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.
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!
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.
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
squirrels on there.
Squirrels: 2, Dr. M: 0
Dr. M and I just sitting on the
deck enjoying the evening together.
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):
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
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
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
& 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?