Wednesday, April 20, 2016

UPDATE Getting Chopped Again!

 Dear Ones I wanted to thank you for your prayers. My procedure went well. The epidural was not scary ( they gave me some 'sleepy juice') and I didn't feel anything. I'm home now and resting. I'm going to take it easy for a few days and then I'll be back. God bless you all and I love you!

Hello, Dear Ones. If you're reading this I'm in the hospital getting chopped up again! So, I come again and ask for your prayers. I'll take you on a quick little journey of my broken patella, my knee cap. 

I fell December 14th last year on the pavement of the grocery store parking lot, went home hoping and praying I had only jammed my knee but after about an hour and in horrible pain, Mr. Precious took me to the ER about 9 pm. After xrays, yep, I'd broken my knee cap in three places. Stayed in the ER hallway until 5:30 am the net morning, then to a room and a couple of hours later, surgery. I stayed in the hospital for four days and then was transferred to a nursing home! Oh, my Lord! But it was for light rehab. Some of you have said you knew of folks who had 3 hours of rehab a day, but because of my break I could only do 30 minutes a day, just to learn to walk on a walker, climb 5 steps and gain strength in my good leg. I stayed there with the oldies for about two weeks. Then I was released to come home. Hallelujah.
This is like the immobilizer that I had to wear day and night and since I'm so short it literally was right below my groin and all the way down to my ankle. I slept on the sofa in the den for about a month because my bedroom is upstairs and I was just too scared to climb that many steps. Couldn't take a real bath so I used the throwaway wash cloths with soap! Lordy! There was a PT sweet young lady who came twice a week and worked with me on my walker and to begin trying to bend my knee.
Then I graduated to this kind of a brace. It was so uncomfortable and hindered me as I tried to bend my knee.  But by now I had gotten the courage and with PT to climb the stairs and sleep in my bed wearing the brace. After a while I got the nerve to take the brace off while I slept! I was so scared the first time. Finally the doctor told me I could be brace free. Woo Hoo! Then I was released to go to a rehabilitation center for therapy and that has helped me so very much. Got to toss the walker and learn to use my pink cane. At my last doctor's visit a couple of weeks ago, he told me I didn't need to go to the rehab any more. But, I have a problem.

The entire time I've been going through this, I've had this pain right on the top of my knee. It feels like a hundred sharp points pricking into my kneecap! I thought it would get better as time went on but it didn't. And then I realized what I was feeling was the pins and wires in my knee! I could feel them when I would touch my knee and then they began to poke out of my skin. I started to take a picture to show you, but it's pretty scary looking. My doctor said that's what it was and he would take them out! Surgery again? After all of the pain this has caused me? I don't mean to be a baby, but this has been the worse pain I've ever had in my life. I won't even go into the difficulty I had when I ran out of the pain meds!! Lord, have mercy! After only a couple of months I had withdrawals from Oxycontin - anxiety and panic attacks. I had a panic attack in the car with Mr. Precious driving and didn't want to get out of the house for weeks because I was so scared. Anyway...

The doctor said the surgery should only last 30 minuets or so and then I can go home. Probably be at the hospital about 5 hours total. I think the thing that is so scary to me is that he is going to give me an epidural and I've never had one. I know it will numb me and he is going to give me something that will help me be out of it, like when you get a colonoscopy, but still. I guess it's the fear of the unknown. He assured me this recovery would be nothing like the knee surgery.

I just want to ask for your prayers that it will go smoothly and I'll have peace. I know the Lord will go before me and help me to be calm. Afterwards I'll have to go back on my walker for a while. I'm hoping it won't be for long. So give me a few days and I'll be back to tell you how it all went. 

I just cherish you all so much and have loved your encouragement for me and little Carter.

You are all my sweeties,
Shelia ;)


57 comments:

  1. Shelia, I don't have a blog, however, I read yours. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sorry you have to have surgery again.
    I have to have cataract surgery the day after Mother's day. Not looking forward to it.
    I'm so happy that little Carter is doing well. She's a sweetheart, as is her little brother.
    I love Mr. Precious' new toy ! My Dad had a 1937 Dodge with a rumble seat. He drove it everywhere.
    Thinking of you. Take good care of yourself. Will look forward to your next post.
    Charlotte in Va.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Take good care of yourself. Your story makes me happy to have a one story home. Sounds like you are near to the end of recovery. Hope it all turns out OK.

    ReplyDelete
  3. All the best Sheila, take good care of yourself!

