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New development…

I’ve been in a car accident.

I’m sin and a half weeks after my hip replacement surgery and from that I’m doing fine. Last Saturday, I returned to the lake and started walking again. Since last Saturday, I’ve walked the lake (3.5 miles) 5 times… Yesterday was the fifth and I was kind of sore… I walked with my son and two friends and my back was acting up and I was tired… made the comment that I might have been pushing it, so I said that today I was going to rest and not go to the lake… I dropped off a friend and was taking the other friend home, when we were going through an intersection and were hit by another vehicle. Luckily, the three of us (son in the back seat) were fine. THe other driver was fine as well. However, my car took it pretty hard. It was towed from the scene and I’m waiting to hear what the damage is… I am praying that it can be fixed… it was hit very hard.

As for injuries… we were hit on the front passenger side, so my friend felt the most impact… her leg started bruising at the accident and I spoke with her today and she is sore and her arm is scraped a bit where it hit the door. She didn’t mention much else except being sore. She says she’s ok. I have a bruise on my left thigh, where it hit the steering wheel, my left leg, where I think it hit the middle of the car and my chest where the seatbelt was… and I am a bit sore. My son has a slight seatbelt bruise on his chest as well, and a small bruise on his hip, I think also from seatbelt.. and that is all. None of us needed doctors yesterday and we all seem to think we don’t need any still… but we are watching it. I put in a call to my therapist and am waiting on a call back, but it’s the holiday weekend, and I have PT on Monday, so I’ll let them know them…

As for the car, it’s our only one, so I only hope and pray it’s able to be fixed and now I wait.

I am blessed that this isn’t worse than it could have been, but with that said, you still worry about the mess you are now dealt with.. ya know?

I’m due to go back to work a week from Wednesday.. I need to get my pc and desk back to where it was… then I should be able to post like I used to… I will get back to sleeping upstairs, not in this makeshift recovery bed that I’ve setup for myself downstairs… I have about a week to get things back to normal here at home.

My son is in another production… it moves into tech week today. Show starts on Thursday night. Finishes up next Sunday. His band camp starts up August 12th and that’ll be his official end to summer, then his official start to Junior year of high school and the businest year yet. BTW, took him with me to a physical therapy session and now he’s thinking of making it a career choice… not too shabby. Football season starts up soon and my Friday nights will be spoken for.

Thanks for keeping up with me… as you can see, life didn’t slow down at all, I was trying to keep up with my recovery, then bam… another bump in the road… Life is like that, isn’t it?

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I know it’s been a long while…

If I make typos, forgive me… The setup for my pc isn’t quite right in my recovery…

I thought alot of things would be different after surgery. I thought I’d be like Wonder Woman! LOL WRONG! I thought I’d bounce back incredibly quickly and be online, writing a book, healing, walking, doing all kinds of amazing stuff. Instead… well, I’ve been lying around not doing much of anything.

I’ve been in pain. I’ve been swollen! and did I say SWOLLEN??? OMG! I mean, wow! I had NO IDEA! My leg is still SWOLLEN! It’s honestly thrown me for quite the loop. I wasn’t expecting it. It’s uncomfortable. It’s ANNOYING! It’s a pain in the well… TUSHIE! My leg has been rock hard at times, and just well… uncomfortable. Not at all fun. Thank GOD, I saved my big girl panties! LOL I’ve been wearing them and some of my bigger stretchie workout pants alot. Just for comfort. I can only lie on my back at night, so sleeping has been a huge trial. I am normally the BEST sleeper and there have been many a night where I just cry at about 3 am.. from sheer exhaustion and misery. But, I think those nights are starting to fade. I’m getting to bed around 1 am now, and it’s getting a bit better.

My leg is starting to get a bit less hard and softer, so the swelling is going down a bit. I’m going on four weeks after surgery and I’m still using the cane to walk around, but I’m getting up and down the stairs more often now and out of the house more. I’m trying to go to the store more and walk around. I do get tired very quickly but I’m trying to do more. each and every day. Tuesday was my first outpatient physical therapy day and tomorrow will be my 2nd. Next week, I’ll be back to Mon, Wed and Fri schedule.

