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Lazy Days Staring Out The Window



I was fairly without pain till yesterday afternoon. I didn't even take a pain pill until 3 p.m. Maybe that was a mistake. And then the Hydrocodone seemed to keep me awake last night. However I woke up again at 3:10 a.m., and I was allowed to take another pill at 3 a.m. So I know it takes the edge off.

The dogs are doing great. They are just staying back here on the bed with me. 

I've been able to take two baths. Trying to keep my back pacified because I can't get down on the floor now to do my stretching exercises, which are obviously vital to how I feel. 

I have this way I bathed after the first surgery where I sit on the side of the tub and put my hands behind me on the tub edge and ease myself down. I have the handheld sprayer already down in the tub. 

And once I'm comfortable, I will turn the water on and fill the tub and sit a spell. The handheld is great to wash my hair. My feet are not in the tub and I rest the boot, which I have to have on 24 hours a day, on the little black bench you probably saw in my bathroom photos over the weekend.

Charlie is sitting at the end of the bed looking outside. No doubt hoping to spot a bird or cat or squirrel. A bird is an "eh", but a cat or squirrel sends him into conniptions. He is shaking and his ears are pointed straight up, so I know something is out and about. 

Abi rarely leaves my side. 

That's the news here for now. I've called the doctor's office to see if they want me to make any changes. I'm surprised that the pain pill does not make me sleep, but seems to keep me awake. Perhaps they will have another option. 

It is sunny outside and I can see the tree branches shift in the slight breeze. Haven't had real cold weather here yet. I enjoy seeing the the leaves and branches spread shadows across the length of the wooden fence and dance about. 

And the ornamental grass tops swaying along with them. 

I think I might look into getting Muhly grass for next year. I will have to check into how big a container it would need. It is the finest pink mist that you've ever seen and so very lovely. Here is a photo...



I would also love to someday get a Japanese maple tree. There are many species of trees that are fine for containers. Just have to do your research and choose the right ones.



Simple joys, always the best and most plentiful. Hope you have a wonderful day planned.

Cozy Little House
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  1. Hang in there, Brenda. Knowing you are seeing the beauty in your sunny day is a good thing, and it's nice you have CR and AR to keep you good company. And the trip to the store with Kay will be great - you have my mouth watering with the thought of having a piece of pecan pie - a fav! My hubs is allergic to nuts so I don't have them around much anymore, or I'd be tempted to eat the entire thing.

    Just wanting to say hi and wishing you well. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you, Michele. You are always so kind!

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  2. I love that pink grass! Pain meds are tricky. I hope it soon passes.

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    1. Oh, you should see that muhly grass in person!

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  3. I do love me a good pecan pie when I can find one! I think that is a wonderful treat for you to have post-surgery. Enjoy a piece for me! :-)

    Dogs seem to have an uncanny way of knowing when we need them. I'm glad the pupsters are taking good care of you, and I hope you will be able to catch up on some sleep today. Take care!

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    1. I feel sleepy, and the pain is catching up with me. But it's really hard for me to sleep during the daylight hours for some reason.

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  4. Brenda, I am glad you are doing so well. I've had pain pills before that did not make me sleepy as expected either. I'm glad Judy is hanging in there. Even if this was expected it is never easy and I know it came too soon. I love Pecan Pie and this one sounds yummy. Never heard of Braums so they must not be around here
    :( I love that pink grass, lots of folks are thinking of planting some, me included! Take care and rest!
    Hugs,
    Linda

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    1. I looked up Braums and they are only in Oklahoma is seems!

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    2. We love Braums-my favorite ice cream flavor is German Chocolate. Haven't tried their pecan pies, I may have to get one!

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  5. Good Morning Brenda....good to know you are feeling good. Now you got me wanting a Pecan Pie!

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    1. Not feeling as good today. Kay was just here and said the doctor pulled her aside and told her I really have to slow down and stop working so hard. Is what I do work? I know I'm hard on my body. It's just hard for me to sit still.

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  6. That pink grass is gorgeous!

    Pecan Pie...oh boy now I want some, lol..

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    1. Kay thought the pecan pie was delicious. Couldn't even buy the pecans in it for that price!

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  7. Hydrocodone makes me want to paint the ceilings. It makes me spaz out. It has the same affect on my Dad. Pecan pie sounds so good. Enjoy it.

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    1. I think I may be switching to a pain med I had from the last surgery.

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  8. You sound in good spirits, in spite of the fact the meds aren't quite acting as you expected. I'm glad you are not having many issues with the recuperation. It's good you can be of support to Judy over the phone, even if not in person.

    I had one plant of Muhly grass at the house we used to own. I adored it. For some weird reason, it never occurred to me to go get any more of it! It was in the ground and wasn't very big, but it made a statement. I think you will enjoy it.

