Aug 21, 2018

Life, interrupted.

The Autumn wall hanging is finished, and Cat Approved. 
"Man plans. God laughs."  Isn't that how it goes?

We still have boxes of flooring planks all over the house--I insisted we get them way early last spring because it was exactly what we wanted at a price the hubs could countenance, so why not?  But it looks like we'll work around them a while longer. 

Late last summer (yes, 2017), I started having some weird issue with my hip joint.  FINALLY this June, I went to find out what is is.  Just about the time the other hip joined the party.  Turns out to be a combination of two things, one causing the other: femoroacetabular impingement (a bony growth at the hip-end of the femur) which, working in and out of the hip socket, causes a labral tear (a gasket that keeps the femur ball in the socket).  Fast forward to now, and I'm schedule for an arthroscopic surgery on each hip to fix things.  One side will be done on Sept. 11, the other on Oct. 24th.  Each is followed by two weeks of crutches and no driving, then another month or so of physical therapy.  

Hubby will be stuck doing all my work (feeding pets, scooping poop, cleaning the house, preparing meals, etc.) in addition to his for the first couple weeks of each.  I'll do my best to get as much done up ahead as I can--lots of pre-cooked frozen dinners in our future! 

But the fun has just begun.  Phil is due for another back ablation, a two-part procedure in which a doc pokes holes along his spine on one side (and then the other, on a different day) and 'zaps' the back nerves to alleviate pain of a spine looks like a stretched-out slinky.  It works great!  He had it done last year and it lasts a good long time.  But they scheduled the two parts too far apart--first of November and last of November.  In between those, he has two weeks out of town for work.  I'll still have a day or so of crutches when he has to leave, unless we can work it out otherwise.

And last but not least, he has a shoulder replacement surgery in December!  I'm not sure about the healing on that one, but he won't be doing pushups for a while, right?

So for the next four months, one of us will be gimpy and dependent on the other.  I'm glad we have each other!  So...not much getting done on the house, for sure.  But come this spring, I'll be hiking again, and he won't be in pain all the time.  It will be worth it, once we're on the other side. 

In the meantime, here's the Autumn wall hanging again, but without Willie Mae and Tater Tot.

Hope your week is swimming along as you'd want it to!


  1. My goodness, you both are going to have some rough weeks. My brother in law had his hips done. He is much better now and I know you will be too. I am so sorry you will have to go through this, but glad you can get it done. I do hope your husband will not suffer to much when he gets his surgeries too. Maybe as you say, you can prepare up ahead of time to help out. Your fall panel is beautiful. Love all the colors and the design. Maybe you can do lots of hand sewing while you are recuperating. Best wishes for you and Phil to get all your surgeries done and be up and moving as soon as can be. I will certainly be thinking of you.

  2. Of course, it will be a bit of a bump in the road, but once it's over and done, you will be "walking in tall cotton" as they say around here. Well, at least hiking, as you say. I'm sure you will use this down time to work on new patterns and do a bit of stitching, which will be fun. Your work is beautiful! Best wishes to both of you! I will be thinking about you, too!


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