This week was about good news and bad news. Well, globally too, but mostly about ME ME ME. And as I am already bored with that subject, instead of doing a separate post I’m just going to recap Friday’s doctor’s visit in its proper place, the Friday slot of this post.
Sunday, May 14th
As already discussed last week, Mother’s Day hit me a little harder this year. It happens every now & then & is to be expected since this is my first year back in NC, living 10 miles from the house I grew up in. Dr. M spend some time with his pop today, and the Mother’s Day roses were still lovely (they called them that because they usually are in bloom around Mother’s Day). My mobility just really sucks lately, so I stayed home. Even so, had I known that my dad & Sue were spending a quiet day at home I might have gone to harass them. Ha!
After Dr. M came home I decided that I needed to get out of the house after all. We took a nice drive around and then brought Chinese food home for dinner. This was my fortune. Well then!
Monday, May 15th
We were undecided about whether to put the futon in the living room at the new house, but finally went ahead & ordered a new mattress for it & rearranged the room to make it fit. It is an EXCELLENT place to take a nap when you’re feeling puny – I know because I already tested it out. And also we decided that it was a little inhospitable to not have seating for guests.
Tuesday, May 16th
I don’t know about you, but I personally think that Miss Rita is saying, “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” Ha!
Wednesday, May 17th
Poor Dr. M. He put a squirrel baffle on the bird feeder, but apparently it wasn’t very baffling to our squirrels. I’m not sure if you can tell (this is a picture through the door), but there are two squirrels on there. Squirrels: 2, Dr. M: 0
Thursday, May 18th
Dr. M and I just sitting on the deck enjoying the evening together.
Friday, May 19th
This is the face of a man who is worried about his wife. He was in the waiting room while I met with the orthopedic doctor. This is what I found out (copied from my Facebook post – sorry if you’ve already read it): My prior hip surgery from August 2011 (a resurfacing) failed- the cup that they put in there is now loose & tilting in the wrong direction (the source of my pain). Hip resurfacing can lead metal toxicity (which is why they mostly don't even perform them anymore), so my doctor needs for me to get an MRI & have blood work done to make sure I don't have metal floating around (I am Iron Man!). I don't actually think they'll find anything, but we'll see. Then after all that's done, he'll do the revision, which will be - he kept saying - a MAJOR surgery. He doesn't know how much damage he'll find until he gets in there, and he can't guarantee that the surgery will be entirely successful. He hopes (hopes!) he can make both of my legs the same length (they aren't, right now). The surgery will be sometime in July or August (he’s booked out that far).
Recovery might be quick or it might be several months. But I work from home, so I don't even care at this point. I am SO glad we moved when we did! I would hate for Mike to have to go through this again without any support.
One final thought (for now): I was afraid that the doctor would say that there was nothing wrong with me. Or that there was something so wrong it couldn't be fixed. Now that I know that something was wrong, and for who knows how long, I feel really sad for the me who tried to walk without a limp, and thought she had "failed" physical therapy. I didn't want to go to the doctor just to be told I was imagining things & that I needed to work harder. Next time, this wheel will squeak until she's sure that everything is working properly!
After that cheerful news, I needed some comfort food. Please note that while I ate every bite of the soup, most of the popcorn shrimp & fries came home with us.
Saturday, May 20th
Today Daddy & Sue came by to help Dr. M clean our house. I was SO THANKFUL! Although I have to say that despite my view of myself as a slothful person, I had a really hard time just sitting there & watching them work! Fortunately they were only intermittently in the living room – ha! I didn’t take a picture of them working, so here is a picture of my temperature scarf, completed through May 19. As with the Temperature Monster from last year, I like the cool weather colors better than the warm weather ones. Which is fine, because when I wrap it around my neck the cool weather colors will be on the end.
That was my week – how was yours?