    It's fun to think of next year's plantings, isn't it? We are renting again this year, but since it is back in our hometown, where I am so happy to be, I plan to do some container gardening here next spring. This past year, living where I didn't want to be, I didn't want to do any gardening. I wanted to move so badly and didn't want the added hassle of wondering what to do with anything I planted there. When I finally broke down and bought ONE plant, a potted mum, my husband got a job offer back here in our hometown that very week! I guess it was a coincidence, but, it makes me wonder what might have happened if I had bought plants a few months earlier!

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    1. I had planted muhly grass by my pond in TX. But only had it a short time before I moved.

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  9. Sweet to hear that Charlie and Abi are 'taking care of you'. Rest....

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  10. I'm glad your sweet pups are looking after you Brenda..pretty pink grass..I may have to try that myself next year..Rest and a slice of pecan pie sounds like good medicine to me..lol..enjoy!

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    1. I feel when you're down and in bed, you need to treat yourself!

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  11. I have taken that after surgery as well. I usually sleep about a day and half then it just helps with the paim and its harder to get to sleep. Meds work different on different people. I'm wondering if you were a little wired (and not know it) about the surgery and about Judy. Maybe the sleep will come when you are able to relax.
    Now, I can't figure out how you are taking a bath with your feet not in the water. Hah. I hate taken a shower but had to aftrr my leg zurgery tbis summer. That seems like ages ago.
    Judy has such a positive attitude. I'm sure she will be at a loss for sometime. Praying for you both.
    You behave.

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    1. Sure wish I could sleep. Been an insomniac since childhood, but take plenty of psychiatric drugs that should knock out a horse. But somehow what all I was given yesterday had the opposite effect. The doctor has called in a muscle relaxant, so Kay will be coming back to town tonight to get it. Hate that I can't get around and take care of myself!

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  12. sounds like things are under control. Glad you're feeling ok and doing so well after the surgery. Hydrocodone takes away the pain for me, but I don't like the way it makes me feel. thank goodness, I'd never become addicted. Thanks for keeping us updated on Judy. I know she must be so heartbroken. Good that she has her family around. You and the pupsters take it easy and enjoy that yummy pecan pie!

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    1. I don't like the way it makes me feel either. I can take psychiatric drugs and do great, but give me narcotics and pain pills and it's a crap shoot.

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  13. You have to stay "ahead of the pain". Take the meds BEFORE the pain hits. Not only have I had doctors tell me this, my vet said that when Rocky had his surgery. When you miss a dose, it allows the pain to set in. I hope they can find one that works for you. Hang in there.

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    1. I'm just tired and confused right now. I forget to put ice packs on. My memory was a sieve before this. Having been under anesthetic just makes me worse.

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  14. I'm so glad you're feeling better, Brenda, but I'm sorry to hear about Judy and her husband. When my daughter broke her leg, the hardest part was the bathing -- glad to see you found a system that works. Take care. :)

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    1. This system works really well for me. I've got strong arms and use them to heft my upper body in and out of the water. and my legs never get wet.

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  15. When I had pneumonia I took Hydrocodone. My mind was racing, but my body was almost immobile. I was in the recliner, and the cat walked under the chair and licked me on the back of my leg, I didn't even flinch. I haven't taken it since.
    I am so glad you are doing well with your recovery. Enjoy the pecan pie.

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    1. Luckily the doctor has called in a muscle relaxant, and I'm real swollen so they told me to loosen the bandage. That has helped some.

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  16. It sounds like you are recuperating fairly well from your surgery so far, of course a little pecan pie never hurts either. I'm sure your pups are providing a lot of comfort too. I was sorry to hear about Judy losing her husband. They were such a devoted couple.

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    1. You see so many divorces. But they had a one of a kind marriage I guess. I was never that smart or lucky.

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  17. My wish for you is to heal quickly and completely!! Then you can get on with all of your various projects.

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    1. Some people just have a hard time of being still and healing, and that's always been my problem. I don't like to lie around!

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  18. I hope the pills still have the pain eased off enough for you. Yes it is surprising that those pills arent making you drowsy. I cant take them as they cause severe nausea .. Hopefully they'll call in something different for you so you can get some rest and be pain free at the same time..
    prayers for Judy.

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    1. They've called in a muscle relaxant and poor Kay is driving back to town to get them for me. I feel so helpless that I can't do for myself!

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  19. Brenda, please take very good care of yourself. Don't confuse what you don't like to do ( lie around) with what you NEED to do ( lie around) after your surgery. I'm sure you realize that if you were to do something to compromise yourself now, the results could be catastrophic. You're not having swelling because of too much activity, are you? If the new pills make you sleepy, please be doubly careful.
    It has to be hard for you not being a lounger or a TV person.

