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Friday Felines

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Now you see him.


Now you don't!

It's a Win/Win

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Today I had two doctors appts.  I was stressing abt them big time because I knew they were not going to be fun.  My gut dr was first and this made me nervous.  My incision is healing pretty well except for one spot.  I had what looked like a pimple or a blister just below my belly button.  I knew something would be done to it and I was not looking forward to it.  After a procedure that included tweezers, packing tape, IODINE! (modern medicine still uses this stuff?!?) and a bandage, I was free to go.  I go back in two weeks. 

Next up was my OB/GYN.  He needed to check out my internal vaginal stitches.  Ugh.  Good news is I'm healing very nicely, everything looks great and there are no infections.  Bad news is it's still VERY tender.  Not great news for the IO. 

As I leave the medical building with Iodine in my gut and parts of me on hiatus for another MONTH, I decide I needed a treat.  But what do I do??  My sky looks like this



and my weather feels like this


so I decide to g…

Keeping it Even

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So I did a 4 year difference with Baby Girl on Monday and figured I should do the same with #1 Son. 

Here he is Dec 2009 (just turned 11)




Here he is Dec 2013 (just turned 15)

At least both halves of his mouth worked in the second shot!

Just Another Monday

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Surgery update: It's been 5 weeks since my surgery.  In some ways I feel better, in other ways I feel worse.  I've had LOTS of women tell me that they felt SO much better after their surgery.  I keep hoping for that feeling.  I'm just trying to get back to where I was beforehand.  Good news is I have been able to sleep on my side for a bit during the night.  This is good news for my hips and back.  The pressure on them from sleeping solely on my back has been rough.  The bad news is the side sleeping means I'm curled up and that has made me ooze some more.  I really thought I'd be done with the oozing by now, but apparently there are still some spots that aren't completely healed on the outside.  Then again I am a slow healer so this should not surprise me.  The other good news is I'm off all pain meds except for Motrin, and even that is at the end of the day. 

I do have more energy for some things, Saturday was a true test of my endurance.  We met up with…

Progress is Progress No Matter How Slow

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Every winter I think the same thing, I wish I had a hand knit cardigan to wear to keep me warm.  EVERY. WINTER.  Do I HAVE a nice warm hand knit cardigan to wear to keep me warm?  Of course not.  When it's super hot outside all I want to work on are socks.  When it's this cold (and we've been quite cold this winter) I want to knit thick wooly-ish items.  My problem is I cant decide on a pattern.  I want a cardigan that is drapey and loose fitting, not something so snug I feel like a stuffed sausage (no matter what my size)  I have some nice wine colored yarn, but I just need to find the right pattern.

As my title says, progress *is* being made here at Happy Acres (even though our address may have changed, our family home will always be Happy Acres).  I had a Xerox box of papers that was filled to the rim.  If I wasn't careful, stuff could fall out.  This box contained bills, coupons and sales ads from Sunday's newspaper, coupons from Sunday's paper dating back …

Simple Woman's Daybook - Friday's Edition

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window... right now it's dark because it's almost 10pm.  It's been cold because we've had back to back cold fronts come thru.  Yesterday we never got out of the 50s and we've had frost warnings as well.  I was asleep but the IO took #1 Son to school today and there was THICK frost on the windshield.  He thought he could get rid of it by spraying it with window washer fluid.  It got thicker (this is the same man who was born and raised in NY).  I think we hit 60 today but I'm not sure.  We're back in the 50s tomorrow.  Not complaining because I'm going to enjoy the cold for as long as I can, but the weather is definitely affecting my incision.  It makes it ache a bit more.
I am thinking... of ordering some sock yarn from Simply Sock Yarn Company, more specifically this.  I have no Trekking in my stash and I really want to try it.  I esp like the color in the link.  I'm still debating it....... I am thankful... that I am feeling bett…

Closing out 2013

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Recovery Day 20:  I walked the length of our cul de sac again and it felt great.  The weather is fabulous today and I wanted to get outside to enjoy it.  I probably could have walked farther, but I didn't want to push it so instead I took some of #1 Son's old trophies from my bedroom to the craft room upstairs.  THAT was the cherry of my walk and enough to wear me out. 

Another positive note is that I am feeling something that I haven't felt in abt a year.  You know when you wake up in the morning and your stomach feels flat?  No matter what you weigh, that morning stomach usually feels flat.  I have that feeling back again!  I can also suck in my gut.  Couldn't do that before either.  Hmmm, must have been something the size of a cantaloupe in the way!!!

I figured that I've complained enough over the past 3 weeks, I wanted to post something positive.   It's a good day and I wanted to take advantage of that!!

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Saturday Sky

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So here we are 19 days after surgery and I'm still moving forward (though not as fast as I'd like).  I saw both surgeons on Thursday and they have removed the rest of my stitches.  I am still oozing a little bit, but not much.  I don't have to see either one for another 3 weeks.

This is good.  However mentally I still feel all over the map.  AND with my ovaries still intact, this means I can still experience PMS.  NOT happy abt that.  I felt like I was PMSing yesterday, very tired (yes I know, recovery, blah blah blah) but it felt different, and I felt like I wanted to rip somebody's face off.   Both the IO and #1 Son were making me crazy. 

In my defense, my house is making me nuts.  Not everything has been unpacked and there are things that are missing, so when ppl ask me where things are, I have no idea.  Also pens and paper and other items that I've put away in the kitchen for future use are missing the next day.  I now put my good pen back in my purse after I …

This is a LOT harder than I thought......

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It's been 15 days since my surgery.  That's only 2 weeks.  I feel like it's been a month.  Since I ended up having three different incisions and two different surgeries, it's gonna take some time to heal.  I KNOW that!   Yet I'm getting really frustrated with my recovery. 

Yesterday was the first day back to reality.  The IO went back to work and the kids back to school.  The IO took #1 Son to school and I went back to bed until it was time to get Baby Girl off.  I also had a drs appt.  No biggie.  I felt fine.  I dropped her off and headed to my drs appt.  Got an egg mcmuffin and ice water on the way (was really craving the protein and had no time to make anything before I left). 

I arrive at the drs, park and walk in.  They are in a medical building on the second floor.  I'm allowed to walk so I did.  I get to the drs office and wait my turn.  They say I'm looking good and walking well.  I get into my room, climb up on the table and wait for my dr.  I s…

She Lives!!

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What a way to end the year!! 

**WARNING**  I may get a big graphic with use of body parts so if you are a bit squeamish, proceed with caution.  I'm pretty sure all my readers are girls, but be forewarned.

So the last I post is abt yarn and finished hats and, oh yeah, a simple surgery.  Simple and surgery really don't go hand in hand. 

I went in for a hysterectomy a week and a half ago that was going to include an overnight stay.  I was supposed to be home on Tues.  I figured with the hernia fix as well, I'd be home by Wed. 

HA!!

I have stitches in my vagina, notches in my abdomen and a BUNCH of staples from my belly button down to my pelvic bone.

Here is the IO's email out to the family:

I’ve been waiting a while to give you the details until Lynn was comfortable with letting everyone know. Unfortunately she went into surgery expecting it to be like the c-section with B (#1 Son), which was an epidural and a baby.  The surgery was for a fibroid on her uterus and a h…