Wednesday, July 27, 2011

" 20 Days to Go, Keepin' Busy! "

I really can't believe how fast the time is going by. 20 more days until the knee surgery. Things have been going smoothly so far. I had some blood work and urine analysis done. Once my family physician gets the results and gives his o.k. and the insurance gives their o.k. then we'll all be o.k.!!

In answer to Linda's question, yes Jake will have 15 paid days off. If that's not enough time we'll work something else out. It will be tricky and painful for awhile but I'm pretty sure all will be fine. And I'm not afraid of pain meds especially before physical therapy.

Oh and here is a bit of exciting news. My daughter Ginny, is coming home from North Carolina for a weekend in August after the surgery. Pain or no pain, she will be a sight for sore eyes and knees!!!

In the meantime I've been keeping very busy. My Katie hasn't been feeling well again. She will see her ENT doctor tomorrow but he has also referred her to a Neurologist for her reoccurring migraines. 
Now I am just hoping that this is hormonal. Also my husband used to get them a lot when he was her age as well. I'm trying not to worry yet. Jake will have to take her to the neurologist as I will still be in the hospital. In the meantime prayers would come in handy here.

I've also been sewing a lot lately. Well when I can fit it in. I bought a laundry bag from Argentina, supposedly, from the thrift store along with a belt and some corduroy.

I wanted to make a bag for my laptop which has a 17 inch screen. 
So I made the bag to fit my computer!!

I used corduroy for the lining and added a little pocket inside.

I thought it came out pretty well. I had also made a little, well I don't know what you'd call it but Katie grabbed it up right away!!

You can keep little things in it.

And this one I already posted a photo of but I have since added a zipper with a beaded zipper pull. And a ribbon handle. This one is for Ginny, I really love this one the best.

I already have two more requests and would like to make myself a pretty little bag to take to the hospital to keep small things in.

I've also been doing my post-op leg exercises as suggested in the joint replacement class along with riding my stationary bike 2 miles a day. The handlebars move back and forth on it so I can work on my arm strength as well as I will need that for the walker.

I don't really know how I will feel while in the hospital but they do have wireless internet there so I am going to try and post if I can. Of coarse this is all dependent on how I feel and how busy they keep me while there. But I have already taken a "before" photo of my knees and will post an after as well. 

Now you may or may not want to see that so I will try and warn you when I do. That is, IF I am in my right mind at the time!!

But my ultimate goal with this is to inform and educate about this surgery as it is quite common anymore. I would not be surprised at all if one day one of my followers may need it done.

But now I just wait. Wait and prepare. There are things that will need to be changed in the house. Like a place to keep the dogs when I am up and about. And moving my clothes and bedding downstairs.
Also putting handrails up in places where there should be handrails and there aren't any.

Preparation. Anticipation. A little bit of worry. But mostly, I'm still excited! We will see how excited I sound "after" I get home!!

That's it for tonight everyone.

Oh and to my friend Jackie, don't worry, I was and am going to call you!!! I miss you, Love Di ♥


Cozy in Texas said...

I stopped by your blog today

Rebecca said...

Your mental preparation is right "up there" in importance with your physical prep. I think you are doing GREAT! (I'm taking notes.)

Those bags - large and small - are really cool. I like them

Sharon said...

Great bags!

There is always so much to do and to remember to do before you have a surgery like that. I hope you remember and accomplish them all before it's time to go sign in!

Bernie said...

A girl can never be too excited to have both knees operated on, You will do just fine my friend, you are emotionally prepared for the good, bad and the ugly. So glad Jake will be home with you during the first couple of weeks. Will keep all of you in my prayers, please let me know how Katie makes out. It is good to hear from Jackie again isn't it, maybe we can rebuild the village......:-)Hugs

Anvilcloud said...

Just don't wear yourself down too much trying to get everything under the sun done before you go in.

jules said...

I can't believe how fast your surgery is sneaking up...

Rob-bear said...

Oh, it is getting close. And you're staying ready, by being a bag lady. Good for you!
Blessings and Bear hugs.

Teacher's Pet said... know that I'm pulling for you, and I send you lots of hugs. Great job on sewing the laptop bag...and the purse. You have also been so clever. I cherish my gifts from you...the greatest among them is your friendship. Love to you, my friend.

Wanda..... said...

Loved how you transformed the laundry bag into a laptop bag, Di. You're going to be a very stylish patient. You seem to be right on top of everything...with exercises and making the house convenient and safe, plus planning to record everything! I know you will do well, it's good that Jake will be home and Ginny is coming!

Lois Evensen said...

You sound as if you are so prepared for your surgery! I'm sure it will go well. Your computer bag and other nifty items you've made are great! When will you open your Etsy store????? ;)

Talin's Corner said...

I love the laptop bag. Great way to repurpose and l like the way you fussy cut the front of the bag. You sure are ambitious. I would never even consider posting while at the hospital. You're very smart to prepare your house for you return. I think sometimes we forget to do this...well, I know I have any way.

Rae said...

Best wishes for the surgery. After a short recovery you will feel so much better. My husband has had it and it made a world of difference for him.

Blessings each day said...

Hoping this will let me post a comment....
I will be keeping you in prayer very specially during and after your surgery. It is amazing that you are getting so much done with those poor knees aching!!

love, blessings, hugs and prayers

Teacher's Pet said...

I look forward to talking with you again, Di. Call me any time.

Maria said...

Hi Diana!
Oh my goodness, time IS flying by!
I love your sweet sewing projects. Your laptop bag is fun! You have such a creative spirit!
I know you will make the best out of your recovery days... It is such a miracle that they have come up with such an operation! I'll never forget seeing my uncle bike ride a few months after his surgery. {seemed like a few months...not sure exactly}
but it was awesome!

I'll surely be keeping you in prayer, Diana!

*happy weekend to you*
♥ Maria

Arlee Bird said...

I'm sure the waiting is creating some anxiety. Hope all goes well without a hitch. You'll be fine I'm sure.

Tossing It Out

Barb said...

I'm glad that Jake will be home and Ginny is visiting after the surgery. I know Katie will be a big help, too - hope she is feeling better soon. Glad you're already doing exercises and making sure the house is safe for you to move around after surgery. We had a friend who had 1 knee replaced, and he did awesome - was skiing the next winter. Love the bags!

naida said...

Best wishes for your knee surgery!
great sewing projects :) you are so creative!