Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Back in Louisiana - Tuesday Morning Ramblings

I've been remiss about posting for the last week, due to my visit to California.

I passed my driver's written and vision exams and will shortly have a current photo on my new license - we'll probably never see the auburn hair again in this lifetime!  Oh well, that's as it is and should be!

I was originally scheduled to be in CA from Sunday afternoon until Wednesday.  Tuesday American Airlines called to say that the Lafayette Airport would be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to ice storms, so I rescheduled for a flight on Friday morning.


Then my daughter, Kari, started working on me about what I need to do for this bum right knee I've developed after a million years of jogging.  So, I emailed my internist [Kaiser Permanente docs must answer all patient emails within 24 hours - if my doc is on vacation another doc has to answer the email - I love it]; she emailed back that evening that she'd made an appointment for me with my orthopedic surgeon for Friday morning.  So, once again, with the help of my son-in-law, we changed my return flight from Friday to Saturday.

Friday morning I saw my Orthopod (surgery jargon) and actually made all the arrangements for a total knee replacement to be done on April 21st in Sacramento.  Another great thing about Kasier membership:  everything can be arranged through one source so all my pre-op appointments, tests, physical therapy, etc. are scheduled as well as all my post-op care.  The only little crimp in the plan was that he wanted me to have an MRI on Saturday and I said I didn't want to change my flight again (American Airlines had not given me any change charges so I didn't want to press my luck).  So, I'll need to be in Sacramento on March 31st for the MRI, which will be sent to Belgium to the manufacturer of the components.  The components for my knee will be custom made dependent on the MRI.  Pretty interesting, huh?

Although this is putting a sizable detour in my travel plans, we decided that it's the best part of valor to go ahead and bite the bullet now while I'm in good health - take no medications, etc.  The Orthopod says I probably shouldn't plan on hitting the road again for about 4 months "or so," during which time I'll be diligent about the recovery process.  He says I may not feel like jogging again but should be able to do as much walking, hiking, bike riding, swimming, etc. as I want.

I'm going to park Floribunda at my son's house in Cottonwood, CA and move into my daughter's house in El Dorado Hills; where they're going to turn David's office back into a bedroom - located on the ground floor with its own bathroom.  I'll probably stay there for at least a couple of months; then may head to my son's house and either stay in the house with the family - or move back into Floribunda to live - without traveling.

Once my daughter had made the generous offer to be my private nurse in her house, I warmed up to the whole idea.  I still have NO DESIRE to move back into my own house - and have told the renters that so they don't worry about having to move out.  Maybe I'll even start making RV-buying notes about exactly what I'd like for living and traveling if it's to become my full-time life.  Hmmm.

I got back to Betty's in Abbeville on Saturday and was thrilled to be back in my own little home on wheels with Eleanor and Lacy.  So many people here at Betty's helped out while I was gone and I owe them a debt of gratitude.  Lacy stayed with Ruth and Wendell (Tennessee) and Eleanor was nicely taken care of in Floribunda by Christy and Clay (Colorado/Oklahoma).  Marvin took good care of my rig - the ice storm presented freezing problems, etc.  And, he even moved her and set her up in a new site for me.  I'd known that, because I've extended my stay here, I'd need to make room for a big rig that was to head in on Saturday.  Thanks to all for all your help.

Yesterday, I celebrated my 71st BD - treated to breakfast and gifts and Happy Birthday at happy hour and lots of phone calls and cards and email greetings from family and friends.  I'm one lucky 'girl!'
And, I thought a lot about my mom and dad - I was born on their 9th anniversary so yesterday would have been their 80th!!!!!!!!!  
I love you, Mom and Dad.

Today, it's raining - Louisiana style - warm and wet.  I'm very content to stay inside and enjoy the beginning of my 72nd year . . .

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    1. You're right. Think I'll start a new one now - maybe Aquafleura.

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  2. Happy Birthday MP!!! You are an inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Tamra. Life is good and it's worth it to relax and enjoy!

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  3. FYI.... sure you've already heard... but just in case... RV Buddies on Yahoo website for women has been buzzing about minimally invasive hip and knee replacement done by Doctor in PA. if you do search you can see videos. The lady telling about hers was a total hip replacement and done as day surgery and recovery was counted in days not months. Many other doctors are doing this procedure.
    Dr. Dana Mears specializes in the minimally invasive hip and knee surgeries. He is located in Pittsburgh, PA, operates out of Shadyside Hospital in the northeast corner of Pgh.
    Dr. Dana Mears
    Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Assoc.
    5820 Centre Ave.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206
    412-661-5500

    She WAS scheduled for the regular surgery and has been so pleased that she changed and went this route learned at her women's campout.

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  4. What beautiful friends and daughter you have! and Happy Birthday! I'm right behind you ... mine is next month 71... 71. unbelievable... seems surreal

    Icy here and cold and really all around yucky ... you make good decisions ;)

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    1. Hi Carolyn:
      I'm trying to get caught up on your family happenings. Sounds great for Stephanie; congrats g'ma! I'd try to head north to Arkansas but it's just too cold there. What's going on with this weather?

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  5. Happy Belated Birthday Mary-Pat, sorry about your bad knee needing replacement.
    I don't jog and I have a bad knee and I fell down on the snowy path early this morning and my knee is hurting a bit when I climb steps. Nothing broken as it was a gentle fall thank goodness.

    I think that you are very wise to get it done as soon as possible while you're healthy.

    Take care,
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Hi Julia:
      Thanks for the wishes - another year. Boy, do they go by fast. Hope your knee feels well soon. I've kind of hunkered down today as it's been pouring rain almost all day.

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  6. Mary-Pat, guess you will be headed west pretty soon? Perhaps, if you are still in the Sacramento area, we will catch you after our Alaska trip. Hope you have a quick recovery when the time comes. Drive safe when you hit the road again. --Dave (GoingRvWay.com)

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    1. Hi Dave:
      I'll be in Sacramento for a doc's appt on the 31st of March and then will be at my son's for a couple of weeks in Cottonwood (Redding) before I head back to Sacramento for the surgery on the 21st of April. Let's try to get together sometime. I'm very interested n your plans for the Alaska trip. I've thought it wouldn't be a good idea for me to try it alone; but who knows? Maybe next year!

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    2. Oh, we won't be there until "after" our Alaska trip...early October is my best guess. You will probably be gone by then, but one never knows what life has instore....

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  7. Thanks Dave. I feel so out of it as I've not caught up on posts. I do know you got to spend time with the kids and that's all good, I'd say. I'll probably not be off from California until about September - but who knows? Things could change. How long do you plan to be gone on the alaska adventure?

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  8. I think I can remember all the way back to 72. As I recall it was a pretty good time, especially for a bold mind. So get those defective parts replaced (does that make you bionic?) and enjoy your travels.

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    1. Hi Gil:
      Ya' sometimes it's better to be bionic than "au natural." Guess I'll be ready to head back to Oregon in September or? Hope all is well with you.

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    1. Thanks Sheila. I really have enjoyed this year's BD, yikes 71!

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  10. If you feel like having a visitor while you're recovering I'd love to come see you.
    Brenda

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    1. OMG! That would be just great. Let's plan on it. It's been so long since we've actually laid eyes on one another!

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  11. Happy belated birthday. Sorry to hear about you knee but it sounds like you're in great hands. My brother had it done a couple of years ago and he rides his bike 50 miles or so three times a week. I have discovered that you can now dry camp in the National Park on Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn and am planning to stay there at least a week this summer. $10 a night in New York City with kayaking 100 feet away, what could be better!!! By the way I did Highway 90 in Texas and thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Rick

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