10 Favorite Things

Today I want to share 10 of my favorite things that I enjoy in life. My first list of the year.

  • Movies – I love watching movies. Mostly action movies.
  • Gummy Bears – Don’t judge me! I’ve cut back, but I try to keep at least one pack in the house.
  • Football – I’ve loved football since I was in Germany. Think I was in middle school when I started watching, but fell in love with it later in high school.
  • Dance videos – No, I’m not a dancer, but I enjoy watching those that do. It gives me life. I might attempt the easier routines or try the ones made for exercise. (I.e. Zumba is one example)
  • Site Seeing – It doesn’t matter where I go, I can almost find something to go see. I will even tour my own city like a tourist. You’ll be amazed at what you find. Try it!
  • Writing – I don’t write as much, but I’m getting back to my love. Poetry is one of top things to write followed by blogging.
  • Spoken Word – A good show is always good for the mind and body. It’s always a joy just to listen to all that raw talent.
  • Reading – This is another thing I’m trying to build back up. A good book can be read in a day or two.
  • Jewelry – I’ve always loved picking up a cute accessory, especially earrings and rings. Now that I see it, I’m falling in love with a lot more styles and colors. Let me go place an order! 😁
  • Photography – I’ve been in love with taking pictures since middle school. Yep, Germany again. How can you not like taking pictures in such a pretty country.

  • There’s my random list of 10 Favorite Things!

    2 Months Post Op TKR

    I’ve reached my two month post op. I saw my doctor this week. I was pretty pleased with the visit. It was a short visit too. That made it even better.

    I did address two issues, the pain in the back of my knee and still not sleeping through the night. I did get a few good nights, then it was back to about two hours. Y’all, when he pressed on my knee where it hurt, I almost jumped out the chair!!! I wanted to scream so bad. I didn’t though. He did give me some exercises to do and some steroids. I had to see my doctor about the sleeping issue. That was my plan anyway.

    I do feel that I’m getting stronger. It was easier to get in my jeep. It was also easier going down the steps at my apartment today. So both of those are plusses. I was supposed to be done with PT, but he sent in a few more weeks because I was concerned about my strength with the stairs.

    When I visited my general doctor the following day about my shoulder pain, he gave me something for sleep. Yea, it’s not working. I may have too many meds in my system too. Time to flush my system a little. When he looked at my shoulder he said I have a strained rotator cuff. Yep, more PT. I’m assuming it came from me pushing up with that arm during the healing process.

    I have about another month to build my energy level back up before going back to work. So I’ll start a walking program. Overall pretty good progress.

    Where are you in your healing progress?

    I’m Thankful For My Dad

    It’s been four years since my dad passed. I’m thankful for the strength I gained and learned from my dad and during the years since he passed.

    My dad was the type of man that always made sure home was taken care of. We always had the things we needed and most of the things we wanted. Even as we grew into adults, he still made sure we didn’t want for anything. I’m thankful for that lesson he taught us. That’s a standard that’s always been high with my sisters and I. Dad showed us what a man of the house was supposed to do. Yes, my mom worked after we were in school, but my dad still made sure she was taken care of, even after they separated.

    Even though we didn’t always get along, we created some great memories over the years. It’s those memories that I’m able to carry with me today. I’ll always be eternally grateful for those memories we were able to create from childhood on. Even as I write this I’m remembering some things that always make me smile.

    Yes I’m sad that my dad is gone. There’s nothing that can change that. However, I can smile because I know he’s not hurting anymore. I also know that he gave us what he could to ensure we could celebrate him. He gave us memories to carry with us each and every day. He gave us memories to help us smile when we think of him. For that I must express my gratitude.

    Daddy I thank you for everything you did for us.

    Why Share My Gratitude

    I love doing gratitude challenges. I also love to share my gratitude challenges through my blog. Why?

    I love doing gratitude challenges because it keeps me grounded. They help remind me of the many things I should be thankful for. The small things sometimes go unnoticed, this reminds me of those things. When I start and end my day by being thankful it makes for a better day and an even better night.

    Why share the gratitude challenges on my blog? I know, I could just meditate on it, write it in my journal, but I like to do more. I know, I’m a little extra sometimes. By sharing on my blog it holds me accountable. I’m always looking for ways to make myself accountable. I also do it it in hopes of helping someone else. Sometimes we all need reminders of things we can be thankful for.

    Sometimes I know things can be going all wrong in our lives. It makes it hard to be positive and thankful at times. This serves as a reminder that we should be grateful for even the small things in life.

