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Interests: Knitknacks is a blog about my knitting experiences. Lately, my posts are sporadic, even though my knitting is constant. Tomestones is a blog about books and reading. Lately, my posts are non-existent, even though my reading is still constant. Hippily Ever After is the new baby getting all the attention now. It is a journal of the year 2011...the year of my hip replacement.
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I am thoroughly ashamed of neglecting to keep up my responsibilities to this blog. Of course, it's all purely voluntary, so I'm not exactly sure what those responsibilities actually are. But they certainly don't include doing nothing for months on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Knitknacks
This was going to be my quarterly report, but it's quickly moving on to a semi-annual status, so I'm getting these photos posted with a minimum of fuss and bother. Take it or leave it, my friends; this is the... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at Knitknacks
I have crossed the one year mark, so it is definitely time for a progress report. I started this blog with the intention of making witty observations for a full year of recovery from my hip replacement, but the simple truth is that I was sufficiently recovered after a few... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at Hippily Ever After
Which is better.....a quickie post with only a few photos and no links, or delay this post even longer while I take a few more pics and gather up more information? Don't answer's a rhetorical question. Since it's obvious... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2011 at Knitknacks
Where on earth have I been? I must have been on an around the world cruise with no internet connection, right? Or I was captured by pygmies and had my fingers cut off, right? Or I’ve been so wrapped up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at Knitknacks
Yes, sports fans, it’s true. I took my new hip to a contradance two nights ago, and it works. I can dance. In fact, I alternated dance one, sit one out, all night long, which I haven’t been able to do in a long, long, long time. I did it... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
No, I am not working on a Rambling Rose sweater or afghan or any other such pattern. Today's title simply reflects the fact that I don't have a lucid and well-connected post, and that I am still knitting away as... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2011 at Knitknacks
First, the medical update. My most recent check-up involved xrays, which show that all is well with my new hardware. ALL restrictions have been lifted….I can cross my legs, take a bath, and generally do anything I want except run and jump. It is fortunate that I do not aspire... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
Recovery from anything is rarely a straight line. Ever had a broken heart? Remember the ups and downs? The numbness? The feelings of despair? Surgery isn’t a whole lot different. Right now, I’m having a down. I wish it were numb….instead there’s a lot more pain. Despair….that would be way... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
So where is my path meandering to? Where am I headed for the next part of my life? What do I want out of the rest of my life? It would be a lot easier if I had a dream, a passion, something I’ve always wished I could do if... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
And now, I find myself asking myself….what now? What comes next? When I retired 5 years ago (getting close to 6 years!), what I wanted was change from my working life. After so many years of regimentation, of living my working life according to the clock and the bell, of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
At my three week check up a few days ago, the PA said I was way ahead of the curve. Well, I know that and I’m glad of it, but it is a surprise to me that it worked out this way. I had high expectations, but I’ve completely surpassed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
I’m 16 days post-op….not even three weeks. I had high expectations for my recovery, but I’ve surpassed them. I’m sure a lot of credit must go to my surgeon. His “minimally invasive” approach, whatever that actually means, left me quite functional since the day after surgery. Today I went to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
Today was a physical therapy day. It’s an interesting thing, physical therapy. When I first started researching hip replacements, it seemed like every article I read put a heavy emphasis on the importance of PT for a good recovery. When I was ready to see my surgeon and schedule a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
Two weeks done. Time flies! Done with the anti-coagulant injections. I’m glad to be done with them, but they were easy and painless to do. Ditto the compression stockings. I break my restrictions all the time, quite unintentionally. I will suddenly realize that my ankles are crossed. It feels very... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
I hardly know what to do with myself. I planned for a worst-case scenario of six weeks of down-time, just in case it actually took that long to get sprung. Realistically, I figured 4 weeks was a very reasonable likelihood. I have a jigsaw puzzle started, and a quilted bag... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
I sailed through the surgery. I lolled around the hospital and enjoyed being waited on. I came home and felt great. Lots of energy, almost no pain. Could it really be this easy? Well, no. I felt so good, I immediately started dialing down the drugs. I went too far... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
I hated the idea of injections of Lovenox (a blood thinner) into my tummy. It goes against human nature to willingly inflict pain upon oneself. I thought about whining and complaining to my doctor to convince him that I could just take oral meds. What’s so special about injections instead?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
My next analogy is that being in the hospital for joint replacement is a lot like being on the maternity ward. You aren’t actually sick, and you get to go home with something new and exciting. The only difficult moment for me was the first time getting up from bed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
I have lots of analogies for describing hip replacement surgery. One is that it’s a lot like my experience flying. In reality, I’m not all that comfortable with the concept of flying in an airliner. Crashes don’t happen often, but Iwhen they do, they are pretty catastrophic. The first time... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
T - 8 hours. Well that three months just flew by, didn’t it? Now that I am finally ready to hightail it off to the hospital, it seems like events have fallen into place just the way they were meant to. I’m calm. That might be because I woke up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
This is a quickie post, with no photos, other than a link. Just had to get something up before hip replacement surgery on Tuesday. The most important knitting event in this past month has been coming to accept that my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2011 at Knitknacks
A certain devoted reader is insisting that I publish my ENTIRE to-do list. Okay, but I reserve the right to continue adding to it. The order is not significant….items will get done when they get done. They will ALL be done before Tuesday. Or not. Pay April bills. This is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
I like the world best when the right hand and the left hand talk to each other. I do not love ambiguity. Therefore, I had a frustrating half hour today with no resolution yet. Back in December, I went to an information session given by my surgeon in which he... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at Hippily Ever After
Down to the wire! Outwardly, I wait patiently. Inwardly, I am a simmering cauldron of thoughts all focused on what will come after. My to-do list still exists, but I flit from item to item; partially completing some of the items, totally ignoring others….trusting that anything truly important somehow gets... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at Hippily Ever After