Our son, Matt, and his wife, Sarah, have blessed us with our first granddaughter! Sophie is absolutely beautiful and has a FULL head of dark hair. She has far more hair than her dad…and we are never letting him live that one down. 😉
Is it just me or does this newborn look like a toddler? And, look how early she’s smiling!! 🙂
And, now that I’m allowed to share the news, our daughter is expecting another baby in June! We have so much to be thankful for this year!
In not-fun news department, “Pancake,” as I am (not so) affectionately calling the HUGE lump in my leg seems to be shrinking, albeit ever so slowly. The swelling around it comes and goes but the blood clot itself (now about the size of a deflated tennis ball) hasn’t grown since the internal bleeding stopped right after the accident. If I’m up for more than 10 or 15 minutes at a time, the swelling starts again (and that hurts like a you-know-what) so I’m pretty much still bedridden at this point.
Since the swelling can make it look deceptively large on any given day, I’m measuring it every three days (in the morning, when the swelling isn’t bad) to ensure the clot itself is indeed getting smaller. On Monday, it was 4 inches x 4 inches exactly. This morning, it was 3 3/4 inches x 4 inches so Pancake is making progress!
My sprained shoulder gets worse after a bad night’s sleep. If I lay on it funny, it will hurt the entire next day. I’ve had issued with that shoulder for three years and I know it will take months to get better but I can live with that because it doesn’t keep me in bed. I will NOT have surgery. Period. I feel like I’m becoming a chronic whiner and I’m trying to get that under control, much to the relief of family members, friends, and employees. 😉
Yesterday, a plane crashed right next to the marina! It was only about 100 yards from our dock. All on board survived. Only one had to go to the hospital. This is the second “oh cr*p, we overshot the runway” crash here in the past six months. It’s a small airport and I love watching the planes take off and land. The noise doesn’t bother me at all because they’re mostly small planes. Military Blackhawks and Coast Guard helicopters do touch ‘n go exercises here on a regular basis. That can get VERY loud and our dog, Coco, does NOT like the Blackhawks. She gets very anxious when they are doing their maneuvers, and will even refuse to potty in the marina park when that racket is going on.
I did almost all of my Christmas shopping on Monday, right here from my comfy bed on board No Tan Lines. I just have a couple more things to pick out but I want to take my time with those because they’re baby presents. That’s my favorite kind of shopping! 🙂
When an E.R. Doc Treats You Like a Junkie (and an updated pic of my deformed leg!)
STILL GROTESQUELY SWOLLEN but the Doc Says I’m Not Gonna Die! (Includes a new photo!)
LOOK! I HAVE 2 KNEES ON ONE LEG!! My First Major Liveaboard Accident… (includes grotesque pics!)
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I thought for a number of years that I had injured my right shoulder. The pain was at first annoying, but as time went on it increased exponentially. I went to specialists and therapists I even had acupuncture. Nothing worked. I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel, and received therapy, which did not work.
Gradually I began to lose control of my right hand, and then my left shoulder and arm began to hurt so badly I could not sleep more that a couple of hours at night. Finally my family doctor sent me to have an MRI, thinking I might have had a torn rotator cuff.
It was not my shoulder that was causing the problems, but bone spurs in my neck were pressing upon my sciatic nerves, that controlled my arms and hands, so badly, I needed immediate surgery.
I had two discs replaced with artificial discs made from silicone, (then an experimental procedure that saved me from having to have my neck fused). The surgery lasted six hours, but the pain was immediately gone afterward. I was out of the hospital the next day. I walked out without having to have any assistance. Three days later I went on a three mile hike, totally without pain.
Angela, do not assume your shoulder pain is from a shoulder injury. It could be spinal.
What a nightmare!! 🙁
My shoulder gets better if I don’t use it for several weeks. It will get completely better, with no pain at all…until I have a clumsy accident. 😉
She is divine! And what a fabulous head of hair! Now you have even more motivation (not that you need it) to get that leg and shoulder healed so you can do all that fun grandma stuff. Measuring the clot every 3 days? Heck, I’d be measuring it every day and probably twice a day. So I get it. Cheers!
are you sure that shoulder is really a sprain and not a torn rotator cuff?
I do not know for sure but I have had issues with this shoulder for three years and I know that if I rest is long enough, it gets better. I refuse to have surgery on it.
Oh my gosh the munchkin looks like she is three months old or more. Okay. At this rate she will be walking in a month, running in five weeks, and telling the grownups off a week after that. Keep us posted.
Angela stop measuring your clot, you are gonna drive yourself nertz. Relax and do exactly what the doctor says and take this oppourtunity to rest, relax, drink that cocoa (did you find any Hershey natural?), and find out whether you are supposed to raise that leg (no pillow under the knee to block the artery). Read. Lots.
I have to measure it because, if it is not dissolving naturally, they need to slice me open and remove it. I do NOT want that but I also don’t want to have a deformed leg for the rest of my life. 😉