Saturday, November 28, 2015

She’s back…but not with it

Hi everyone -  well it’s like the heading says - I just can’t get my head back into anything.
There are lots of things I can be doing but the desire isn’t there.  I am hoping it’s one of the side effects of surgery.
I did however finish and ship a penny rug and am working on the last one I have had here but my heart isn’t in it. 
I thought I would be wanting to do my punch needle and rug hooking while recouping but it’s not there

So – the surgery was 5-1/2 hours and went well.
my stay in the hospital was 7 days, 5 of them were on the PT floor.

This was the same day as the surgery – face was very swollen.  I couldn’t open my eyes too wide either.
Karen 1

But by the next morning I was kind of back to normal
Karen 2

I progressed so well that they thought I didn’t need any more therapy and to be honest, the surgical area didn’t hurt as much as the first time and this one was extensive.  I had more leg and hip pain than surgical pain.
Went for my post-op visit and they were so pleased with my progress and took x-rays to see how things were going.  Wow – didn’t expect to see what I did.  Lots of pins and screws!

Front view
KARENS BACK FRONT VIEW

Side view

KARENS BACK SIDEVIEW

 

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. We had it here at our house that way when I got tired or hurt I’d be more comfortable than at someone else’s place….but that being said….I OVER DID IT! And I am paying the price with lots of hurts.  Self inflicted owies are frustrating because you can’t blame it on someone else or something else…got myself to blame Sad smile

We did take down our Fall decorations and got them put away for another year and this next week we will bring up the Christmas and take our time decorating.
Now I did learn a lesson from this past week and will NOT OVER DO it.
I also have come to terms with the idea of ‘minimal decorating’ this year.
Instead of 4 Christmas trees there will just be the main tree and then a bit of greenery and berries and that’s all.

Haven’t heard from the grand-children what they would like for gifts so that part hasn’t even started yet either.  I can just see it all happening the week before Christmas!!!

Do you remember me writing about our friends, Bill and Linda Nottingham? Well 2 weeks ago Linda lost her courageous battle with cancer. The loss is felt so deeply, not only because we lost such a wonderful friend but we hurt for Billy – he will be lost without her for a long long time to come.

So – that is what has been happening in my world.  Hopefully in a week or two I’ll have some Christmas pictures to share.

Blessings to all
Karen

43 comments:

  1. Hi Karen,
    So very happy you are recovering from your surgery!! It is AMAZING what Dr's can do!! Hope you can rest and take it slow and easy, even though it is hard!! So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend!! May you sense God's peace and strength!!
    Take care and pace yourself!
    Warmest Hugs~
    Julie

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  2. Thank you so much for your level of transparency with your blog family, Karen. Your body is trying to heal from surgery, so fun stuff isn't on its radar right yet. It's too busy getting you back to healthy. Will keep you in prayer and sending a big of cyber hug. Those don't hurt. :-)

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  3. Wow! You have 2 more pins than I did. I have 6. My surgery was Oct. 14. After about 3 weeks I felt like I woke up and all kinds of things started bothering me around my house. My poor DH took great care of me but not quite so much the house. I still have to pace myself. I figure it will take 4 days to do my Christmas decorating in stead of the 2 I usually do it in. You take care! We have much in common right now.

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  4. It's good to read your blog post even though I've seen posts on FB. I pray that you will feel better every single day.

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    1. Hi Connie - nice to see you here.
      Blessings
      Karen

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  5. SOOOOoooooo glad to see you post Karen. OMG that looks painful!!!!!!!
    Maybe you should bite the bullet and just do gift cards. Your family will understand.
    Sorry to here you lost your friend.
    ((((Hugs))))
    Earlene

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    1. Hi Earlene
      Yes, it was painful although it was mostly the left side hip/leg that hurt but it has settled down some.
      But I got crazy and thought I was doing great and did more than I should so now I'm paying the price.
      Blessings to you
      Karen

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  6. Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Karen. My thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time.
    Glad to hear your doing better. Relax and take it easy. Good to hear from you!

