Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fall 2015

In April, my life changed forever.  Due to severe osteoporosis, I had to have back surgery. I had three fractures in my back. The fractures were filled with cement, called Kyphoplasty  I have three new fractures but have chosen not to have them filled with cement since the Kyphoplasty caused so much pain.  I'm on a lot of pain medicine and probably will be for the foreseeable future.  

Unfortunately, the pain medicine causes me to get tired very easily.  I will be on a walker from now on, so that I don't have a fall and get more fractures.  Because of the back surgery, I can't bend, lift, or twist my body so my wonderful husband, Max, has to help me get dressed each morning, walk up and down the steps with me, and help me get undressed when I go to bed. I do have some adaptive equipment to get dressed, but it takes a long time and often we are on a schedule.

I really appreciate all of the cards, emails, phone calls, and little gifts that people have sent me. Since I often feel down, all of these seem to come at just the right time when I need a little "lift". A lot of my time is spent doing exercises and walking (with my walker) so that I can gain more strength. So, if I haven't thanked you, please know that each of you has touched my life in a wonderful way.

We are not able to babysit our grandson anymore, but his daddy brings him over for an hour or so every weekend.  Last weekend he brought this pretty flower for "MomMom":

I try to do something each day brings me pleasure, such as knitting, reading, or taking pictures of our beautiful autumn leaves.  

I read both "real books" and e-books on my Kindle.  I get a list of free Kindle books  to download every day at this website:

Speaking of "free", here's a photo of a pattern that I designed I would like to share with you:

I named it Fabio Neck Snuggle. It's made with bulky yarn and works up very quickly.

You can download the pattern at:

My kitty Izzie has been a real comfort. She loves to cuddle and gives me lots of "purr therapy".   Here's a picture of her doing her favorite thing: watching the autumn leaves fall coming down!

Dear friends and family,

Have you had any life-changing events?

And what are some of your favorite things to do?

You can let me know by emailing me at:

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  1. Been feeling the gap, worrying about your health as not heard from you in so long, so glad to receive this as it tells me your Spirit is as alive and strong as ever. Blessed Max! Wish I could knit, lovely designs. Love from BCC, best companion club of Bethesda, MD. Love, g

  2. I hope things get better there (glad you have some 'purr therapy') :)