Thursday, 16 November 2017

Two weeks ago

It was two weeks ago today that I had my op. and today we have done our weekly shop but I struggled a bit towards the end, so had to go and sit down, perhaps I was pushing myself too much  and I had a 'to-do' in Tesco. Some man whizzed past me with his trolley and altho' he didn't touch my arm I felt the breeze as he whizzed past so screamed and then burst into tears. Just thought of someone hitting my arm sends me into hysterics! I seem to be very hyper sensitive where my arm is concerned. It's not just the pain of someone hitting it, it's the thought that they could dislocate it. An afternoon of doing nothing followed, resting my arm on a pillow, I have cut back on my painkillers, as well so asking a lot of myself.

Our weather is very pleasant,  12C and sunny. We drove to Beccles along the Suffolk lanes so very pretty with the autumn colours. We do like driving about, so much to see.. Blythburg area is a pig farming and to see all the pigs with their piglets is amazing, there's 100s of them, all very pink. They all have houses for the summer as evidently they can get sunburn!  

I fancied a nice film, DH found a nice one for me on Netflix the other afternoon and I slept all the way through!!
I am enjoying this new laptop even though I am still getting used to Windows 10 and the key board; the keys are just slightly wider so I keep hitting the wrong key as I am still typing left handed!
But I am beginning to feel better! I looked at a whole load of stitching blogs and realised how much I missed xstitching.. can't wait now to get back to crafting!

Loved stitching this


Friday, 10 November 2017

Week 2 day 2

I am finding the sling very uncomfortable, especially at night but I am persevering, although I feel like screaming.
We have found a way to wear clothes. The straps of my spaghetti strap tops cut enable my tops to slide up under the sling straps and then tied on my shoulders.  And a tee shirt cut up the right side allows the sling to poke through!

The strap that goes under my left arm rides up and cuts me, very, very unpleasant. This op had better work because I can't do this again! Looks very neat on this model but not like this on me!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

I survived another 6 1/2 hour op.

 I have just got home this afternoon,  after my op last Thursday
The pain this time was awful  after the shoulder block anaesthesia wore off Friday afternoon, I was groaning for an hour and a half, it was my own fault I had been offered pain killers, but said I  was ok, then the pain hit me, so one tablet wasn't enough. I can't have morphine because it makes me sick so no injections. DH talked me through it with scenes of the sun glinting on the sea at Southend, the walk along the prom and that gentle breeze we loved so much; then picturing our favourite cafĂ© smelling of coffee and the sounds of the frothing machine, with its delicious Italian ice-cream, a chocolate flake  and the crisp biscuit and rubbing my back, to try to take my mind off it, but it was the worst I 've ever had. I can't do this op again.
 I have come home with a huge wedge thing in a sling, so I can't put my arm through a sleeve? The wedge sling will be a nuisance but I can put up with it, if it means I will have my life back, it's only for 6 weeks. I was very wobbly this time, much more than before. Goodness knows how I will dress properly, at the moment my right droopy booby is exposed!!
I do have quite a bit of discomfort and I am still a bit wobbly, my legs feel as though they don't belong to me!!  The op took 6 1/2 hours this time. 
 I am to visit my Surgery weekly to have the nurse check the dressing and any serious sudden pain to phone the hospital, which I should have done before.. so strict instructions to do nothing at all that will involve putting a strain on my operated shoulder.. can't shower this time, so only strip washes.  Criky hope I don't get smelly!!  LOL

DH has an annual Dr's check up tomorrow and then we're popping to Saxmundham's Waitrose for a beef joint as #1DS is coming to try DH's cooking on the new cooker. Yes, we have had our new kitchen fitted. It was hell for 2 weeks and 3 days! But worth it and it looks spectacular.. pics are on my other blog.
We think if we alter the bathroom, next year we'll book a week away when it's being done. We are still putting stuff in the kitchen and pantry and we still have the blinds and an open shelf to put up. 
At the moment we're not having else done, so we can have a rest from workmen and we're having a quiet Christmas, we just need a rest from everything. The three bedrooms are decorated and new carpets etc and the loft bedroom is fine, so no need to do anything else for quite a while.
Thank you to all my blogging friends for messages and emails, I feel truly blessed that people feel concerned for  me.
Love to you and remember you are lovely!
I had such joy when we swung into our driveway and relief. We love it here and so glad we moved here.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Will I have my op or not?

I had a horribly stress day yesterday; the hospital phoned in the morning to say they had had the results of my urine sample, but wanted it path lab tested not just by the nurse,  so could I ask my surgery for some anti-biotics as a prophylactic!! Honestly it totally freaked me out, as I am fine, no infection.
I might as well have asked for gold, they waited till 5:50pm to fax the prescription to the chemist. I had to phone them 3 times to ask for it and then phone the chemist to ask had it arrived. DH went to the chemist and waited to get it as it arrived!! The hospital phoned me 3 times!! If I didn't have it my op would have been cancelled. I was a nervous wreck! We were in Southwold when they first phoned enjoying a coffee just about to have a walk along the front, so we walked after we got home and had been to the surgery straight away, to make sure they had had the fax about the anti-biotics. I didn't have to explain to the receptionist, because I think if she had queried it, I would have burst into tears, fortunately the fax explained it all.
It was a lovely walk, across the fields which is out across the road from our house, the leaves were golden in the afternoon sun. Nell loved it, running free.. she is still has fleas from the kennels we think. We've had the stronger treatment from the vet and she is banned from upstairs, clean bedding every day and in the kitchen at night. Dino (Dyson) stands guard by the door to keep her in the kitchen at night. She is afraid of the dyson!
I am looking up an independent GP I can't be doing this all the time, apart from that I didn't want any more anti-biotics I feel my body has had enough of everything. I must have had at least 100 x-rays over these 
2 1/2 years, plus ultra sound treatment, CT scans and MRI plus 3 ops.. so enough is enough. I am going privately if I can find a female one. There were 2 in Billericay.. and this op had better work. I am fed up!!! I can hardly use my arm after this last op, much too painful.
So that was my miserable day, I was weepy all afternoon!
This morning when I checked my phone, the hospital had phoned at 8:05, don't they realise  I am retired, I get up when I wake and then shower, sometimes it's gone 9:00am.. and I don't keep my phone beside my bed! I suppose they are covering all the bases, but the whole thing freaked me out. So my op. is booked for Thursday 2nd Nov.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

A big disappointment.

My op was cancelled because last evening I developed a UTI, I am screaming inside, but I now I can have a go at my CAL blanket. I am to be phoned in two weeks time and as long as everything is clear I shall have my op then. The surgeon was very nice and appreciated my feelings of disappointment. I was hoping to be really using my arm by Christmas.