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Thinking Out Loud #7

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone! I’m linking up with Thinking Out Loud again which has become my Thursday routine.  TOL is sponsored by Amanda at Running With Spoons.  If you have time today, stop over there to see what everyone else has on their minds.  If not, just book mark it and go back tomorrow instead of spending all of your money on-line!

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I feel I’ve been grumbling a lot in my Thinking Out Loud posts, but today there’s none of that.  This post is about thanks and gratitude.

I have so many things this year for which I am thankful that I’m not sure where to start, so I may jump around a bit as things come to me.

~I am so very Thankful for the amazing gift and opportunity I was given this year.  This time last year, I was not feeling very well.  The cold and damp of the impending winter were starting make me feel the beginnings of the degenerative joint disease that got worse and worse through the winter and spring.  As the winter progressed, so did my pain and discomfort.  Finally in March, I could barely walk.  I was so very lucky that I was able to find Dr. Richard Rothman at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia.  He changed my life by giving me two new titanium hips (yes I AM bionic!)  and I will always be grateful.  Besides, he told me I looked like I was in my 20’s…of course he was wearing glasses!

~I am so grateful to my best friend, Gail.  Not only did she come back to New Jersey from her vacation in Maine to spend two weeks with me while I got on the road to recovery, but she opened her home to me for almost three months while she went back to Maine.  Her house was more conducive to my recovery than mine was.  She let me stay there and only laughed when I referred to myself as her “squatter.”  She couldn’t be better.  I’m so lucky to have her as my friend.

~I am so grateful to my sister, Ele.  She visited me almost every day while I was there.  She supported me and encouraged me and always made me feel I could get up and get back to normal.  She was an especially welcome visitor when Ralph went West to his Army reunion and then on to New Mexico.  She was great, but then she always is!! I’m so lucky to have the best sister in the world.

~Finally I want to say how lucky I am to have Ralph.  He was admittedly a nervous wreck before during and after the surgery.  He tried not to show it, but it’s hard for Ralph not to show his emotions.  That’s one of the best things about him.  He fed me (too much at times!) kept me company, worried about me, cared for me and encouraged me.  He is wonderful and I’m so grateful that he came into my life.

Ralph and Fran Thanksgiving 1993

 

I wanted to share this picture of Ralph and Me.  We don’t look Too Happy, do we?!?  This was taken on Thanksgiving 1993.  I don’t know this because I was smart enough to write it on the back of the photo.  For some reason our family Never got that concept.  We have tons of photos with nothing written on the back and we have NO idea who the people are.  Most of the people who could identify the photos are gone.  So Ele and I are left making up stories about who they are.

I know when this was taken because we also have a video that my niece, Mary took on Thanksgiving 1993.  In that video, you can see this photo being taken.  It is the coolest thing to have something like that.  It’s almost a little creepy, almost like it’s the paparazzi!  It’s fairly long and Mary narrates the entire video.  We lost her in 2007 so it’s wonderful to hear her voice and experience her sense of humor again.  It is a  gift and I’m thankful for that.

~My thankfulness is boundless today.  I can’t show enough gratitude to these people who have made my life so full this year.  So have just come into my life recently, others have always been there.  There are many others, but this is long already.  I’ve always been lucky.  I don’t know if I’ve always been grateful or thankful enough.  I am now.

Be sure to stop over at Running With Spoons to read the other Thinking Out Loud posts.  I bet you’ll find a lot of thanks and gratitude there, today.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Thinking Out Loud #2

I had so much fun last week participating in Thinking Out Loud with Amanda at Running With Spoons that I decided I’d give it another try.

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I want to thank everyone for you kind comments and for taking me into the group with such warmth.  It’s amazing after having taken this long hiatus from blogging that old friends and new friends have just come right back now that I’m here again.  I am very grateful for that.

When I started typing this, I really had no theme in mind.  I suppose in the coming weeks it might be a good idea to start out with a CLUE what I might be writing about.  So since I mentioned being grateful, perhaps gratitude might be a good topic.  I’ve had so much to be grateful for lately.

