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Counting Down

I don’t intend to do a day by day countdown to my surgery, but today is 8 days until the big day!  I’m feeling pretty calm in spite of myself. I’m not really worried about the surgery.  I feel very confident in my doctor and everything I’ve seen of the Rothman Institute is amazing.

I suppose the thing making me most anxious is having as much as possible taken care of around here before I go.  Also I keep going back and forth about what I have to pack up and take with me.  Of course, if I forget anything, Ralph only has to travel 3 blocks to get me something.  The trick will be trying to tell him where to find something.  That’s why I want to have as many things with me that I think I might need.

As Gail, said, “Hey, I have a washer and dryer. Just bring enough underwear for a few days and we’ll do a load!” I’m sure everything will work out and I know I’ll be in good hands.  Ralph will be close by and visiting several times a day.  Gail and I will have a good time, just having the chance to spend the time together.  As Ralph said to his sister yesterday, it will be like a giant sleepover.  I think it will.

I still need to make some lists and I think that will be my project for today.  Just so I know what I’m doing.  Over the past few months, I have become a big fan of lists thanks to my friend Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  I’ve got a couple started, but they need more work.

I won’t have to worry about food while I’m at Gail’s we’re both on Weight Watchers, she’s almost reached 90 pounds lost and we’re both vegetarians so we can have a great time.  Also there will be lots of coffee drinking.  She only has a small coffee maker so I’ll be taking my big one over for my time there so that we can drink coffee to our hearts content!

I suppose I should stop chatting here and get to work.  I’ve got a load of laundry in the washer that should be about finished.  Now I get to make my very Slow way down to the basement to switch it to the dryer.  Lots of fun.  I won’t mind when I can walk down the steps like a real person again.  Even laundry will be a pleasure, just so that I can get down the steps.

Lots to do, so I’m on my way.

Happy Tuesday!

Step By Step

Good Morning! I’m back again…on my irregular schedule, you never know when I’ll show up.  Eventually, I will get on a schedule, but a the moment, that doesn’t seem to be happening.

I’m moving step by step toward the big event on July 23rd.  I’m trying to get a few small projects completed around the house prior to going into the hospital.  Some things I have to take care of because I won’t be home for at least two weeks because I’ll be staying with Gail when I get out of the hospital.

Tuesday was a trying day.  It was my day for several pre-surgery appointments.

Patient Testing


I started out with a physical with a medical doctor.  Because of our infrequent trips into Philadelphia, we left early and got to the appointment about an hour too early.  However, we only waited about 15 minutes before we were into the appointment.  That went well.

Then I had to give blood.  This is one of the things that Rothman Institute does just in case it’s needed during surgery.  I think it’s probably a good idea.  I am NOT a fan of needles, but it went well.  I filled my bag in 7 minutes.  The phlebotomist was impressed.  Probably because of all the water I drink.

After that was pre-admission testing where I had my blood pressure taken for the third time  that day.  I spoke with a nurse practitioner, then had more blood taken (for testing this time) and gave a urine sample (that’s always fun)  It was all very orderly.  This entire organization is so organized and efficient.  I continue to be amazed.  My only issue was that the three appointments were in three different buildings.  They were only about a block apart but for me at this point, that’s like having to walk a couple of miles.  I was truly beat at the end of the day.  But…step by step, this will all be better.

I am starting to feel a bit of anxiety related to all of this.  I think it’s causing me to go a little off track with food.  I’ve always been an anxiety eater.  But fortunately after all of these years on Weight Watchers, I know ways to handle that.

WW veggie soup ingredients


I cooked up a batch of Weight Watchers veggie soup.  It’s so filling and it always serves as an avenue to get me back on track.  It doesn’t take that much work-maybe 15 minutes to put it together.  Then my trusty crock pot does the rest of the work.  It’s so comforting to have a big bowl of that for dinner.  I usually add some beans either canned or home cooked, but that gives me a big boost of protein which I’ve been told is a good thing to add in prior to surgery.  I even add in some cottage cheese.  Some people think that sounds disgusting, but I love the gooey cheesiness that it adds to the soup.

So that’s where I stand at the moment.  I’m being positive about the whole thing and I look forward to being up and around like a regular person again soon.  I hope to get my blogging schedule worked out as well.

Until then, I’ll see you when I see you.  Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Happy Friday!

Staying On Course and Preparing

Good Morning! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Independence Day!  We had a great time at my sister, Ele’s house.  It was fun and we got to meet some new people.  As always, I was working hard to stay on track with my Weight Watchers program and that’s part of what I want to talk about today.

