These photos are not for the sqeamish, so scroll past this post, if you'd like to see QUILTS! Ken has documented several of my surgeries for joint issues over the past 5 years, so this is nothing new. 1st photo: BEFORE; 2nd photo: 36 staples and one 12-inch incision. Looked a little like a bad horror movie. 3rd photo: resting after icing the knee, staples out and a few steri-strips still in place. I'm two weeks out from total knee replacement, and I'm told I've made good progress with recovery: Staples came out on Monday, but I still have a few steri-strips to hold a few places together. PT yesterday went well. I can bend to 100°, and straighten the knee sitting without assistance to 15°and 10° lying flat. Not quite straight, but very close. I've transitioned from walker to cane, and this morning when I overslept, I found myself sans cane halfway between the bathroom and bedroom because I simply forgot that I needed it. I made it there and back on my own steam. The pain is different from before: weight bearing does not hurt, but movement does. The pain is still enough to keep me awake at night, but I'm managing without pain meds. I am getting through my days pretty well with lots of little naps between spurts of activity.
Ken is getting lots of life lessons in household management while I am down. This morning, it was litter pan duty. The cats had been waiting, and waiting for someone to get them clean litter. Ken let Sally and Gianni outside while he was taking care of business. Sally slipped in when he went to get a fresh liner, and she immediately went to THE corner, and found the clean newspaper Ken keeps under the pan for near misses. She took this opportunity to make the first deposit before Ken had a chance to get the fresh pan in place. Laundry gets washed and dried, but who knew that folding and putting laundry away is not a matter of life and death? I actually survived Physical Therapy this morning with wad wrinkles all over my fresh, clean tee shirt. The refrigerator? Leftovers from before-new knee were still taking up space as of yesterday, and I finally convinced Ken they were no longer safe to serve. Two large bags of trash finally made it to the alley dumpster, and I actually still have a few flowers clinging to life in the front gardens. I think I will need to begin transitioning back to my real life real soon!
Quilts are due at the publisher's for photography at the end of next week, so Ken is busy looking for really sturdy shipping boxes; at least 10 of them. I still need to re-write some of the patterns that I changed in construction, and run them by my tech editor. The month of August will be spent preparing and photographing about 100+ how-to photos for the lesson part of the book. And I want desparately to start thinking about and sewing things for our new grandson's nursery. (Due date: September 25.) Kerry interviewed for and was offered a position with Solae, a really interesting soy product company. He has been offered a position in their Memphis production plant. The young family will be relocating from Ames, IA shortly after the baby arrives. So there are a lot of things to occupy my mind and make a quick and full recovery imperative.
Thanks so much for all your good wishes, prayers and positive thoughts. I so missed not being able to teach at the AQS Knoxville show last week, and I am missing Quilt Nebraska this weekend. I love teaching in Nebraska venues, quilters there are so talented and friendly. Here's hoping I will be invited again when my body is fully functioning. I have never cancelled out on events before, and it was especially hard since I was so looking forward to them, but life sometimes gets in the way.