Knee Surgery Recovery

Well how de dooo? How are you?

I am in knee recovery… heaven(?) over here? Imma just tell you.  I’m not sure if this is better or worse than I anticipated! I think I thought I’d be up and about a lot quicker but it is taking me a hot minute to get the wind back in my sails! I think I underestimated the recovery process!

Getting checked in

Getting checked in

Waiting to be wheeled in

Waiting to be wheeled in

I did have a good day Tuesday. I did not want to be nervous or anxious and I ended up having the best day! I enjoyed the entire process and the excitement of knowing my knee was going to be fixed. I had really great nurses and they were fun to talk to and joke with.  I even woke up while I was still in the OR, right before they wheeled me to recovery and joked with the person who wheeled me back to recovery. I can say for 100% sure that I was still under anesthesia so snippets of things I said or did keeps coming back to me but everything is a happy memory and I was either laughing or joking with someone.

Ice packs for days

Ice packs for days

I felt zero pain until Wednesday, mid morning.  I’m not sure what he did to keep it dead all day but I’m grateful.  Yesterday wasn’t pretty. Looking back from today, I should have given in and taken some of the prescribed pain medication but I dealt with ibuprofen all day. Today hasn’t been as bad but it is still letting me know it’s there. I can’t wait to see how much better it is tomorrow.

Favorite Care taker

Favorite Care taker

I have thoroughly enjoyed a few days with my mom and nephew and today, my son took off to be with me because my mom had another commitment.  It’s a good think too because I dropped my crutches and was trapped in the bathroom! I’ve been told by the doc that tomorrow I can start putting weight on it so I’m happy about that!

pillow forts

pillow forts

Saturday I can remove the bandages and take a shower! WOOHOO! File that under things you never thought you’d read on this blog!

Before I check out, we are getting close to the September 5 start date to get in on the Beachbody Health Bet.  You do NOT want to miss out on your share of the pot! Comment below or email me at almasdays at gmail dot com if you need more information.

Beachbody Health Bet

Beachbody Health Bet

 

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MIMM-Late!

Good Monday afternoon to ya! I am coming in a bit late for Marvelous in My Monday, but it’s still Monday and it’s still marvelous, so I say it counts, right?? Again, I am linking up with Katie because she’s the best. Have you ever read her blog? You can’t read her and not love her!

Let’s go over my last few days.

On the health front, I am feeling fabulous, still finding my way around the gluten, doing fairly well, until I forget to check the spices.  Did you know random spices have gluten in them.  They do.  I did notice they scale has been stuck at a number for a couple of weeks, so I started figuring up what I normally eat in a day. Not enough.  Imagine that! I added a few calories and bam! the scale started going down again. It’s like magic I tell ya! I’m now at about 34 lbs down.  I seriously need to stop talking about it and actually start logging my food.  I know when this knee is healed and I start with some more activity, that will make a difference  It’s exciting!

Speaking of the knee, we have to be at the hospital at 5:10 AM tomorrow.  That is stupid early.  I’m not sure I’ll even sleep tonight. I’m tired but wound up and just ready for it to be over.

I did a ton of cooking this weekend so my family and my mom and dad would have plenty of food.  She will be staying with me Wednesday for sure and I didn’t want her to have to worry about feeding my family or hers. It’s the least I could do, right? I made a lasagna, a giant beef stew, a big pot of veggie chili (that was what I was going to eat but the spices ended up being gluten!) and a pot of fresh smoked sausage and potatoes.

My brother had some baby pigs that grew into big pigs and made more baby pigs so they took them to the butcher and now we have sausage! A whole lot of sausage!  I tried to eat 2 bites of it yesterday to see if I had a reaction to it and didn’t feel well late into the evening so I, unfortunately, won’t be eating it.  It was tasty, however.

I didn’t get to go this afternoon, however, my nephews are playing soccer.  I have a picture of the youngest one.  Isn’t he the cutest? 3-year-old soccer is a lot like herding cats, I believe.  I think the coaches deserve an Olympic medal!

Future David Beckham

Future David Beckham

One last thing before I go.  Shakeology has changed my life.  I’m sure it can change yours as well.  You don’t need to lose weight to need Shakeo. It is about HEALTH.  And now? They are also making it about the WEALTH! The Beachbody Health Bet is guaranteeing everyone who takes part in a challenge for the month of September, drinks Shakeology 5 times per week and log a workout 3 times per week a piece of the jackpot that can be as much as $3 million! Right now, the pot stands at about $1.5 million and is growing daily! I have space for 2 more people in my challenge beginning September 5.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have Beachbody write you a check!

Beachbody Health Bet

Beachbody Health Bet

OK. I am going to try to calm myself down, and maybe get some sleep? If not, I’ll sleep tomorrow!

Have a great Tuesday my friends!

