Ending the Year on a Good Note


Oh my goodness, I just realized this will be my 500th post on this here humble little blog! That’s how to end the year on a good note, with a record (to me anyway) number of posts. I want each and every one of you to know how much I appreciate you reading and following along on my journey, one that I hope gets even better with the coming year. I am reading and following as many of your blogs as I can (there’s only so much time in a day) and maybe next year I will carve out some time for some that I had to drop.

An update on me, I am getting stronger every day, taking less medication and down to only twice a day instead of every 8 hours. I’ve been cleared to drive but still have not ventured out due to my hatred of cold weather (I’m such a baby)plus, I don’t trust myself to drive under the influence of muscle relaxers and pain pills, even at half a dose. My physical therapists are happy with my progress and if you were to visit me, you may think nothing at all was wrong. Except for the remaining glue on my incision, I look and act pretty normal, I just have to rest my head against a chair or something every once in a while for an hour or two. I get very tired after hours of it being unsupported. The swallowing is much better, however, I’m still eating small bites if it is something like steak or anything hard or crunchy.

My next visit to the surgeon for a follow up is the last week in January, so I hope I’m all healed by then! My wish is for all of you to have a Happy New Year, don’t overdo it when celebrating, but if you do, try rubbing a drop of peppermint essential oil on your forehead, it works wonders! I love you all and look out for new things in the New Year from me. I’m working on a few new things, give me some time to recover and I will clue you in. Happy New Year everyone!!


Starting Out Bad, Hope it Gets Better

I woke up this morning (on my back, which is rare) and for a moment, I was pain-free…and then I rolled onto my right side, within minutes, my left shoulder was aching like a toothache. 🙁

I literally never heard my husband get up, the truck start, or the garage door going up and down- Must have been the extra Gabapentin I took last night! Well! I may have to do that again, at least I felt no pain until I woke up.

As I got up and started moving around, I realized I was very weak on my left side in particular, but really all over. My left shoulder feels like it’s being pulled down, and I really should be sitting in my recliner, but I wanted to get this post out for some reason. First, I spent too long on the usual distractions, emails, reading tons of other blogs (but I like that) and finding out if there was work available, there is, but I don’t feel like doing it right now. 🙁

I went about my usual routine, thinking when I’m done, I can go sit down…but then I thought, I really need to write today. I did my swish and held it while I made the bed, tossed in a load of laundry, put my contact in, then I spit it in the trash and brushed my teeth, but not before cleaning the sink out, and the dirty pan my hubby left on the stove. Then I fixed my coffee, got the dogs their food, and sat down here at the computer which is temporarily on my dining table.

Now that this is done, I will go fix myself some breakfast and reheat my coffee so I can take a pain pill and relax. Maybe I’ll just start with an Aleve and if that doesn’t work, I’ll add the pain pill. 🙂

Today’s breakfast, prepared on Monday-pop out of freezer to bowl and add toppings

Of course, I’ll do a set of my exercises first, that may help the most since it will get my shoulders moving and my blood circulating everywhere.

I hope it gets better and I hope you all have a fabulous Thursday and get all your Holiday shopping and prep done while it’s warm. That’s what I would do if I could leave the house. But I can’t so I may do my last minute shopping on Amazon. Btw, a note to Steph if she’s reading this, I changed my smile donations from the ASPCA to MDA, it covers every type of disability under MDA I believe (like FA).

Peace out and Y’all have a Merry Christmas if I don’t return for a while. I go for my check up with the doctor tomorrow, I may update you if there’s anything new to say. 🙂




Six Days Post-op, I’m On The Mend

I cannot believe it’s been six days since my surgery, but here we are again it’s almost Tuesday. I have not been doing much, reclining in a chair, watching a lot of movies…today’s big feats were getting dressed, physical therapy, and making oatmeal cups so I’d have easy, microwaveable breakfasts every day.

Last Monday, Whishey must have known something was up,she would not leave my side, even sat under the Christmas tree which is right next to my makeshift desk right now, aka, the dining table.

All I want for Christmas is my puppy dog….

My therapist says I look really good and despite how I’m feeling, which is weak, tired, anxious and like my heart is beating to hard, I’m doing better than most at this stage. I didn’t even take a pain pill yet today, just a muscle relaxer and an Alieve. I might need one soon though as I have been up and down several times in the last hour and now I’m hurting a little bit. Maybe after supper….

i know Dave is right and I need to slowly wean myself off the hard pain pills-although all I got was Tramadol, that’s not even a narcotic is it? Anyway, I don’t like how they make me feel, so I’ll be off them soon. Problem is, the more I move around, the more careless I become-thinking I’m all back to normal when I’m not!! Don’t tell anyone, but I even got on the stepladder briefly to reach some chips…btw, I can’t not reach over my head or I’d be in the chair all day. EVERYTHING is over my head, lol.

I just wanted to bring everyone up to speed, I’m on the mend and we’ll see what the doc says about me come Friday. Happy Monday y’all, oh, and don’t think I’m at my desk as I write this, I’m not. I’m in the recliner with a lap tray and my iPad. 😊

Today is the Big Day!

Well, folks, today is it. The big day, and I actually have time to post before I go in for my neck surgery since I don’t have to leave the house until nine. Surgery is scheduled for 11:30 and I have to be there at 9:30 (so I can wait, and wait…)lol.

I did find out that what stopped the procedure before was that my mono had re-activated, but I’m feeling much better now and I just want to get this over with, so I’m not going to mention it. If I don’t have fever,  it isn’t a big deal anyway. Nothing they can do about a dumb old virus anyway. They say that it takes 4-6 weeks for the virus to get out of your system. I ain’t waiting that long!

I just wanted to thank everyone for your prayers and concern and let you know I’ll be back as soon as possible. They say recovery doesn’t take very long. Fingers crossed! I’m trying not to think about anything this morning and just be patient, it’s hard when you’re hungry and you can smell your hubby’s coffee but not have it!

Y’all have a great Tuesday and I’ll be back as soon as possible. Hopefully, I will be able to attend my next Red Hat Function which is Saturday for High Tea. We will see. Keep those good thoughts and prayers coming, the surgeon needs a steady hand this morning! Oh yeah, Connie gave me a special nail job this time so my nail beds would be visible, but I’d still have something festive on my nails. Priorities people! LOL!

Nails by Connie

In case I’m away longer than I think, Happy Holidays everyone! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too!