14. Christmas Joys

What an amazing couple of days.

It all started Saturday when my family arrived from MN. We were very happy to see each other. I gave my niece a big hug and even picked her up off the floor. It was a great hug. Lots more work today. My leg told me many times today that it had enough but I had to keep going.

Sunday was the first day of working two days in a row. I was so excited to get to work. I had the best time. It was great to work with people that I don’t get to work with that often. They kept saying “Blaire Counter.” Which has become a joke in our department.  They missed saying that for three months I guess.  I made it once again through the three hours no problems.  My stamina I feel is just not back yet.  I am  hoping that is something that will come back soon enough. After work I headed home and was put to work once again, but this was fun work. We were having the family over to decorate the tree and the house. It was so much fun to have everyone here. My hip put up with everything that went on. It was a lot of running around. But so so worth it.  Headed to bed pretty sore but no medicine just my lovely ice pack. Not ready to give that up yet. It is my favorite friend until I get cold.

Christmas Tree

Christmas Eve was finally here! What a great day it was going to be. I was a wake at 5 am to get ready for work. I was headed to Wegmans at 7. I was feeling good. I made sure that I did my pt stretches that morning like I do every morning. It really does feel good to keep moving. I was at work for two hours and feeling great so I told my manager that I was up to working a four hour shift. Yup after working the day before I worked a four hour shift. Slowly but surely I am getting there. I was so happy to be able to do that. It was an other mile stone that I could check off my list. Headed back home. Completed more things to get ready for some of the family to come over. We had an amazing evening together. Lots of laughs. We enjoyed listening to the manger story that my Mom tells and the Night before Christmas that my Dad reads. We were headed off to 10:30 Mass. At this point I had been up for17 hours and my leg was still hanging in there. Man before the THR it would have been a night mare by this point. After Church it decided to snow the snow was a good inch deep and it was the first time that I had been walking it since surgery. Oh man sort of had a mini panic attack as I did have the best of shoes on either. Well lets say I made it to the car no problem. I feel just fine walking in the snow now after that night. My sister even topped it of with hitting me in the eye with a snowball. Oh yes she did. It was a really good shot. After we made it home. That is another story. It was time for the real fun to begin. Time to set up the house for everyone to come over Christmas morning. 4 am Tuesday morning rolled around and I was finally headed for med. I had almost been up for 24 hours. My hip was getting pretty sore and very tired by this point. Still haven’t taken meds. Just my lovely ice pack and a 4 hour nap.


Merry Christmas everyone!!! The day that I had been waiting for was finally here. I woke up after my lovely 4 hour nap and was ready to go again. Adrenaline will take you far. My hip was definitely there. I did a no no today. No PT exercises and I didn’t do them before I went to bed the night before. Well lets say that everything was ok.

11am rolled around and people started showing up.  After all 31 people were here. The fun started. This next picture is of almost all my nieces and nephews. This is a family tradition at our house. I learned that the hip is working great after the position that I got in to take this picture.


Time to open presents. We had so much fun opening everything. I had the most fun sitting on the floor watching everyone else open their presents. That was the greatest feeling just sitting there and watching the smiles on everyone’s face.


I got an amazing present from my parents. An antique trunk. It is beautiful.  I love it so much. It is going to look amazing in my room.  Thanks Mom and Dad. After everyone left my hip decided it had finally had enough. It was very tired I could barely move my leg. It felt like it was 100 pounds. I took a well deserved nap. I woke up feeling much better. My leg felt like normal, phew!  First lets remember I am doing this all three months post op. I have learned a great lesson that my leg will tell me when it has had enough. I guess I should start listening to it. I am just that stubborn I guess. The night end with some of the family coming back for dinner. It was a great day. It was more amazing then words can say. It was what I had been waiting for all month long. My night ended with me asking my Mom to take this picture.

ChristmasThis made my night. Off to bed with my trusty ice pack. Oh man do I love that thing. I can sleep on it for an hour. Well these days it is more like passing out. Hey that is OK with me it is still sleeping.

December 26. Happy Anniversary to my AMAZING PARENTS!! Thanks for everything you have done for me. You took a major chance when you adopted me. Thank you. Today I thought about someone that I meet on Facebook that had her PAO today. She is from the Buffalo area which is close to me. She is super strong and will get through it.Well we got an amazing snow storm. By 10 o’clock at night we had 6 inches of snow and I was headed out to snow blow. First time since last winter. It was well worth it to prove to myself that I could walk in 6 inches of snow and push a heavy machine. It made my day. I was super careful. It is just me getting back to my normal. Life is getting there.