    Sandi

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  7. Thinking about you and yours. Have said a prayer for you.
    Saddened that your friend lost that horrible battle.
    December is almost here and I think I am just about ready for it to happen.
    Blessings and may you recover from surgery,
    d

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  8. Hi Karen, I sure have been thinking of you. I am so thankful that you are doing soooo well and on the road to recovery. Please take it easy getting ready for Christmas, I know everyone understands, and sometimes simple is better. I tend to over decorate. Is Linda the dear sweet lady that bought the bonnet from me? I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I hate cancer, I have several friends in a battle with it now. WIshing you a lovely holiday season and supper fast recovery. Hugs, Lecia

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  9. Bless your heart!! Praying for a speedy recovery! It's ok to slow down and rest. ;)

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  10. Wow, just read about your surgery Karen. Hope you are doing better each day! So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. Don't over do yourself anymore!

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  11. Oh Karen, you have been through so much! I hope each day you are feeling better and better. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Big healing hugs, Lori

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  12. Oh Karen, sending well wishes your way, hope your feeling better real soon.Hugs Francine.

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  13. OMGosh Karen, I get the squimmies when looking at those Xrays. My X-stop gave me back my life 6 years ago, and it looked nothing like yours. It is wonderful what can be done these days. Wishing you a 'Speedy Recovery' and the fact that you've posted a comment is a wonderful sign.

    As always, Peace to All and God Bless America,
    Barb

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    1. Hi Barb - thanks so much for your sweet words.
      Goodness there is a lot of back surgeries going on lately.
      Blessings to you and your family
      Karen

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  14. Thanks for the post! So glad to hear you are recovering and came through better than they expected. Good for you. But so sorry to hear of you loss. Take your time both physically and emotionally and your mojo will come back when you're ready. And yes, take it easy!!!

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  15. So glad surgery went alright. My daughter had neck surgery with screws put in recently. Please take it easy and will patiently await to see your Christmas decor. Janice

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    1. Thank you Janice!!
      Well, the decorating will be minimal for sure but hopefully it won't look like we skipped Christmas lol
      Hope all is well with you.
      Blessings
      Karen

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  16. Hi Karen,
    So glad to see you are on the mend. That first pic scared me a bit at first look! I am so very sorry to hear about your dear friend! I too, lost a co~worker last month to cancer and then my dad this wk, the day before Thanksgiving, so I know how you feel.
    Anyway, please don't overdo it, I'm sure everyone will understand!
    Merry Christmas if I don't get back on here before then.
    Hugs,
    Tanya

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    1. Oh my Tanya - I am so sorry for your loss, my heart hurts for you with both losses.
      Blessings
      Karen

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  17. Oh Karen, I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I am happy to hear that you are mending quickly and well. Back pain is such a wearing thing on someone. I am heading in the same direction. I am supposed to be doing an epidural shot this week but the spine Doc says I am perfect candidate for surgery.. My back problems are in the very same area. I suffer so much pain..especially if I over do things just a little.. I pray you are back to full health soon.. Take it easy and take care of yourself.. Blessings!

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  18. Karen, It good to know that your surgery is over and you are on the mend; however, you do need to take care of yourself. You are such a sweet, giving person to share what you went through. I'm sure you have touched many and given hope to those who suffer from similar pain. Also, I'm sorry for the loss of your dear friend. You are in my prayers. Bless you!

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  19. glad to have you back do be careful and don't over do. you will get your mojo back for your hand work soon and don't be afraid to let others help.and praise the lord for fast healing nancy in wi

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    1. Hi Nancy - thanks for visiting.
      Now how are you feeling? Haven't heard anything from you in ages.
      Blessings
      Karen

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  20. Welcome back Karen! I have been thinking about you and praying for you! I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Will say a prayer for Billy also. I am sorry you overdid it during Thanksgiving. Gets lots of rest, you deserve it!
    Be blessed,
    Cindi

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    1. Hi Cindi
      Thank you for your words of encouragement - I need them this week!
      Blessings
      Karen

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  21. You must be so careful , not just now but always. You need to let others take care of you and things that you want done. So glad to hear you are doing so well.
    One very special tree is enough to put up (not you putting it up) and decorate.
    So sorry for your loss of your friend.