    Do you share your gratitude with others, or do you keep it private?

    Having Surgery? Had Surgery?

    My quick update: My recovery process is going pretty good right now. I missed almost a week and half of physical therapy because my therapist was out with a suck family member. So between that and all the rain and dropping temperature have me a slight setback and made me very stiff. I’m getting back in the groove of things.

    With that being said, this post isn’t really all about me. It’s about you. Maybe you are thinking about total/partial or some other knee surgery, or any surgery really. Maybe, your surgery is scheduled and you need more information or advice. Maybe you’ve had your TKR and don’t know what to do now. This is for you all.

    When a doctor tells you need to have surgery it can be a scary and nervous moment. Even more so if you’ve never heard of it before. It’s completely normal and to be expected. I know when I was first told a total knee replacement was needed I felt all kinds of butterflies in my stomach. After all, you always hear the horror stories, rarely the positive. Today, I’m going to weave in bits of both from my journeys. Most of my journey will be centered around my last surgeries, which were total knee replacements. I’ve had others over the years that not limited to the knees.

    When you find out you need to have surgery, what do you do? The key is ALWAYS research. Don’t just go off one website either. When I found out I had to have a TKR, I was pulling up information daily. Yes my doctor was awesome both times with the expectations I should have. I felt like I needed more. Granted, 80% of what I found was the exact same thing he said. Some he hadn’t mentioned, but it wasn’t a deal breaker. It just made me more informed. When doing your research remember that most people post their horror stories, not the good stories. While you’re doing research, you find you have questions or concerns, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor. I kept my doctor and nurse on speed dial. I even had a nurse from my insurance company assigned to me.

    So now you decided to do the surgery, right? You’ve done your research. What do you do leading up to the surgery? The most obvious, yet, most ignored answer, FOLLOW ALL OF THE DOCTOR INSTRUCTIONS!!! This should be a no brainer, but we as people can be hardheaded sometimes. The instructions they give you will be beneficial going into surgery and coming out of surgery.

    I always tell people to prepare in other ways as much as possible. What do I mean? When I had my breast reduction it was very important to have shirts and dresses that didn’t require me to lift my arms much. For my TKR, you want accessible items. A raised toilet, raised bed, shorts, extra pillows, and other things that will help. I found that this is a question to ask others who have been through it some of their BEST practices. Try to stay with the positive aspects. It’s important to go into surgery with a positive attitude.

    So you’ve had your surgery and headed home. My word of advice is again, FOLLOW ALL DOCTORS ORDERS! If there is something you can’t do or it makes the pain worse, contact your doctor. Don’t overdo it. With my TKR I was able to exercise laying down. I would bend my leg while laying on my side. However, I was cautious to not over bend it. While recovering, don’t be afraid or proud to ask for help. If you have family or friends that can help in the beginning, let them. Just don’t get dependent on it. That can be your worst enemy.

    With my TKR I had a roller coaster of emotions. The pain was up and down in the beginning with all surgeries. Also with the TKR my sleep is way off. I’m saying this not to scare you, instead to give you a heads up. You’re body is going through some rough stuff with surgery, so some things might change with your body.

    I hope all of your surgeries go just fine and you have a speedy recovery. Keep your head up!!!! If there are any questions I can answer from my personal experience, I will.

    Crisis On Infinite Earths PT 1 Review

    Crisis On Infinite Earths PT 1

    Supergirl

    Review

    So, we’ve waited a year for this to be upon us! Guess what?!?!? It’s here!!! This review will contain some spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it, you may want to stop! ✋🚫

    I am glad this crossover is finally here. I enjoyed the first hour! Lots of anticipation and excitement. As you know, “Supergirl” was our first our. This episode pretty much answered the question of why. Argo City and Earth 38 were destroyed.

    There was plenty of superhero action going on. I liked that we got to see what they were doing at the time the cross m crisis was beginning. I also love the fact they didn’t leave Lois and Mia out, or left them where they were.

    It was superhero overload. Not in a bad way. It bought in some excitement. I just hope it doesn’t drown out the key players.

    Now I do feel that they created more questions rather than provide answers. I am hoping some of those answers will be provided in the upcoming 4 episodes. I did hate Oliver had to die this early, but I understand. Hopefully there is a work around or something. Who knows. Overall, good and decent start.

    Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Tomkatt Our Teddybear

    We all know the saying that people come into your life some for a season, some for life. In life you meet people that you create a special bond with. That bond can last a season or a life time.

