Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Did You Miss Me?

Hello, Dear Ones! I pray you all had a wonderful Christmas and we're speeding toward 2016. Have you missed me in Blogland? Well, if you follow me on Facebook you know what happened to me. 
But those of you who didn't know I'll tell you about my ordeal. 

On the night of December 14th we stopped into the grocery store to pick up a few things. On the way back to our car I slipped on something and fell on my knee and knew at once something was wrong. Mr. Precious managed to get me into the car and we came home. I was praying that maybe I had just jammed my knee but after a little while knew I was really hurt. 

Long story short: went to the ER, broke my kneecap in three places, had surgery with pins and wires in my kneecap, stayed in the hospital for four days or so and then to a nursing home for rehab. I just got home yesterday and this is the first time to get on my computer.
 Of course I wasn't able to join the family for Christmas morning but insisted that Mr. Precious go and watch the grandbabies open their Christmas presents. They took pictures for me. Later that day they all came to see me and brought me presents. The little oldies got a kick out of seeing our little ones.

Now you may not want to see the next snap so close your eyes, it's pretty icky!
 My poor poor swollen chopped up stapled up knee. Dear Ones, this has been so very painful. I thought I was pretty tough. Shoot, I had both my children by natural childbirth, and I think this topped that! Ouch. I was on pretty strong pain meds for a while and I'm still a little fuzzy trying to think back on the first few days. But I'm so much better now. They took out the staples before I left the nursing home and they said, oh, it won't hurt. Liar, liar, pants on fire! Hurt like the dickens! 
On to a more pleasant note...the food here was really very good though. They put me on a salt restricted diet I guess because of the swelling. So what does a gal do that wants just a tad of salt on my groceries? Tell her Mr. Precious to bring up a little salt shaker. So he grabs one of my little hand painted pieces from a friend. Worked like a charm! ;)

The nursing staff and therapy workers were so nice to me. I prayed that Jesus would use me while I was there and I believe He did. My daughter called me while a worker was in my room and I was saying, "praise the Lord, that's answered prayer" and the lady said - you're a believer, aren't you? Then she told me how she had been living her life and realized she needed Jesus and gave her heart to Him and how He had changed her life! Hallelujah!
The little lady who swept and mopped the floors and cleaned the bathrooms told me I had been so nice to her. She said no one ever talked to her and I had talked to her and she was grateful.
One of the nurses told me I had been the nicest patient they had ever had.
I would wave and say hello to the little oldies as we poodled down the hall in our wheelchairs. 
I'm not bragging on myself, just wanted to say, we just don't know who needs a smile or a little conversation as we go through this life. We can all be a blessing to someone else.
This is how I look and have looked since my surgery. I have on this immobilizer until I go to the doctor and he'll tell me what's next. I'll have home health folks come and work with me for exercises and stuff. This immobilizer keeps my leg straight so I won't bend it at the knee. I've been walking on a walker and doing pretty well with it. The physical therapist worked with me to climb enough stairs so I could get into my house as we have four stepups from the garage to the house. I did just fine climbing them. My pain is much better but I feel so weak and heavy. I've lost almost 10 pounds and that's always a good thing. So I'll pop in as my energy comes back.

Love to you all and for those of you who knew about me, thank you for your precious thoughts and prayers. I cherish you all.

You are all my sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Haven't Got Time For The Pain

 All those crazy nights when I cried myself to sleep
Now melodrama never makes me weep anymore
'cause I haven't got time for the pain
I haven't got room for the pain
I haven't the need for the pain
Not since I've known you

You showed me how, how to leave myself behind
How to turn down the noise in my mind
Now I haven't got time for the pain
I haven't got room for the pain
I haven't the need for the pain
Not since I've known you

Suffering was the only thing that made me feel I was alive
Though that's just how much it cost to survive in this world
'til you showed me how, how to fill my heart with love
How to open up and drink in all that white light
Pouring down from the heaven
I haven't got time for the pain
I haven't got room for the pain
I haven't the need for the pain
Not since I've known you
~ sung by Carly Simon


63 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Shelia, I had no idea. I am so sorry!! I do hope that you will make a good recovery and soon. You will be very good with exercises and so on I am sure. I should think that you would be a wonderful nursing home resident, a great patient and lovely to have around and be around because you are such a nice, kind, caring and loving person. I have to admit I had wondered where you had got to, and was going to e-mail as I was worried about Carter. I am glad to hear that you are home again and I hope that all else is well. Take care of yourself!! Hugs and all good thoughts to you. xx

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  2. Oh my, what a shame about your poor knee. Praises that you are on the road to recovery now. It's amazing how God can use us when we are willing to be used. It seems to me it's so much easier to be nice to others when we have Jesus living in us. Do what the doctor says so you will have a complete recovery.