    ReplyDelete
  4. prayers and healing thoughts for you Sweetums I so want this pain you have go away so you can get on with your life in Joy and Peace.

    love ya bunches
    Sonny

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh I will pray that this surgery will go well for you, and eventually end all of your pain.
    Big hugs to you Sheila.
    Julie xo

    ReplyDelete
  6. Oh my goodness, what a time you've had. Wishing you all the very best for a swift recovery.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sending prayers Shelia. I know God will watch over you.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Praying for you right now, Shelia! Wishing you great success with your recovery and a speedy one!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh mercy that sounds bad! Prayers for quick and perfect surgery and speedy true recovery.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Dear Shelia,
    My prayers are coming your way for you and "Mr. Precious"
    as you prepare for this upcoming surgery, dear friend!
    May God bring a peace for this surgery that adds a sense of clam to your body.
    May your pain be minimal.
    Looking forward to hearing from you, soon!
    Fondly,
    Pat

    ReplyDelete
  11. Shelia, we are with you.
    Hugs!
    Arlette

    ReplyDelete
  12. sending prayers up for you dear.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Lord, I pray for my friend Sheila...You know all about what she has been through and what is yet to come. I ask for You to calm her fears and make her comfortable as she has to endure this pain. Let her feel Your presence during this time, I pray...in Jesus' name. Amen. {{HUGS!}}

    ReplyDelete
  14. Prayers for you sweet Shelia. You have been through so much with this knee but God has been with you each step of the way. I've had epidurals and they aren't bad at all. Praying for healing and peace for you.
    hugs,
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh Shelia, you've had more than your share of concerns in recent months, between your knee, Carter and your knee again. I'm glad your blog friends can walk with you and I add my prayers to all the others for a speedy and thorough recovery!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Sheila...una prueba más que superaras...eres una mujer muy fuerte...Dios te dará la paz que necesitas...Estas en mis oraciones...Puedes verlo en Carter ella es tu fortaleza. Abrazos y bendiciones.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Prayers are definitely with you. I understand your fear of being sedated, but I'd rather have an epidural any day than full anesthesia. You'll do fine with this procedure, I'm sure of it! Happy days ahead for you and a summer full of pain-free fun awaits!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I just know that you will be OK and that you will be back at home reading this having had the operation and all will be well. That is my hope in any case, sending you all good thoughts and lots of caring and repairing hugs! xx

    ReplyDelete
  19. Oh shelia, bless your heart. Praying all will be smooth and you will be able to jump up and down in no time. My son had his knee cap broken, slivered into two parts in a sports accident and had two knee surgeries. Pain meds did not work with him very well...Boo. When we downsized we went to a one story ranch thinking about possible issues with a two story as we get "old." ha! Let us know as soon as you are back home. Sheila

    ReplyDelete
  20. Sorry to read that you have to go through this, but hopefully it will take care of the pain. It sounds aweful! Your story about the stairs reinforces our concern about continuing to live in our current home, the house of stairs. Keeping you close in thought and prayer.

    ReplyDelete
  21. You absolutely have my prayers, Shelia. I'm so sorry you have to have another surgery. My mom had a knee replacement several years ago, and I know what a big deal it is (and very painful). I know yours was different because of breaking your kneecap, but it seems that kneecaps are a very sensitive spot on our bodies. I really fell it will all go much easier for you this time, but I understand your fears. Very human!!

    Thinking of you and God Bless.

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

    ReplyDelete
  22. Shelia, this has been a long ordeal. I think this new surgery will help you heal completely and it is only outpatient which is good. "For I will restore your health to you, and I will heal your wounds, says the Lord." Jeremiah 30:17 I wonder why the doctor didn't tell you about the need for second surgery in advance.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Sweet Shelia - So sorry to hear this but here is hoping and praying that this will be a quick fix and your knee will be so much better really soon. Praying for you, hubby and surgeons!

    Judy

    ReplyDelete
  24. That sounds painful and praying this will be the last precedure on your knee. And you will be tip toeing through the tulips:) Take care, Kathleen in Az

    ReplyDelete
  25. Sweet Sheila, bless your heart. What a terrible ordeal you have been through, and to think there's more to go through. I know it must be a strain on your spirit, for sure. Please know you are in my daily prayers and I am sending cyber hugs your way. May the Lord give you peace and healing in the days ahead.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Saying a prayer for you, dear Shelia, for your surgery and healing.

    love, ~Sheri

    ReplyDelete
  27. You are truly one of the sweetest people I have ever met in blogdom, Shelia - and you will be lifted up in prayer big time: for the steadiness of the capable surgeon's hands, for the nurses aiding in this important surgery, for your calm and faith, and for God's Healing Hand to promote fast recovery. Keep us posted. Hang in the there. Hugs!

