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Friday, August 31, 2012

FF, Cottage Garden Party..Pre-Op Story...(long)

I am linking up with Tootsie and Tracie for weekend garden parties. I know it's been some time since I have joined these parties.  I have been focusing on my crafts more while waiting on my hip issues to be diagnosed, bending and squatting have been no no's.  How does one garden without being able to perform these positions? (Some of you have asked how do I sit on the floor.  I extend my right leg out, and I shift positions about every ten minutes or so) So the garden has been left on it's own, therefore making true, things left on their own go from order to disorder. I know, there is never true order in any garden. (no wide photos)

container area with ornamental potato vine rambling everywhere

Surgery date has been moved up from the 20th to the 4th, yep, this Tuesday!  Spent part of Wednesday at the dentist getting my grill all polished for the occasion.  Spent nearly ALL day yesterday doing pre op.
Orchid Lily love how these bloom on and off 

this is what I learned at pre op
Surgery: Hip Arthroscopy
Leg put in traction so the hip joint can be pulled open for the instruments to move freely.
2 to 4 holes put in the outside of the hip. One for the camera the other 1 to 3 for the surgical tools.


Physicians Assistant:  Now when you come out of surgery and for several days your hip is going to be about this big, (insert hands being held open like he was holding a basketball).  Your hip will feel like the skin is about to pop open.
Me:  Oh my, because of surgery?
Physicians Assistant:  Oh no mam, from the 10 to 15 liters of fluid we will be putting in your hip.
Me:  Excuse me?  What?  In my hip?  That's a lot!
Physicians Assistant:  Yes mam, that's why it will feel like it's going to pop.  Don't worry in a few days your body will absorb the fluid and you will be getting rid of it when you use the bathroom.
Me:  Oh, yeah, uh sure, okay, I mean I guess......sigh

This is a no name distressed rack saved Daylily and appears to be a dwarf or miniature, as it's not very tall, is there such a thing? -- and apparently a rebloomer!


Physicians Assistant:  You will be on crutches for 6 weeks.
Me:  6 weeks?  What if I do everything ya'll tell me to do and I am very careful, could it be shorter?
Physicians Assistant:  No mam.  It takes 6 solid weeks for a hip to heal from this type of surgery.  If you do not follow our instructions to the t you run the risk of causing more damage. 
Me:  Okay then, I have never operated crutches before.

Physicians Assistant:  For the first three weeks you can only put 10% weight on your leg.  10% means like balancing against the counter when you are brushing your teeth.  The next three weeks you may put 50% weight on your leg, that means weight using your toes.

asteraceae senecio radicans - String of Bananas

When you sit you may only have your hips in a 90 degree angle or lower.  It is best to keep your knees below your hips.  Oh yeah, and no driving.  We will see you on the 17th for your post op for evaluation.

Over to the hospital I go for more pre op paper work and labs.
Three tries to draw blood from my right arm.
Me:  Don't you have one or two nurses who are the 'go to' when you are having difficulty locating or sticking the veins?
R.N.:  I am one of those nurses.
Me:  Face turning several shades of red.  
Me:  Why don't we just use my hand?
R.N.:  You said it hurts when they use your hand.
Me:  Not nearly as bad as being poked three times  in the same area.
R.N.  Okay.
Me:  WOW!  You really are one of "those" nurses, that didn't hurt at all.
R.N.:  Take these two soaps and after you bathe with your regular soap, scrub your right hip with this Monday night, let it sit on there for 5 minutes and then rinse off.  Repeat again Tuesday morning before coming to the hospital.
Me:  Do I need to take the clear polish off of my nails or just take the acrylic nails off?
R.N.:  Oh no. The machines have come so far, they can now read through red nail polish.
Me:  That's great, didn't want to take them off, but I would have.
(something only some of you know about me, I LOVE long pretty finger nails, and yes gardeners can have them too)
R.N.:  If there aren't anymore questions please call this number between 6:00 and 7:30 Friday evening for your surgery time.  Wait just a minute.  Here, she just printed off the surgery schedule and it looks like you are scheduled for 9:00 a.m on the 4th.  You need to be here at 7:00 a.m.
Me:  Okay.
R.N.:  Call the number to confirm though.
Me:  Thank you.
R.N.:  Bye
Black oil Sunflower Seed Flower from bird feeder.  The Sunflowers I plant on purpose rarely mature due to the squirrels.  Maybe I will start planting them under the bird feeders, that way the squirrels might ignore them,.

