Saturday, March 25, 2017

Nothing much going on.

It has been 4 weeks since Clyda’s surgery and she is doing amazingly well. In fact she drove the car the other day for the first time. All of the staples, 32 of them , have been removed and she only has her scar covered with Steri Strips which will soak off soon just from taking a shower. She goes for long walks several times each day which helps strengthen her muscles and also does lots of exercises, plus rides her recumbent bicycle.

We have no real trips planned for this summer except for on RV trip after I finish with Visitadores in May. We will go to the Elks Club in Santa Maria with friends for a few days much as we did last year.

In the mean time, I have been pulling weeds. Lots and lots of weeds! With all the rain we have had this year, they sure do grow. I have the bulk of them pulled now and only have out of the way areas to finish up. Normally Clyda does the flower beds but I have had to do all of it. Oh poor Me! It keeps me off the streets I guess.

Basketball. Yeah, it is that time of year when all the NCAA teams are trying to be that Number 1. With games on 4 channels to begin with, I do a lot of channel swapping. It beats watching the news.

I am trying to get up to speed on Google Docs with voice text. I purchased a headset with a mic from Amazon and have tried it and believe it or not, it works. I still need to work with it some more to get the punctuation right. I think it will come in handy for some projects I have in mind.

I have included a few flower shots I took this morning on my walk.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A medical update for Clyda.

I have kept many of you updated on Clyda’s progress but I am sure I missed a few people which I apologize for.

Clyda had her knee surgery last Thursday. At that time it was anticipated that she would have the old knee device removed and a new less mobile device installed. The Dr told us prior to the surgery that he had a plan A, B, and C ready just in case he needed them. Each device in this case was less mobile that the higher order one.

After Clyda was sedated and in the operating room, the Dr manipulated her knee and felt that the ligament in question was probably in good shape. After making the incision, he found that to be the case and so instead of replacing the knee he just replaced the 7 mm bearing plate with a 12 mm plate and that really tightened up the ligament. It is his feeling that Clyda should have no further problems with stability after her healing process.

Instead of a 4 ½ hour surgery, it only took 45 minutes. However, Clyda had been prepped for the 4 ½ hour surgery so it took her a while to recover from the anesthetic.

I received a call from the Dr about 2 hours after the surgery started telling me the “good news” as he said and indeed it was good news as her recover time will be much shorter.

In fact she has made amazing progress this week. Clyda even has walked to the end of our block using her walker for added stability. I think the walker will be gone after today and she will only use a cane for a while.

I told her the other day that “at the rate she is progressing I better plan a trip soon. Ha!

This Angels Trumpet just keeps putting out flowers every few weeks. Amazing!