“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”

Despite rumors to the contrary, I am still alive and well. The hospital discharged me on Friday, and I hobbled from the wheelchair to the car to the house and haven’t ventured any further than the deck since then. Sheila is the perfect nurse. She keeps me company and shows up with a glass of water and some pills just when the pain is the greatest. She is always offering food and reminds me how important it is for me to keep up my strength. She sees her job as pushing drugs, and I don’t say no. Yesterday the nurse came as did the physical therapist. The nurse built my file with a Q&A session, and the therapist had me use huge elastics to do exercises to strengthen my back. PT will be twice a week, and the nurse will come once a week. At the end of three weeks, the decision will be whether to stop as the goals have been met or for me to begin out-patient rehab. I’m voting to stop but my vote doesn’t matter.

My friends call for updates, and Clare brought me flowers and my favorite lemon cupcake. The flowers were irises, another a favorite. It’s wonderful having my own private nurse and friends who know how to brighten my day.

If I don’t move, there is no pain. I know there’s a joke in there somewhere, but for the life of me I can’t seem to get at it. After being seated for a while, there is a struggle to get up, a noisy struggle. I moan and groan, and I’m amazed the neighbors haven’t called the police thinking I’m  being tortured.

I had a few events on my dance card this week, but I erased all of them. I figure staying at home, napping a bit and sitting on the deck will be the easiest ways for me to spend the days; however, I do admit one transgression. Last night I sneaked out front to see the Super Moon. It was beautiful, and I get to see it again tonight.

Well, I think I’m on the mend. I did manage to take a shower this morning though I was really exhausted by the time I’d finished. Being clean, though,  was worth the pain.

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26 Comments on ““Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.””

  1. john Says:

    Glad to hear you’re doing….OK.
    Recovery’s always a pain in the,,,, well, everywhere.

    It’s been 8 years since either Sandy or I have had any knife work done and I’ll hoping to go without having any done in the future. Sandy just had a Dr visit for her ankle and he found a bunch of arthritis in her knee that may have to be addressed in the future. The odd part is, the knee doesn’t hurt. I guess doctors find the knee more fun to work with so they pick that first. She’s got some exercises for both the knee and ankle so we’ll see which gets better first.
    Me? The doctor’s at a loss to explain why anyone who abuses his body as much as I can be healthy.

    Keep up with those showers – they really are worth the pain.

    • katry Says:

      John,
      You’re right about the pain being everywhere! Mostly I get to moan a bit at night without waking myself but last night was the exception. My leg pain was quite intense, but that’s when my sister showed up with pills in one hand and water in the other. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

      This is all the result of a stair lip which broke and I fell, smashing my back against the stair edge.

      I loved my shower, and I figure I’ll go outside for my next one.

  2. Ralph Says:

    Sorry to hear you’re laid low and hope this one takes!

  3. Spaceman Says:

    Mercy me! Bless you heart.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Showering is good. It always makes me feel more human. 🙂

    It’s the joke about Doctor it hurts when I do this. Well, then don’t do that.
    You should keep moving, though, otherwise you’ll seize up like the Tinman in a rain storm.

    Take it easy.Napping and sitting around on the deck sounds like the perfect exercise. Enjoy.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,

      I did feel great after my shower this morning. Being clean is a big boost!

      I was going most of yesterday and didn’t need a nap until late in the day, but I’m getting close to napping now as I can feel my energy depleting. It’s an on-again, off-again sort of thing.

      I love your advice and will most decidedly take it!!

  5. Birgit Says:

    I’m glad to read you’re alive, “and well” is doubtable.
    You can confuse your neighbors if you moan and groan and simultaneously play the song “Je t’aime” very loud 😉
    I haven’t seen the super moon yet, it’s still too cloudy. Probably no luck tonight as well, but I keep trying.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      My sister thinks I’m moving much faster, but I’m still all bent over from the pain.