    God Bless
    Betsy

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  22. Hi Karen...hope you are feeling better every day. Go slowly as you continue to heal...delegate! So sorry for the loss of your friend. Take good care.
    Robyn

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  23. Hi Karen - I am so happy to hear you are on the road to recovery, I know it's a long one and frustrating for someone who is a "doer!" Healing will come though! I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend and will say a prayer for her husband who must go on without her. Take care of yourself and let your family pamper you! Jane

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  24. mornin karen, sending positive thoughts for your recovery, rest easy...

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  25. My condolences to you on losing your friend, Linda. Sometimes the road to recovery is tiny steps, so be patient and just concentrate on the moment. I know this from personal experience (smile). So as the saying goes "just hang in there".

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    1. Hi Chris - thanks for your sweet words!
      I should have known from my first experience that I can't push myself.
      There are good days and bad days...this week was bad! But I will prevail lol
      Karen

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  26. So happy you have the surgery behind you and hopefully getting better every day. I'm sure the desire to do things will come back with time. So sorry about your friend and especially her husband. I lost my beloved husband of 46 years last July from a 2-1/2 battle with cancer. Life will never be the same so I can empathize with her husband. The holidays are extremely hard after such a loss. Will keep all in my prayers.

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    1. Hi Sandy - thanks for visiting and your words are reassuring.
      Oh my goodness Sandy I am so sorry for your loss - My head just can't comprehend how that would be.
      We asked Billy if things were okay and 'how are you doing' and he said "I don't know how to feel, I've never been through this before"., now how true is that...one doesn't know and other's just can't imagine.
      Sending many prayers for easier days ahead.
      Blessings to you
      Karen

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    2. Thank you Karen. He pretty much hit the nail on the head with his reply and I hate to tell him he probably won't know for a long time. My heart breaks for him and what he's facing. It is a hard adjustment and unfortunately one you can't prepare for. You just take one day at a time and handle things as they come up. That's really all anybody can do. Please share my condolences with him Karen. Shortly after losing my Larry I read a saying that helped me a lot and it may give him some comfort too. It said, "Just keep living until you feel alive again". That pretty much says it all. Glad you're getting better Karen.

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    3. Oh thanks so much Sandy - glad you replied here because you are a no-reply and I emptied my trash and my sent folders so this worked great.
      I will certainly tell Bill and he does appreciate everyone's thoughts and concerns.
      Blessings,
      Karen

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  27. Lord love your heart, I remember the last one!
    Hope you heal quickly, but no rushing around!
    Bless you, and your friend on his loss as well.

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  28. Oh you dear thing.. So glad it is over for you and you are doing well.. You have been in my thoughts and prayers and was so happy to see you had posted... Have a wonderful season and please take it easy.. God bless you my dear friend.. xo

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  29. Oh, bless your heart. I am so glad that is behind you and you are on the mend. Will keep you in my prayers. You will soon be back better than before.

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  30. I'm so glad to hear that you're recovering nicely. Take it easy, don't overdo and your simplified Christmas will be lovely! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  31. Hope you are feeling much better by now. So sorry about the loss of your friend. Hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas!

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  32. Hi Karen. I am so glad you are feeling better. I know how much we love our decorating. Especially for Christmas. You take it easy and heal. You will have many future Christmas's to decorate. I am so very sorry for your loss. I didn't know she was sick.

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So glad you came to visit - feel free to leave a comment.
I will try and answer as many as I can - maybe not immediately but I will get to you!

Karen