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!