As for eating… well, I did gain 10 lbs. I think it’s all in the leg, but I can’t say I have been eating perfect. Something about watching tv all day long and watching food commercials and wanting crap food. What can I say? Comfort eating? I am trying, though. I’m back to the lemon water first thing. The yogurts and the green tea at every meal. I stook for an hour yesterday prepping veggies for stir fry this week, which really tired my leg out, but I’m trying to get back to the healthy eating, so it’s a process! And, I’ll get there! I just need to get up more and away from the constant tv watching! LOL Seriously, that’s not a good thing, even though I do love my tv… I just can’t give in to the constant commercials of the bad food!!!

Drinking the water and the green tea is filling up my stomach, which is making me less interested in filling it up with any “extra” food, which is a plus! I just need to start getting more activiity in and then the right balance is back in my life and the weight should follow, even though, my therapists feel that alot of the 10 lbs IS in my leg! I don’t doubt alot of that… it’s still swollen, quite a bit. I am a bit more squishy in my middle, though… I have to start getting my “core” back into shape.

So, I DOOOOOO sooooo appreciate all of your comments and emails and just thoughts, as I know you have all been so kind to think of me while I’ve been away. I know you all know I’ve been recovering and have been missing me and that means so very much to me. I am here. My pc set up is on a table and I have to lie in bed, so my eyesight isn’t stellar, so I can’t really see what it is that I’m typing… luckily, I’m a fairly decent typer, so I may make some typos, but overall, I think this will be legible… although, not perfect, as I’m not really seeing what I’m typing. So, the postings won’t be as often, til I can comfortable sit back in front of the screen. Typing from my cell phone just isn’t feasible, as you can imagine. My finger would get so sore! LOL

So, til the healing is even better, I won’t be posting alot, but know that I’m getting better and I’m still here! Thank you all for supporting me! I can’t wait to be back here with you all!

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Results are in… surgery is looming.

I just got back from the Orthopedic surgeon… and well, I’m rejoicing… even though it’s HUGE news…

I am going to have a total hip replacement. And probably within 2 months.. or near there.

A few years back, I noticed that there was a pain in my leg… and really, no range of motion… noticeable when I try to put on my right sock. I just can’t do it very easily really… it’s one of my biggest struggles… My leg just doesn’t move that way… giving me access to my foot…

About 6-7 wks ago, I told my doctor that through all this weight loss, the limp I have has gotten more and more noticeable. It was always there, but EVERYONE notices it now. So, he ordered an MRI. It came back and he saw the degenerative arthritis I had… so had just about every doctor… but he thought he saw a tear… so he sent me to the surgeon.

Well, today was that visit… and he told me that the tear was the least of my worries… it was the arthritis that was really my issue. And it was HORRIFIC… it was all over the place. It was inevitable that I was going to have a hip replacement in my future… So, the only real question was “when?”. Well, I do NOT want to limp forever and truly, I’m at the peak of health now… as I’ve lost so much weight and I’ve been exercising so much since last April… and I’m young. So, why wait?

So, I start a month of physical therapy to prepare for the surgery on Monday… I see him again on May 22nd and all I know is that I’ve booked a walking tour in NYC on June 8th… so since I’ve paid for that, I’m probably going to want to book the surgery for just after that.

What I want to do is walk as much as I can til then. See what more weight I can lose before I’m in recovery mode and lying down… I’m going to read up on exercises I can do from bed! LOL I know they are out there. I will also work on my book and ask my job if I can work from home to save me having to go on disability. We’ll see what can be done to get through this…

Alot going on, but that’s the news I have… I’m actually rejoicing… I kind of never thought I’d get a “fix” and now I’m thrilled that I will! I may be able to dance again! How exciting is that???