Archive for December, 2011

Late last Wednesday I returned home after my stay in the Edwin Shaw Rehab Hospital which was after my days in Summa Western Reserve Hospital for double knee replacement surgery.

Truly, there is no place like home, although the people in both hospitals were outstandingly kind, encouraging and took wonderful care of me and all their patients. Even the housekeeping people were very friendly and we got to know one another very well. But I’m finding that I am sleeping better here at home, which is no surprise!


It was a winter wonderland when I came home, with lovely snow decorating the branches of the trees and shrubs in my garden and back yard. But next day, already melted away. I have two pictures of the snow and a third of my feet in the delightful handknit socks sent to me from Norwegian blogger Britt-Arnhild Wigum Lindland whose sock give-away I won. I do think the socks helped my recovery, which is not at all over yet (full recovery takes a good year and it’s more than two months for recovery from double knee surgery.Her blog Britt-Arnhild’s House in the Woods is a delight every morning.

My heart is full of gratitude to everyone who prayed for me, and sent messages of encouragement and kind wishes. It certainly all helps. And my kids were heroes. I think I didn’t quite plan exactly right for the timing, didn’t give enough thought to the convergence of my surgery, Christmas holidays, and Alice and Andy’s huge room remodeling project for Andy. They had a lot to do! But they did and are doing it all.

Yesterday Andy drove me to the office of the surgeon where we were able to see x-rays of my new “bionic Nana” knees. I am so glad that I didn’t put this off any longer. The doctor said the knees were worse when he actually saw them than he had thought they would be from the initial x-ray. Not only were they bone on bone, but in the left knee bone was being worn away. They put an extra titanium screw in to reinforce the implant. The doctor told me that in about two weeks I’ll be feeling much better and my stamina will improve more.

I know there is a long way to go, and a lot of work, but I feel things are going better than I had dared hope, already.

I am looking back over 2011 on this last day, and looking forward to 2012, a year in which I hope to be able to do many things I haven’t done for far too long, things that involve being able to walk around on my own two legs. How lucky we are that things like this surgery are possible now!

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Our Christmas celebration together was a joy! That was the morning party at my house. In the afternoon we celebrated Nathan’s seventh birthday at Alice and Mike’s with the larger family. The Hungarian Girl Scouts came to sing Christmas Carols for us toward the end. It’s always magical.

And this morning I get whisked away for my new knees. Andy says I will be “Bionic Nana”.  We had a lovely time together…..Three days from now Em and Ingmar, Sofia and Clara leave for many months in Hungary. We’ll miss them, but I’m hoping that by about May my knees are good enough to go visit them.

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