DOC SAYS WALK! Well, not exactly. I saw Dr. Jones yesterday with my GVSD and Pauline-loaned wheelchair (because it was waaaaaaay too far for this heiffer to walk on "only one leg...") and he was impressed with my bend and stretch (reach for the sky...stand on tippee toes oh so high!), so now I get to "SLOWLY OR IT'LL BLOW UP ON YOU" add weight to it. I have to "FIRE THOSE QUADS!" and keep icing and elevating because there's still fluid on my knee. He doesn't want me actually even trying to walk until I'm able to stand and balance on my right leg without an aide. Sounds impossible to me, right now, but it gives me a goal to work toward! "IF" in two to three weeks, I can walk without limping (he said dragging it or trying to walk while favoring it will only create more problems with my other knee, back or hip - - and don't want that!) and all the swelling is gone, THEN I'll go in, see him again, and he'll start me on physical therapy.
Many of you have written asking if I can get up and move around, yet. The answer is...you can't put me on the couch this close to the KITCHEN and not expect me to ambulate! I spend probably 95% of the time reading, writing or sleeping (although that has diminished considerably since I've had no pain meds for several days now) and the rest of the time I'm not sure what I do. LOL Brain fog, I suppose.
My sister, Pam and my mom have both brought meals over two different times - yum to the max, LeAnn, David and their boys brought Zarda's barbeque dinner one night, Mary Franco delighted us with the most amazing home made brownies with Bryers ice cream, Jeanne Peve has visited twice already(second time with little Tucker) and brought all sorts of goodies! (I read that book the next day - it was a good addition to entertainment opportunities) Kathy Weekley, who, bless her heart, is going through serious chemo therapy herself, came out and visited from Belton, brought a beautiful pink rose - our hearts - that is as big as a softball - I'm not gonna lie and other gifts with memories included; Pauline, in addition to the wheel chair find and delivery, treated us with still-warm, home made chocolate chip and pecan cookies and for some reason, seems to be up for just sitting, visiting and playing board (probably BORED) games with me...and last but not least, our speech pathologist from school, LIZ, her husband and sweet baby girl, Charlotte, provided an Italian feast for our Sunday afternoon brunch that was as memorable as can be. So you can see...I'm not suffering and great friends have helped to keep me chubsblubs and satisfied! :) THANK YOU everyone for the food, fun, cards and prayers. My heart is as touched as my knee!
Our Jess is on project in Santa Fe, NM...has been for a little over a month now (but she comes back to her place in Olathe for the weekends - sometimes.) Anyway, last week, she asked the valet who was in the big motor coaches that were in the parking lot and it was some RED HAT society so the hotel was crawling with sweet lil old ladies. Last night when she checked in, another bevy of coaches were in the lot so again, she asked the same question. Lo and behold, it was .....
So, she asks at the front desk if she could leave him a message. They, of course, denied her that opportunity, so she explained that they're good friends, blah blah blah, which made no difference to them. I'm sure they've heard everything, but, they knew Jess because she stays the same place all the time, so they said they'd tell him IF they saw him. LOL She thanked them but just said she'd call his mom and get the info. So she calls me for Beth's phone number, calls her, who in turn calls David, who then called Jess. They met at the pool, he lounged in the chair and she swam laps, then he invited her to go to see HANGOVER with him and the band. He said he hoped she had a car there because they "hate to have to take public transportation," so after the movie, they drove around, grabbed a bite to eat, then went back to the motor coach and hung out and it wasn't until 4:00 this morning that she pinged me to say that she's going to the sold-out concert tonight. LOL What a fun story, eh?
She's coming home for the 4th - didn't get to last year because she was in Mexico and too sick to travel - so she'll be fun to have at home, loaded, I'm sure, with entertaining and embellished stories! I'll probably find yellow tennis balls on my walker when she's in town, too....the booger that she is! :) I love boogers, though!
OK...TWO, TWO, TWO STORIES AND DONE!