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  3. OH. MY. Gosh!

    I wondered what you've been up to - you poor poor darling! I am so sorry!

    I am praying for you now and will continue to do so - this is huge.

    I feel once and broke gobs of bones- it is dibilitating beyond words. I am so sorry - switft recovery for you, honey - and stay away from that salt - use lemon juice and Mrs. Dash for flavors! Salt is the enemy to healing!

    Love you, lady - best of health to you. Again, I am dreadfully sorry!

    ♥♥♥

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  4. Oh I am so glad you are home. I did miss you and I am sure you are thrilled to be home. I also am sure you were a blessing to everyone at the Rehab center.

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  5. I'm SO glad you're finally home! You've had quite an ordeal but I'm so thankful God used you while you at the nursing home. There's much need for ministry there and the best is to just live it in front of the staff and residents. I had to laugh about the salt shaker. When my dear, little mother was in rehab two years ago they decided to put her on a salt-free diet. She couldn't deal with that so she had one of the aides bring her a handful of salt packets from the dining room! I think your dear hubby's idea to take a beautiful salt shaker to you was a brilliant one! I've not mailed the package I told you was coming. I was waiting for you to be at home. Now you are - and I will!
    ~Adrienne~

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  6. So sorry about your pain! It doesn't surprise me that you were a sweet patient though!

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  7. It made me smile how you set out to be a blessing there...and were! :)

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  8. Oh my goodness Shelia, I'm SO sorry this happened to you. I'm sure that's bound to be very painful; my mom had knee replacement surgery several years ago, and it was quite painful. That's some scar you have there. Well, it sounds to me like you were a real trooper about all this -- especially having to spend Christmas in the nursing home. I'm glad to hear you're back in your own home now.

    I agree with you that we can be a blessing to others when we are least expecting to. There are so many sad and lonely people in the world who really appreciate a kind word and a smile every day. Bless you for being such a cheerful patient. :)

    I hope little Carter is doing well? I've been sick myself, so I've missed some things in blogland. I have tried to check your blog posts, but anyway, I hope she and her family had a wonderful Christmas!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, Shelia, and many blessings in the coming New Year.

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  9. Bless your little heart, Shelia. You remind me so much of my MIL. She brings a smile and a little bit of Jesus to every person she passes. I hope your knee heels lickety split! Keep us posted. :)

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  10. Ye gods and little fishes! I just thought you were probably taking a break, doing Christmas stuff at home. I am so sorry. A nursing home is an eye opening experience, that's for sure. And any kind of knee surgery is incredibly painful. I am so sorry your life got interrupted in such a rude manner right here at Christmas, especially after the recent scare with your little granddaughter. I hope you will be feeling so much better very soon. When I had a knee replacement, after about three weeks, the pain did subside down to a mild roar. So I hope you are feeling better now. You are too funny with that salt shaker!

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  11. Oh, no! I am so sorry about your injury and pray for a return to health asap! My husband has not enjoyed all of the steps at his beloved ranchburger, and he took a bad tumble, but nothing like your accident. I wish you a happy, healthy, healing in 2016. xxoo

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  12. Shelia, I hate that this has happened to you. I am praying for a speedy recovery. Your grandchild is still in my prayers also. Use some Mrs. Dash for flavor...you won't miss the salt so much. Blessings to you and your dear husband. Wishing you a healthy, peaceful new year. xoxo,Susie

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  13. Oh dear Shelia, I'm so sorry to read this. I'm happy the bad part of the ordeal is over! Do take care of yourself! We must let our light shine, sweetie! xo ♥

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  14. You poor dear! I'm so sorry you got hurt and that you're having to go through so much after the fall. I fell back in the Spring and I was shocked at how bad you can get hurt by falling down and I didn't break anything. Take care and let your body heal. I'm not surprised at what a good patient you've been and I'm glad you have made a difference in the lives of others. You've sure set a wonderful example to all of us. Sending you bunches of HUGS my friend, Diane

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  15. aww so sorry sweetie.. healing thoughts and prayers for you..

    lots of love
    Sonny

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  16. Will be saying a prayer for a fast recovery.

