Monday, May 31, 2010
A progress report/update on the foot and knee.
I am almost 3 months post op on the Achilles heel surgery and oh my, how time has flown by. It only flew by after I was allowed to walk and even then the first 3 weeks of walking remained very uncomfortable. I do notice that it has improved greatly since that first few steps. I still have a bit of a problem with extenstion of the knee which causes a slight limp and I'm still very slow. I'm happy to be at this point; being in a wheelchair and on crutches makes one appreciate steps when they can be taken.
I'm heading out for a morning walk which I hope will become a new habit for me.
The daughter remains smoke free for her seventh day. Here's hoping it's a "forever quit".
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Today you will spend the day at the Cajun Heartland State Fair as you do every year. Your mom will be with you, Carrie won't. She is spending today with her dad in Lydia,La. I'm sure your day will be perfect and later today I will join you guys for some birthday cake. Here's hoping this is the best birthday yet.
Happy Birthday my big boy!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I'm afraid it might be too little too late in regards to our fishermen, shrimpers and tour boats for that area. We were going to drive to Venice and get a first hand view of the area but the husband is waiting on a call to go back out so we nixed that idea.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Apparently she can't get the door open. It's kid time here at my house. I'm done...for a while.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
They will stroll through T-shirt shops, junque stores and taste the seafoods fresh from the Atlantic waters. She will stay up late and sleep in and totally ignore clocks and schedules. In short, she will be on vacation.
Have fun my friend. Remember what I said about the poolboy. Two words, "Hook up " and two more words "tell all". You go out there and let those that couldn't make this trip live vicariously through your actions.
I'm going to miss our daily phone calls but I'm going to be thrilled that you are having a good time which you truly deserved.
Don't forget the pool boy.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Today, Carrie and I packed a cooler of drinks, some food and our beach towels and dressed in our swim suits, we headed to Peg's house and some pool fun.
Carrie donned a yellow float device around her chest and Peg spent some time giving her swimming lessons. Carrie is anxious to learn and follows Peg's instructions in earnest. She worked and she played and the sun beating down caused her cheeks to glow. That glow extended to my cheeks, chest and arms and I have taken on that lovely lobster color from today's fun.
Around 1600 hrs we toweled off and headed for home. Carrie was hungry and I was in a hurry to get out of my wet suit. I parked her at the kitchen counter with some chicken nuggets and headed for the shower. Glancing in the mirror, I noted the lobster look was increasing as my body cooled off. I'm afraid layers of skin will be peeling off in the next week and that always makes for such an attractive look.
Carrie was delivered back to her home and it wasn't long before her mother texted me to say that she had passed out early. That swimmin is sure tough on a little girl. A tired little girl will sleep soundly tonight and I think this tired old girl will do the same. Goodnight.
Monday, May 10, 2010
After a few hours of walking, the swelling commences and the pain level increases. Burning pain is noted in the ankle which gives me notice to sit down.
Hikers in Iran jailed? Let me ask this. Isn't there safer places to hike in this world then close to the Iran border where you just might not know exactly where the border is and expose yourself to being detained there? How important is hiking in that area. Now we must spend time trying to get them out. Why? I say, "leave em". Maybe more of them would get the message. It's unsafe. Go somewhere else!
I'm watching the disaster in the Gulf. My question is, what was Plan B for British Petroleum just in case the BOP failed? Wouldn't you think a company with this many engineers and money would have an alternate plan of action just in case a rig took a kick and the blow out preventer (BOP) failed while at a depth that would prohibit divers to address the problem?
