Thursday, June 19, 2008


The bird feeders need to be put out. The other day a humming bird flew right to the area where I always have the feeded. He must have been here before.

Politics are so controversial. According to the Huffington Post two Muslim women wearing head scarves were refused seats on a stand behind Obama. Apparently several Muslims were invited to sit behind Barac Obama at a Democratic rally at the Joe Louis Stadium but the Obama volunteers were told women with hijab head scarves were excluded from the invite. If this is true, I wonder what the repercussions will be for Obama if he is elected. There is always something that seems to cause a ripple effect in politics.

I have been having some pain in my hip when I sleep on my left side. I can sleep for only about 2 hours before the pain wakes me. My right hip is then very stiff and sore and must stretch it our and change positions. It isn't something that can't be managed, but it is annoying. I also find that I am very stiff in my hip when I go to stand and my first steps are a little hard to take. Once I am moving, this leaves and I am fine. I continue to do my daily exercises and now am walking about a mile plus outdoors and about 2 miles at physical therapy on the tread stepper and tread mill. I really enjoy an early morning walks to the bridge.

The count down to my knee replacement has begun, 19 days until July 7. Wow, the time has gone by fast. I am hoping that once my knee is done, I will find some of my other problems will also recover. I hear knee replacement is a more challenging surgery. I am praying for a quick recovery.

We finally have some nice summer weather, it was about 75 yesterday and this is suppose to continue for the next two weeks.

Ardmore has been busy spraying the crops. He had about 1 1/2 rounds and he will be done by the sounds of it. The crops are really looking nice, especially the wheat. I haven't taken out crop insurance for hail yet and will probably need to soon.

We have started working on the historical society summer newsletter. Helen spent a day last week with me and we organized and decided what should go into it. It always takes time and then I end up with other things to do so it seems like it takes longer than it should.

We are going to be great grandparents again. It is too soon but it happened. Perhaps I can find some time to go out and help Breanne during the first couple of weeks after this baby is born.

I was off most of yesterday. I ran errands in the am. A doctor's appointment at noon took about two hours, then saw my visiting teachers. Pam called to ask if I was coming in for a massage which felt wonderful. I didn't get to the museum until about 4:30. It worked out fine as it was quiet and I did the deposit for the museum. I have it in the car and plan to take it to the bank this morning.

Talked to Michelle for a while in the morning yesterday. She and Dave were planning on going to the temple. She asked me to design a business card for Dave and sent me the criteria. It is hard to find a photo that will work with his business, he does landscaping and handy man work.

Thought for the day...
The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are."
-- Thomas Dreier, Author

1 comment:

care020 said...

Charleen, the stiffness is normal. My left THR was a year old in April. I still have a little stiffness, if I sit too long, but it is nothing like the pain I experienced prior to surgery. I actually have more flexiblity on the left side than I have had in years. I sat a little more than I usually do this school year, and initially standing was a problem by the afternoon. Things got better as I got better at listening to my body. By the end of the school year, I was able to stay on my feet most of the day without painful results.

The pain that I experience did go away. It seemed to disipate as soon as the cause was explained to me. Some of this is psychological.

I can't stress enough how important exercises are. It seems you are on the right track. Another thing that I found helpful was therastem treatments. The muscle stimulation really helped to relieve a lot of the stiffness, loosen tight muscles, and tighten loose muscles.

I also had to do was be patient with myself. You have had surgery. You'll go to work and return to all the daily tasks that people do, but be patient as your body heals itself. Recovery takes time.

The first three or four weeks after having surgery I questioned if I had done the right thing. Today, I do not regret it for a moment.