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  17. Oh Sheila, what a precious post! You have given a most positive slant to what sounds like the worst experience ever worst ever! What a blessing you must have been to those people at the nursing home. I have no doubt in my mind that God used this time for His purposes! I am so glad you are on the mend. If you need a good PT, I work with one of the best. North Carolina isn't really all that far is it??? :)

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  18. Ouch! I hurt just reading about this! This is not "natural." That's why the pain! My thoughts and prayers for your continued healing! Hugs, Nellie

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  19. Well dear lady you sure have been through a lot and I so admire your cheerful attitude. What a blessing you are and the Lord used you in a most important way in someone's life! Praying for quick healing!

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  20. Oh Shelia, I am so sorry. I didn't know, just thought that you were busy with Christmas and little Carter. I hope she is doing well.
    Please do what they tell you so your knee will heal. I know that it is very painful.
    What a blessing that you were so good to the re-hab.
    Wishing you a wonderful Happy New Year.
    Hugs,
    Mary

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  21. Oh Shelia, I am so sorry for all you have been thru, and with everything going on with Carter, you must be exhausted. I am praying for you and Carter and hope the New Year brings good things for both of you. You have a joyful spirit and I do believe the Lord used you to bring some much needed happiness to everyone at the nursing home. Big hugs. xo

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  22. Prayers for your knee to heal quickly. I am so sorry to hear about your fall and surgery. Glad you are home now.

    You are such a nice person you would have to be a nice patient :)

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  23. So sorry about your knee Sheila. I missed your post but figured you were very busy with Christmas preparations. Glad you are on the road to recovery. I am like you and I try to be nice to everyone and hope to put a smile on their face. Take care and get better soon.

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  24. So sorry about your knee Sheila. I missed your post but figured you were very busy with Christmas preparations. Glad you are on the road to recovery. I am like you and I try to be nice to everyone and hope to put a smile on their face. Take care and get better soon.

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  25. Glad you are back home. Take care and get well soon. Thinking about you.

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  26. So sorry to hear this, Shelia. Hope your recovery is speedy and uneventful.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year.

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  27. Oh my STARS!!! I had no idea this happened! (I'm not big on facebook). So terribly sorry about all of this. You are truly a brave soul because I can tell that is a seriously painful injury! Surgery of any kind is not for sissies. Bless you for shining your light wherever you may be. Years of working out that spiritual muscle has made it strong during tough times. Those who don't practice their faith daily become weak under pressure.
    I know your family missed you on Christmas, but it is so important to do exactly what the doctors say and heal correctly. It's a good time of the year to stay put indoors and watch old movies, read and blog!!!
    Prayer that you will be up and around and pain-free soon!

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  28. Sheila!! Lady, you have been put through it. I am so sorry you have been hurt and had to have surgery. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  29. I did miss you and am so pleased you are back. I hope your knee heals up real soon and you can get back to normal. What a horrible thing to happen. I'll add my prayers to everyone elses.
    I would have had to have salt as well, I always like a little sprinkle on my meals :)

    Diana

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  30. Shelia, I am so sorry this happened to you! Glad to hear the surgery went well and you are recovering. Take care of yourself. Happy New Year! xxx Maria

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  31. So glad to know you are home and recovering well. Sounds like your stay at the nursing home turned out to be a blessing for some others. Enjoy this last day of the year. I think some of us are more than ready to turn over a new year. Hugs, Liz

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  32. Yikes Sheila! I am so sorry! I am so glad for you that you are home now.. Hope your recovery is speedy!

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  33. Holy Maloley! I thought you were out having fun with your beautiful family. This is just wretched, Shelia and I'm so very sorry you had to spend your holidays this way. Or any day, for that matter! And I've been moaning and groaning because my knee hurts every time I sit up or down. OK -- that's gotta stop -- YOU have groan and moan privileges in my book. And knowing you, you are being quite a champ about them.

    I'm terribly sorry this is the way you are ending your year and I send huge hugs for good healing and excellent progress in rehab. I'm glad you can see in the new year from your own beautiful home.

    Sending hugs, get well wishes and wishes for a Happy New Year!

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  34. Even though I read about your fall and surgery on Facebook, I did miss you on your blog! I'm so glad you're doing so well. It will take a bit of time to feel like yourself - the weakness and heaviness will go away as you heal. BTW, your knee doesn't look that bad...it actually looks pretty good for only 2 weeks since your fall. With my surgeries on my knee, you couldn't see any details of the bones under the skin! So, I think you're doing really well! Still praying for you and have you on my Blog for prayers!