 

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The End of Knee Trouble

***with all of the flooding in my husband’s home state of Louisiana, I just want to take a moment to ask everyone to say a prayer for them. We have family members and friends who have lost possessions, their homes are flooded and friends we haven’t heard from but who live in places that we are certain there is no way they have anything left.  With all of this, it certainly puts any small hardship I may face into perspective. Take a moment, pray for them and count your blessings.

Pray for Louisiana

Pray for Louisiana

Well how the heck are ya? Its been nearly 2 weeks since my last check in.

I’m linking up with one of my favorites, Katie, for a Marvelous in My Monday.  Head over and see how Marvelous other’s Monday’s are…

I am still limping along, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I had my MRI and received the results. I have a torn meniscus (I knew this already), a chronic sprained MCL and abnormal patellar tracking.  My doctor is going in to shave the meniscus and tighten the MCL, I think, which will tighten my patella, I think.  He definitely said the MCL was loose and he definitely said he needed to tighten my knee cap so I’m guessing the two are linked? I could be totally wrong.  Anyway, tomorrow is pre-op, surgery is next Tuesday, the 23rd and I couldn’t be more excited.  Don’t get me wrong, having surgery of any type makes me nervous and not knowing how its going to hurt after makes me nervous, but the thought of not having to say “hmmm, i’m not sure I can do that without messing up my knee” ever again kinda makes me wanna dance.  My initial injury was 20 years ago so my knee has not been stable for that long.

BIG Water

BIG Water

As far as nutrition, I am concentrating on eating/drinking clean.  I have a slight Sprite Zero addiction I’m trying to curb. I am drinking more water although I’m not where I need to be. I am eating salads, salads and more salads.  At least 1 per day, sometimes 2.  I’m not tired of salads per se, just need more variety.  When I’m sidelined recovering, I’ll use that time to find some gluten-free recipes. I’m loving my daily shakeo. Kevin’s has been ordered and he will begin drinking them (he was already doing a protein shake so he’s just coming over to a more nutrient dense option. My mom is also hooked. When people I love begins taking care of themselves, it makes me happier than most anything.  Now, I just need to get my baby boy on them and I’ll be walking on cloud nine!

It's a Family Affair

It’s a Family Affair

Yesterday, my mom came and spent the day with me and helped me clean my house. With a painful knee, I am only walking around for a limited amount of time so she had mercy on me.

We have had an interesting day over here. We have not had water since yesterday. We are on a well pump and it stopped working. Fortunately, Kevin was able to figure out the problem and got it fixed this afternoon. That was a scary experience. It can be quite expensive sometimes.  Fortunately, ours was an easy, inexpensive fix.

I am ridiculously excited for a day off tomorrow, even though most of it will be spent at the doctor/hospital.  Not being at work for a day will be kinda glorious. I don’t know how long I’ll be out after my knee surgery, but it kind of excites me about that mini vacation too. I think I need to take a real vacation and get some excitement in over here. A sure sign is when surgery excites me.  Sad, yes?

I’m going to clean the kitchen and put in some laundry because WE HAVE WATER! That excites me a little.

Have a lovely Monday!

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MIMM-Plans Change or They Never Were?

Well, this is a late post! I meant to have it up for first thing this morning, however, after spending some time with my grandma yesterday and catching up on some time sensitive emails, I just ran out of time. So, for a Monday evening, I’m bringing you…

If you want to see everyone else’s Marvelous Monday, just head over and visit Katie.

Friday night, I just came home and got into bed early. I can’t even remember what we ate! (exactly why I need to track my food!) I was gift a copy of The Szen Zone so I started reading it.  I didn’t get very far before sleep claimed me.  I was TIRED!

The Szen Zone

The Szen Zone

Saturday morning, we had plans to get up and go to Super Saturday, which is a quarterly event for Beachbody. I woke up with a pounding headache and had to convince myself to get up and get going.  I did.  I didn’t want to miss something that might be important! Kevin agreed to come with me also so away we went.  We were be-bopping down the road, looking at all of the pictures of the Super Saturday workout going on in Nashville.  You’d think at that point I’d get a clue, yes? No.  We got within 2 exits of the event and I got a text from my friend in Idaho.  Um, Super Saturday is NEXT Saturday. Excusemewhat? Yes.  I was an entire week early! I had posted all over social media how excited I was to be going.  Whomp whomp!

On the way to Not Super Saturday

On the way to Not Super Saturday

We then decided to just go to Whole Foods for groceries and then carry on.  We, of course, had to also go to a guitar store. It’s the least I could do after dragging him out for Not Super Saturday, right?

Once we got home, I was just relaxing and then it dawned on my, Why am I just sitting here when I could be doing something? Just because I have a hurt knee doesn’t mean I can’t do some upper body, right? So I did JUST that!

