That post where I catch things up post op

Yep.  This is the post where I catch you up on the past week, how I’m doing post op, and all the other fun stuff.

I want to launch straight into all things Thanksgiving, but I realized I need to catch all of of you up on why I’ve missed blogging the past few days.

Besides, I’ve got some funny stories.  You know how I am.

post op First things first.

I tore the meniscus in my left knee last Easter.  We don’t know how.  But I spent most of my time at Camp No-Fi with a knee that was TWICE the normal size.

They tried the standard steroid treatments (ugh.  I hate needles).  By the time we realized that steroids weren’t going to fix things, it was late April.  I had less than a month before school let out.  We had also scheduled a trip to Yellowstone National Park starting June 1st.

So I limped.

All those beautiful mountain photos that I took last June are slightly off-level.  Every single one.  If you look closely, you can see that I’m putting all my weight on my right foot.

As summer progressed, I learned to live with the pain.  No big deal – right?

It wasn’t until I started keeping my Yelling Journal that I realized how messed up things were.   I realized I was yelling at my kids to avoid getting up out of a chair to talk to them face to face.  I realized I was screaming rather than climbing the stairs.

In early October, I began the process of scheduling doctor’s appointments and jumping through all the hoops for surgery.

Surgery was scheduled for October 30th.

In the two weeks prior to surgery, I managed to get 17 meals into the freezer.  I stocked up on everything.  I got all the laundry caught up. I did everything I could to get my family ready.

I frantically wrote posts to finish out the last of the 31 days on Anger series.

I trashed my plans for blogging in November (I had dreams… they’ll wait until next year.)

And then I hit the wall. My knee just quit working.  It was all I could do to drag myself out of bed.  On a scale of 1 – 10, my pain was “stepping on Legos” bad.

My kids thought I was going to die.  I spent a LOT of my energy reassuring them otherwise.

Post Op happened.

Modern medicine amazes me.  My surgery was scheduled for 2:30 in the afternoon.  I was home by 5:30 that same afternoon.  I had my first physical therapy session at 10 the next morning.  That still blows my mind.

Yes, I’m doing everything my PT person tells me to do.

Honest.

I go three times a week for a torture session.  I have homework assignments that have to be done multiple times each day.  It’s taking up a substantial chunk of my time.

having a normal knee would make my life easier

The drugs were… interesting.

My pain meds and I didn’t get along.

I wrote some interesting Facebook status updates that have amused my friends to no end.

As you would expect, they made me feel like I had a fluffy head and made me want to sleep all the time.   That worked great on Thursday when my husband stayed home to take care of me.  It worked OK on Friday when I was left alone.

It was Friday afternoon when they started causing problems.  Here’s a partial list of known side effects:  drowsiness, constipation, headaches, nausea, dizziness, impaired thinking, anxiety, confusion, sluggishness…

Um… yeah.  That was me.  All of it.

I have a few stories to share, but they’ll wait.

Right now, I need a nap.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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Comments

  1. Glad to hear you are on the mend! By the way, I love your new blog background.

    • I did this background the morning of surgery. I was going for something that reminded me of leaves without being too complicated. I’m not 100% happy with it, but it only has to last until Thanksgiving.

      I always enjoy visiting the blogs that update some decorative element seasonally. It just makes me smile for some reason. So when I did the last blog redesign, part of my goal was to have a design that was easy for me to update as the seasons change.

  2. Wishing you a very speedy recovery and strength to endure the PT sessions! My doc just told me I need injections in my knee but I’m going to take the “ignore it and it will go away” approach for awhile…

    • Thanks Mo! I ignored mine for about 6 months before I gave in to surgery. I get it.

      Go ahead and stock up on ice packs. The ones with blue gel in them are fabulous. I think I may start giving them away as gifts. 🙂

  3. You poor thing. I feel for you as I was reading this. I’m playing catch up on my emails. SO I’m a few days behind on reading your posts. So,just know you are in my thoughts and prayers. (I’ll be reading the rest of the posts as they come up in my email box.)

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