We had a long stretch of nice weather so Steve has been busy working on the trailer...starting by washing it and then de-oxidizing and finally waxing. Definitely a big job...in addition to taking care of me. He has been a busy boy!
Wednesday (Oct. 30) was an exciting day for me! I got to get out of the trailer! With my post-op appointment with my surgeon at 9:00 in Victoria, we were on our way about 8:15. We met with Julie first...she is what they call a "navigator", basically a liaison between you and the surgeon. She removed the dressing revealing a lovely incision about 5 inches down the middle of my knee. What was left were a number of steri-strips covering the stitches...apparently the strips will come off by themselves and the stitches will eventually dissolve. I can shower and get it wet...just don't scrub...duh! LOL
The doctor was happy with how my knee looked, gave me a prescription for more painkillers and wants to see me in 3 weeks for a final appointment at which time x-rays will also be taken. So far so good...now it was time to go over to the physio department. All went well there too...the range of motion in my knee is great! I bent it 105 degrees this time and was able to fully straighten it...exactly what they wanted. I started exercising on the recumbent bike, he gave me a bunch more exercises...and I graduated to the use of a cane! He cautioned not to totally give up the walker yet...to start using the cane slowly or else my knee will let me know!
Sunday (Nov. 2) morning Angie and the boys dropped by for a visit. Rob is having to work the weekend again...poor guy! Grampa took Conner and Bryce for a walk, leaving Angie and I to have a nice visit. Fun time with Grampa...
The most trouble I have had with this knee replacement, aside from the obvious pain, is the side effects of the pain meds...but that too will subside as each day passes!
Friday (Nov. 8) was the first day I really felt "human"...I think being off the painkiller meds is good. The side effects and withdrawal off of them has been brutal. All I am taking now is extra strength Tylenol.
We had a beautiful sunrise this morning....
I spent a couple of hours on the laptop working on this blog update and then refreshing myself on everything that needs to be done before we head south. Around noon, I decided to go into Sidney and run a few errands. Since I had been off the heavy-duty pain meds for a few days, I was able to drive...so off I went! It felt good to be back to some resemblance of my "normal" self!
I was only gone just over an hour...as it became obvious to me that it had been awhile since I had been out and about and I didn't want to overdo it! As soon as I got home, it was back icing on the cryotherapy machine right away.
Saturday (Nov. 9), as predicted, was a socked-in, dreary rainy day. No major downpours but more of a heavy mist for most of the day. After all of the work Steve has been doing on the trailer, he enjoyed a well deserved 'down day' today.
Just after 5:00 we headed out into the dark wet evening...it gets so dark, so early now! Dwight and Helen (my brother and sister-in-law) had invited us over for dinner. We had a delicious dinner and a wonderful visit with them...
Steve loaded the bags of laundry into the car and then got to work while I headed over to the house to take advantage of Rob and Angie's laundry facilities. And that's where I spent my afternoon...until I picked Steve up to bring him back to the house. We ordered in pizza for dinner and Angie made a huge salad. Bryce didn't make dinner, though...falling asleep on Grampa's lap. Too cute!
REMEMBERING THOSE THAT SERVED AND MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
We are in this photo that was posted on the Juno Beach Centre website...
Such an amazing experience to have been there and take part in the ceremony! It you missed , or would like to re-read our blog about our trip in 2016, click here.
Steve continued work on the trailer. Almost done...just the back corner and above the slide rooms left for another day. What takes so long is our decals are shot and the colour on the blue ones will run if you get wax on them so he has to carefully trace around all the decals by hand then use the buffer. Also the buffer doesn't get into the trim edges or anything else that protrudes so it has to be done by hand too. 12 days of washing, de-oxidizing and waxing!
As predicted, we woke Tuesday (Nov. 12) morning to rain...a down day for Steve, so I don't think he was too disappointed. He's almost finished though, thank goodness.
I left him watching "his" shows on the TV and headed into town for a little shopping. I was only gone a couple of hours, though...don't want to overdo it!
And that brings us up-to-date for now! Just another couple of weeks and if all goes as planned, we will be hitching up and leaving Vancouver Island. We definitely have "hitch-itch" and are ready to hit the road!