Upper Body Workout

Upper Body Workout

In the afternoon, I attended a Jamberry party which was pretty neat. They have some amazing hand cream if you are in the market for some. It has almost no scent and feels like buttah! Silky!

After that was over, my parents came over for dinner.  I bought a grass fed roast and put it in the crock pot.  It was SOOOO good.  I don’t eat a whole lot of red meat and I wasn’t sure I was going to eat this but it was delicious.

Sunday was a pretty relaxing day. Kevin played his video game and I read for a while, then we went to visit my grandma.  We came home later than planned and I got busy. All I got done was cleaning out my email.  I guess that is something though cause I had let it get ridiculously backed up!

We were REALLY relaxed visiting Grandma!

We were REALLY relaxed visiting Grandma!

That brings us around to this Monday. It started out not so great.  I didn’t sleep hardly any last night because it stormed terribly almost all night.  There was lightening that lit up the entire house, thunder that shook the windows and rain that made me certain our house was going to float away.  When I was withing a block of pulling into the garage at work, I realized I had forgotten my badge, which has my key card for the garage, office AND computer access on it.  I had to beg the garage attendant to let me in. He was so kind and opened the gate right up.  When I arrived, I had to get a supervisor to grant me access to the office and get a temporary badge and then visit IT and get temporary access to my computer.  All before I could clock in.  That led me to believe the day was going to be not so great but I chanted to myself for a while, “nowhere from here but up” over and over.  It worked! I had a good day.  My MRI did get rescheduled for Wednesday and that was only after we had eaten dinner at Panera that I got that call.  I can’t complain too hard though because it was a great dinner! I enjoyed the cobb salad and potato salad and Kevin had ALL the bread!

Our Panera Dinner

Our Panera Dinner

What made your Monday marvelous??

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Tremendous Tuesday

Well.  Here we are again and I’m thinking in my head, how has it been 6 weeks since I checked in here? A lot of life has happened in those weeks!

My morning commute view

My morning commute view

I am continually doing well on the health front (mostly).  I have still been eating gluten-free and have been amazed at the way I feel. When something does sneak through, my body lets me know nearly instantly. I can count on one had the times that has happened.  I haven’t been exercising yet, I’ll get to that in a moment, but I am down nearly 30 lbs since this entire thing began.  That is pretty amazing, I think. I haven’t been tracking anything, just eating non-gluten, no processed as much as possible (I do love kettle chips, though!) and drinking my shakeo every morning! I need to keep track of what I eat though because I KNOW I will stop losing and need to work at it again eventually.

Salmon and Potatoes

Salmon and Potatoes

As far as exercising, it’s always some excuse, right? Well about 20 years ago, I dislocated my knee and was told I had a torn meniscus.  I never did anything to get it fixed.  It bothers me off and on and sometimes dislocates and at that point it will hurt for a couple of weeks and then go back to normal.  It has only dislocated once and didn’t spontaneously reduce.  My husband had to put it back in for me. That was a comedy routine all in itself.  After it was over with, of course, because while it was happening, I was certain I was going to die! Anyway, I tweaked it at the end of May and the pain has never gone away.  I finally went to the doctor last week and first step is an MRI, which is scheduled for next week.  I go back for the results the following Monday, so, as of August 8th, I should know what is going on and what needs to happen to make it better. Quite exciting to have this years long problem on the horizon of being over.

On our way!

On our way!

Lastly, we went camping a couple of weeks ago.  I went years ago and Kevin has gone before but this was our first trip together.  We have had our camping gear For-Ev-Er, but finally put it to use. We had the most amazing weekend and the only problem was it didn’t last long enough. It was incredibly hot but once we got into the springs, I was no longer hot.  Next time, we will get in the springs first and then come back and get the campsite set up.  That way, we will be cool! We ate some incredible food, less one meal of chili cheese fries that was apparently gluten-tainted.  Being in gluten pain in a tent is not fun, folks, not fun at all!

Camp site on fire!!

Camp site on fire!!

Our site was not on fire, I just had a lot of lights!

Hart Springs

Hart Springs

These springs were incredibly pretty.  And cold.  I have never felt anything colder in my life.  I laid on my float on a 100* day and shivered like it was winter! So cold! It was extremely relaxing until a lady told us how many snakes they had seen in the springs.  I never would have guessed snakes could live in there cause of the temperature, and I’m still not sure but after that, I was kinda freaked out and on the lookout constantly.

Just because.  Who doesn't need a picture of this handsome turd muffin??

Just because. Who doesn’t need a picture of this handsome turd muffin??

This has sorta turned into a book, yes? Just a thought, but if I was more consistent, I could write shorter posts! I still have a few things I want to say but I’ll save that for another day, hopefully much sooner than 6 weeks from now!

Until next time!

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MIMM

Good Monday morning to you! Did you have a fabulous weekend? I did.  It was half lazy, half errand-running.