As I sit here writing this I have had time to think. This journey has been life changing for me. Yeah you guys might be tired of hearing this but it is for me. It has given me a second chance to live life the way it is meant to be. PAIN FREE!! Yeah it might not be perfect yet. I still got muscle pain but nothing like I used to be.  5 months ago I never thought I would be where I am today but I am. Yeah I might not share all the emotions that I have going on with people but that is just who I am.  The hip replacement has changed my life for ever!!

THIS WAS THE MOST AMAZING CHRISTMAS!! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.

13. December 21

What a very busy week around the White household. We are in full swing getting ready for Christmas!

Sunday was a fun filled day at work. I did increase my shift to three hours and it was no problem at all. I am slowly getting back to my normal. I am ready for next week where I will be working 2 days in a row for 3 hours each day. I can’t wait the holidays are always so much fun at Wegmans.

There are so many things going on here that it is hard to remember what I wanted to write about.  We have been making cookies and enjoying every minute of it. There are lots of laughs along they way that just make it that much better. We are wrapping presents and running errands and I am the elf around the house. Whatever I can do to help I will. Most nights I can barely get up the stairs as my body is tired and doesn’t want to move but it doesn’t hurt. However I do it and then even do my pt exercises. Each night I make it to my bed with out any medicine is the highlight of my day. It has been just over two weeks since I have taken any medicine!!! That is super exciting.

Today was my last PT until after the new year. My PT and I decided that I should go at it for another 4 weeks and see what happens. The strength is slowly coming back, once again not fast enough for me. We did find out that I have a problem with external rotation I think. When laying on my stomach my right leg likes to fall away from my left leg. My PT thinks that it is just weak muscles. We are going to start working on that a little more. We are also going to try to get me walking up the stairs alternating feet all the time and not needing the railing. I will tell you that I have a good working relationship with my PT. We just clicked and it has been a godsend. In regards to the stairs, alternating feet is a new thing for me. It takes a lot of thinking on my part but I am ok with that. So I remind him of that today and he said that it was worth giving it a try still it might just take a little longer. I will give it a shot. We worked really hard today. Oh yeah before PT I moved a bed. Lets just say that I was pooped after PT but I went shopping and had a great time.

Tomorrow Saturday I get to see my sister, nephew and niece for the first time since before surgery. I went to MN and visited them in August and had so much fun with my bad hip. My sister and my niece have been an amazing support through this whole journey. I just can’t wait to see them. There will be a lot of laughs and good times.

As the days get closer to Christmas my heart gets a little happier. It is just a great feeling to be closer to my old self. The thing that I am going to remember about this week is that I am in very little pain compared to last year. This time last year I could barely move. I was wising that Christmas was over and that I could just rest. This year I can’t wait for Christmas to get here so I can enjoy every single moment with my family. Then I don’t want it to end. This hip replacement was totally worth it just to have moments like this. Where all I want to do is spend time with my family!!! This is going is going to be one of the best Christmases ever. I know that they can only get better from here on out.

As I finish this post I looked out the window and it is snowing for the first time where I live and that just puts a smile on my face. I am going to make a snow angel this year just because I can. I can’t wait to do so many things.

Well as many fun things are going to happen this week I will try to keep the blog up to date but it might not happen.

Once again if there is anything that anyone would like me to right about, just leave a comment and I will. I hope people are finding this helpful.

I hope every one has a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

12. December 14

This week has been amazing yet again. Where the time has flown by.

I worked my second shift at Wegmans and loved every minute of it. I wish the 2 hours did not fly by. Next week I am going to try for 3 hours. I had a great talk with my niece on Sunday. She told me that no matter what we did this summer I always had a smile on my face no matter how much I hurt. I told her that all of them have been so supportive and never passed judgment on me. They even picked up my golf ball when we were mini golfing and I couldn’t bend at all. My family is amazing!

Another great visit from my PT. Those are always fun and entertaining.  He always knows how to make me laugh. The day ended well.

