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Old 10-09-2019, 07:28 AM   #31 (permalink)
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The feeling of strength does take a while to come back...but it will. I became very adept at using my forearms for lifting and manipulating things.
There's a lot of healing going on inside and it's great that your playing the piano that will be fantastic for getting your full range of motion back.
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Something that might encourage you as to how quickly your hands regain so much of their previous strength is that within 4 months of surgery I was lifting and moving 25 kilo suitcases...I moved from Australia back to the U.K.. I then moved back into my own home and embarked on a full redecorating spree...I painted all the woodwork and helped with stripping and painting all the walls. Mostly with nothing more than a dull ache to let me know when I'd overdone it. So I'm sure you'll be back to normal very quickly.
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I'm glad you're feeling well again! I hate narcotics too, and even after a C-section I asked to be taken off the i.v. morphine (which gave me a terrible headache ironically) and just take Tylenol. Recently I read that taking painkillers might interfere with the microbiome (gut health), so why take the chance if you don't really need it. Unless the doctor says you need it to promote more mobility or something in order to heal, which is why the dr. told me to take the Tylenol.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:51 PM   #34 (permalink)
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So glad youíre doing even better! Sound like youíre healing quickly. And itís awesome that youíre playing the piano! Great for stretching and dexterity. I guess it would be hard to remember you canít lifer a 4.5lb dog yet. Itís nothing! But youíll be there soon. Are you doing any gardening or are you all done for winter? Are you getting winter weather soon? I hear itís going to snow in Denver in a few days. (Really?) Keep up the good work!


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Oh gosh BG...no, I didn't need to take that stuff at all...could have gotten by with the stuff they put in my hand. And don't need it for any other reason. It was meant to relax me. Uggg. I'd rather have had a rye whisky and seltzer. lol.

Jojo, thank you...I'm keeping things watered in the greenhouse, tending my seedlings and tonight turning the heater on just enough to keep it from getting to freezing because last night it was chilly...almost to freezing. I think 34 F. Yikes! So yes, it's getting chilly but it's nothing like Colorado will be...very mild here compared. I have a friend in Colorado and she told me it was 81 degrees one day and expected to snow soon. I think she said it was near freezing the next day. It's insane how it fluctuates there so much. So not as much gardening other than what's in the greenhouse. Oh, I have a few things in a garden like peas, spinach, beans but not much. I think I'll cover them with some of this gauzy stuff I have tonight. I think Florida sounds just heavenly right about now. lol.

Thanks for asking. I hope you all are fine too and having a good evening.
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Hahaha... it snowed half the day yesterday in Denver. Wednesday it was in the 70's and yesterday morning it was 16 degrees when I talked to my friend. Go figure! And that's where i'm going to move to soon. (2-3 years maybe?). I can't wait! I've only seen snow once in my life, and that was when I lived in Atlanta for a year. It was breathtaking. Sigh.

So glad you're able to keep a little busy with what is in the greenhouse. I so admire you for doing all that. I have such a brown thumb it's nuts. I am trying my hand at succulents though. I ordered some exotic blue ones, and lost them all. My research never ended up with the special care they need, and the seller only offered general succulent care, not the different care the ones I had needed. But all my others are doing really well.

Keep up the good work and you'll be picking up your baby before you know it. I don't know if this will make it easier or not, but when I pick Oscar up from the floor, I put my left hand under his chest, and my right on top, just to make sure he doesn't wiggle out of my hand. No pressure on the hand but it keeps him steady.
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PBG, Sounds like your recovery is going well. That is so good to hear. They say at times it pays off to take care of problems sooner than later and that recovery goes much better. I finished up my annual with my doctor..he was happy with everything b ut my blood pressure. Well I am sure its all the weight I put back on. He gave me three weeks to start to exercise and watch my diet and he will check it again. Its been petty high all week 140-149/9--96. That is really high for me who normally has had a lower bp. Its kinda xnxnxg at getting older and issues come up. (note I said getting older,, not quite ready to call myself old, or at least not most days, lol). I hope you continue to recover well and soon you will not even know you ever had surgery.
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Oh! Wow! Jojogal... That will be quite the change for you, moving from Florida to Colorado. Snow is beautiful and fun to play in. But it can be so much work to keep up with it all. So I hope you have someone to help with that. Maybe you'll live in a condo or something where they deal with it? That's one of the things that drove me out of north Idaho. But it is beautiful. Of course, I don't know if where you'd be moving gets as much as the far north panhandle of Idaho.

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Succulents are awesome. I didn't know there was a type that was hard to care for or needed special care. But you can try again. I don't think you have a brown thumb. All gardeners have things die on them and have to try again. At least I think so. I had all my winter squash get covered in mildew in my greenhouse because I hadn't gotten my dehumidifier yet and it was very, very humid in there. Grrrr. So I tossed it. I also got some nasty bugs...big bunch of work to solve that problem. So, it doesn't always go smoothly or without a hitch. You can find out just exactly how to care for those specialty succulents and try again sometime or just stick with the easier ones. You know what's super easy to make a new plant from a cutting? A coleus. I bought a big, beautiful one for my patio and have poked a few little stems into dirt with some rooting stuff and Viola`...new plant. I give them to people. They grow fast. Lots of fun. Also Geraniums.

How you describe picking up your wee poodle, Oscar is what I have done too. But I can also just get him with my left hand, two fingers between his front legs, kind of by his chest and the rest of my hand under his belly and sides. He's super teensy. lol.


Oh Mufar, blood pressure is such a drag. I'm glad you're staying on top of it and doing what the doc says. Mine fluctuates so much, I couldn't go on medicine or when it's low I'd fall out of a chair...pass out. One minute it's high and really high. Then it's normal or even lower than average normal. Crazy. I know...if I'd lose weight, it would come down. I'm always fighting the pudgies lately. Grrrr. So we will get this gf. LOL. It's those carbs. And also there's something called a set point. Did you read about that? Once you get pudgy, your brain thinks that's your normal weight and what you should be...."set point." And so it's so hard to lose because you feel hungry when you shouldn't. Our brains keep yelling at us to eat the wrong thing or too much or whatever. I totally agree with how you put it..."getting older," certainly not old! Hahaha. Well...thanks for your nice reply and I hope you can get your blood pressure down. That is indeed a bit worrisome.
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Hiyas PB... wondering how your hand is today. Sorry I havenít posted earlier: hate to admit Iíve been caught up in my own stuff. Is it still progressing nicely? Can you do more with it today? Iím really proud of you for doing all the exercises diligently, and trying different things like playing the piano: that is so awesome!

Sounds like you are healing much faster than my dad did, but I seem to remember him telling me heíd been trying to do too much too soon, and the dr made him wear the big clunky bandage for a whole 3 weeks after surgery. Also, he was 84 when he had the surgery, and it was the hand he plays tennis with.

As far as picking up your baby, where thereís a will thereís a way lol! Is it still difficult lifting a coffee cup by the handle? I know you said you could lift it from the top.

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I am glad to hear that things are progressing well with your hand. I hope your recovery continues to be fast and uneventful.
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