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Saturday, January 25, 2014

First Therapy Appointment ( sort of )

On Tuesday, Kristen made a cute purple splint/brace and explained the process.
Today Kathy very gently and slowly began the hour session.
The brace came off, heat applied for 15 minutes, a gentle massage of the arm (which by now is looking very old, wrinkled and sad).
I am not feeling well.

I am not looking well.  
(Kathy said I looked
I want to go home!
Kathy consented.
Feeling sick and therapy don't mix.
Next appointment is Tuesday.

there is a pill you can take before such an exciting appointment.  there is a reason the dr gave me that pill. you can believe i will take it next tuesday

Saturday, January 18, 2014

lest i forget

A day to remember,
                   Sunday's usually are..
this one was starting off with some pain
                             So, off to the ER we go
   wearing a favorite Blue Jay Jersey
                      ( one of the few tops that fit over my splint )
                                                and Mimi as my chauffeur .

We are greeted by the same receptionist as Monday - her sister Jo is my daughter's good friend, so that makes us almost related.  She was also on duty when Darrell cut his leg with his chain saw, but that is another story.

The nurse on duty is very nice . Both her daughter and her sister share  my name, Kathleen.
I like her already

The attending ER doctor, Dr T. makes a very favorable impression.  
 New pain, in my elbow and more swelling are worth checking into.  I explained that I had seen an orthopedic Dr.  on Friday, but I did not think she liked me. Since I had not made an additional appointment, I was not sure what to do.   Now it is Dr. T’ s turn to talk and after sharing his evaluation, he orders an x-ray and leaves the room
I turn to Mimi and tell her  “ I am very glad we decided to come, I am  impressed with Dr. T   and he’s cute. “  We both stifle a laugh.

We go to get the pictures which are taken by Cathy, the x-ray tech. 

Once the x-ray results are ready Dr.T returns  with his recommendations. 

 He  says that if I would like a second opinion, he will give me the name of a hand specialist to see.  “he is highly regarded in his field, I have complete confidence in him, and he’s cute"

I don’t remember what happened after that, but I definitely took his advice
But first, we collected the rest of the family and headed to Ivar’s Salmon House.
Have you ever been to their Sunday seafood buffet ? It is over at 2:00 so it can be tight to make connections after church.   Worth it !

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Preparing for recovery

Thanks Sharon  Caforio , my a.m. anytime scribe. Thanks Tammy, for showing hubby how to ground an outlet. Thanks Nancy  O'Neal for loaning your Keurig. 
               It is going 2 b a good day. 

Tomorrow is surgery at 1:30. nothing 2 eat or drink after midnight. I wonder if that means no coffee?!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

never too old ( or young ) to learn

I have learned  something.  A broken bone is a real disability and I am ashamed that it has not registered with me, when an accident has happened with a friend.  I have learned that every helping hand is appreciated .  I hope that I will not let an opportunity to lend a helping hand, pass me by   and I hope that I will learn more lessons during the next 6 weeks.  I am not too old to learn something new every day.   (I am very young.)
 ( transcribed by Sharon , my personal scribe )

I am blessed