Saturday, April 12, 2014


It could.
Always be worse.
But every so often I have a 'moment'.
A moment where I sob.
I don't get mad at God.
I just feel sorry for myself.
But, only for a moment and then I move on!

I am so blessed.
No matter what physical challenges I face,

And, this week has been challenging.
Let's start with January 13th - right knee replacement.
Because of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
As you age, RA changes.
It becomes degenerative in a horrid way.

On March 21st I had outpatient surgery
to clean up the area around my torn meniscus in my left knee.
RA again.

If you don't know, I've been going to a podiatrist, 
two different ones actually, for about 8 or 9 years
because I snapped the inside tendons on the inside of both feet.
I finally came to my senses after so, so many years of
the wrong treatments prescribed by my podiatrist(s).
I've come to the conclusion, and this is just my thought,
that podiatrists should only be allowed to work on the toe nails
of prisoners on death row. 
Just sayin'.

And, to save you from having to listen to me go on and on,
which I have no desire to do,
let me simply tell you that I made an appointment with
one of the top foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons in Texas.
I met with him this past Tuesday.
After Dr. Castillas looked at the x-rays, MRI and Cat Scan
of my left foot and ankle 
(it's in the biggest mess - right foot and ankle will be next)
A treatment decision was made.

I have surgery this Monday.
It was urgent to have the surgery as soon as possible. 
And, without going into all of the details,
Dr. C. said I would have lost my foot if things continued
the way they were..

So, surgery on my left foot and ankle is this Monday - one more day.
It's a major surgery says Dr. C., but one he's performed regularly.

The recuperation time??
This is the best part, of course!

 I have a trip I've very much looked forward to
with my sorority sisters that is not going to happen for me.
(hoping I can get my airline ticket $$ back)
I have wedding invitations to my son, Blake's, wedding to finish 
and get mailed. And, I have a honkin' reception hall to decorate.
The wedding is July 25th.
Oh, and then I leave for an art retreat (still a couple of seats open:)
in the South of France and then to Germany to see my
"little girl" and her family.

Let's get it done!! Time's wasting and I have things to do!

Please pray for the surgery and for the resulting pain and my recovery.
I do need those prayers.
And, if you want to come and visit I've got some fun
things to make for the wedding reception AND
a great art studio for playing!

 P.S. What would I do without my family? My boys and girls and little girls are great support. 

But, my sister, Joan, is my biggest support. 
 She is my heart.
 And, I couldn't get through this upcoming procedure or any in the past, without the Tank.
He takes amazing care of me.
 My cousin, Melinda, is so caring and loving. She is my rock.

I want to end with thanking you for putting up with me.
You read my sporadic blog posts.
Some of you lurk and some leave comments on Facebook
instead of my post, but you read me and I think you "get" me.
And, I love all of you dearly - lurkers, too. *wink*



Rose Garden Romantic said...

OH dear! That darn rheumatoid arthritis! I could just kick it in the face! I have read so many awful things about it. I think I may have it in early stages myself. I have very painful fingers every single morning. I hope it is something else entirely after doing my research, but I'm afraid it's not. Is your foot problem also caused by the rheumatoid arthritis? I am so sorry you are having to go through all of this pain. I will pray for your RA and for your foot surgery.
You have such a good attitude. I really admire that!
Michelle xoxo

Robin said...

Oh Jan, my thoughts and prayers will be with you during your upcoming surgery and recovery. I am so glad that you were able to see a great Doc who is going to fix you up and get you ready for all that life has coming your way! I'm sure you will be dancing....or at least moving freely in the near future.

Big Hugs,


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