Finally I was able to go for the first of my second set of three knee injections. I let it go way, way too long before I called the doctor about needing them. I should have called in April since I was eligible for another round in May. BUT I also found out today that when they do begin to wear off, I can call for an appointment and they will give me cortisone in between. She said she has no problems with helping keep the pain at bay but that I will definitely need knee replacement. And...knee number two is beginning to give me problems. Not bad yet. Bearable. But I know how this starts.
I'm ever so thankful for the pool. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow being a warmer day. We're planning the day to be in the pool. I know this shot will help me, but it takes a while. It can even take until after the third one before you really see improvement. In the meantime, the pool. We'll be spending the day in and out of the water. Well after lunchtime. And I'll take a break to make supper. But...the pool. Yep. I did the math and 106 times around it is a mile. If I swim it, if I walk it, it's a mile. I'm working up to that.
Summer is the time when
one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes,
and the right kind of day
is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.
A few of those days
and you can become drunk with the belief
that all's right with the world.
~~Ada Louise Huxtable
We're into the swing of the season for sure around here and I'm beginning to like this season. Kennedy is with us for the summer and her zoo days have begun. Today was her first day and she's in a super mood tonight. She did volunteer throughout the whole year, but in the summer, she's back with more of the kids. Not everyone does the whole year. And she's already been invited to a party! Our little social butterfly. :-)
We have our zoo passes too, so once this knee gets some relief, we'll be spending time there too. I'd really like to make it to the Cleveland zoo this year. I haven't been there since Kris, our oldest, who is going to be 39 this year, was in a stroller! That's a long time! I think it's time to visit and see just how much the place has changed! And with the reciprocal part of the pass, we can visit so many other zoos for free or at least half price. Many are close. Our family loves animals and our kids were raised going to the zoo often. We had membership at the San Antonio zoo all the years we were there.
I'm getting back into the swing of meals too. I'm trying hard to do more regular times and for sure three meals a day. Getting nearer (I hope) to my bariatric surgery, this is necessary. I'll have to become a little regimented I think once I have the surgery. Meals won't be the same of course, but following a plan...schedule of sorts...is something I need to get used to doing again. When the kids were growing up, it was easy. I was so much into making sure they got their three meals and their food groups, I planned meals and shopping trips. I couponed and refunded too. Oh life was so different before I was humbled and slowed with physical woes.
I remember I would get up and get the kids off to school and then have the house spit spot by 10AM. I then had time to do so much. I did lots of crafts. I visited friends. I was always on the go. Now, eh. Doesn't happen. I can't. So I do what I can when I can if I can. If friends and family don't like it, I'll gladly share my dust rag and sweeper so they can pitch in and help. lol
Fatherhood is pretending
the present you love most
It's getting close to Father's Day. I'm trying hard to not get all sad and lonely missing my dad. Instead, this year, I'd like to honor him by having a big BBQ for my hubby and boys. All our kids are coming at least for a little bit I hope. We're having brisket in the smoker for sure and the rest of the menu is in the process of being planned. I have a few things I know Papa likes that I'd like to include plus things that the boys like. I just don't know if I can do it all. Some things I'll do Saturday, but it won't be easy. We do have Emmi on Saturday. Mommy and Daddy are "going fancy" for Mommy's end of the residency year dinner. I love that. Going fancy. When they want to go out to a place little ones can't go, they're going fancy. She understands that and accepts it. lol
Don't be afraid to try those packets of dried soup beginnings. I don't have a clue what the brand was, but I got one for minestrone at the R Store (local grocery outlet) one day. I made it today and it was super! I added meatballs and it called for a can of diced tomatoes. Seven cups of water, the packet, those two ingredients and twenty minutes later we had an awesome lunch today. Loved it.
I'm getting back into the swing of my food diary too. Ugh. When I first started that, a requirement for the surgery, it was no problem. And then time wore on, and the game of it wore off. Now it's just a pain in the batoot to do! I have to though. It makes me aware of what I'm eating. Like today, I realized that four small meatballs and a meat patty were not the required 60+ grams of protein. Soooo I added a big ol' glass of milk. Couldn't stomach much else. I got plenty of liquid. I need more than 64oz. a day. Not a problem for this gal who has a big ol' mug attached to her all day long. It's filled with water and I drink at least that plus generally a bottle of G2 and some skim milk. Plenty. And when we're on the go, I drink water in the car too. 20oz. or more. I'm trying. Just lost the umph when the knee got so bad. It's hard to concentrate when you're in horrible pain.
Well enough for tonight. I'll be back when I can be. I wish I could make this part of my routine too. I miss it. One thing at a time and hopefully like will get back to a regular roar. :-)
Hugs to all....