Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HIPpy News - A Recap

I've been posting small progress reports in the Iknitarod Forum on Ravelry.  Thought I'd recap them here for those of you who don't spend all some of your free time on that Social Network.
Surgery took place on January 14.  I came home 4 days later.

(Thursday, January 22), 
I am recovering from hip replacement surgery so am a bit slow at the moment. Don’t yet know when I can get back to dyeing. Might be a month or more.
Each year I come up with an Iditarod colorway in yarn for youse guys to play with. Anyone have any ideas besides the needed white? 
light bulb here. A sparkly white sounds interesting and fun. And the more I think of this the more excited I am to design a one skein fingering wimple/snood/smoke ring pattern of lacey snowflakes and optional silver or white beads. UNdyed would keep the costs to you way down and still be in the spriit of the race. 
Whaddya think?

(Friday, January 23)

Am healing very well. Ahead of the curve. Hope to be off the walker and using a cane by some time next week. I’ll know more on Wed when all the bandages come off. But I am putting full weight on the leg now for short periods of time, faithfully doing my exercises and trying not to do too much by myself which drives Jim crazy as he worries I’ll fall. Haven’t fallen yet and don’t plan on it either. I did have to frog all the knitting I did while in hospital. Even thought I Only took simple knitting I made a mess of it. Oh well…..
Been looking at stitch patterns. Will order some sparkly fingering today so I can start the design next week. 
People might choose silver or white or pale blue/periwinkle beads.

(Friday, January 23)

I thnk so too. The hospital I went to has a ward dedicated to joint replacement. It’s called Joint Camp ala boot camp with nurses and care partners that make us get up, walk, do exercises, breathe, etc 
Sent home with a 100 page booklet delineating each week’s progress and expectations. Jim says I’m doing well and exceeding expectations. A lot of the after surgery improvement relies on pre surgery exercises. Faithfully did mine for 3 months before.

(Tuesday, January 27)

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My legs are now the same length. Maybe first time in 20 years. So my muscles are dloing a lot of adjusting. What’s really bugging me at this point is my knee. They thought it was my knee for years. I have a huge collection of knee braces. The patella was loose often for the past year until finally this orthopod took hip Xrays. He couldn’t believe I was walking without a cane.
I graduated from the walker to a cane yesterday. Tomorrow the bandages come off and the weather is cooperating as we need to drive almost an hour each way to the appointment.
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(Friday, January 30)
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Oh you can be my role model!!!! 
Bandages are off!! Can now walk a bit in the house sans cane. 
Can now take a shower.
Walked back and forth, albeit slowly, watering plants today. 
Meds are slowly getting spaced farther apart and my clear mind is returning 
Doc said the knee pain is a result of swelling. Eventually as the muscles get adjusted to living with a leg the correct length and a hip that rotates, the swelling will go away.

posted about 1 month ago (Saturday, January 31)
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Thank you. I expect the ease to come in time. Certainly the pain I had before is mostly gone and now I am sleeping through the night comfortably. Before HIP I dreaded going to sleep so stayed up as late as possible until I couldn’t sit up any longer. Modern medical miracle is what I call it.

And there was knitting done too!
posted 19 days ago (Thursday, February 12)
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My sister’s Valentine’s present (quiviut/cria hand spun iCorded necklace and bracelet) is ready and being packed up to mail right now. So that one item on my Quest list is done.

posted 17 days ago (Saturday, February 14), edited 17 days ago
Really beautiful. Going to be such a delight to wear. May have to make one with leftovers. I love the idea of spring flowers on a winter hat being knit in February.
You inspired me! 
Well, last Tuesday night Jim came home with a large bag of food goodies sent to us by his co teacher (they teach a 4 yr course on both testaments at his church). Peg grows a large garden so is generous all summer but this was over the top. Enough food for several meals. Since Jim has been doing all the shopping and cooking since my hip replacment, this was very welcomed. However I did feel she needed something besides a thank you in return. I remembered she was asking about fingerless mitts last fall and Jim knew the colors she like sooo……. 
I took a basic mitt pattern and did my thing. Seems I can’t help doing my thing on almost every pattern, even when I say I’m just going to follow it exactly. Never happens, nope, never. 
So your corrugated ribbing edging got me started and here is the result. (thumb still needs to be completed) Done with 2 strands of fingering held together. The hand pattern is very dense so very warm. I used some leftover orange in the cuff and edging but think it would work very well with just a colorway and one solid. I’ll have the pattern up on Rav in 3 sizes by tomorrow methinks.