Today, I am linking up with Katie to talk about the last couple of days.

Friday night, we went to my nephews piano recital.  Fortunately, I was able to hear him before having to take my toddler nephew outside. He was not happy because he wasn’t allowed to play the piano. He tried to escape and run to the front. Unfortunately, it was drizzly and 200% humidity so it wasn’t very comfortable outside, but we made the best of it.  Once KaKa finally came out where we were, Jasper was a happy little boy.  So were Nanny and I! IMG_0933

KaKa and Jasper swinging

KaKa and Jasper swinging

Before he came out, we had about 4 pennies between us and we would throw them on the ground 1 at a time and he would “find” money.  Of course he had to keep looking because he kept finding them! I bet as many times as he found those same 4 pennies he could have funded his college education! When he learns to pay attention, we are going to be in trouble!

After we finally left the church, we went on a Mexican food date.  Oh my word, I am so glad that fajitas (sans tortillas) don’t seem to bother me!

Jasper and Nanny spent the night with us and Saturday morning, we just laid around and visited.  I wanted to take it easy since we hadn’t had an easy weekend in a very long time!

Sunday, in the morning we lazed around a bit and then spontaneously decided to go get Kevin some new sneakers.  Fortunately, Jacksonville Running Company was open so we went there.  I love their customer service and I think anyone who is going to exercise should be fitted for good shoes.  You only get 1 pair of feet and they take some major abuse! Treat them right!

Kevin's new sneaks!

Kevin’s new sneaks!

We also went to Moe’s for lunch. Apparently, I’m on a Mexican kick!

Homewrecker w/tofu

Homewrecker w/tofu

We also visited 2 different guitar stores.  I then called our “date” the date that wasn’t.  It was still fun because we were together, right?

Well, that is our weekend in a nutshell. Head over to Katie’s blog to see how everyone else fared!

What did you do fun?  

Was it busy or relaxing?

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Some Things Sunday

Happy Sunday my friends! I never intend for it to be so long in between times we visit but… life. My new job is kicking my trash.  When I get home, I have exactly zero brain cells left, therefore, any blog posts done then would probably be gibberish. I wanted to do a 5 things Friday post, however, life.  So, I’m doing Some Things Sunday!

The first thing:                                                                                                                           I do want to start checking in here at least 2 or 3 times a week. I am now a BeachBody Coach and these challenges are going to make a huge difference. I plan to begin 22 Minute Hard Corps Hell Week Monday.  I may die.  If I do, just remember I love y’all. I am really looking forward to actually consuming the Shakeology.  I have become addicted to my morning protein shake and while I like the taste of Sun Warrior protein powder and I REALLY like Bob’s Red Mill, I LOVE shakeo! It is really delish!

I am so inspired by the ones I see who actually follow the BeachBody plan.  You can SEE a huge difference! Not only that, this is actually a lifestyle, not a diet! Check out Katie, Amy and Danielle, just to name a few! If they can do it, why not me?

The Second Thing:

We are silly!

We are silly!

This lady retired! We hosted a party in her honor last Saturday.  We sneaked around (we hope!) and had some friends and family over and cooked a ton of food (we are still eating leftovers!) and had the absolute best time! It feels kinda weird to have a retired mom.

Cake and Roses

Cake and Roses

Me, Mom and My sister in law, Kym

Me, Mom and My sister-in-law, Kym

Mom, Kym, Adam and Jasper

Mom, Kym, Adam and Jasper

 

 

 

Mom and Haley, my baby brother's girlfriend

Mom and Haley, my baby brother’s girlfriend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just realized I have no pictures of my baby brother! He got away! A good time was had by all, I hope!

Third thing:                                                                                                                                  The gluten-free thing is going well.  I have introduced a few things back into my diet to see if I’m truly gluten sensitive.  Well, I am! I have different symptoms for different foods, though, and that was interesting.  I was able to make most foods for the retirement party gluten-free so that worked out well! No matter the title, I know I feel like a million bucks having eliminated the foods I have, so I will continue!

Fourth thing:

Daisy, Kevin and Jasper

Daisy, Kevin and Jasper

My nephew, Jasper! He is my little buddy! He and my mom stayed with us last night and we had some entertainment! We are dog sitting this little girl this week, she is a golden doodle and she is so loving! Jasper doesn’t love animals and he was loving all over her! She was so tired at one point, she was sleeping and he laid her tug of war toy on her snout trying to get her to play. She didn’t even flinch!

Kevin and Jasper

Kevin and Jasper

This is some of his antics from a couple of weeks ago.  Jasper and I thought it was funny, Kevin, not so much!

I think that brings us up to date.  After I upload this post, I will think of a million more things I wanted to jot down!

I’m looking for some gluten-free eats.                                                                                  Do you have any recipes or ideas? 

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