Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The State of the Bug, an Update

(Warning! Ahead there is something rarely seen on my blog: curse words!)

Well heck, I actually AM Iron Man. I got a call yesterday from my surgeon’s office saying that my blood work showed high levels of chromium & cobalt (the materials in my hip device). The recommended maximum for those metals is 3 (3 whats, I’m not sure). Mine was 5.9 & 23.9, respectively. I don’t know if I would be considered to have metallosis, but the probably is high. However, I don’t have any extreme symptoms, other than pain in my hip.

Next up on my agenda is a hip aspiration on Monday. From what I understand (and, I’m a little hysterical at this point, so take what I say with a grain of salt), they stick a GINORMOUS needle into my hip and draw out fluid to see if there is any sign of infection. I presume that if there is infection that would have to be treated before I have surgery. I think. Really, I shouldn’t be posting these health updates with such a sketchy idea of what is going on. But I overshare – that’s who I am as a person. Plus, I need some moral support by other people who would also be horrified by this needle business.

I have a wide variety of feelings about this whole situation. Dr. M is angry (that might be an understatement). I feel more conflicted. Should my original surgeon have performed this type of surgery on me? A resounding hell no. No question – I was not in the least bit the right candidate. And I even knew that, at the time, but I trusted his judgment. So naïve. The right candidate for hip resurfacing is a young, fit, healthy man. Not a sedentary, overweight, small boned woman. Added to that, it is recommended that hip resurfacing recipients have blood testing on a regular basis to ensure that their chromium and cobalt numbers are in a safe range. Was that even remotely mentioned to me? Again, hell no. All good reasons to be very angry at my original surgeon.

But, (and Dr. M is going to be annoyed with me for writing this), I am not a snowflake carried on the winter wind wherever it wills. I am a person with the ability to manage my own healthcare and I let my own self down. During all of these years of pain I assumed that I was the faulty one, so I didn’t delve too deeply into what might actually be wrong. But even dipping a toe into the internet within a year of my procedure I would have found this article.

But (again), you know, I did try to find out what was wrong. I went to the orthopedic office two years after my surgery (after my surgeon had retired) & asked why I had so much pain when I bent forward 90 degrees or more. And the basic response was “meh.”

So, I’m conflicted. Angry. Sad. Exponentially annoyed. And come Monday I get a big ass needle to the hip, which seems a very poor way to treat someone with so many issues. The biggest sigh ever.

Here – enjoy this picture of Roy. It cheered me right up. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

2017 Project 365 – Week Twenty-four

Happy Father's Day to all the dads and people who've been dad-like. I spent some quality time with my father today - I'm so glad he's still around so I can do that!
Sunday, June 11th   
All dressed up for church, where our prayer of confession just hit me between the eyes (as it often does).

As you can see, we have a nice variety of daylilies around here. The neighbor has even put some in a pot in Roy’s kennel. (Note: no picture of Roy this week, but I think you got a nice dose on Wednesday – and yes, Stephen, he IS part Teddy Bear!).

Monday, June 12th              
A typical sight in the back yard.

Tuesday, June 13th                                
Dr. M has been making me the best salads lately. It’s all the extra love in there, I’m sure.

Wednesday, June 14th                        
My new low cal dessert – sugar free chocolate pudding, cool whip, & strawberries. Yum!

Thursday, June 15th                      
I started a new project, using leftover Temperature Monster yarn. Yes, even the orange.

My sister-in-law gave me this very risqué bag for Christmas. Ha! 
The planter that Dr. M brought home is certainly thriving!

Friday, June 16th          

I hadn’t washed dishes in several days (we have a dishwasher now - & it’s not me!), but even so I thought that six sharp knives was a bit much for two people in three days.

Saturday, June 17th             
Dr. M & I went out to eat at our local Mexican place & I got something sensible (for me) – mushroom quesadilla. It was really tasty! And probably not as healthy as I pretended it was.

64 days until surgery. What are you looking forward to this summer?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

2017 Project 365 – Week Twenty-three

This week is all about the flowers (as it often is around here, frankly). If the ones on this post aren’t enough, go here to check out Dr. M’s latest post. Also, I joined the Instagram cult, so now there are multiple ways to be bombarded by the same pictures (& captions!) each week.

Sunday, June 4th   
I played the piano (!!) at the nursing home and then Dr. M & I took a drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. As I mentioned last week, Dr. M did a post about our ramble here. We saw this little dinosaur (wild turkey) while we were driving around. Ha!

 Monday, June 5th              
Ms. Two-Tone Pinky McPinkerson.

After our very busy weekend and a stressful Monday at work, I enjoyed some comfort food for the brain & body.

Tuesday, June 6th                                
For extra solace, I recommend wearing your husband’s shirt.