    Hugs and Happy New Year,
    Jan ♥

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  35. Shelia I've been praying for you and your recovery and I'm so happy you are home. We just never know who we might touch in the journey of our life. You are such a light in this world my sweet friend. I'm home and doing ok. We will have a celebration today with family a few gifts, food and faith.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  36. Oh darling Shelia...I had no idea! What an extremely unfortunate fall you had....the pain must have been severe! You are such a shining star to take this situation on Christmas and turn it into sweet times for others...bless your precious heart! May god continue to grace you and your family...please take care and I wish you a Happy and Healthy 2016!

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  37. Oh my goodness, Miss Shelia! So glad you are back home and on the mend. This will be a holiday you will all remember. You are a blessing to your readers and I'm sure the people you came in contact with were blessed by your actions and attitude. Take care sweetie and keep us all posted on your progress. Hugs...

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  38. Oh no Shelia! Here I was thinking you were having the best Christmas with your grands particularly after Carter's ordeal! Life sure has a lot of twist and turns. Your knee looks so very painful :-(
    I'm not surprised you were a blessing for people around you at the nursing home. Your positive attitude and "niceness" is very evident in your blog posts.
    Praying for a speedy recovery. Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year
    Take care
    Jeannette

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  39. Wow Shelia, with being away in Scotland I only tap into blogland occasionally and there is your post - almost identical to exactly what has just happened to one of my closest friends and she too has only just gotten home. A quick recuperation is wished for you my dear girl. A most unfortunate thing to happen indeed. I pray you will heal as good as new. All good things are wished for you and Mr Precious and your beautiful family. Oh.... and I wouldn't have expected you to be any other way than how you were in the home Shelia. You're a good girl! HUGS xxxx Rose

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  40. Oh Honey, I had no clue!!! I figured you were busy with family and then was worried that Carter was ill again!!! Kept checking your blog with no info!!!

    So sorry this happened to you and pray for a speedy and complete recovery.....now, listen to me, let everyone wait hand and foot on you!!! No need to stress you body now!!!

    It's so true, you never know how you affect others. So many need a kind word, a smile, and to be noticed. And you are the perfect ambassador for all sorts of kindness....you are blessed and bring joy to others!!

    Praying for a wonderful new year for you and your family.....xoxoxo

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  41. Shelia, from reading your blog, you have a good heart, so I'm not surprised how you are with people. Blessings in your healing and for your little Carter. May the New Year brings your family positive health results.
    Kathleen in Az

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  42. Not surprising to us that everyone there loved you! You have a wonderful uplifting spirit that is in much need in this world. Continued prayers for you and Carter. Blessings in the New Year, Shelia.

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  43. Sheila,
    Oh my so sorry for your fall and broken knee and having to have surgery. I have to say reading your story made my heart swell. I can see you being a bright light in a lot of sick and recovering patients lives up there while you were in the hospital. Sounds like you made a big difference in not only patient's healing but made the staff and medical workers feel blessed and appreciated too. You are so sweet. Praying and hoping you start to feel less pain and recovery will be going good for you. Happy New Year.
    Kris

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  44. Shelia,
    Goodness, dear friend, I'm so`o`o very sorry that you had to suffer and go through all of this pain!!!Thank goodness you're home, once again!!!
    Glad to hear you're healing, nicely!!!
    I know you were liken a sunbeam to those at the Nursing Home during your rehab!!!
    Wishing you and "Mr. Precious" a Happy New Year!!!
    May all your hopes for 2016 come to be!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  45. I didn't know about your knee! I have been having knee pain due to arthritis and bursitis and got two shots in the knee. I thought that was bad, but you have been through the wringer, girl! I know you were a true blessing at the rehab home to everyone you met. Your cheerful personality is precious! Prayers for swift healing!

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  46. Oh mercy sheila thats where youve been!!! I hate to hear this... Please please get well soon!!! Thinking of you!! Will pray for your poor knee!!! Hugs my friend!!

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  47. Good grief, Shelia! You are so friendly and perky on your blog, I can just imagine you are that way in person. I'm sure the staff and fellow patients were glad to have you with them. Perhaps you were meant to be there (although, I'm sure you wouldn't have wanted it that way) to bring some happiness into their hearts.

    Happy New Year!

