Yesterday was Micah's first day at the Apple Valley Applebee's. She started work at 1 p.m. and DID NOT get done until 11:30 p.m. Somewhere around 11 p.m. the general manager (who had come on around 5 p.m.) asked her how she was doing. She told him honestly, "I haven't eaten since 12 p.m., I'm nauseous, and I'm exhausted." He bought her dinner. And she still said she enjoyed her day!
Friday, December 7, 2018
While that might sound like someone has a pretty high fever, that's not it at all! Nope, that's the number of degrees I was able to bend my new right knee today - up from 80 degrees on Tuesday! Can we say, "Party on!"? Not only that, the PT was able to get it to bend (with only minimal pain) to 113 degrees! Our goal: 120 degrees!
Unfortunately, or maybe wisely, I was cautioned to take it slow, give my muscles a chance to rest and heal . . . But don't they know - I, for one, am ready to go!
It is quite the "Thankful Thursday!" when that brand new knee is able to clean EVERYTHING in the bathroom except for the floor - and truthfully, I didn't try very hard to do it! I'd hate to have the fam think I was feeling good!
It's also a very "Thankful Thursday!" when you have vacuum cleaner on each level and can run them WITHOUT the cane! The stairs didn't get done, but that is so NOT my problem!
And truthfully, I don't know who was more thankful, Sam or I, that Micah, on her hands and knees, mopped the kitchen and dining room floor!
So today I am thankful that once again our house is clean . . .
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
It was most definitely a most excellent day for me! I met with my surgeon at 2:20 p.m. and got the bandages off, the staples out and the steri-strips on. No more ship showers for me - I can take real ones starting tomorrow! Which is a good thing because my leg smells! I got all my questions answered:
- Yes, you can drive again. Start slow and in the neighborhood.
- No, you can not swim until after your next appointment.
- Yes, continue taking an aspirin a day until your next appointment.
- No, long travels are not what you want to be doing right now.
- Yes, you are definitely doing great! You are far ahead of the curve!
Next stop, PT. It was an echo - a most lovely echo! "You are way ahead of most people who have this done. Definitely ahead of the curve! Absolutely amazing! What can you do to work out? I have no idea. No one's ever asked me that before!"
Saturday, December 1, 2018
I'm not sure "challenged" is the best word - "encouraged" may be a better choice. But I was (pick your word) twice yesterday regarding my mother-in-law to find and remember the good things and to be thankful for them. As I started to think and remember, there were definitely good things:
- She loved to decorate her home and was quite good at it in spite of the orange shag carpet.
- She loved to give gifts. For a while at Christmas, all of her "girls" (daughters and daughter-in-laws) received a gift from her and they were uniquely fun, from pewter lapel pins to pencil sharpeners!
- She remembered birthdays. Don't ask me how - seven children, all married, thirty-one grandchildren and thirty-one great-grand children!
- Just like my mom, she loved birds. I've encouraged Sam, if it's okay with his family, to use the memorial money he's received to buy something "bird-ie" in her honor. We have a blue bird bath in Mom's honor and it's a fun memory of her, especially as we watch the birds enjoying their baths.
- She liked to "present" (think "verb"). She had beautiful dishes she enjoyed using so that her table always looked lovely. I, personally, could eat out of the kettle because it would be one less dish I'd have to wash!
So in her honor today, I would like to tell you my favorite "mother-in-law story". It's not for the faint of heart! We were there, but not in the kitchen, when it happened! She had found a mouse running on the counter (farm house!). She knocked it into the kitchen sink - the garbage disposal side, somehow got it into the garbage disposal and TURNED IT ON! Then she realized what she'd done! The mortified look on her face was well worth it!
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Today, I am thankful that I am being "spared". Tomorrow, weather permitting, Sam will be traveling down to his mother's visitation followed by her funeral on Saturday. We have decided that my traveling on a new bionic knee would not be a wise decision. We didn't even ask the doctor - it's just not worth the risk for us.
Lorna, Sam's mom, and I never connected. Twice yesterday, I got phone calls telling me how wonderful she was and how lucky I was to have her as my mother-in-law. Both calls went on and on and on . . . talking about a side of her, both Sam and I agree, I never got to experience or see.
So I am thankful to be able to spend this weekend here in Minnesota, where I won't have to watch my tongue, where I won't inwardly be seething, and my knee can continue to heal.
When it's a snowy day in Minnesota, where do you go to walk your new bionic knee? Well, if your daughter is transferring to the Applebee's in Apple Valley because the Applebee's in Lakeville closed and she doesn't like the Burnsville one, and she's meeting with the manager in between taking you out to run errands, you CAN walk at Applebee's! I put in nine laps during her meeting today! Good thing we were there in a NON-busy time!