Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Life is So Various . . .


Last Tuesday, as soon as my esteemed lunch guests made their departure, I darted out to buy a walker, get my Living Will witnessed and notarized, and to pick up sparkling wine for Thanksgiving.

Yesterday I got up in the dark to drive to Chapel Hill to tape an interview with DG Martin for NC Bookwatch (to be aired some time next year -- I'll let you know.Then back home, arriving just after dark, to pack my odds and ends and my walker to be ready to go in the morning. 
And now the time is here -- I'm checking into the hospital early this morning for a total (left) knee replacement. I expect to be there two or three days, doing lots of physical therapy. 

There's something so cold-blooded about 'elective surgery,' especially when they want you to execute a living will before hand . . . but I've had surgeries before -- two C-sections and one ruptured disk--and am optimistic. All the folks I've heard  from who've had joint replacements have been happy with the outcome -- "I should have done it sooner," is what everyone says. They warn me that physical therapy is painful and necessary . . . and that I will be foggy from the pain meds for a couple of weeks . . .

So off I go -- in cold blood and with high hopes for good drugs (and pre-warmed blankets -- such a comfort!). I've scheduled posts for several days ahead but don't expect to be on the computer myself till I'm back home.  Until then, I know I have your good wishes . . . as you all have mine.
 
 
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31 comments:

Ms. A said...

Wishing you the best, along with a speedy recovery.

katy gilmore said...

Sending you wishes for a really quick recovery - soon up and around and pain free! hugs, Katy

Victoria said...

Vicki, I'll be thinking of you and sending you healing thoughts. I hope all goes well and you're up and around soon.

Lots of blessings,

Victoria

juliet said...

Blessings and love for an excellent recovery Vicki. I know several people who have had this operation, with really good results. I hope the healing process is gentle.

Martin said...

Every good wish, Vicki. I'll be thinking of you.

Merisi said...

Thinking of you, Vicki.
Hugs,
Merisi

Pat in east TN said...

Positive thoughts will wing your way for a speedy recovery.

Brian Miller said...

hoping all goes well and you are back on your feet before you know it vicki....

KarenB said...

You certainly do have my good wishes - wishes for a good and speedy recovery.

I will say that of all of the people that I know that have had knee replacements, only two have had poor outcomes and one of those was because he wouldn't put in the necessary effort for the on-going physical therapy. I expect you'll do just fine.

Polly Iyer said...

Thinking of you, Vicki. I know my day is coming, so I'm anxious to find out how yours go. Signed, Polly the chicken.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Good luck with the surgery Vicki. We'll all be thinking of you. No matter whether it's elective or not, it's still a big scary when they wheel you in the room.

Wishing you the best and a very speedy recovery.
Sam

Mamabug said...

My prayers are with you this morning! I know you'll do well and it will be so much better when that knee is well and the pain is gone. So glad I did both of mine. You'll be off that walker and using a cane real quick.

B. Rogers, Alchemy of Clay said...

May your surgery be easy and routine, and your recovery smooth and effective. I'll miss your pics and posts, knowing that you are focused upon getting ready for the next dance in your life! Healing energies embrace you.

RM said...

Wishing you all the best! Functioning knees are awesome things to have! :-)

JJM said...

By the time you see this, the operation will be behind you, and you'll be working hard towards a full recovery and wondering if you still remember all the steps to the "hokey pokey" for your victory celebration ... But, between now and then, know that your friends were thinking of you, missing you, and wishing you all the best. --Mario R.

Janna Zonder said...

Will be thinking of you . . . a new knee is a wonderful thing to have! Will be holding a vision of a quick, complete recovery.

Sandra Lassen said...

Well, ouch and darn it. A new knee from Santa is nice, but sad to be laid up during the holidays. Just look at all you will be able to do on your new knee in 2013. Heal quickly!

Mel said...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. My mom's had both done, it went fine both times. PT is grueling, but the more you do it, the quicker you heal.
I'll be thinking good thoughts for you and look forward to your return.

Friko said...

My very best wishes for a speedy recovery, dear Vicki.
You’ll be up and running (metaphorically speaking) again before you know it.

I hope you have a good selection of books available?

Tammy said...

Late Vicki, but my prayers are with you. You will be 'happy' it's done a few months down the road. Most people I've been around that have had it done rebound quickly. Just try and be kind to yourself and take down time if you need it. I just had all my upper teeth pulled and new dentures put in that day and it was bad for a few days. Now several weeks later I'm so glad I had it done and wish I'd had it done years ago. Just take care.
Tammy

Susan Talley said...

Vicki...you have more gumption than anyone I know so I'm sure you'll recover nicely.......and celebrate with bubbly when the PT has you moving with ease!

Star said...

Dear Vicki, my heartfelt wishes to you for a speedy recovery! I think I should be joining you. Just now my back, hips, knees and ankles all hurt!!!
Take care, be brave and come back soon please xxx Star

jennyfreckles said...

Yes, best wishes for a good stay in hospital and a speedy recovery. I know lots of people with new knees (and hips) and they all seem glad they had it done. The key seems to be doing those darned painful exercises regularly!

Thérèse said...

All the best Vicky! And no pain... or the least possible... and a very gentle recovery.

Darla said...

Sending you (((HEALING))) ... take care of yourself and don't let those doctors push you around! :-)

Helene Adams said...

Brightest Blessings be with you Miss Vicki!! *hugs*
Helene

NCmountainwoman said...

You do indeed have warmest good wishes for a speedy and uneventful recovery.

Frances said...

Vicki, I know that you will have arranged for expert docs to tend to you, and you will be attentive to all the rehab bits...think of all the potential material for novels. (I'd be thinking that the doctor/s have had at least a decade to practice this particular procedure.)

Of course, this reader is going to miss your posts, and wishes you fine medical results.

xo

Claui said...

Hello everyone! Vicki wanted me to let you all know that she is out of surgery and doing just fine. Thank you all for your kind words. We're looking forward to her homecoming by Friday, hopefully.
-Claui (daughter out-law/future daughter in-law)

JJM said...

Thanks for letting us know, Claui. Give her our collective best wishes next time you see her, please? (^_^) --Mario R.

Nature Weaver said...

Two years ago I had my hip replaced and faced all the fears and unknowns you are facing. My prayers go out to you, but after all is over.....you'll be happy you went ahead and had yourself repaired. We truly are blessed to have modern medical procedures that can make us "all better." No more pain.....a new life awaits. Bless you. Nature Weaver