The week continued with the annual Christmas Cookie baking. I couldn’t wait to start this year. There is a plus side to this hip replacement, that I have extra time to help out here because I am not subbing. The Christmas cookies started on Tuesday and are still going strong. I am loving every pain free moment of mixing, baking and eating! 🙂 Oh man this is not going to help my diet at all.

First batch of Christmas cookies. I helped with every part of these. :)

First batch of Christmas cookies. I helped with every part of these. 🙂

As the week continued things just kept getting better. I was able to workout once this week. Mom and I are having so much making cookies. It is the best feeling to be helping and being pain free. We decided to take a Christmas picture that I could put in my Christmas card. It was pretty entertaining. My back side getting roasted by the fire to Mom using the new camera for the first time. To me just being happy sitting on the floor that long.

This is me 53 pounds lighter sitting on the floor. Merry Christmas.

This is me 53 pounds lighter sitting on the floor. Merry Christmas.

Friday rolled around and nothing has majorly changed. Another PT visit where I am learning just how strong my left leg. Yes that is the leg I have used for everything for years. So it should be super strong. I am also learning that I am regaining strength in my right leg. It is getting there slowly but surely. Still baking Christmas cookies and enjoying every minute of it. Even knew how fun this could be.

As the day went on I learned about the shooting in Connecticut. 😦 Yes it hit pretty hard. I am a teacher of that age group and could never imagine a person shooting so many young innocent children. Knowing that one day I might have to protect other peoples children is something I hope I never need to do. It has shown me that yes I have been through a lot this year, but it could always be worse. My heart and prayers go out to the families of all that were affected.

I have made it the whole week with out taking any medicine when I go to bed.   That is the first time in a year. What an amazing feeling. I am still sleeping with an ice pack, which makes my hip feel better. But am hoping to lose that soon enough. I also am taking nothing during the day. Off all medicine.

As Christmas is approaching I get to see my family together for the first time in a long time. I get to see my sister, niece and nephew who I haven’t seen since August when I went to MN. I just can’t wait. I am ready for a great big hug. I have learned that I am blessed to have such an awesome family and lucky that almost are alive. God could have placed me somewhere else but he put me right here. We are hopefully going to have 30 people at the White Household for Christmas morning. I can’t wait to sit in the middle of the floor and watch it all unfold. This is going to be the best Christmas.

A this week ends we start the busiest week at the White Household. I am up for every minute of it. If anyone would like me to write on any topic or want me to talk about certain things please let me know.

Just some christmas fun with my new camera

Just some christmas fun with my new camera!

11. December 7 2012

Oh man what a week and what a great day.

I am loving this week I have seen little things happen all week long. They always put a smile on my face. Just the simplest things. From putting my socks on, to tying  my shoes. The best is waking up almost every morning being PAIN FREE!!

For the first time since I started working out in January I have had to keep shorting time that I was using different equipment. Before surgery I was only able to use the elliptical for 10 to 15 minutes. Monday I went for a whole 30 minutes. I only stopped because my leg was tired and not because it was hurting.  The distance of 1.79 means that I hiked Diamond head in Hawaii minus the 99 stairs. That is one of my major goals is to hike Diamond head. I have started walking backwards on the treadmill on a regular bases at th JCC and I love how people just look at me. I can see the wheels going in their head, like what the heck is she doing.  I weighed myself this week and I have lost 53 pounds since February 2012.  I would love to lose a total of 110 pounds and don’t care how long it takes. I am getting there.

Yes I take pictures of strange things

Yes I take pictures of strange things

Last night I went to bed with out taking ANY medicine. I have been taking Tylenol at night. This was the first time in a year that I have gone to bed with out any pain medicine. It was great! I am hoping that continues and I will not need medicine unless I am having a bad day. It is great feeling like I am at my “normal” some days.

Today however had to be a great day. First I had fun with my PT. He said that I could go back to teaching after the first of the year. Alright, I can’t wait. I am so ready to be teaching again. It was June when I last subed and that was with a lot of pain. I can’t wait to see what it is going to be like pain free. There will be a post about that when it happens. Second he said that my balance looked really good. That I was doing pretty hard core stuff and balancing well. NICE! The last thing that he told me was good and bad. He was telling me that if the doctor made me wait five years I probably would have been seeing him at least once a month but know after we are done I probably wont see him again Well I guess that is a very good thing. But since we have been working together for almost a year it is going to be hard. But things always changing for the better in life and I will take it.

