Monday, July 4, 2016

Independence Day!





Beautiful (not humid) weather here the past few days. I hate humid, so this has been perfect summer weather for me.

I ditched my sling. My surgeon told me I still have to wear in in public - will keep people from bumping into me or me forgetting and grabbing something or try to open a heavy door. Also not allowed to shake hands with people, LOL in case some one at church has a death grip. ;)

Now I can sew and crochet again, as long as its not too dang hot. I started a colorful prayers shawl !


Saturday, June 25, 2016

recovery

I had my rotator cuff repair surgery six weeks ago.

He also woven a bunch of nylon cording through what was left of the cartilage in the shoulder. Hoping it will scar over and the scar tissue will hold my shoulder together. apparently what little cartilage I have left was like tissue paper. 

I did not think about it being so hot and having to wear a nylon and foam immobilizing sling for 8 weeks.  I see the surgeon Tuesday, Hoping I can ditch this thing! Its sweaty and gross. 

Worst part is it is my right arm. And I am very right-handed

I have learned a few things along the way.



  • no matter how gross the shower gets - my husband and daughter will not clean it.
  • flossing your teeth is not possible with one hand, the little flosser pick things from the dollar store are awesome
  • you can't put your hair in a ponytail one handed,
  • cabin fever sets in quickly when you live 12 miles from town and are not allowed to drive.
  • when my husband grocery shops after a 12 hour shift he buys lots of Oreos, hot dogs, and frozen pizzas
  • when I am typing left handed I have to search for the keys, typing for years without thinking about it all goes out the window when you take away a hand.
  • I don't care about mis typing something now. If I make a mistake its a pain to go back and fix it. If you're reading you can probably figure it out.
  • Its hard to get all the shampoo and conditioner out of your hair in the shower
  • having your husband put your deodorant on tickles
  • I am really rethinking having my left shoulder done. I know in the long run it will be worth it, but I dread going through this again.
  • my friends suck. I did not get one phone call.   No visitors except my kids. ( and they were here the day after surgery so I slept most of the time. lol)   I got one card from a retired couple from my church. 
  • When I was diagnosed with cancer it was the same thing. Depressing. I am the person who sends care packages and birthday gifts. I make afghans and quilts  for friends when they are recovering, struggling or welcoming a new baby. I've made dozens of prayer shawls and lap afghans for church members.  I send gas cards to relatives going through cancer treatments.   I suppose I am being petty, but it hurts :(
  • but I am still going to be the person who sends a card, mail a package full of little things to brighten someone's day, or I will keep crocheting and sewing. Because I know how a simple gesture can brighten someone's day. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lemon Cream Pie Cheesecake Dip: a quick & easy dessert recipe for spring!  serve with graham crackers or nilla wafers
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 8-ounce brick cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 10-ounce jar lemon curd
  • 1 8-ounce container Extra Creamy Cool Whip
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a medium bowl using an electric hand beater, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar on medium speed for 1-2 minutes, or until combined and creamy. Add the lemon curd and mix on medium speed until just combined.
  2. Fold in the Extra Creamy Cool Whip and transfer dip to your serving bowl. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mixed stitch

I made my first mixed stitch blanket. 
Have wanted to make one for so long! 

I started following Cherry Heart's Crochet along, the Spice of Life 

I used worsted weight, because that's what I had on hand,  some brights Jill had left over. 
Added lavender, black and white.

Then I got bored with the pattern. 
Looked on pinterest for some other stitches.
I even started a Mixed Stitch board

I added a few more rows. And finally finished.  

It needs a wash or two and some fabric softener to make it cozy.

I like how it turned out. 


Thursday, March 10, 2016

scheduled

I met with the orthopedic surgeon yesterday.
I was counting on not liking him and using that as an excuse to have it closer to home.
Too bad, I really liked him. LOL
And, honestly, I want a surgeon who specializes. 
He poked my shoulder,tested my strength , and range of motion. 
Went through my MRI, slice by slice, with me.
Answered all my questions.
 (and wasn't an ass about it like so many surgeons I have met the last few years.)
I told him I wanted to wait til after my 6 month check up, the first week in May.

He told me I have excellent range of motion now.
And it would take me up to a year to be back where I am now, after surgery. 
But with no pain.  ( If only he could get rid of neck pain too!) 


He told me it would be a long painful road, but in a year it will be worth it.
I hope so! Someday I will be a grandma and I want to be able to pick up those babies without wincing. 











Saturday, March 5, 2016

well

I was thinking....
I spent all my Christmas money on yarn.
Most years I spend my Christmas money on yarn.
I don't just have a stash. 
I have totes literally (!) piled to the ceiling.
Cotton. Super washable acrylic. Wool. Alpaca softness that is gorgeous.
Aran, worsted, and tons of DK.

Trust me,
I have plans for all this yarn.

But I am facing rotator cuff surgery, maybe both sides.
And what if my cancer comes back?
As Pearl says in Finding Nemo: That's a pretty big but(t) 

When am I going to find time to crochet up all this yarn?

*heavy sigh*
 I totally did not think that through. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Sporatic

So, again, long time no post.

I found out in January I have a complete tear of my right rotator cuff.
I knew I did, have just been getting by with cortisone shots a couple times a year.
My doctor said enough and ordered an MRI.
I have two distinct tears, bone spurs, and my tendons are beginning to fray.
I knew it was bad. If I stand with my arm hanging down, it feels like someone is pulling it.

A month later, after another chat with him, he ordered one for the left too.
oh man, he was so cute that day, telling me how he met his wife and fell head over heels. He had the biggest grin on his face. I hope she knows how smitten he is with her after 20 years :) 
Of course, tear on that side too. 
I give up.

I see an orthopedic surgeon on Wednesday.