Saturday, March 30, 2013

Making Progress

Tonight Jim and I went for a little walk in our neighborhood. When I say little, I mean little, but I walked half the way without my crutch or cane for the first time. I got weak half way through the walk and used the crutch on the way back but it was marked progress. I guess I will find out tomorrow if I did any damage by how sore I am when I wake up in the morning. I also went up and down the stairs (one leg at a time) without my crutch. I just hung onto the handrails. I set little goals everyday for myself and I am happy to accomplish them. They say I can drive again on Wednesday....hmmmm.....I am having the hardest time getting any of my family members willing to volunteer to be my passenger the first time out. I will try not to take that personally!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Grandpa

I guess it is interesting to try and look at things from  Nathan's point of view today. Sarah called Jim on the phone and helped Nathan sing Happy Birthday to him. They also called Gregory's dad today to sing Happy Birthday to him. Both of Nathan's grandpas have a birthday on the same day. From his perspective, maybe it's just something you do...call Grandpas and sing Happy Birthday. Wouldn't it be great to be in the head of a 2 1/2 year old to see what he thought?

Happy Birthday Jim! 

Monday, March 25, 2013

While I've Been Waiting

A lot of people have wanted to give me movies to watch while I've been recovering. I've only watched four. Instead I have been working on my second book. I finished it last week and am in the throws of the editing process. The experience of writing my first book has helped me significantly on this second book. As soon as I feel comfortable writing about it, I will post about it. I am very happy about the process and the outcome so far. In the meantime, I am walking with less of a wobble. I am looking forward to getting off my blood thinners next week so I can eat some more green vegetables. Five weeks of eating very limited green vegetables is getting old. They have too much Vitamin K which throws off the blood thinning properties of the medicine I am on. So I wait to walk well and eat well. I hope by next week I will be eating a huge green salad, walking solidly without a crutch or cane, and can say that I am a good way into the editing of my book. :)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Getting Better?

I am making wonderful strides in my recovery but I have to wonder why I am not ALL better by now? My doctor said this was going to be a 2-3 month recovery. I am beginning to think he was very serious. I have been experimenting with walking without a crutch or cane. I wobble a lot. My limp is not as severe as it was but something is not working the way it should so I can walk normally again. I guess I will just have to wait this out. I am wondering about getting back to normal life. There is a wedding coming up in about six weeks and I have a missionary to get ready. I need all my normal walking things to work out...I just have to wait I guess.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Blessing Of Attending Church

Today I went to Sacrament Meeting. I was so happy to be there. It was harder than I thought it would be though  because my leg and my new hip were not very happy... but I was happy. I was so grateful to be there. I sat in the back by the door and had to get up twice to walk in the hallway. My friend sat next to me to help me get up and back down again because Jim was on the stand. I am so grateful to be able to go to church on Sundays. I have always been happy to go to church on Sundays whether all is well or not.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Learning To Walk Again

I think I have finally figured out which muscles are keeping me from walking properly and without a limp. I am down to one crutch and doing better everyday but I have some weak muscles preventing me from walking normally. I have a big limp. Healing is an interesting process. I think I am doing well though and I feel better every day. They say I can drive again in three weeks but for the life of me I can't figure out how that will ever be possible. I guess I just need to remember that three weeks ago today I couldn't even move my leg on my own so I guess it's just a matter of perspective and time.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Deeply Grateful

As I continue to heal from my surgery I am at the mercy of others to help me with things I need help with. Elisa has been wonderful to come these past few weekends to take care of many housekeeping chores. We are so grateful for her help because she has eased a great burden.

Jim is the Bishop of our ward. That means he is gone a lot but is he particularly gone a lot on a Sunday. He leaves early Sunday mornings and won't get back until after 5:00 this afternoon. He came home to check on me about 11:30 this morning. I did not expect him. He asked if I wanted him to get me some lunch. I told him "no, not yet" but that I really wanted to take the Sacrament. I cannot adequately describe the blessing it is to have my husband also be my Bishop. He holds the proper authority and Priesthood to administer that sacred ordinance to me. He placed bread on a plate and a little water in a cup. He covered them with a white napkin. I sat in a chair and he knelt on a pillow in front of me and read the Sacrament prayers from the scriptures and blessed and passed me the Sacrament. It is hard to not be able to go to church because I love church so much but it is particularly hard to be away from the Sacrament. I can't adequately describe in words the sweet Spirit in our home as my husband knelt down to bless the Sacrament and administer it to me. I am so grateful for the Priesthood. I am so grateful for the ordinances of God which bless my life and for worthy Priesthood holders who administer them.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sweet Gestures Of Kindness

This evening two women from my Relief Society showed up at my home at the same time. One brought homemade chicken noodle soup. The other, my neighbor and good friend, brought fabulous minestrone soup, homemade bread, fruit, and homemade burnt almond fudge chocolate ice cream. Fabulous. To be thought of in such a caring manner by women who are so genuine in their kindness means a great deal to me as I continue to slowly heal. When they say "chicken soup for the soul," I think it doesn't really matter what the name of soup is, what it really means is healing for the soul. Most appreciative.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Kneeling

I miss being able to kneel when I say my prayers. It is such an important part of my life that I miss it very much. As I heal from this hip surgery and wait for clearance to do certain things I am reminded how we shouldn't take anything for granted. For now I just need to kneel in my heart.