    ReplyDelete
  28. So sorry you are going through this! Praying all will go well and you will recover in rocord time! God bless you!

    ReplyDelete
  29. I am praying for you today sweet friend. I know the unknown is very scary but you'll do great and feel so much better after it's done. I'll keep praying...you know we all will! Sweet hugs, Diane

    ReplyDelete
  30. Prayers and hugs to you dear Shelia. I know it will go smoothly and not like the first surgery. I had 3 knee surgeries and the last was to take out the staples that were poking out. It was a breeze compared to the first 2. We're all thinking positive thoughts for you!

    ReplyDelete
  31. I will pray and you will feel so much better when the pins are removed. Then you can skip down the road and enjoy the summer to come.
    warmly,
    deb

    ReplyDelete
  32. Dear Shelia, you've been through so much with this knee since your fall and I will be praying for you as you have surgery to fix it again. May God bless you with peace and give you healing and a great recovery! Hugs. Pam

    ReplyDelete
  33. Shelia I'm praying for you. I hope the procedure fixes the pain you were in. This certainly has taken an awful long time for you to get better and you deserve to feel like you're pain free again.
    Many hugs coming your way,
    Liz

    ReplyDelete
  34. Shelia, I will be praying for you, dear one. I'm so sorry you are having these problems. You have had a long journey and soon you will be better and ready for spring! ♥

    ReplyDelete
  35. I had my knee reconstructed a few years back after an accident and it was a horrible year long recovery - I totally sympathize with you! This one should be an easy surgery for you in comparison to what you already went through. Sending prayers and hugs your way, Shelia - be strong, sweet lady!!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Dear Sweet Shelia, prayers are being sent for a speedy recovery. I know that everything will be okay and you will be fine.

    Hugs,
    Mary

    ReplyDelete
  37. Prayers from Wisconsin. I hope the surgery is effective and quick so you can be home and begin the healing process. Keep us posted. You are strong and you've got this!!

    ReplyDelete
  38. I'm so sorry to hear you have to go back into surgery again. Please know you are in my heart and prayers for a safe surgery and a very speedy recovery!

    ReplyDelete
  39. You have really had a rough time in the last months, and I am so sorry you have been through such an ordeal. I am so glad Carter is doing better, and I have no doubt you will, too. Hang in there!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Sheila, I will pray also for you to have complete peace before the surgery and that the procedure will go smoothly and without complications, so you can get back home and begin the mending process. I know how frustrating it is when your body just doesn't always cooperate. One day soon, it will all be a dim memory and you can get back to all the things you love doing. I am so glad that your granddaughter is doing so much better. God is well able and always goes before us........our family clings to this these days with one of our sons fighting cancer. Be well and at rest! Linda

    ReplyDelete
  41. Sure thinking about you. God bless.

    ReplyDelete
  42. You have been through so much. I know this was discouraging. Prayers for your surgery. I hope it helps with the pain.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Sheila, I agree with all of the above comments! My goodness, you have gone through so much because of that one fall last December. I can't imagine the pain and frustration of it all. I'm short, too, so I can relate to the awful way the knee braces fit! I've browsed through your last few blog posts and love all your photos and "cuteness"! I especially LOVE the adorable birdie measuring cups!! AND, the match holder on the wall near your cookbooks...reminds me of my grandma and grandpa's house....Saying prayers for an easy surgery and quick, complete recovery!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Oh Dear sweet Sheila, I am asking our Lord to go beyond your beyond here! He will give you peace my friend...and I am asking that the peace of God will surpass total understanding. Asking Him to bring a total healing and a sense of awe at just how HE WORKS through to minister to others at what you have dealt with. Prayers abounding. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  45. I am so glad to have read your update, Sheila! That's wonderful! I am so glad to hear it went well.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Praying for you, Sheila. I know you will be fine with so many prayers and good wishes. So glad to read your update.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Shelia, So sorry you are going through this.
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care. Hope it goes very smoothly.
    Remember you are not alone.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Take care dear Shelia. xxx Maria

    ReplyDelete
  49. Even though you've had a tough time, I'm truly hoping you will bounce back from this set back very quickly.
    Big hugs and prayers
    Jeannette

    ReplyDelete
  50. Oh gosh hated to hear that you had to ensure something else!! Rest up and concentrate on healing best as you can...thinking of you!! Get well soon!!

    ReplyDelete
  51. Goodness.. I am so sorry you a re enduring this.... praying this will be it... you are healed and this trauma is behind you!!!!! IN Jesus name!!! Amen!

    ReplyDelete

I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)