Saturday, May 31, 2008

BACK TO MY BLOG

What I thought would be a short time away from the blog has turned into a long time. I had my total knee replacement done on the 7Th of May. There was a complication and it sure slowed me down. My surgeon nicked my Femoral Artery. That added time to the surgery and gave me a very close call. It took 4 units of blood to get me back to some energy. In this process he told my family he had never worked on such a terrible mess. I had not bent that knee for over 2 years and the damage from the Arthritis was extensive. So my recovery is slow. I am 3 weeks past it all and my range of motion is a slow process. They may have to put me back into the operating room and do a manipulation of that knee. I pray not. The therapy is both painful and tiring.

I have been both depressed and very thankful at the same time. Meds are always hard on me and I believe that is part of the depression and so I have pulled off the pain pills and I am better. I know the Lord was with me in that operating room. In recovery I kept coming to only to hear that my blood pressure was way to low and they were losing me and than I would go under again. I remember seeing my grandma but I could not get to her. To me I see this all as the Lord telling me I have work here on earth to do for him. I am thankful for this. My family really came together as they cared for me in the hospital. My oldest daughter took time off work and stayed with me 2 nights. My son came to the hospital and it was very hard on him. I saw his love for me and I am blessed. Nicole spent the first night away from her precious Zoe to stay a night and than get up and do her daughter's birthday party that day. That was indeed a sacrifice. John took the time off and was at my side cheering me on. Since I am home he has prepared the best meals and cared for me in such a loving way. I always knew he was a gift from God but I have come to appreciate his love even more. So all in all I can count my blessings and have a heart that rejoices in my Heavenly Father.

When I am on my machine to help the range of motion.... 2 hours several times a day, I have found I can stitch on small projects. So I have decided to do small felt creatures and make them pin cushions....These mice are from the"Inspiration" magazines. They were fun to make and as soon as I knew my friend was coming to see me from Florida I knew she would treasure them.
She loves to cross stitch and said these would be her new pin cushions. So they are on a journey back to their new home in Florida. I see things I would change next time but they did turn out as cute as a button.