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28 November 2014


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did, even though we were missing mom and dad profoundly. Middle sis and her hubby hosted everyone, just as they do every year, and it was really wonderful to be together while we gave thanks for our many blessings!

I am now 3 weeks post surgery, and have had 4 therapy sessions. The shoulder is doing okay, but I am not allowed to use it for anything. I am still on pain meds, but the strength and frequency has decreased significantly. I am also still sleeping in a sitting position. At my first post-op visit, they let me see pictures of what they did and explained all the damage one little fall did. I tore the rotator cuff, the bicep, tore the cartilage away from the top of the humerus, compacted the humerus into the collarbone, injured the scapula, and fractured the shoulder socket in 4 places. What does all that mean? It's going to be a long time before I am back to full use of my right arm. Typing on the computer can be an exercise in frustration, which is why I haven't been journaling. I will try to keep up, but I'm not going to be journaling every day, until they release me from this sling/restrictor combo I am in.

I haven't been logging my food, but I have been doing well, following my lifestyle change and have lost the 10 pounds I registered post surgery and another 2, so since the surgery I have lost 2 pounds, even though I have done a whole lot of nothing and I'll take it!

I made 4 pies (one armed and with lots of prep work by my dear hubby) to take for Thanksgiving. An apple, a cherry, a pecan, and a pumpkin. I also made a low carb, sugar fee, 3 layer pumpkin dessert to take for me and anyone else who wanted some. It was a huge success! I did really well with my meal. I had normal portions of turkey, brussels sprouts (I brought those as well), green beans, a small spoonful of sweet potatoes, extra salad with 2 Tbsp of homemade ranch salad dressing. I had 1 ounce of cheese, 1 ounce of summer sausage, 1/2 stalk of celery, and one Ritz cracker for appetizers while we visited and 1 serving of the dessert I made after dinner. NO potatoes, homemade bread, pies, or anything I know better than to eat, with the exception of one measuring tablespoon of pecan pie! As a result, for possibly the first time ever, I LOST WEIGHT OVER THANKSGIVING!!! Hooray!

Today hubby is making our own little Thanksgiving dinner with a low carb, bread free, sausage/sage stuffing, mashed cauliflower, baked sweet potato, green beans with sherried mushroom cream sauce, salad, and pumpkin dessert.

Well, that is about all the news that's fit to print from my corner of the world...hope all is well in yours!



28 November 2014

Weigh-in: 226.0 lb lost so far: 12.0 lb still to go: 46.0 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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09 November 2014


The surgery went well. The doctor repaired the rotator cuff, the bicep, the shoulder blade, and cleaned up the shoulder joint. They gave me a nerve block in the shoulder, which was supposed to last 14-16 hours. Mine lasted almost 28, so I really got lucky. Now that it has completely worn off, I am extremely thankful for percocet. THIS REALLY HURTS!!! I also had to cut my hair off, since I can't comb it and the strap for the sling causes huge knots. Made me really sad, but it will grow back. I discovered something interesting...I gained 10 pounds in the 24 hour period from Thursday morning to Friday morning...this has to be from fluid retention due to the surgery. I have been doing well with my foods, but, as expected, exercise is lacking.

Well, that is about all the news that's fit to print (and typing with just my left hand is a pain) from my corner...hope all is well in yours!



03 November 2014


Well, the verdict is in, and I completely separated the tendon from the bone, there are at least 3-4 hairline fractures in the shoulder, as well as some other things going on in there that they will fix with the surgery on Thursday. Doc said I really did it up right! Baby sis is taking me, so that is one worry off my mind. I won't be able to drive for a week after the surgery, so that is something we'll have to figure out. The arm will be in a sling for 4 weeks with 16 weeks of therapy starting one week after surgery. To say that I am upset would be a gross understatement. Thank goodness it is coming on winter and I don't have so many things that need doing.

Food has been good, exercise...meh...I hurt and that makes me not want to exercise, although I am still averaging a fair amount of steps per day. The last 7 days average has been about 5300, so not too bad.

Well, I am going to bed...

That's about all the news that's fit to print from my corner, hope all is well in yours!



01 November 2014


The last part of this month has flown by. I went to the doctor last Monday, then had an MRI done on Thursday. I worked with the local election headquarters on Tuesday and Thursday, had a meeting with the Pastor on Friday, went today and got the items he wanted to change, went by the church, made the coffee for tomorrow, put the new table cloths on the tables, the new center pieces placed, the new trays for the bagel slices, and a few other little things. In between all the other stuff this week, we moved all the plants over to baby sis' house for the winter, made sure everything is ready for the winter-hoses disconnected, convertible covered-cleaned the house several times, and came up with several new low carb recipes. All in all, it has been a pretty good week.

Food has been okay, with a couple of bumps, exercise has been lacking, my walking buddies are all bunged up and so am I. I hurt my tailbone when I fell as well, and so have been moving very gingerly this week. Other than that, everything is pretty much status quo.

Well, that's about all the news that's fit to print from my corner, hope all is well in yours!



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