My '04 Prius turned 70,000 miles this afternoon and I saw it "roll over."
Put on the road around February, 2004, it's about 11.5 years old. Do the math. Included are about 11,500 miles of driving across the US in its first few years of our ownership... pulling a trailer!
Claudia got her 'stitches' out today! ... Staples, actually.
I joked with one of the nurses that maybe I could have done the job with a pair of long-nosed pliers pre-dipped in alcohol.
We laughed, and then after an X-ray to make sure the innards were doing well (they were), the PA removed the staples... with a strange-looking little tool that vaguely resembled long-nosed pliers. (Sterile, of course.)
Most of 'em came out with the predicted 'bee-sting-level' of perceived pain, but several required a bit of push and tug and Claudia got to use her left hand as a tourniquet around my right hand. She survived, as did my hand.
The big Ace Bandage wasn't replaced around her leg; a bunch of tape strips were applied to provide some support to keep the wound closed. Sort of like gargantuan 'butterfly patches' but you'd have to consider these 'pterodactyl-patches' instead. Maybe a half inch wide and eight inches long tape strips.
Her mobility has continued to improve, including feeding the dogs regularly (which allows me another hour or two of sleeping in in the mornings... and afternoons.)
The battle continues, and she continues to win all the skirmishes.
Continued improvement, less pain, more mobility for Claudia!
Another week or more and the Big Pain is pretty much gone. Minor aches are now handled by one aspirin and aside from Sit and Stay, she's also mastered "Roll Over" which has helped her sleep, too.
We've had more visitors, too, and all of them have discovered good cheer and spirits here.
I moved one of our TVs to the bedroom for her and we discovered a dead cable plug there. TWC came out and rearranged some under-floor wiring and now we're back on the air for her. Back to binge-watching some new 'favorite' shows plus the regular ones we DVR on a routine basis. And a bunch of old movies we've wanted to see that are now inexpensive or free from several On-Demand channels. Life is nicer.
I've also scored some points with my new cooking practice, making some yummy omelets for Claudia's breakfasts and finally managing to get steaks out from under the broiler coils faster, too. I'm not a chef by any means, but I can get some kudos for nice 'presentation.'
Finally took down the holiday lights from the front of the house, too and donated some light strings that got too boring or annoying to put up, too. I'd made some 'cork wreathes' for the Season, too, and finally removed them from the front door. Not many hits on my Etsy storefront yet, but I'm not in a rush there now. Not until Claudia's much more mobile. She has made it to some remote parts of the first floor, though, and is managing much better getting around the house. She is fairly comfortable even feeding the dogs, too, which means I can stay up to strange hours of the mornings again and not have to roll out of bet at 7 or 8 am for the doggies' breakfasts.
Another day, another 'step forward'...
Well, it's two days post-op for Claudia and my prediction has come true... Her knee pain has subsided considerably in the past 24 hours, she's moving around a lot more easily and her spirits are way higher than just a day ago. Deb's visit yesterday helped a lot, too, as did some better pain meds!
And that's the important news for today!
Well, it's update time again and here's the News...
Claudia took another fall a few weeks ago and ended up with a very painful left knee. I wanted to take her to the ER, but after a day or two, the pain subsided a lot, so over-the-counter pain meds seemed to be good enough. For a while. After another week or so, with the pain lessening but not going away as it might from a bruise, she finally agreed to get an appointment with the Orthopedic folks that took care of my torn meniscus a year ago.
She got an appointment easily and quickly and the staff there carted her off for an X-Ray.
Kneecap: broken in two places. Two large pieces and one small piece where there should have been only one large item.
Again, a quick reservation at the Hotel Rex Hospital for a kneecap repair and we were commuting back to Rex once again!
Surgery on January 5th; arrive at 0515 with the operation targeted for around 0700 or so. Since I often stay up "late" into the mornings, I managed only about two hours of sleep Monday morning. I figured I could nap in the waiting room or in Recovery later.
Surgery started around 0730 or so and was complete by around 0900. The surgeon came to the waiting room and told me that the operation had gone very well and Claudia would be able to go home some time Tuesday, or at the latest, Wednesday morning. Some observation time is appropriate after any similar surgery in case there is bleeding or a clot or any other nasty events.
The dogs suffered a bit during this process, as my comings and goings from home got their food bowls filled at some unusual times. Probably really screwed up their 'schedules' that they'd been used to. Sorry...
Discharge paperwork (computer screen-work, actually) was pretty much done by about 1200-1300 hours on Tuesday and we managed to fold Claudia into her car for the trip home. So, for the next month or so, she's in a leg brace to keep her left leg quite straight and allow her leg muscles to get all mushy. The good news is that, since we've been working with a trainer at Fitness 19, her arms and legs have built up a fair amount of strength that she now needs to handle the walker she uses!
The nerve block they used on her Femoral nerve (yes, there is such a thing, beside the artery...) has now worn off, and as happened with my meniscus operation a year ago, the Real Pain has arrived. The heaviest pain for me subsided after just a few days, and it's our hope that hers will fade as quickly, too.
In the meantime, the pain makes sleeping difficult and is emotionally exhausting for her, too. Like most humans, both of us hate pain, and hate severe pain most of all!
I forgot to tote the 'refrigerator pack' unit along, so now we have His And Hers models. The units are about 1' cubes with a small pump that is submerged into the internal reservoir which is filled with water and ice cubes and circulates the chilled water to a sort of 'ice pack' wrapped around her knee.
She'll use that continuously for another day or so, then cut back to several times a day. Our refrigerator's ice-maker can't quite keep up with the demand for cubes but it's doing well enough for now.
She's in the leg brace for another five weeks (!), right up to about her birthday day in February, at which point she'll start Physical Therapy to regain leg muscles and joint flexibility.
And, yes, she does have a nice supply of a variety of pain killer meds that seem to be keeping the pain levels down to almost tolerable. We're hoping and expecting that the meds will get the upper hand in a day or so, if the 'pain curve' is anything like it was with my meniscus repair. We'll see. In the meantime, she ain't goin' dancing for a while.
And on a slightly lighter note, I started a 'shop' on the "Etsy" site last week or so and have been populating it with some of the best wood-turnings from my shop. Here's a link to the store at Etsy.
I'm adding more items every few days. I've had some folks look at some of them, but no offers to buy yet. I'm not in a hurry to sell right now, and I'll be tuning some of the descriptions in the near future. That could be some good fun in the months ahead.
Happy New Year and best wishes for health and happiness to all!