    Today I want to talk about someone that’s so special to me. Thomas Walton. Even though we didn’t speak or see each other often, he was always there. Even when he wasn’t feeling good or in the hospital, he still kept his head up and made you smile.

    We meet at work at Wal-Mart. From what I remember we got along from the start. At the point I was in my life I was doing a lot of partying with my friends. He was always a staple piece in our crew. The laughter and drinks were always flowing. Not mention my handy shutter button too! Thomas was one of the few that never shied away from the camera.

    Oh the good times we had. We called ourselves the 1284 Crew. We didn’t just party, we had dinners, and other various events where he always supported where he could.

    I hate his life ended so short. It broke my heart when I was told the news. You know what though, I didn’t cry. I smiled and even laughed remembering some of his antics. As we get closer to the day of his service, I’m remembering all the happy moments we created over the years. I hate I don’t have current pictures. However, I’m okay with the older pictures because that’s how I remember him the most!

    Thomas, thank you for the smiles, laughter, and love you always showed. You are already greatly missed!!!

    Feel free to share your memories and/or pictures.

    Post Up Week 2 (TKR2)

    I finally made it through well two. I will say this, I’m so glad this is a short week. Y’all don’t understand how tiring three appointments in three days are. I guess it wouldn’t be so bad if I was a bit more mobile.

    I had my staples taken out at my two week follow up and two physical therapy sessions. My incision looks good. He said my knee looks good too. I’m currently bending at 91°. He thought that was great. In PT I was finally able to lift my leg while in a sitting position. Now to be able to do it laying down will be great. I’m hoping to be doing that by the end of the holiday weekend.

    I’ve begun to enter the stage where my nerves are beginning to fire up. What does that really mean? It means I don’t want anything to touch my knee! It’s not full fledged just yet, only in spots. So I have to begin forcing my knee to accept touches. I do this by rubbing different materials across it. I normally just do a light feather like rub. It’ll hurt like crazy, but it’ll start to get better eventually.

    My pain level has decreased significantly. I’m almost strictly on Motrin. Still major stiffness, but my swelling has went down too. If you are about to have surgery make sure you get those compression socks. I think those really help with my swelling.

    One thing I found out about 15 minutes into the drive, I can’t do more than 15 minutes in a car yet. My doctor main office is 45-50 minutes out. Yes I decided to keep him when he stopped coming to here because he did great work on my other knee. When I tell you that drive had me all kinds of uncomfortable, it was crazy. I was practically laying in the front seat. Glad we didn’t have anyone with us.

    Overall my progress is good. I feel my strength growing.

    Disappointment

    We all get disappointed by someone or something. It typically can come in many shapes and sizes. Depending on What or who disappointed us it can be completly heartbreaking.

    Still, the biggest disappointment is When we disappoint oureven think about it. Because most of the time we don’t recongize it we can’t deal with it. It is very important to understand and see just how real it is.

    For example, I went to physical therapy for my total knee replacement. This is my first full session after having my surgery a week before. Due to the surgery your muscles are trying to fire up. Because of this it makes standing on your own from lower seats by yourself Pretty difficult. My self disappoint came in because I felt that I should have been able to do it on my own. It made me question my Own progress. It was like I haven’t did anything. Reality is that I’m further along than was last year. It took a mintute to pull myself out of that funk.

    I want to share a few ways to deal with self disspointment. I will refer back to my own situation as we go through these steps

    1. Accept what happened. Sure you can wallow in Self Pitty for short time. For me in this specific situation it took about two hours and a nap.
    2. Treat yourself as a friend. Would you tell your friend that you were dissapointed in them? Especially if it was out of their control? A friend will always listen to help figure out what went wrong.
    3. Reconize the huge expectation. We should most definitely set high goals to reach and aim for. We will have setbacks and we must understand that. You must also make sure it is realistic. when we set unrealistic goals we will meet some kind of disappointment.
    4. Distract yourself in a healthy way. you’d want to find Something that not only relaxes you, but also stimulate your mind. For me it’s read a book. I’ll also do Some writing, Crafting, or Photography. Maybe once I heal, I can add Walking to the mix.
    5. Always be sure you are asking the right questions. Here are some questions: 1: Did you give yourself enough time? 2: Did you do the necessary Prep work? 3: Did you set Clear boundaries? 4: Did you ask for help?

    When we feel the pang of self disspointment, remember there are ways to deal with it.

    How do you deal with self disappointment?