animals.  Sunday night Madelyn and I were hanging out in my bed with all of the kids, when the strangest thing happened. Luna came and sat on my lap and started nuzzling my hand, licking me and purring! When I realized what was happening I told Madelyn how shocked I was at Luna’s behavior. In addition, there was no growling at the other animals, despite the physical proximity of all of them.

Is it possible that Luna actually missed me? Did she have a cat epiphany while I was gone that “you don’t know what you’ve got, until you lose it?” Is a cat epiphany even possible?  She is now my best friend and can’t give or get enough lovey stuff from me, and that’s just fine with me!

On The Mend

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It has been over a week since my knee surgery, and an interesting turn of events as well.  Initially, the plan was to have a partial knee replacement using a robotic procedure called Makoplasty. During the surgery the machine developed a glitch that would have caused an error in measurement of the implant. At the same time, my doctor discovered additional damage to the cartilage, so the decision was made to re-group and perform a full replacement.  I found out about this as soon as I awoke in my room, and my friend Mary let me know what had happened. Needless to say, I felt confused! The anesthesiologist assured me that in years to come, I would be very happy I had the full replacement.

I’m doing my exercises, going to therapy and taking wonderful naps (thanks to my long-acting pain meds), but I really want this swelling to go down – my knee is huge! Madelyn is a very good nurse, and the pets are certainly happy to see me too.

Mary and Mike were such amazing caregivers for the week after surgery. I am very thankful to have them as friends and really, family.

Crunch time

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To say I am stressed would be an understatement. There must be something more than stressed – say, uber stressed? I stayed at work until 7:30 on Friday typing up paperwork that I was determined to not leave for someone else to complete. Even with that, I didn’t finish. Oh, that reminds me; I have to e-mail my substitute with instructions for the next three weeks! So now I just have to let all of that go.

It is Friday and I have two more days to do whatever I can to prepare my house to be listed for sale. My buddy Juan was here today painting the interior doors (should have been done 5 years ago), and will be back tomorrow to finish. I told him today I’ll give him a key to the house, and he can come back during the week to tie up loose ends.  Actually, all of this should have been done months ago, but I guess I got so used to living with all these things not being done, that it didn’t matter. Now I am fixing up the house for someone else.

It’s funny but before all of this house sale stuff, I never considered my house to be that important in terms of my identity or how people might view me – or equating it with my “worth.”  Sure, I’ve decorated and given it my uniqueness, but to think that the fate of the house selling might depend on certain decorative touches or bark dust almost seems ludicrous. It’s the external stuff that always gets me – you know, “presentation is everything.” Well, I do understand though, I’m just having a gripe moment. One good thing – I haven’t thought very much about the surgery; I’ll probably fall asleep the minute I hit the hospital bed!

T Minus Seven

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Since the weekend I have felt as if I am “dancin’ as fast as I can.” There are only seven more days until my knee surgery, and seven more days until my real estate agent lists my house for sale. I spent five hours on Sunday weeding the garden beds so the bark dust can be laid, and there is still more to do. My worker Juan’s paint sprayer broke on Saturday, so he couldn’t paint the nine interior doors. I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness I have a furlough day this Friday. At least it gives me a four day weekend to hustle.

Right now I am feeling exhausted, but I need to pack up all of my beads, so my third bedroom doesn’t look cluttered; no more bead making until I unpack it all in New York. That’s okay, because the last thing I feel right now is creative. I’m a bit concerned that I will wear myself out so much, that my immune system will be out of whack for my surgery.

To top all of this, I have roughly seven IEP meetings to complete at work before Friday, including paperwork.  Despite whatever pain I will have, I think I will enjoy the respite. And the best part of being home, is that Madelyn will stay with me for two weeks! I might even get her a cute nurse cap to wear.

T Minus Seven

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Since the weekend I have felt as if I am “dancin’ as fast as I can.” There are only seven more days until my knee surgery, and seven more days until my real estate agent lists my house for sale. I spent five hours on Sunday weeding the garden beds so the bark dust can be laid, and there is still more to do. My worker Juan’s paint sprayer broke on Saturday, so he couldn’t paint the nine interior doors. I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness I have a furlough day this Friday. At least it gives me a four day weekend to hustle.

Right now I am feeling exhausted, but I need to pack up all of my beads, so my third bedroom doesn’t look cluttered; no more bead making until I unpack it all in New York. That’s okay, because the last thing I feel right now is creative. I’m a bit concerned that I will wear myself out so much, that my immune system will be out of whack for my surgery.

To top all of this, I have roughly seven IEP meetings to complete at work before Friday, including paperwork.  Despite whatever pain I will have, I think I will enjoy the respite. And the best part of being home, is that Madelyn will stay with me for two weeks! I might even get her a cute nurse cap to wear.