Since I haven’t been posting very often, I haven’t been talking about my efforts to stay on track with Weight Watchers. As always it continues to be an important part of my life.  I can’t remember exactly where I stood when I last posted about it, but things have been going well for me.

WW Journal


One of the reasons for my continued success is tracking every day in my journal.  I’ve long been convinced that this is a great tool when it comes to losing and maintaining weight.  Throughout my 27 years as a WW member, regardless of some bad choices or bad habits I’ve slipped back into, I’ve never given up on tracking.  It’s always been my theory that whether it’s a good choice or a bad choice…Write It Down.  You’ll never realize where your real stumbling blocks are if you don’t write it down.  Most of us are surprised how easily we can forget what we’ve eaten if it doesn’t go down on paper.  I know a lot of members like to use the apps either on smart phones or iPads, but for me, paper and pen is what works for me. You’ll notice what I’ve written in red.  I’ve recently started reflecting on each day, giving myself a grade for how I did and many times a pep talk for the next day.  It works.

Through all of my recent issues, I’ve continued to follow the program and track.  In fact, as of my meeting on Saturday, I was 17 pounds below my Weight Watchers goal.  I have not tried to do it, I have just been diligently following the program.

The fact that I’m at a healthy weight is one of the reasons my doctor gave for the fact that when I have my surgery I can do both hips at once.  I’m happy to be able to get it all taken care of at once.

Regarding my surgery, Tuesday I go into Philadelphia for a day of a physical, giving blood and pre-admission testing.  It’s going to be a long day and I know I’ll be looking for a nap when it’s over.  To my knowledge, that will be my last duty before the surgery.  Then I just get to hang out and anticipate the whole thing.  I go from being just slightly anxious to full-blown Nervous!  More often than not, I’m able to keep it at just anxious and I hope to continue that way.

I’m sure I’ll be talking more about this as the countdown continues.  For now, I’m going to concentrate on doing what I can around the house so that I’m not completely frustrated and behind when this is all finished.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your Holiday weekend!

Happy Sunday!

News To Me

Hello, Again! Since I haven’t figured out a schedule yet on how often I’ll be posting, I just felt like making a few comments today.

First I like to say Thank You so much for all of your kind comments regarding my upcoming adventure.  I’m so lucky that I have so many people praying and sending good thoughts in this endeavor.  I’m blessed to have all of you as part of my life.  I try not to think about this every second of the day, but I have to be honest that when I woke up in the middle of the night, it was hard to get back to sleep.  I was thinking about all the things I need to accomplish prior to the surgery and asking myself how I’ll accomplish all that I need to do after I get home.  I guess it’s time to break out the lists! Thank you, Meghan!

I don’t want to be one of those people who all I talk about is my “condition.”  I will make all efforts not to be, but as I said yesterday, I think it might be interesting to those of you who have never been through something like this to hear about it.  I’VE never been through something like this and I’m interested. So we can all learn the twists and turns of it together.

I have to give credit for the title of yesterday’s post, “Twice As Hip.”  When my friend John heard about the surgery he said that now I would be twice as hip.  I thought it was pretty funny.  I immediately stole it for a hashtag on Instagram and as my title yesterday.  Thank you, John!

Now, regarding today’s title.  I remember reading probably a year or two ago that it’s good to take a break from listening to the news.  Believe me, with some of the news you hear today, all of the political bickering and such, it’s good to take a break.  It wasn’t a conscious break.  I just stopped listening to the news.  I think it has been a good thing.  I grew up as a news junkie.  As a grade schooler, I remember being glued to the Huntley/Brinkley report at night.  I’m not kidding…Ask my sister, Ele!  I wanted to know what was going on all the time.  If there had been cable news back then, I would have been in real trouble.  I know there would have been constant fights with my Dad because I would want to be up all night watching it.  I did become news-crazed for a while after the inception of all news all the time TV.  I weaned myself from it then all of a sudden I just stopped.

I’m back into a much more sane approach to news.  Now that my sleep cycle is so wacky and I’m up early, I’ve started watching again.  That’s pretty much all that’s on unless I wanted to be enticed with getting a Free Nutri-Bullet for the one hundredth time!!

I’m a little more informed these days, but not too much.  I’d still rather watch Food Network and reruns of Frasier.  So for now, it’s me and Charlie Rose in the mornings along with the local newscasters.  I’ve always loved Charlie and he’s a good way to start the day.

Monday has lots of plans for me and I’d better get to it. Hope the rain holds off because I need to go grocery shopping.

Happy Monday!


Twice As Hip

As promised, I am still among the land of the living and I have returned.  I was rather cryptic with my last post and it’s time for some clarification.

