Friday, August 21, 2015

Knee Surgery Progress

Hello peeps!  I have one more week and then it's back to work for me.  I'm still using a cane but feel confident when I'm out and about.  It's been a hard journey; much more difficult than the first time.  My SLE Lupus started to flare a month before surgery.  I also found out that I have a blood clotting disorder (one of the many Lupus issues).  I had to stop taking my Lupus meds to prepare for the surgery, which didn't help with the flare that I was already having.

Here's a photo diary of the progress, with the most recent photos first.  Be warned, the last photo is kind of rough around the edges!
This photo was taken July 16.  It pretty much looks the same now.  I have a "dimple" when I stand at the beginning of the scar on my quad muscle.  It's possible it'll be there forever but it's also possible that it'll go away.  I'm so glad I wasn't a person with beautiful legs in the first place!
In this photo you can see where the staples were.  I didn't count them when they were in but I'm thinking it was around 23 or so.  Physical Therapy was coming to my house twice a week.  I really enjoyed my therapist even if she did make me cry a few times.
This photo was taken June 30 - two days after my birthday.  Unfortunately I HAD to get this done when I did.  I wouldn't choose to have this procedure done in the summer.  The heat really played a factor in how I felt.  Not to mention being homebound for my birthday and Independence Day.  My dad came up on my birthday and brought us lunch and a mini cake.  Thanks dad!   A bit of bruising but not too bad.  How many staple marks do you see?

This was June 27.  After taking out the staples they put this tape on my knee.  It lost it's stick in about two days.  Plus the physical therapist really wanted to see how the scar was healing.
This photo was taken June 20.  Yep, Frankenstein would be proud!  There's lots of swelling and bruising.  You can definitely see the progress between this photo and the one above.  I find it amazing how quickly the body heals.  All the time fighting my SLE Lupus.  I had to stay off my medications until seven weeks after the surgery.  I felt it; emotionally and physically.  For three weeks I was crying at a drop of a hat and thinking "why did I do this."  I had my right knee done in 2010 so I know what a difference the surgery makes but at this point I just didn't care.  I was miserable.
June 18.  My leg is in the CPM machine.  I LOVE this machine.  It continually moves your leg without any effort from you.  It doesn't build muscle but it helps to move the joint so it doesn't get stiff.  I would usually ice my knee while in the machine.  I was sent home with the bandage.  I wonder what it looks like underneath?  Notice the toes?  I treated myself to a pedicure right before surgery.

WARNING:  THE NEXT PHOTO IS UGLY!!
June 13.  Yikes.  I just HAD to look under the bandage didn't I.  I think my physical therapist wanted to take a look.  She started coming to the house the day after I was released.   I had the surgery on June 8 and was released June 10.   They had me up and walking the afternoon of the surgery.  Well, maybe not walking exactly.  I did have to prove that I could get up stairs before they would release me.  I came home with oxygen too.  One benefit of that is that it helps you heal.  Bonus.

If you need a knee replacement I'd definitely recommend it.  I had the same orthopedic surgeon for both knees and the experiences were totally different.  The first time I didn't have SLE Lupus or the blood clotting disorder.  I wonder if I bruised so badly because of that.  I now take a baby aspirin every day and carry bandaides in my purse.

Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers.  I'm so glad that I'm coming to the next chapter of having two good knees and being able to walk like a normal person.

Peace,
Kay

Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Smiles

I, know, it's been AGES!  I thought what better way to return to blogland than to post a Friday Smile!  I'm linking up with Annie at  A Stitch In Time

Go on over to her site and see what everyone else is sharing.

I've been home recouperating from a total knee replacement.  I'm still doing physical therapy twice a week and hopefully will return to work at the end of this month.  

Here's my smile from this week.
This is my little Muffin.  She had just woken up from a nap and turned and looked at me as if to say  "can't you keep your voice down?"  Bless her.  She's my little expensive rescue.  She has so many allergies, all environmental, and was recently diagnosed with Cushing's disease.  Her body produces too much cortisol.  She's also gone blind in one eye.  She's still full of life and love.  Lucky for her she ended up with a softie!

I'm not sure exactly how "active" I'll be in blogland but hopefully I'll be ramping up over the next couple of weeks.

Peace,
Kay

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Peony, The Shed and Photo Manipulation

Hello peeps.  I know, it's been a while.  I'm having a total knee replacement on my left knee of Monday, June 8.  I'm ready for this, excited for this.   Turns out I'm having a SLE Lupus flare just in time for surgery.  Just lovely! 

 I've played around with an application I found for my cell phone.  You choose a photo and manipulate it using different effects.  There's many variations to choose from.  This is the original photo.  It's a peony I planted in my yard this year.  It's the sorbet variety.  Love.

 
Here's the watercolor effect that I liked the best.  I can just imagine making cards!

Here's another one.  You can really see all the texture in the adobe wall.
The Shed is a restaurant in Santa Fe.  I ate there for the first time a month or so ago.  It's very colorful and the food is good.  One thing that's their "signature" is that you don't get a sopapilla with your food; you get french bread!  For those that aren't sure what a sopapilla is, it's kind of like a hollow donut that you squirt honey into.  Yum.

This is the sign using the same effect as on the peony.  Below are "normal" photos of The Shed.
This last door cracked me up.  Yep, it was low alright; perfect for me though!

It may be a while before you see me again.  I think of my blogging family often.  Each of you have found your way into my life and my heart.

Peace,
Kay


Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Smiles

Happy Friday!  The end of another week.  I'm linking up with Annie at  A Stitch In Time.
Go on over to her site and see what everyone else is sharing.

It's been quite a while since I've posted.   I've been knitting but that's the extent of my craftiness.   I've had several things that brought a smile to my face recently.  One happened last night.  I was ready to go upstairs to turn in for the night.  Muffin was right on my heels but I didn't know where Katie was.
The mystery was solved.  She loves laying on the pillow  right by my head.  Oh, do you see the jar of buttons?  Can you believe I have two jars that size full of buttons!

This is Muffin.  She loves her elephant!  This was an action shot -- that's why the elephant's head is blurry!
I've also done some planting.  I can't help myself.  They say don't plant anything before Mother's Day but I did.  Luckily we haven't gotten any freezing weather but we did get a light dusting of snow last weekend. 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I'm off work today and plan to visit either today or tomorrow.

Peace,
Kay