Today we also went and got our Christmas tree. That is always a fun time. It was even better this year because I was not hurting like I normally do. I am still under a weight lifting restriction so I could lift the tree as long as some helped. I am not supposed to lift more than 50 pounds.

What a tree. I could sort of help lift it. I am under a weight restriction. can't lift more than 50 pounds.

What a tree. I guess the better statement is what a hat!

Dad and I with the Christmas tree. This is a yearly picture.

Dad and I with the Christmas tree. This is a yearly picture.

My parents have been amazing through this whole thing. I don’t know where I would be with out them.  Thanks for being there through thick and thin.

As this journey continues I see how it might be a blessing in disguise. I am losing weight that I truly needed to get rid of. I am in the best shape that I have been in in many years. Lastly I am meeting people that are very helpful. It has shown me that even through the rough times I can be myself. It has gotten me to truly look at my life from two different views and I get to see how much better it can be. Yes it will never be perfect and I don’t want it to ever be perfect. I will take what ever I get. Thank you God for choosing me to go through this journey. I know that it is not over and may never be over. Each day is a great new surprise and I love it!

10. December 2

What a day. I have been waiting for this day for 12 long weeks. I was headed back to work at Wegmans with my second family.

First the day started with a family trip to church. I saw my cousins and I did something amazing. I knelt again totally pain free. This time it was for an extended period of time. I was so happy. Love that I get to experience everything all over again. Not many people will have that chance. We had about 15 minutes to get home before I had to leave for work. Home and ready for work.

First I had to put my Bioness in my work shoes. We have to wear non slip shoes in our department. All changed and ready to go. Because it is the holidays we are allowed to wear holiday shirts and not our regular uniform.

All set and I took the short drive to work. They were super excited to see me. It was awesome. I got smiles and laughs all over. It was like I never left. First I was do for my yearly review. My team leader Julie gave me the review. She said it was hard to write because I had been gone so long. It was a very nice review though. She wrote in there how strong I had been through my recovery process. I thought that was very sweet. Finally time to do some real work.

Today I was set to demo. That means I show customers how to cook seafood products and let them sample it. I have been doing this for many Sundays and enjoy it. I really do know that everyone missed me because they jumped right in to teasing me. But I loved every minute of it today. This one is an inside joke “We are going to have a great jump today.” Thanks Geoff. The smile was on my face the whole time. Nothing could wipe it off my face.

As I was talking to people I work with they had so many good things to say. Ed who I have worked closely with said this to me. “Blaire it hasn’t felt like a real Sunday since you left. Now it does feel like one.” That almost made me cry. They truly care so much about me. I never knew what a difference I made there. Many times I heard from people how I just brighten up their day when I work. I don’t know any other way.  My manager was there and said I only had ten minutes left. I asked if I really had to leave. He said yes. 😦 Just because that was how the prescription was written.  I also didn’t want to push it. My doctor said I could start with 2 hour shifts and increase as tolerated.

It felt amazing to be back. I am starting to get back my normal and it is amazing.  The best thing was that I had NO HIP PAIN!!! Yes it was only part of a shift but it was amazing. It was the first time in the 13 years that I have worked for Wegmans I did not have any pain. That made me cry just writing that.

All I can see is more days like this ahead. I truly can’t wait. I never though that the day would come that I would be pain free. We will have to see how tomorrow treats me. Hopefully there will be no bounce back.

I would like to write a few thoughts I have had. I am truly learning that this hip replacement was and is life changing. I am getting a second chance to finally live the life I was meant too. Pain free!! I didn’t ever know how much pain could change a persons life. It changed mine and the more I look back on it the more I hate that I was in pain. I just didn’t know I was in that much pain because I had been living with it for so long. It seemed normal. Through this whole journey I have stayed positive and always cared a smile on my face. As the days have gone on the smile has gotten bigger and bigger as things have changed. I thank God everyday for giving me this journey and making me who I am . Thanks. Thank you all of you for reading this. I hope that it is helping in some way.

I only ask one thing that if you can please pass it on. I am loving every little thing in life. Even the smallest things mean the world to me right now.

Back to Wegmans finally. It only took 12 weeks.

Back to Wegmans finally. It only took 12 weeks.