Sunday, January 12, 2014

Getting Into A Groove!

With the new year ticking away, I am struggling with getting back into some sort of a routine around here.  What with recovery from my total hip replacement and having a flexible work schedule (meaning, I've mostly been working from home the last six weeks), I am finding it difficult to re-establish a daily routine.

Oh, I know what I need to do.....without a doubt, I do!  

However, I find myself slipping into a routine that will need to be modified as I continue to heal and life returns to "normal".  I have fallen into the habit of sleeping until I wake up naturally most mornings.  Even though my room is situated on the southeast corner of the house, the sunlight doesn't even have me stirring until around 8:30 or 9:00.  This is probably due mostly to the fact that I have turned into a night owl - crawling into bed with a book or my laptop and reading long after the house is quiet and Eddie Dale and the pups are asleep and snoring.....

When I get up, my only thought is getting into the kitchen and starting that pot of coffee.  If I don't have an appointment outside the house, I find myself dawdling around.....I can easily spend an hour or more just settling in with a cup of coffee and checking e-mail and Facebook!  So, it's already mid-morning before I even think about showering, which seems to make me feel guilty about the dawdling.  Feeling like I need to get moving, I will skip doing my physical therapy at this premium time of day and move on into the showering/makeup process.  I've deliberately scheduled most of my physical therapy appointments in the afternoon so I can have my "pokey" mornings.  In the evenings, I will hang out in the recliner after dinner and watch television until at least 10:00 pm, then retire to bed and do that "reading thang" for hours!

In the last week, there have been some changes.  I have been getting out of the house more and more - not only for the physical therapy appointments, but to go to the office for a bit, even a run to the grocery store with Mom or lunch out with Eddie Dale.  A couple of days, my appointments have been earlier in the morning, so I've set my alarm and gotten up by 7:00 am.  It actually felt really good that I was able to get up and around and be on time.

Which brings me to where I am now -

I need to establish a routine, where I will be getting up each morning and having a cup of coffee and then moving right on in to my physical therapy time.  Getting moving and exercising loosens up the stiffness I feel after lying in bed all night; and it energizes me to boot.  So, I need to do that pretty quickly.  At the opposite end of the day, I need to get to bed at a reasonable hour each night and get enough sleep so that it feels "natural" to wake up earlier and still feel rested.  (No more reading til 1:00 or 2:00 am, as that just encourages "sleeping in"!)

As I begin to head in to the office a little more frequently, and for longer periods of time, I think it will be beneficial to have P/T out of the way and be "limbered up" early in the day.  Perhaps another benefit of starting out the day earlier and working on building my stamina is that I will naturally feel more tired in the evenings and fall into bed and sleep better?  At least, that is what I am hoping.  

As for recovery - Nearly at the six week mark, and I am still chugging along.  At this point, the discomfort is mainly from the incision site and scar tissue.  It is just going to take time for those severed nerves to calm down and heal.  The hip joint, itself, doesn't pain me.  No clicking sounds, no "catches" or odd sensation upon moving it.  I do have some muscle soreness from the physical therapy exercises, but "muscle soreness" is much different from "joint pain".....and I can deal with it, knowing that it will ease and get better as time goes by. 

I know I am getting pretty much back to normal when I find myself cleaning house!  My mom is still helping with vacuuming - but, that is mostly because she really wants to help.  (And, I don't want her to feel like I don't need her!)  Yesterday, though, I even mopped the kitchen while she vacuumed the carpets.  (That was really rewarding because that floor really needed to be was disgusting.....) 

Next step - driving again.  My surgeon said to wait six weeks.  Honestly, I don't think my thigh muscles were strong enough - or quick enough - to attempt driving until about this past week.  But, now that I am feeling stronger, I'm itching to get behind the wheel! 

However, the thing I am most excited about is losing these dang compression hose!  Today is my last day to have to wear them.....and, I shall not miss them one iota!!! 

I promise my next post will not be about my post-surgery progress!  Although it has been my total focus for the last six weeks, there's a lot of other stuff to talk about.  So, time to start moving forward!!!

Enjoy your day, my friends!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Well, I have been thinking about it.  And, I've come to the conclusion that I really did need to work on a post about my "one word" I selected for 2013.  Since it has been a whole year, here is a quick link to travel back in time and read my original post about my word selection for last year - TRUST.

Looking back over the year, "trust" was a word that really played a large role in my life.  I've admitted many times - I am a control freak.  I instinctively want to "trust" in myself.  But, myself lets me down quite a bit of the time.  

Face it, I need something - SOMEONE - bigger than me to depend on!

Early in the year, I came across an affirmation that I wrote up on a sticky note and attached to my mirror.  (You can read about it here.) This became my mantra for the year.....

In an effort to foster an attitude of "trust", I would say this out loud as I dressed each morning.  When I would get stressed, or worried, I would repeat it - even though it was done through clenched teeth, at times. Sometimes, when I felt like I was sinking below the surface, this mantra literally got shortened to "Oh, God, help....". 

2013 was one of those years when I either had to "trust" or worry myself to death!  

This year saw my business grow, but in this business there is a lot of work up front, with the payoff coming later.  Somehow, the payoff always seemed to come in the nick of time.  

This year saw the arrival of two new grandbabies - both girls - and both healthy!  

This year saw my oldest son pick up and move to San Antonio, without a job; but, now he has his insurance adjuster's license and a career with a great company.  

This year saw my youngest son get engaged.  

This year saw me dealing with chronic pain from advanced osteoarthritis in my right hip, ultimately resulting in a total hip replacement - from which I am still recovering. 

Without "trust" there were points in this year when life would have been overwhelming or unbearable.  But, this little word hovered in my mind throughout the year and spurred me on - mostly because I made an effort to stay focused on it.  When I felt the focus slip away, I felt the calm that resulted from the focus slip away, too.  

To sum it up, maybe the whole point of this concept of "one word" for the year is to bring deliberate focus and awareness.  For me, that is what it did in 2013.  It got me honed in on a spiritual attitude that I needed to incorporate into my daily walk.  

I haven't selected a word for 2014 - I've been so busy recovering and rehabbing that I am just taking it day by day.  It's taking all my energy just to heal and get well right now.  I don't doubt that some word will creep into my mind over the coming days and weeks and settle in for the long haul.  Until then, I am still focused on "trust" - after all, my need to "trust" is ongoing!  

If you are doing "one word" for this year, I would love for you to leave a comment and share.  Hopefully, I will be able to settle on a new word and share that with you soon.  Hopefully, we can be an encouragement to each other with our "words"!  

Update on recovery - Physical therapy continues!  Each time I go, my therapist pushes me a little more.  But, he says I am ahead on recovery.  My incision has healed enough to start doing tissue massage daily, in an effort to smooth out the collagen fibers and soften up the scar.  I am walking without the cane, unless I feel really tired or sore and start limping.  I have less than a week until I get to burn my compression hose and start driving.  I made my first trip to the grocery store with my mom yesterday and I've been doing more and more of my own housework.  Feeling good, folks!!!

Until next time, stay blessed and warm, friends!

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