      I love your suggestion though I’m not sure my neighbors would get it.

      We had the clearest sky last night and hope we do again tonight.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        You and Birgit are way far ahead of me and my knowledge bank. Jane Birkin and her midget friend Serge are totally unknown to me.

        Massachusetts bans books and music and some films. Perhaps Jane will have a red X across her movie trailer!

    • Hedley Says:

      WOW, Birgit jumps in to the world of Jane Birkin and her midget friend Serge….the song was banned everywhere, had an extremely “forthright” image of the extraordinary Jane on the cover, and did the circuit of record lenders at Dorking Grammar School.

      There might have even been an age requirement to own it, which made it even more exciting to have in your possession. Don’t think my folks were terribly amused when Jane seemed to be enjoying the moment

      nice one Birgit, now try Daft Punk again

      • Birgit Says:

        The Birkin song was banned (nearly) everywhere? Oops, I thought everyone around the world knows it. Back then it was played on mainstream radio so often until it was more an annoying joke than a serious song. I think I don’t own the record, is it a fault or mercy?
        Hedley, OK, I’ll try one more Daft Punk song with another singer than the last one. Let’s see …
        Kat, I’m definitely not ahead of your knowledge bank, just born and raised at a different place and a slightly different time. You often post songs that I like and haven’t heard. Thanks for that.

  6. olof1 Says:

    Nice to know You’re at home again 🙂 I do hope this surgery did the trick!

    Cloudy here all night yesterday and cloudy now too but I can see gaps here and there in the sky so maybe I can see te moon soon. It should be visible already now so I have lots of time before I go to bed tonight.

    Have a great day and take care!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I can feel the difference in pain intensity when I get up from the bed or the couch so I know it is getting better. My moans are far less screechy.

      I hope you get to see the moon. Being so close tot eh Earth, it is lovely.

      Thanks!

  7. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    I’m so glad you are home again: I missed you. Please wave at your sister for me. When I find my head, I’ll wave again. I thought of you this week, hoping the operation was a success.
    Waving,
    Lori

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      I’ll wave at her. She and I are watching TV together.

      I too hope the surgery was a success. Three times is more than enough!!!

      Waving!!

  8. Annie Says:

    So glad to hear that you are feeling better, I have been thinking of you & wishing you well.
    With love,
    Annie.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Annie

      I am better earlier than I was last time. Sheila is a great nurse-my needs are met before I need them!

      Love

  9. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Glad you are on the mend…just take it one step at a time. Sheila gets a virtual hug from me as she waits on you hand and foot.

    Enjoy. Soon enough you will be chasing Gracie as she runs up the street.

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      I’ll let Sheila know she’s appreciated. She’s upstairs making beds and shutting windows so we can turn on the AC.

      OMG, the vision of Gracie running and me screaming flashed into my head! I’m hoping neighbors will be around to save her and me!!

      Waving!!

  10. Cuidado Says:

    I am taking sympathy pains a bit far. My back went out on Saturday morning. First time in eight years. Worst thing is I brought home two six week old kittens the night before. With kittens there is a lot of bending and getting back up. The back is ‘in’ again but still very sore from the trauma. Would Sheila like to take care of me and two kittens too?

    • katry Says:

      Cuidado,
      Sheila will be glad to help. She has two year old kitties of her won, and they are keeping her hopping so she has the experience.

      Sorry about your back. I know the pain!!

  11. Bob Says:

    Glad to hear that you survived the procedure. Back pain is terrible because you can’t stay off of your back 🙂 I am sure the doctor prescribed good narcotics so enjoy them while you can.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Great narcotics! The mornings are the worst until I get some in me. Lying all night stiffens me up and getting out of bed is a chore. Pop a pill and 45 minutes later I’m smiling!

  12. sprite Says:

    Glad to hear you’re on the mend, Kat! Keep taking the pills and doing your exercises and I’m sure you’ll get rid of the help in no time!


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