~I am grateful for the true and absolute gift that I received in the form of my hip surgery.  I promised not to talk Too much about it and I won’t but a few things have to be said.  I’m sure I was suffering from this nonsense of degenerative joint disease for a long time. Basically, arthritis, but they like to give things fancy new names these days.  The problem is that is was there in various joints but not so much that it had any serious adverse affect on my daily life.  I was “fine” throughout the summer and fall of 2013.  Lots of walking and going about my regular routines.  Then the winter of 2013/2014 came around-cold and damp and unbearable.  Suddenly it hit me.  I couldn’t sit for long, sitting down and standing up were extremely painful, I stood most of the time because that was the least uncomfortable position.  Walking any distance was difficult at best. The surgery is a gift.

~It was a bumpy journey getting to the right place for the surgery.  I went to one doctor who had been recommended.  He put me on medication because “we always try this first and we let the patient tell us when they’re ready for surgery.”  I took the pills for a month without any relief.  I went back in a month and said, I’m ready for the surgery and was told “we don’t do hip replacement surgery anymore.”  What?!?  I asked for a recommendation for someone who did it.  I got the name and called for an appointment.  This was June-I couldn’t be seen until the end of August.  I took the appointment but I didn’t think I could wait that long. We had a friend who had recently had emergency foot surgery at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. I called for an appointment and I was scheduled for three days later.  The amazing thing is that the appointment was with Dr. Rothman, head of the organization!  I was amazed.

~I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Rothman, the Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where my surgery was performed.  There is an entire Rothman floor there and it was wonderful.  From my first appointment with Dr. Rothman, through scheduling, pre-admission testing and medical clearances there was never a single glitch.  They even had excellent vegan/vegetarian food choices! The care I received was incredible and the results have been mind-boggling.  At my first appointment with Dr. Rothman he showed me my x-rays.  I can’t believe that the other doctor could have looked at those same x-rays and not known that I immediately needed surgery.

I suppose it was all meant to be this way.  That first situation didn’t work out because I was meant to find Dr. Rothman and his staff and I was meant to have these amazing results.  I am so grateful for what they did for me.  If any of you are in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area and need orthopedic medical care, please don’t hesitate to contact the Rothman Institute.  They can work miracles.

~I am so grateful to my best friend, Gail.  She spends the summer in Maine, but came back to New Jersey to open her home to me for my recuperation.  She’s a nurse which is good because I was full of questions about what was going on.  Her home was more conducive to recovery-all on one floor, lots of room for maneuvering my walker and a shower that you just step into instead of a tub.  It was also fun to just spend time together in spite of the fact that I was trying to recover. Without question, she is the best.

~I am grateful to my sister, Ele.  She came to visit me nearly every day during my recovery and especially after Gail went back to Maine.  Even after I was up and around and doing well, she was there.  She kept close watch on me while Ralph was away, in case I needed anything.  As sisters go…I got the best!

~I am so grateful to my wonderful Ralph.  He was a wreck leading up to the surgery, he was a wreck during the surgery and now 13 weeks after surgery, he is still a wreck worrying about everything I do.  He’s even more of a worrier now that we’re back at our house.  But I try to show him that I am careful and I am getting stronger every day so that I can do things.  Eventually, he’ll see that I’m good as new and able to get back to my routines.  He says he’s aged through this process.  Well, I’ve aged too but I survived and so will he.  He is the most wonderful man in the world though and I am grateful every day for him.

This has been a lot of Thinking Out Loud and I hope I didn’t stray too far off track.  I am so very grateful for this entire experience.  I often refer to it as a miracle because that is what I feel it has been.  I’m walking and doing things I almost never thought I’d do again.  Each day gets better.  It really is a gift.

That’s it for me for Thinking Out Loud, don’t you think it’s enough?!?!?  Be sure to check out everyone’s thoughts over at Running With Spoons.  Lots of interesting things there.

Me and Ortho

Be Grateful.