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  20. You are doing well to be able to be up and bathing and already posting here. Those major pain meds affect each person differently. I was prescribed hydrocodone after surgery in the past. It did not agree with me and I quit it pretty fast. Please take extra care in and around the bath tub. The medication may suddenly affect your balance, or cause you to misjudge.

    Ah, the first pecan pie of the season. Yum! I am so sinful that I even like to add a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream on top of it.

    It seems like your pups are helping to keep you cozy.

    Take care.

    Susie D.

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  21. I'm glad to hear that you're doing ok since your surgery and have some meds to ease your pain. Its good that you already have some practice on how to get around and take care of your foot too. I'm thinking of Judy this week.

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  22. Glad you are managing ok. Will you be going to John's funeral?

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  23. Sounds like you are making it just fine. It pays to prepare ahead of time and you obviously did. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Forgot to add that I wish I was there to enjoy a piece of that pie with you. I've been craving pecan pie the last few days.

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  24. Glad you are doing okay, Brenda...pain pills always disturb my sleep, too...it will be good when you'll be done with them. Hope the muscle relaxers help, too! Enjoy that pie!

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  25. I'm not a huge fan of pain pills. They usually cause more issues than they solve. At least that's been my experience and that of a few other people I know. But if you're going to take them, don't wait for the pain to set in,

    For some reason, I didn't get yesterday's post delivered to my inbox. I didn't think much of it. Just figured you were resting but I decided to stop by anyway and saw two new posts. I will let you know if I don't get this one in the morning,

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  26. You know, Brenda, people always think the surgery is the worst part of it but I believe it is post surgery when your whole life changes while you recover and heal. I know you like to do for yourself (like I do) so I know it is driving you batty to HAVE to depend on others to be your legs for you. One day at a time, my friend.

    Make sure you stay on top of the pain and don't let it get a foot hold. It is easier to keep it under control than it is to get it back "in the box" once the pain grabs hold of you. Hopefully, whatever they give you will help you sleep. A racing mind in the middle of the night is NOT a good thing.

    Feeling bad for Judy today. She is a good soul and I pray that her life smooths out a bit for her and she find some joy in those grandbabies.. xo Diana

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  27. Make sure to keep your leg elevated on pillows. Pain meds effect everybody differently. The muscle relaxers should help you sleep. Don't try to do too much. Braums is great and their cherries,pecan and cream ice cream is wonderful.

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  28. I'm sorry you are having problems with the pain meds. Sometimes they are more of a hindrance than help it seems. It's hard for me to sit still too. It seems like that's when I can always thik of 90 things I need to get done!
    I'm really sorry about John. Judy will need lots of love from her friends, and I know you will supply it.
    Please take care!

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  29. I'm so glad to hear you have done well post-op ~ keep up the good work! Sending you thoughts for gentle healing and the best possible outcome ~

    I'm so sorry to hear about your friend John. I would like to send a card to Judy, though she doesn't know me. may I please have her address?

    Thanks ~

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  30. Glad to hear you are doing good considering. May you continue to feel better with each new day and soon be off the pain meds.

    I have two huge planters of the pink muhly grass and love it. You will too.

    FlowerLady

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  31. Glad that you are resting, my friend. It is a very important part of healing. xo Laura

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  32. You are taking good care of yourself, I'm glad to hear that. I can only imagine the pain you are in.

    I just heard about Judy's husband yesterday. I am so saddened. I would be mess. My heart aches for her.

    I hope you feel better with each passing day.

    Jane xx

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  33. hallo, brenda, danke für die tollen bilder und inspirationen, einen schönen freitag wünscht angie aus deutschland

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  34. I hope you continue to feel better, Brenda! The ornamental grass is stunning! I've never seen pink before. I have a Japanese Maple tree and it is gorgeous - but not this year. Something happened, and most of the leaves dried up and fell off before they turned red. I hope it comes back next year.

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  35. I took 6 hydrocodone last night in 2 hour intervals. It is the only med getting me out of bed, cooking and washing my clothes. My dr. Slammed the door in my face saying it doesnt help. He has never been in much pain as I. My other Dr. managed to lose the letter from my Rheumatologist saying it will be a year and 1/2 before I can get an appointment. Then the Dr moved. Im back to square one. Now I have to find a pain management Dr so I can have a some what normal life till I can see a specialist. Now im down to 300. Dollars. Will pay for my utilites in December. Praying I get my ssi diability. SOON. My lawyer said last week the appt. Could take 6 months. So awaiting 3 MAJOR appointments. Im glad your surgery went well. So sad to hear of John's passing. I too have known NO such love and now dont want to because losing them is just too much. Cant do it. So it will be just me... Take care Brenda. Love you.

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