Over the last year or so I’ve been experiencing some pain in my joints, in my hips to be specific.  It was occasional and was strangely most evident while trying to get in and out of the car.  I could do stairs fine, I could walk fine.  As late as last summer and fall I was fine.  I walked long distances on my trip to Maine in August, I walked distances when we were in New Mexico into October.

But when the weather turned cold here in New Jersey late last fall, things started to change.  I think it was the combination of the cold and the damp (one of the major reasons we want to leave New Jersey) that exacerbated the situation. I plugged along through the holidays and into the New Year.  As the days went on, it was harder and harder to climb stairs, walk any distances and even as simple as sitting down then standing again.  I’d have some better days and I tried to stay positive, but for most days, it was a struggle.

I went to my family doctor who ordered hip x-rays and an MRI of my lower back.  Turns out I have degenerative joint disease (DJD) in my hips and lower spine.  She suggested I see an orthopedic doctor.  I hit a few bumps in the road in my first attempts to see someone.

However, I’ve heard from a number of friends that the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia is the best of the best.  I called and I was amazed that I was able to get an appointment in only three days.  Having no idea which doctor to ask for (although I had read up on them on the website) I simply asked the scheduler for an appointment.  She replied, “Well, we have an appointment with Dr. Rothman on Thursday.”  When I picked my chin up off the floor I picked my appointment time and I was on my way.



I will be having double hip replacement on July 23.  Dr. Rothman said that recovery time is the same for one as it is for two.  I need both done, they are equally in need of replacement.  He told me he doesn’t recommend it to everyone, but in spite of my age, I’m in good health and in good shape.

In the meantime, On July 8 I’m scheduled for a day of a physical, giving blood to be available if necessary during the surgery and pre-admission testing. After surgery and two days in the hospital, I’ll be staying with my friend Gail because her home is bigger and will allow me more room to move around and do re-hab.

I also have a ton of things to accomplish prior to the surgery.  I want to get a lot of things done around the house, more of my continual sorting and purging.  In spite of the fact that I’m Much slower getting around lately, I have gotten a lot accomplished.  I want to keep that progress going as much as possible over the next few weeks.

I am anxious and excited and scared all at the same time.  I know that I couldn’t be in better hands and I can’t go on with this pain and lack of mobility.  That is almost scarier than the thought of the surgery.

That’s enough for now.  I will be keeping everyone updated on my progress.  This is going to be an adventure for me as I have never had major surgery.  You can all come along with me on this path.  I’m glad to be back here sharing with all of you again.  I’m going to try to stay calm.

Budda from Florida

Time to get back to meditating, I guess!!

Happy Sunday!


Contrary to what some of you might be thinking…I AM ALIVE!!  There have been a lot of things going on that have caused me to be away from BCDC.  All (or almost all!) will be revealed over the next few posts.  The adage “getting old is not for sissies” is true.  Some health issues are beating my brains out and I’m working with them.  I’m keeping a positive attitude and an open mind to all possibilities.  As I type this, I’m also learning that I’m a bit out of practice with my typing…thank goodness for the back space button!!

Life in general is good and I VERY MUCH miss all of you.  I’ve been following many of you on Instagram and Twitter, but I haven’t been on my computer much lately, hence no comments on blog posts.  That will be changing.  I need it to change, because I miss this whole crazy blog thing and I want to get back to it.

I hope and plan to get back on a schedule of posting and sharing the craziness (which promises to get crazier soon!) of my life.  So much to share and discuss.  Those of you who see this, because you actually still know where to find BCDC and care enough to be patient until my return…Thank You so much.  I look forward to reading and commenting on your posts and I very much look forward to hearing from all of you.

Film at Eleven!!   Happy Monday!

Saturday Snapshot~April 19

Here it is the Saturday before Easter already! This year has moved along quickly.  I’m here, joining in with Saturday Snapshot and I have a beautiful one (or two) from my trip to Florida at the end of March.  Be sure to check out all of the other photos that everyone is sharing at West Metro Mommy Reads, hostessed by the lovely Melinda.


While I was in Florida, we took a trip to the Thai Buddhist Temple in Tampa.  It’s a beautiful place and very popular for the food market that occurs there on Sundays.


It was hard to get a shot of it without people around. Also the sun was so bright, I was never really sure how the photos would come out.

As part of the market, they were selling orchids.  There were so many beautiful colors.  I took quite a few photos, but again, I wasn’t sure what I had gotten until we were back in the car.  This is one of my favorites.


The colors were just amazing.  If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Tampa/Clearwater area, be sure to make a Sunday visit to the Temple.

Don’t forget to check out all of the photos over at West Metro Mommy Reads.  Have a great day and Happy Easter!

Happy Saturday!