Wednesday, June 7th                        
I now have callouses on my hands from using the walker. I don’t think I’ve ever had callouses on my hands – I’m quite proud, actually! (Although I am experiencing this in my left hand, which is very weird & will probably have to be addressed at some point).

Thursday, June 8th                      
Dr. M with his neighborhood buddy.

We have daylilies in our ditch!

Friday, June 9th          
More daylilies and our funky petunias.

Dr. M brought home this very fancy planter for the deck!

The moon!

Saturday, June 10th             
I stopped by my dad’s house today to visit, but they weren’t at home. However, I noticed that he’d left a wheelchair he & Sue found for me outside (he needed to empty his trunk). I was there & so was it, so I just put that sucker in my trunk, while balancing with my walker. I’m not the least bit stubborn & independent. Ha! (Note: the wheelchair is for when I might have to walk pretty far - I don't really need it around the house.)

Later that day I decided to shuffle down to get an up close look at Heather & the impatiens. So pretty!

I’ve had a nice weekend with a good mix of running around and being lazy – perfect! How was yours?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

No one ever understands me...

I asked Siri how to spell desultorily, and this is what she told me. Well!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

2017 Project 365 – Week Twenty-two

It is very tempting to talk about all the ways in which I’m falling apart, but I’ll save that for a specific Whining Post, so you can know to scroll right on past it. I will say that it’s heartening the way that people are so solicitous when they see me coming with the walker (as well they should - I'm a menace with that thing!). I’m embarrassed by it, but it’s still nice to know that people are paying attention to the gimps of the world. Also, I’ll post this again next week, but Dr. M & I took a nice Blue Ridge Parkway ramble today & he posted some of our pictures. Go here to see them.

Sunday, May 28th   
I did the nursing home/church routine and then later Dr. M & I drove around. I posted this picture on Facebook & you should have seen some of the commentary. People have very dirty minds (she said self-righteously).

Monday, May 29th              
Memorial Day at the Bug Household.

I am enamored of all the prickly pear cacti that we see around! I might have to have some for our yard.

Dr. M’s good buddy, Roy, came over for an ear scratch. We like having a neighbor-dog – and no we don’t want a dog of our own :)

Tuesday, May 30th                                
As Dr. M said, we have the furriest birds ever!

Wednesday, May 31st                       
My sweetheart made a sweet heart of impatiens for me!

Thursday, June 1st                      
No picture! Well, we took one, but it was the same as the one we took on the 2nd & that one is much better, so…

Friday, June 2nd         
Heather the Sheep found a new home! She’d been living on the deck, but as you can see, she is the perfect guardian for the new impatiens bed.

Saturday, June 3rd            
This was a big day for us. We went to Charlotte so I could have an MRI (to determine whether I have damage from metal toxicity – I think). I was pretty nervous about it. My last MRI experience wasn’t fabulous. But they gave me valium & ear plugs, and it was an open MRI, so I made it through ok.

We weren’t able to bring any of our day lilies with us from Ohio, so we’re very happy with the volunteers that are coming up by our driveway.

That evening we went to a graduation party for my cousin’s daughter. We had a great time – got to visit with family that we haven’t seen in years. And I tried on these very fashionable glasses. I especially like how they make the end of my nose look so round. Ha!

This coming week I'm going to try to find that fine balance between being stubborn independent & not giving Dr. M a heart attack. Wish us luck!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017 Project 365 – Week Twenty-one

Thanks for all the kind comments on my last post. I’m settling into gimp-hood, and learning how to be extra economical with my movements (this is where having a tray on my walker really helps – I can carry ALL THE THINGS from here to there instead of making separate trips). All things considered, this was a pretty good week.

Sunday, May 21st  
Dr. M spent some time with his father on this rainy Sunday. They went out to Pop’s favorite restaurant – Hardee’s.

Monday, May 22nd             
The squirrels continue to be decidedly UN-baffled.

One of Dr. M’s students made this sheep and sent it to him. I’ve named him Blueberry. Cute!

Tuesday, May 23rd                               
I was on my way out get some blood work done (FOUR vials, just to make sure I’m not Iron Man), but I paused by the driveway to check for four leaf clovers. Score!

Another picture of Roy. He wanted to know where we were going & could he come too.

Wednesday, May 24th                      
Your weekly geranium porn.

Thursday, May 25th                      
We got some new stamps & they are totally making me crave Mexican food!

Friday, May 26th        
We went on a ramble after work today. I love these cactuses! (Cacti?)

Of course, we saw sheep staring at Dr. M.

And we saw a blue heron! These pictures are from quite a distance, but I especially wanted to share the one where it has a bass in its mouth. Dinner!

Saturday, May 27th           
I made some patriotic folderol for the front porch. It’s sort of small – I should make another one with bigger flags & put this one on the mantle.

Twilight in the holler…  (the non-shiny vampire edition)

That was my week – how was yours?