Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Shoulder Operation Nov 12th 2009

Firstly thank you everyone for all your get well wishes I received.

Its been a week and 5 days since I had my shoulder operation.

I started with starvation at 7am and didnt get operated on till 7pm

which a long time to be off all solids and liquids,

consequently I was dehydratedwhen they tried to find

veins for all my intraveneous drugs, so they had to put me on a drip.
I didnt get back to my room till 11.30pm that night

and was drifting in and out with the effects of the anaesthetic.
The lovely night nurse for got to give me the

nurse button which lay hanging on the floor,

I was tethered to a drop that would not let me leave

the bed so between 1am and 3am I was in a dilemma,

needed to pee desperately and was in need of painkillers.

My desperate thoughts were that I would just pee in the bed LOL ,

she also left the light on which shone brightly right above

my head and kept me awake, anyway luckily they had

the phone to my left side so I tried dialing any number

I could and finally someone answered and I told her my dilemma.
She came running in apologetically,

meanwhile I was still off with the fairies otherwise

I'd have given her a piece of my mind or what was left of it.

She had the hide to ask me if I'd tried climbing out of bed


I'm attached to a drip that is tethered to my cot

The side of the cot were up like a jail

I was drugged to my eyeballs and SORE

Next day I had had hardly any sleep and was dying to get home

so I could sleep properly with no interruptions or bells ringing

or someone shining a torch to see if you were awake.

Threw up breakfast and lunch and managed to sign myself out of hospital,

only to find that I could not keep anything down including water,

so it was back to the hospital that night on a drip and morphine

and discovered next day the painkiller endone that they gave me

was sending me off my face so I have been trying for the last week

to get those painkillers and the anaesthetic out of my system.

I've been doing my 3 exercises faithfully,

found out I was doing it too much, was supposed to be

3 times a day and I was doing it every 3 hours hahaha,

I guess I was bored.

The arm is pretty stiff and throbs when I least expect it and itching,

so I think it is getting better.

My surgeon had to repair the rotator cuff which is the tendon

leading from top to bottom and mended a bicep muscle and cleaned up.

Medical terminology is arthroscopy, bursitis, tenotomy was done on me.
My brain is alert LOL but I get exhausted easily and I'm not a very patient person LOL

especially when it comes to exercising my brain and doing stuff,

I need to be constantly doing stuff so this recuperation is killing me.

I am able to type with two hands only with my laptop

hoisted up on a box as in the picture to waist level

and I have to stand up to type.

Dressing and stitches still on
these were pretty sore days
Not to mention the sore throat they gave me.
Now I understand why they say you cant be sick
when you have an operation.
From the dry wretching which totally did something
to my whole insides as if someone had
hammered it so coughing was out of the

So the stitches came out on Thursday and I was pretty surprised at how neat it was,

only 6 holes in my arm and shoulder,
and to think that a camera,
some tongs and what else went in those holes is pretty amazing.

I cant use my right hand too much for daily stuff,
they say I need to be in my sling for 12 weeks,
I leave it off at home so I can move and exercise my elbow.
It's pretty damn hot here so the sling is very uncomfortable.
I wear it when I go out so people dont bump into it,
I accidentally leaned against a wall on my right side and it hurt like crazy still.
Can't drive for 8 weeks.

I am finally able to sleep in my bed after 8 days
I was finding that I wasnt heavy enough to keep
the recliner horizontal so each morning
I'd find myself in an almost sitting position.

So I leave you with a photo I took of all the Christmas cards
I made for the troops during the two months
when my first operation date was scheduled to the
real day.
After 7 years and my yearly New Years Resolution
of wanting to make 200 cards I finally did it!!!

Birthday stretches through November

More birthday cards I received after my
birthday of November 8th


Michelle Nadudvary - MSG

Mary Fenton BSL-StampHappy-paid it forward,
some card designers including
myself send cards we design and let the recipient
know that they can use the card again
for our recycling efforts.
This card was made by Kimmy

Margaret Hazel - MSG

Lana Murray MSG

Laisie Murphy- Stamphappy- Vicstampers

Karin Strahan - Vicstampers - Papermates

Karen Munk MSG

Judy Rankin BSL

Gayle Moessinger BSL

Dorothy Leach BSL

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Birthday time again

It's that time of the year again,
can't believe next year I'll be half a century,
it certainly doesn't feel like it...
but they say age is just a number

I had a lovely quiet day...well I thought
it was going to be a quiet day but the minute I woke
up the phone started ringing and so did the doorbell.

I received fresh flowers from the gardens of
Jan Alberts and Nola Murdock
they smelt just awesome

My birthday couldn't have come on the wrong week
no I'll rephrase that,
my operation couldn't have come at the wrong week
it's hard juggling a birthday
let alone getting things ready to go into hospital
knowing that I won't be able to do much crafting
for 2 months
but I will be able to catch up on all those
books and shows I've been meaning to watch

WOOHOO no housework!!!

ok I hope you all enjoy the cards I received
click on each picture to get a larger view

for their wonderful inspiring cards
Rikki Showell - Stamphappy

Barb Porritt - Stamphappy

Deborah Kells - Stamphappy

Barb Porritt - get well after surgery card

Anna Holcroft-card for my operation recovery

Anna Holcroft-ACTSA- Thursday Stamp group

Anne Thompson-Vicstampers


Carol Jeffery- BSL

Carol Marshall - MSG-ACTSA

Carolyn Passfield - BSL-Stamphappy

Cynthia Carello - Southside Stampers-ACTSA

Deidre Sharp - MSG

Dell Armistead - MSG - ACTSA

Diane Slade - ACTSA

Evelyn Poole - BSL
Heather Adams - BSL

Jan Alberts - MSG - ACTSA

Janice Keane - BSL

Jenny Hubbard - BSL

Joan Blundell - BSL - ACTSA

Leilani Sugay - ACTSA

Leilani Sugay - open

Margaret Clues - ACTSA
Thank you Margaret the stamp or verse
just cracked me up!! It's so you!!

Margaret Luck - ACTSA

Mary Craddock - MSG - ACTSA

Mary Fenton - BSL - Stamphappy
Melissa Ford - ACTSA- Thursday Stamp Group

Michelle Nadudvary - MSG - ACTSA

Nola Murdock - MSG - ACTSA

Norma Scott
Penelope Dickens - ACTSA - - Thursday Stamp Group

Pru Bailey - MSG - ACTSA

Ruth Tremlett - BSL - Stamphappy

Sandra Carter - BSL

Sharon Hoare - ACTSA - - Thursday Stamp Group

Sharon Hoare - open

Shirley Gerrard - MSG

Southside Stamp Group

Tanya Kitto - ESAD

Tanya Wade- MSG - ACTSA

Wendy Starkey - MSG - ACTSA


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