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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Slowly I am returning

This is a struggle.  All my numbers are good.  I am doing okay.  My emotional life is in turmoil. I am a bit surprised how this has affected me.  I am trying to hang on to the idea that each day does get better as time goes on.  And time will keep marching on. 

I am returning to my life. I am doing things I should be doing.  Not stitching. I want to stitch.  I know I will feel better once I have returned to my passion.  I know. But there it sits.  

Our area has had just a touch of snow.  It is pretty to see. I watched the deer this morning.  I do live in a picture post card.  (Do people remember picture post cards?). 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sorry, sorry, sorry

The progress at camp continues.  I know because I was there yesterday!  Believe it or not, I was able to get there just two weeks after surgery.  The new mantle, made from a barn beam saved from the old camp was a delight to see.

I should have gotten back here sooner.  I am home!  I am doing fantastic according to doctors, therapists and family members.  It is difficult and hard to do. I won't lie. However, I am making progress.  I came home from the rehab hospital last Monday morning. I cried when I saw the garage.  Then I was faced with a walker to deal with.  That lasted one day.  Then I started using my canes.  Just a day later, I walked down the hall without a cane.  I am still using canes to go out, get in and out of the car, and in the house especially in the morning.  But it is all good.  I am improving every day.  

For those that are unaware, after knee surgery they measure the bend if your knee for flexibility. Doctors like to see numbers above 90 and consider 120 the max.  Last Tuesday I measured 95. Then on Thursday it was 105!  Taking that measurement is painful and provides a great stretch on the knee. Once complete the knee is much more flexible so there is incentive to keep doing it.  I now have a morning exercise program and another for the afternoons.  

It is good to be home.  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Not a happy camper.......

I am still not home.  The surgery seems to have gone well.  I am walking around better now than before surgery.  My troubles all stem from drug reactions.  Three bad reactions so far.  Fear of infection has the doctor about to try yet another drug.  Oh gee, what reaction to look for next.  If the signs of infection diminish and no new reactions or issues come up, then maybe I will get back home.  

I have looked at the small stitching project but I haven't done much with it.  Today I slept most of the day away.  Thank you to all that have sent well wishes, emails, messages, etc.  Remaining grounded in the real world is a challenge from a hospital bed.  

Friday, January 29, 2016

Let the recovery begin.........

Total knee surgery happened one week ago. That went well by all accounts.  However I have had several bad reactions to various drugs. No head to then burning rash is a constant reminder of the ordeal.  So more drugs to fix the other drugs.  Hopefully we have that straightened out.  Big debate as to when I go home.  Today or tomorrow.  Soon.  I have some stitching with me but not much progress on that front.  The good news is that I feel like I am back among the living.  

Friday, January 22, 2016

Passed inspections!

Yes, the camp has passed all inspections.  I am happy, happy, happy.  This has been a dream come true.  


But first, surgery on my knee.  Knee replacement surgery in about three hours.  This has a long time coming.  I am looking forward to being able to get up and walk, maybe dance my way to camp to spend precious time watching the river flow by.  I will get back on line as soon as I can.  Ta Ta for now.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It just gets better......

My brother was in town for the last few days.  I love spending time with him.  He was all over seeing camp and checking everything out. I made it in on Monday morning and then I suffered with knee pain.  So I had to ice and elevate.  Thankfully my brother took a lot of photos and a few videos.

Inside and outside are being cleaned up and finished.  It really is amazing.

Remember that the cabinets have wood from the front porch and the counters were made from the barn beams that held up the old cabin.

I wish I could share the videos. one was taken from the front porch and shows the big chunks of ice flowing down the river.  Yes, winter has arrived and it is bitter cold now.  

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Oh My! Oh My! I love it!

This morning I went to camp with my mother in law.  We made it in just as the cabinet people were finishing up the counter tops.  It is amazing.  I am so happy with it all.




The stair rail is done also.


The front porch has cables now for the deck.  Screening will be next and a front door.  

Even the bathroom has reclaimed lumber cabinets.


It is all coming together.