Thursday, 14 December 2017

I feel I could fly!!

I saw the senior registrar at the hospital on Tuesday. I used to think that this meant the Consultant couldn't be bothered to see me, but no... she had already looked at my x-rays and my shoulder replacement is ok, my bone transplant is good too, I am healing, I am going to have a working arm in 2018!! Yeah!! I can't believe it after all this time, 2 years and 9 months! And I have just an ordinary sling, the wedge sling was binned.

But after my good news,  I didn't sleep all that well that night, neither did DH, we were reading in bed at 2:00 am. Then my lovely man helped me get comfortable with my four pillows and one under my arm and I slept till gone 8..
I had a wonderful shower in the morning, first in 6 weeks, actually 6 1/2 weeks as I didn't have a shower in hospital! I still have a slight arrow mark on my arm after two showers; this morning I stood under that shower for a long, long time, bliss. I am excited but worried that my arm will still be awkward.. physio starts 27th Dec.. until then only passive exercise, so using my left hand to lift my right to bend at the elbow. He did say  I could try to eat with it in a week's time if I could, but I 'll try to clean my teeth first using my left hand to lift my right.  I can try to crochet, get back to that Sunshine and Showers CAL...And on the basis that I can use my arm I have bought a book with knitted little Christmas people!

But still the strict instructions, no extreme movements and no pulling, lifting, no arm behind my back, or using my arm to get up from a seat..but I feel ok and not too much pain and I feel like flying! 


Sunday, 10 December 2017

A Weekend Away, but Hairy Scary Journey Home.

We have had a good weekend, lovely to see DH's girls, they were 16 when we married, so we had some air clearing moments at first, but now young women. #2 twin's bump is a nice round shape and she looked well. Looking forward to finishing work in two weeks.  The baby is due January.. #1 Twin's engagement ring is very pretty and they have been looking for wedding venues in 2019. Some are booked up already! She loved the picture we gave them as an engagement present, it was a print of a Sarah Reilly water colour, two cute little rabbits sitting heads together staring at the stars, I liked it myself! Sarah Reilly is a Suffolk artist and I bought it from a shop in Halesworth called, ' Pretty Things' (It does have some very pretty things) We'd all met up for a family get together, planned and organised by twin 2.. nice to see everyone, we were 11 altogether. The meal was so so, we've had better. The veg wasn't al dente, it was raw! I complained and they brought us more, but just as bad. It was nice to chat to everyone. 
But our journey home was horrendous; we woke to a winter wonderland.. left at 8 and then inched our way in second gear to the M6, only 5 miles, but it  took us 40 mins.. then we sat on the A14 for hours.. we got to the new McDonalds where we had planned coffee and a shared wrap for breakfast, but as it was gone 1:00pm we had a burger and chips, under these circumstances the diet went out the window, would you blame us?.. very slippery in the car park, there were people pushing cars and lorries parked in the driveway and stuck, quite hairy scary!! We were very glad we had bought the more expensive all season tyres last year, as the grip was great.. DH helped push a couple of cars with other men, one just stuck and it was a BMW, but our trusty Clio was there out in front.
It took us just over 8 hours to get home.. we were so relieved. No snow here but bitterly cold.
How is the weather where you live?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Good News!!

Good news my shoulder x-rays looked good and the muscle is pulling the replacement into the correct position. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel at last, except I am anaemic, so to see my own Dr about an iron supplement, hope it will be better than the bombs they used to give when I was pregnant in the sixties!!  I saw the Registrar who I saw in the hospital, who was sent for when I was groaning in pain after my op. when the shoulder block had worn off. I didn't really see his face as I was hanging my head down groaning!! It seems I am 7 days older than his mother, so I said I hoped she was in good health for her age!!
I am to keep this huge sling till I am seen again 12 December when I 'll have physio at the same time, so an immense relief. Thank you to you all who have remembered me in your prayers.. 
The whole day was really difficult, even though we travelled 1st Class and we were so relieved to get home.. and relax... whew!! An easy day planned for tomorrow we will shop local in Saxmundham and browse the high street there...
Yeah I am going to have two arms again after all this time, more than 2 1/2 years!!

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Two weeks ago

It was two weeks ago today that I had my op. and today we have done our weekly shop but I struggled a bit towards the end, so had to go and sit down, perhaps I was pushing myself too much  and I had a 'to-do' in Tesco. Some man whizzed past me with his trolley and altho' he didn't touch my arm I felt the breeze as he whizzed past so screamed and then burst into tears. Just thought of someone hitting my arm sends me into hysterics! I seem to be very hyper sensitive where my arm is concerned. It's not just the pain of someone hitting it, it's the thought that they could dislocate it. An afternoon of doing nothing followed, resting my arm on a pillow, I have cut back on my painkillers, as well so asking a lot of myself.

Our weather is very pleasant,  12C and sunny. We drove to Beccles along the Suffolk lanes so very pretty with the autumn colours. We do like driving about, so much to see.. Blythburg area is a pig farming and to see all the pigs with their piglets is amazing, there's 100s of them, all very pink. They all have houses for the summer as evidently they can get sunburn!  

I fancied a nice film, DH found a nice one for me on Netflix the other afternoon and I slept all the way through!!
I am enjoying this new laptop even though I am still getting used to Windows 10 and the key board; the keys are just slightly wider so I keep hitting the wrong key as I am still typing left handed!
But I am beginning to feel better! I looked at a whole load of stitching blogs and realised how much I missed xstitching.. can't wait now to get back to crafting!

Loved stitching this


Friday, 10 November 2017

Week 2 day 2

I am finding the sling very uncomfortable, especially at night but I am persevering, although I feel like screaming.
We have found a way to wear clothes. The straps of my spaghetti strap tops cut enable my tops to slide up under the sling straps and then tied on my shoulders.  And a tee shirt cut up the right side allows the sling to poke through!

The strap that goes under my left arm rides up and cuts me, very, very unpleasant. This op had better work because I can't do this again! Looks very neat on this model but not like this on me!