Have a Blessed Day!

69 comments:

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I had to skip the actual surgery description, feeling rather faint there for a moment.

It must be good to have the date moved up, less waiting and worrying.

Best of luck with the surgery, and I wish you a speedy recovery.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Patsy said...

Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Will be looking for updates. God Bless you and your family.

FlowerLady said...

Dear Darla ~ Yikes ~ I do hope surgery goes smoothly and that recovery seems to go swift. Do keep off the leg like they tell you. Crutches are not one of my favorite things. :-)

Love, hugs and prayers ~ FlowerLady

tina said...

Good luck! I know it will go well and you must follow the doc's directions!

Betsy Adams said...

Oh Bless Your Heart.... Doesn't sound like a 'fun' 6 weeks... BUT---after it's all said and done, you will be so glad that you did it... I'll keep you in my prayers. God Bless You, Darla.

OH---and don't get on the scales when you have all of that excess fluid in your hip.... ha ha

Hugs,
Betsy

NanaDiana said...

Darla-I think the anticipation is probably worse than anything. Glad you don't have to take your nails off. They used to make every one do that- Have a great weekend- xo Diaan

Dorothy said...

Bless your heart, sweetie! That doesn't sound like fun!!! The recovery time and staying off that leg will be the hard part! We will be lifting prayers for you and the doctors and assistants!
♥ ♥ ♥ Dorothy

Shelia said...

I'm so sorry to hear you're going to have to have surgery. I wish you much success and a speedy recovery.
Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

GRACE PETERSON said...

Tuesday the 4th at 9 AM. I'll be praying.

Interesting about the 15 liters of fluid to expand your hip like a basketball. I wonder what that's about? And will it hurt? I imagine the pain meds will help.

How long will you be in the hospital?

On a lighter note, I love the no-named dwarf Daylily. And how funny about the sunflowers.

I'm sending air hugs! Thank you for the sweet picture of the girl.

Beth said...

Take care, Darla. Wishing you success. I know you have been hurting for awhile so good you can get the problem taken care of. The orchid lily is pretty - I had never heard of it before.

Marydon said...

Oh, Darla, I am so sorry to see your surgery but HOPE & PRAY that it will do well & heal quickly. That is a long time healing ...

May God have His healing & guiding hands closely to the surgeons. Take care, sweetie.

Enjoy your holiday weekend ~
Hugs & love
TTFN ~
Marydon

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Will be thinking of you on Tuesday. Know what you mean about having blood drawn. Went in for a colonoscopy,, they needed to do an IV, after four or five attempts, they called in the anesthesiology. He did it quickly. oy!
Hope the six weeks go by quickly for you.

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Lois said...

I will be thinking about you Darla and saying prayers for successful surgery and a good recovery.

Gail said...

Oh dear...I missed that you were injured...May you heal quickly, completely and without complications.

Jann Olson said...

You would never know that your garden is suffering. It looks gorgeous! Love all of your beautiful blooms. Best of luck with your surgery. It really does sound like a long recovery, but I pray it will pass quickly for you. Now following you.
Hugs,
Jann

Busy Bee Suz said...

Wow! I will be thinking about you....glad you can at least keep your nails. The good thing about this being moved up is you have less time to worry about it.
Keep us updated.
Sending good thoughts and prayers!

Marydon said...

IF you are not on the list of comments by the end I will throw your name in the hat, sweetie. All I care about is your getting well, I'll cover you ...

Keep us posted.
TTFN ~
Hugs of love,
Marydon

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Karen said...

Darla, here's wishing you the speediest of recoveries, I just know you will be feeling SO much better after you're healed. My 83-year old fatherinlaw had his hip replaced last winter and he's getting around now like a 20 year old, he said it was the best thing he ever had done.

You're in my prayers. Please keep us posted, we're thinking of you!

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Becca's Dirt said...

I was hoping good behavior would get you back to normal sooner. Darla, prayers for you. That sounds quite painful. Take the meds they give you.

Becky said...

Oh boy, that's a lot to remember. Prayers for you my online friend!

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Thoughts and prayers are with you my friend,
Leg-less eh!, better have a few bottles handy then lol. Take care.

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