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No More Waiting Part II–Feeling Confident

Okay! I’m committed! The decision to have the knee replacement surgery was not made lightly. After about 18 months of cortisone shots I went to my doctor and said, “I’m done.” He said, “okay, let’s get it scheduled.” So here I go!

Last week I told you about some of the preliminaries. On Friday I did the rest: Covid test, EKG, and blood work. I was really dreading the q-tip-up-the-nose treatment, but she did a throat swab for the Covid test. Quite a relief! Did I luck out or what?

I have talked to SOOO many people who have said that this was the best decision they’d ever made and the proverbial, “why didn’t I do it sooner?” I haven’t had one person say it wasn’t worth it. If you follow my blog you know that I am an ever optimistic person so I’m not scared or worried. I had a discussion with my new neighbor and we were talking about how some people worry so much that they actually talk the problem into existence! Do you know people like that? My husband Rick is a bit more of a realist (as he likes to say), and tends to see the bad before the good. Not me–I like to keep these rose colored glasses on and believe that everything will be just fine.

Isn’t this like any other thing in your life that you are afraid to do? I know that everyone has something in their life that they have approached with trepidation. There are any number of activities that you weren’t sure of doing and then you did it and were glad you took the plunge.

I know the first few days are going to be difficult, as well as the overall long term rehabilitation. Good thing I have a great partner to take care of me! And my sweet neighbors are going to be standing by in case Rick has to go to work. I’d appreciate any prayers you want to send my way! Talk next week!

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No More Waiting

This post is a bit different from previous ones. I alluded to it here. I begin part one of my story. It’s time. No more putting it off. I went to the orthopedic surgeon and said, “No more cortisone shots. I’m ready to get a knee replacement.” How many of you have been in the same situation? I am 64 years young but this bad knee is making me feel OLD! I am normally a very active person and not being able to do my regular activities (walking, yoga, golf) has brought me to this point.

I’m happy to say that in my community these types of surgeries are “normal.” We have a large over 50 population so maybe hospitals and doctors want to keep this in “the neighborhood” and not force people to seek medical care in a larger city. The second step, after the initial consult with my doctor, was to go to “joint camp.” Have you heard of this? I had not. There was a group of about eight of us in a room. A critical care nurse began the discussion by giving us a notebook with information about our surgeries (knee, shoulder, hip) and explained exercises we were to begin to prepare our bodies for rehab. Afterwards other important individuals involved in our care spoke to us one on one: the pharmacist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and anesthesiologist. I felt very included in my care!

The next step will be a Covid test, an EKG and bloodwork. I hope I pass all of these with flying colors!

I’m lucky that my husband will be taking a few days off to take care of me. My older brother had his knee surgery a few months ago and is doing well. He even offered to come up and take care of me. Awww! But I told him that I have great neighbors that would step in if Rick has gone back to work. And I have talked to SOOOO many people, men and women, who have had knee surgery and had very positive things to say about it. While there is some trepidation I know that this is the right decision for me.

I’d love your feedback! Have you had this surgery? What worked and didn’t work? Do you have words of encouragement for me?

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Ten Steps to Be Your Wonderful Self

So often when I was around my mom I was there when she was putting on her “face.” She would lament her wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles. My sister and I would be surprised at how much she would spend on products to “fix” these things. When she passed she was 89. Such an amazing life she lived, too! But I remember clearly one time when she was trying to put on mascara and fussing about her imperfections and I said, “Mom, you know no one notices that stuff but you. All we see is how great you are and how much we all want to be around you.” And that was the absolute truth! My mom was an Auntie Mame (those of you my age will remember who that was), colorful and fun and funny. And even passing at 89 years old I still miss her every single day.

I am at that same place now, well, only 25 years younger. But don’t we all look in a mirror and see only imperfections? Why is that? It may be because we have this internal expectation to be something other than what we are. And who sets those expectations? It’s another example of keeping up with the Joneses, don’t you think? I am going to see family this weekend and I can’t wait! And since I have a new, smaller car I am even more careful about how I pack. One of those expectations also includes how you dress. Who exactly puts the limit on that? It’s enough to drive a person crazy!

So following are ten life lessons from the iconic Iris Apfel (Mattel made a Barbie of her in 2018!) that I am compelled to share:

  1. Don’t obsess over your age. “You’re here. Embrace it. …Put your experience to work.”
  2. Pick a person who celebrates your successes. Find someone who encourages you and offers “unwavering support.”
  3. When something excites you, go for it. “I just feel things in my gut and I do them. If something sounds exciting and interesting I do it — and then I worry about it later.”
  4. To stay young you have to feel young. “Having a sense of wonder, a sense of humor, and a sense of curiosity — these are my tonic…”
  5. Care about your own opinion above anyone else’s. “If you have to be all things to all people, you end up being ‘nothin’ to nobody.”
  6. But don’t isolate yourself either. “…But if you don’t try to be part of things, forget it. That’s when your originality is going to work against you. Fit in first and then step out.”
  7. Money doesn’t buy success. “If you’re happy, have found love, are surrounded by good people, doing what you like and giving back to others, that’s success.”
  8. Style is not about spending money. “It’s not what you wear but how you wear it.”
  9. Start new endeavors with one small step. “You only fail if you do not try,” says Apfel.
  10. Don’t pretend you are younger than you are. “There’s nothing wrong with wrinkles. When you’re older, trying to look years younger is foolish, and you’re not fooling anyone. When you’re seventy-five and you get a face-lift, nobody is going to think you are thirty,” she says.”

There you have it. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Go YOU!

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This lovely blend of bitter orange, black spruce, and ylang ylang will awaken your senses. “Present Time helps you focus on the here and now, so you can get beyond the past and move forward.”

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