Hello my foxy friends! I’ve been meaning to write this for some time, knowing that I really needed to touch-base with you all, and kind of let you know what’s going on with me. It’s been almost 5 years since I did a “Happenings At the Hollow”. Which I instituted to be able to stay in-touch when I had news or smaller tidbits to share, that might not fall into a DIY or Decorating category. Today’s post made a reappearance of HATH necessary. Some of you may recall that I started having problems with my right knee a few years ago. I think I even wrote a post a silly post about having to travel at the time. Well, it got to the point that I could not put any weight on that leg. But after an intense physical therapy routine things were looking up and I was able to walk again, and even stand like a Flamingo! I graduated from PT, and that was such a good day!
Unfortunately, my problem reoccurred and we discovered I had a serious issue that would eventually require surgical intervention. I spent about the last year receiving Cortisone injections (which helped considerably). Until they didn’t.
That leaves me on the journey that I will be beginning on April 29th, when I will undergo surgery to have a full and total knee replacement. Just typing that kind of makes me sick. I am equal parts nauseous, nervous and excited. The excited part stems from I hope that I will be able to regain my physicality and be able to do all the things I want to do. Because slowly, and overtime, the trouble with my right knee has caused considerable issues with my good left knee and my left foot, due to over compensation, etc… that’s all a whole nother mess. But we’ll address my right knee first, and hopefully things will settle down and I’ll be right as rain.
These multiple issues I’ve had going on have really limited my mobility, and subsequently, my ability to do all the projects that my mind can dream up. It’s really diminished my quality of life overall, and that’s what prompted me to go ahead with the surgery. it got bad enough. Some days it’s all I can do to get my basics accomplished. Things like showering, marketing and general home upkeep… cleaning, dishes, laundry. And tackling them in a two story home. It’s why my posts have gotten less frequent. My body just doesn’t want to cooperate with all my mind wants to do. And I’m stubborn, so I push more than I should.
And when you see my new posts, please know I still love and enjoy what I do! I’m driven to continue to make our home the best it can be, and to make it work well for us (and our guests at The Little Cottage). I’ve just been doing them a little slower than usual, and they take a lot more effort and determination.
Overall I am still very happy, and I’m basically trying to think forward! I’ve definitely been through worse (you can read what I mean here) I know this will be behind me soon and I’ll be back on my feet and doing all the things I love to do. But much faster!
NEW DEVELOPMENT: I was all ready to hit publish on this short update, but in true Shannon fashion… there has been a hiccup. When I attended my first pre-op physical therapy session, it was discovered that I’ve got a pinched nerve in my back and it’s affecting my right leg. And could hinder my post-op recovery. I’m now awaiting a call for a MRI and X-ray of my back. My surgery has been officially postponed. Jim’s week off (to care for me) has been postponed, and my mom’s flight (to come help out) has been… yep, postponed. It’s important for me to have help afterwards, as I will be using a walker and pretty limited for the first week at least, and restricted from driving for 6 weeks. And our two story house is going to present some challenges.
In short — I’m living in limbo right now. When I’ve got more information I’ll let you all know. And I promise, you WILL NOT be seeing pictures of my knee on social media afterwards. I vow that to you now. I will save you that horror. LOL – I won’t even want to look!
There will be NEW POSTS popping up though, because I’ve been working to be ahead of the game for my Better Homes & Gardens projects, and I’ll be bursting to share them by then!!!! And when I do, any social shares will be extra appreciated – Like hitting SHARE on my Facebook posts, or pinning on Pinterest. Of course, that is ALWAYS appreciated at other times too.
Okay foxes, I tried to keep it pretty to-the-point for you. This is not exactly what I planned to share (the postponement), but I’ve been keeping pretty mum about this and I thought I’d better chat with you guys before I just went off the grid and had you wondering where I was.
If you’ve had a knee replacement, I’d love to hear your good advice, but please don’t scare the bejesus out of me. I’ve put this off for too long, and I’ve finally committed to it. Don’t make me contemplate running away from home instead of going through with it. Because I’ve already considered that, but sadly… I wouldn’t get far. hahaha
Thanks in advance for your support!! It means SO MUCH!! xo Shan
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Happenings At The Hollow 7 Hello my foxy friends! I've been meaning to write this for some time, knowing that I really needed to touch-base with you all, and kind of let you know what's going on with me. It's been almost 5 years since I did a 'Happenin...