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  48. Bless your heart, so sorry for all you've gone through with your accident! As I read your account of the lives you touched while you were in the rest home, I thought of Romans 8:28. Praising God that He was able to use you in such a mighty and positive, encouraging way! Praying that 2016 is a much healthier year for you and your family! Blessings to you all! Happy New Year! ~Rhonda

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  49. Shelia, I'm so sorry! What a way to spend your Christmas! I'm so blessed to hear how you shared the love of Jesus with others and so thankful that you're home.
    love and blessings and healing~ Happy New Year!
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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  50. Oh Shelia, I am so sorry. Believe me I can relate to your ordeal. Back in 2001 on December 17th, I feel down steps and landed on the foyer floor - result - broken knee cap. I had a knee that looked like yours and found the "joy" of the immobilizer as well. I pray your recovery is speedy and that you'll be back to normal as soon as possible. Rest, rest, rest, and rehab, rehab, rehab. By the way, your home is beautiful, and I wish you the very best for 2016.

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  51. Dear Shelia, I am so happy you are home now and my prayers continue for you in the days ahead. I pray your pain is less now as that long incision heals. Just keep resting and recouping with the rehab. I know better days are ahead. Your time with the oldies was a blessing to others sharing your love of Jesus. God always has a plan for the good and through this trial HE gave you work to do and you did it beautifully my friend.
    God Bless you always and Happy New Year to you and your sweet family. Prayers continue for Carter too.
    Hugs and Joys xo

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  52. I dont even know you but I can tell you are one really nice sweet lady! Im so sorry about your knee and I hope you feel better soon.Happy New year!

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  53. Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your fall! Wondered where those beautiful love notes disappeared. Thought you might be taking a well deserved break being the holidays and all.heres to a speedy recovery!🎉Happy NewYear!

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  54. So sorry, to hear about your accident. You are so sweet I hate this happened to you. I am glad you have been a positive influence for those around you. I will be praying for you.

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  55. Shelia,
    I am so sorry about your accident. Falling on my knee that needs a joint replacement is my greatest fear. Did they mention doing a joint replacement rather than trying to fix it with screws and rods? I guess there is not an acute Rehab Unit or facility that you would have been able to go to? In my unit, we give 3 hours of Therapy compared to the 1 hour of therapy required for Nursing Homes. At least that is how it is here in Pa. Glad that you are getting around okay with your long leg immobilizer.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery..

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  56. I've not been around to read blogs for ever so long - and just found out that you've had you unfortunate accident. I'm glad the surgery part is over and you are beginning to recuperate. I'm also glad your family was able to bring you christmas - that was so special. Take care my dear - and soon you'll be back to normal.

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  57. Dear Shelia, I didn't see this post until today when I read your newest post. I'm am so sorry to read of your mishap and surgery occurring right at Christmas time. And to miss Christmas with your sweet grandchildren too! It would be bad enough any time! I do hope you are recovering and getting stronger each day. Take care and God bless.
    Pam

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  58. Oh my goodness, Shelia! What a horrible fall that was! I will be praying that you continue to heal and have a full recovery. Don't you love how they say it won't hurt. Right. But I was so blessed by your sweet influence on others while you were in the nursing home. Sharing God's love. Bless you!

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  59. Oh my goodness, Shelia! What a horrible fall that was! I will be praying that you continue to heal and have a full recovery. Don't you love how they say it won't hurt. Right. But I was so blessed by your sweet influence on others while you were in the nursing home. Sharing God's love. Bless you!

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  60. Wow, Shelia...I'm so sorry you've been through all this. It amazes me how we can be bopping along and suddenly life changes in a second. Kinda scary, now that I think about it. I'm so glad you are home and on the mend. I know your hubby is taking good care of you. A knee cap has to be one of the most delicate spots to break but it sounds like you were in good hands! Keep me posted on how you're doing. It was so good to see your comment today...miss you!

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  61. Wow, Shelia...I'm so sorry you've been through all this. It amazes me how we can be bopping along and suddenly life changes in a second. Kinda scary, now that I think about it. I'm so glad you are home and on the mend. I know your hubby is taking good care of you. A knee cap has to be one of the most delicate spots to break but it sounds like you were in good hands! Keep me posted on how you're doing. It was so good to see your comment today...miss you!

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  62. Bless your heart! Since I am slow to read I just discovered you had an accident. I looked at your knee. Wow. Your attitude sounds good...but I know you must be antsy to get up and around. I would be. I am glad you have had good caretakers...and are mending well. Gee, we just never know when something will happen. My son had a sports accident and the back of his knee cap was slivered off. Two surgeries so far...
    I appreciate your pain level...I too chose all natural childbirth back in the day. No drugs. First child was a pain but second one a breeze. ha!
    Please keep us up to date. I hope you are up and around in no time! Sheila e

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