posted 13 days ago (Wednesday, February 18)


posted 7 days ago (Tuesday, February 24), edited 7 days ago
Yesterday I realized that I am healed enough to be a danger to myself. Haven’t taken any pain meds in two days. With all that snow I feel as though I am on house arrest. My DH still has to drive me anywhere I want to go. He’s an angel about it but I’ve been dependent for almost 6 weeks now and it’s getting very old. I want to go pick out some thread to ply with some roving or use with some yarn. I feel that’s non essential so don’t want to ask him to wait around in JoAnnes while I pick out thread.
Off the cane for the most part. Showering by myself. Still doing my exercises 3 times a day. Stair climbing is still limited as is certain leg movements and bending. Dropped my iPhone yesterday and, without thinking, bent down and picked it up. uh oh. That’s a no no and I did feel something twinge. I would attempt walking outside but the wind chill is -20. sigh, never mind the daily snow accumulation that Alaska should be getting. Still sleeping in the LR on the recliner until I’m allowed more stair climbimg as my BR is upstairs. Whine Wine wine. Perhaps I need to be drinking wine as I’m thinking those pain meds kept me nice and laid back.
10 more days until I see the surgeon who should remove some restrictions, like driving, I hope.
OK those of you who have gone through this--- got any wise suggestions?

Thank you. That’s a really good idea.(walking in a mall) Jim has an appointment near the mall on Friday. Perhaps he can drop me off and pick me up an hour later at the same door. If I get tired I can sit on a bench but it would be a large change of pace and scenery. And it would be way more interesting than walking around the house 10 -15 times. Don’t really like malls much but for now, they are flat and not snowy or icy.

posted 7 days ago (Tuesday, February 24)
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OK 10 days to see the doc and counting. 
I did design the Snow Dance Cowl and a hat but am now slogging through a summer cardi. Only last night I discovered I was using the wrong gauge so it’s 8-10” too big. I know if I frog it all the way back I might not finish it since its done in fingering yarn on US4’s. sigh. However maybe I can just frog back to where I separated the sleeves off and not add stitches connecting the front with the back. That would eliminate about 5-6 inches. Might keep me occupied. And this is my design too. I have figured out I am intrinsically incapable of just following a pattern. I make so many changes on the original it becomes a different design by the time I am through.

posted 6 days ago (Tuesday, February 24)
Frogged back 5 inches to the sleeve separation. 
Realized that every other row is purled so I stopped with a purl row, therefore didn’t mess up the lace panels.
Got clever and put it on a towel so when the beads bounced off they were caught in the terrycloth. This should go relatively fast as I got rid of 28 stitches which is about 6 out the 10 inches needed. I can live with that as I’ll call it positive ease. Onward. Thank you all for helping. 
I agree about separate sleeves never quite matching. Good idea. Might do mine cuff up 2 at a time and then kitchener them to the sleeve starts.

posted 6 days ago (Wednesday, February 25)
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I did manage to go out to the shop this morning and get orders ready. First time in 6 weeks. Major Progress. 
I am sorely tempted to go sleep in my bed for the first time since last April when stair climbing got awful. I was on the LR couch until the surgery, then on a recliner since. However there is no bathroom up there and I do need to use one a couple times in the night. hmmmnnnnnnn

posted 5 days ago (Wednesday, February 25)
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It’s not the safely I’m concerned about it’s the amount of times in a day. Today is 6 weeks to its a big marker. 
oooh oooh oooh. I just read on p62 of my Hip Book, weeks 6-12 -- 
“Your range of motion precautions for your hip only need to followed for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, we only request that you not put the hip in an extreme position such as trying to put your thigh on your chest.” WOW!!!! So does this mean I can put on my sock without the aid? That I can dry my toes by myself. I think I’ll call to check.

Good thing I called.  No I still have major restrictions for another 6 weeks.  But I am now cleared for driving once I feel comfortable enough.

posted 1 day ago (Sunday, March 1)
Ironically, now that I have had hip surgery I am never to put my knee against my chest again. Lots of other exercises, but not that one among others like jogging and repetitive wt lifting. However my doc said I could go back to kayaking this summer. outta sight! Haven’t been in a kayak in over 2 years and the spreading of the legs to straddle the kayak is allowed by then. hip hip hooray!

posted 1 day ago (Monday, March 2)
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That’s what the doc promised and it’s already coming true. I dyed 2 pans of fiber with no pain while walking. Major change. 
Just walked 0.82 miles on the treadmill in 30 min. I know that’s slow but that’s what I was told to do until I work it up. Eventually the goal is 5 miles. No pain, just tired muscles. What a change!!!!!

Today I walked a half mile on the road.  It has a slight incline coming back so that is good too.  Everyday more progress.  Everyday I realize one more thing I can do without pain.  This is very good.

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