I'm leaving now to await some signal on where this day will take me. Hopefully it won't be back to bed!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Fresh corn on the cob and baked beans and grilled sausages are also on the menu. The weather is awesome. Humidity has disappeared along with the heat and the 80 degree temperatures here are much appreciated. A cool breeze lifts the edges of the roll of paper towels sitting on the patio table and wraps itself around our bodies. I'm sitting here with the computer across my lap, my foot propped on a pillow that sits on top of the table and the TV tuned to CNN where I watch the news crawl at the bottom of the screen while the I Pod hooked to speakers plays tunes of blues, jazz and bluegrass mixed in with some of the local artists. A perfect day here in Southwest Louisiana.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Today was a day to do very little. The husband has caught up on the yard work and the vehicles have been cleaned so he had a day of relaxation too. He leaves again on Monday back to a rig site in Texas. I won't be making the trip as he will be staying on location. I want him to request a job in the Rockies. It was this time last year that we were headed to Colorado on a job. The husband doesn't miss the mountains as I do. He may not push for a trip to the Rockies.
A foot update; in two little words, IT HURTS! I can manage to walk on it for a few hours then I have to sit down and elevate it because of the swelling. From what I have read on the web from others that have had this surgery, this is not abnormal. I may have another month or two of this discomfort.
It's time to prop up my foot and find something interesting on the tube. Though I'm anxious to get moving again, I don't think it will happen in the next few weeks. I'm done.
Friday, May 7, 2010
The Eustachian tubes appear to be clogged in my head and now everything I hear sounds muffled and when I speak, it feels as though I'm speaking from deep in a barrel. Off to Walmart for nasal sprays, a netti pot and some Sudafed. The Sudafed is now kept behind the counter and the pharmacist has to get it and have you sign for it which I did. Darn those meth cookers! I had some antibiotics here and as soon as I got home and ate some food to protect my stomach, I took one. Hopefully in a few days I'll have my hearing back.
I'm still trying to make it around using only the cane. As each day passes, I notice a much improved walk and my style is improving. Heel, toe and heel, toe I mutter as I walk. Patience and time and I will be as good as new. If I don't follow the husband on his next job, I plan on signing up at Red Lerille's and using that facility for some exercise. http://www.redlerilles.com/
They have an indoor air conditioned track along with pools, saunas and exercise rooms. I'm going to take a tour of the place before deciding if I want to join. I've never like getting exercise that way. I much prefer to be engaged in a sport. Impact sports are definitely out of the question with this knee. I may have to switch gears and hit the track for some walking and the exercise machines now.
Home made pizza is on the menu tonight. The husband is cooking but then that's how we do it around here. He cooks and I clean up the kitchen. I like this arrangement. I'm off here to await some hot cheezy pizza.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I made it to the dentist's office and it never gets any easier to make that trip. My imagination works overtime as soon as I climb into that chair. Tilted back in the ugliest aquamarine colored dental chair, I am faced with a television tuned to country music. The sound isn't muted off but it is tuned very low. I spot the remote control across the room on the counter but to get to it, I would have to rescue my crutch from the other side of the room and it's just not worth it so I recline back and watch the tube. Soon the doctor/dentist appears with what looks like forceps and asks me to open wide. Yeah, right doc. Hold on a minute. Just what is the plan here? I'm one of those girls that likes to have it all spelled out in detail; I want to know what is happening.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Post op 7 weeks/bone spur removal/achilles tendon attachement:
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
There wasn't a duck in sight. They must have been hanging at the pond over the hill. We waited at the picnic table with a slice of bed ready to be shared with them. One duck approached from the rise of land in the distance. I encouraged Carrie to toss a piece of bread high in the air and that's all it took. That beady, sharp eyed fowl saw that bread fly up and his waddle escalated. Did you ever see a duck run? They don't but they do waddle fast. He flung out his wings as he waddled toward us and I assume that was done as a balance factor as a high wire walker carries a long pole to balance himself on the wire.
His buddies must have noted his absence because soon another one crested the top of the hill and went pell mell into a waddle run like move. Then another and another until they were coming from all directions. Antenna? Radar? or maybe they have satellite positioning on each other. In the air we noted movement; a white duck was sailing through the air to make a two point landing beyond us a bit. The duck overshot his landing but as soon as he touched down he reversed directions and headed for the bread line. All in all, it was a good duck day and that's all one can ask for.