Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hodge Podge & Random

I haven't been able to sit, lie or stand in one place for longer than 10 miniutes or so since I've been home from the hospital.  I can't read or watch TV either ~ The pain meds make me fall asleep, but I don't stay asleep! : )  The post that I shared on Monday took me about eight hours to put together and I've been playing around with this one on and off since Wednesday afternoon. It must be a combination of drugs, pain and sleepiness I think!  I'm sure this post will end up being pretty random....but that is exactly how life has been lately!!
The past week has been a bit of a blur for me. I can't believe that my knee surgery was a week ago!  Since coming home last Saturday I've been hanging out in my bedroom 80% of the time.  I really hoped that we'd be able to get the room re-painted before I had to spend a bunch of time in it BUT it didn't happen.  I'll have to look at this (VERY old) scrap of wallpaper border for a little while longer.  This cute little border willl be a blog post in and of itself someday.

Back in Februrary I participated in The One World One Heart Event and LUCKY me, I won two giveaways!   This sweet red heart came from Susan at Threads of Inspiration.  It's going to have a home in my "soon to be" freshly painted kitchen.  Bill will be painting the dining room & kitchen this weekend!

I also won this package of vintage French/English ephemera from Liz at Lululiz in Lalaland.  It's going to great fun creating with all these wonderful pieces. I love the handmade tag that Liz included!

The night before I left the hospital, Bill, his Dad, Mandy, Katie, Mark & Charlotte stopped in to see me.  Charlotte immediately saw my hospital issued styrofoam cup full of ice chips and water. Her Momma carefully placed her on my lap and we visited for a little while. Charlotte also took a walk with me. Her little hand was clutched firmly around the walker's sidebar.  Too cute!   

Penelope stopped by to visit me the evening I returned home.  She was happy to see me...I got the best big hug and the sweetest grin. But then she noticed the hangers full off Gramma's necklaces. I quickly became old news! With Aunt Mandy's help she hung everyone of them around her neck.  All 23 of them!  Why is it always so much fun putting them on?  And then you try to take them.....


Here's a shot of my knee and the 31 staples that are in it.  The swelling is down in this shot. When it is swollen (several times a day) it really hurts!  It's stretches and tightens and feels like the staples are going to pop right out!

And here we have a very lovely view from the rear of the leg. This colorful mess is the biggest reason why I'm having problems lying or sitting anywhere for any length of time.  But everything is healing...and it's all downhill from here! The physical therapist said (yesterday) that I'm making good progress with my knee flexes & extensions!  I only have 9 more injections of blood thinner to give myself.  Thank goodness because thin blood = a freezing Marie! Yes, Regina D, I said that I'm freezing these days, you're probably warmer than me!  I'm almost ready to progress from my walker to a cane. 
Hopefully I'll  feel like getting a little crafting done sometime soon.

Here's a really cute photo of sweet Elijah to end this post.  I haven't seen him since before my surgery but I will be seeing him in about 1 1/2 weeks.  It kind of looks like he's dreaming of seeing his gramma real soon!

I hope you're all having a great week and an extra special day!!


Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Marie! I'm so glad you're home and recouping. Wow that leg looks painful! You're grandbabies are all such dolls. Try not to get to anxious and push yourself too much. It's it funny when we want rest we can't get enough and then when we're bed bound our mind goes a hundred miles an hour wanting to do things.

Lots of love and prayers. Happy St. Patricks Day, Sweetie! T:)

Dorthe said...

Hello sweetie,
Sorry I`m only here now dear,-but taking Mathilde home in the week-end did not leave time for blogging.
I can see it must hurt and be painfull, Marie- and I hope for you it will very soon feel better, and that you will have the wish and power ,to create again.
Soon this dayes will be long away in your mind, and you will be happy , and feeling great again.
I wish you a progressfull week-end dear friend, and one with less pain.
Blessings and love,

Ann said...

Oh my that looks painful. Glad to hear that you are on the mend though and headed in the right direction. Like Tracy said, don't push yourself too much. I know how that goes, you start feeling better and thinking you can do more than what you really should. Sweet little prizes and sweet little faces, and can't wait to hear the story behind that bit of wall paper :)

Lululiz said...

OUCH OUCH OUCH! The pain must be terrible, all those stitches and those bruises! I hope it won't get too frustrating for you, having to go through all the physiotherapy. Get better soon!

LDH said...

Ouch! Big hugs and Big prayers that you will be feeling better really quickly!

Visits from those dears little ones go a long way in helping you feel better, I am sure :)

Shelley said...

This post is making me want to postpone my surgery even longer than need it as very painful as it looks? However the pain I am already in 24-7 is pretty terrible in itself...I know this is something that I ultimately must do to avoid a wheelchair.....I pray your healing comes very fast...blessings

Jo said...

I hope the pain goes away soon. Just think, after this pain goes away you won't have any on a normal basis (from your knee). Congrats on winning the giveaways. That fabric heart is awesome. I'm gonna have to see if I can make (or buy) one to hang on our Christmas tree this year. The ephemera is really nice too.

BTW, I find it funny that you say you've been working on these blog posts for long periods of time, I always take like a week to get mine together and ready to post (that's why they're few and far between). I thought that's how long it took everyone... oops.

Debbie said...

Ouch! That looks sore. Hope your are getting around okay. I am sure seeing those grandbabies make you feel better. They are growing up so fast. Congratulations on your wins! I love the heart the best. Its so pretty!

Take care and don't over do it!
Debbie K