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North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee January 30th 2021

I promised you the photo of my knee innards....and now I’m coming through with my promise. My physician assistant, Christa, took this photo for me. Thank you, Christa, you did a fine job. This is a photo of my 2nd total knee replacement: the right knee this time. The bone you are looking at is my femur. The solid yellow area is cartilage (you want to have that there) ....the rough looking area is where I was walking bone on bone....OOWW! I told you it hurt! Folks called me Hobbling Hilda. I’m so glad I had this done and it’s behind me now. And I’m glad I only have two knees! Enough is enough. Thank you for supporting me through this last surgery. It truly made a good difference. My nurses, Cory and Lulu, have had ... read more
Comparison: left knee...right knee innards
X-rays of my right knee replacement
Bone spur (top right)....3rd photo: gone!

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee January 14th 2021

Yippee! Monday, January 11th arrived quicker than we planned. All of a sudden, it was here! We arrived at the Celebration (Advent Health) Hospital 10 minutes before 5:00 AM. It was chilly here in balmy Florida but I was told to wear shorts! Brrrrrrrrrrrr. They would not open the front door until exactly five o’clock. Brrrrrrrrrrr. Finally, we were allowed in and followed the same route we had tread on October 26th. Less crowded because we were so early. Whoa.....new routine: had to go back down to the registration desk on the first floor to pick up my paperwork. I had pre-registered but they couldn’t use the one on their computer .....had to get the hard copy. Owwww. Walking on my right knee hurts but that will soon be taken care of....that’s why I am here: ... read more
Freezing waiting to go inside the hospital
Same path taken
My note for my doctor on my foot

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee January 9th 2021

We are in countdown mode right now. 35 hours before my upcoming surgery for a total right knee replacement......HOPEFULLY. I say “hopefully” because the rise in Covid cases has caused some hospitals here to cancel elective surgeries (I’m elective). So far, I’m still a go.....I have been told to arrive at the Celebration hospital at 5:00 AM for surgery at 11:00 AM this Monday, January 11th. I’m ready! I better go to bed at 5:00 PM on Sunday so I’m not catatonic on Monday. I’m not an early morning person. We are fully aware and prepared for what’s to come. If it goes as well as last time, it will be a snap. I watched the operative procedure on You-Tube. Yowee, thank God, I’m unconscious. I don’t deal well with pain! I think I have prepared ... read more
Dezerland Mall
Going to the movies
Enjoying the lounges at the movies

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee January 1st 2021

Here we are....fresh into a brand new year. We wish you all a healthy and happy year....and one with many good stories to tell. We stayed pretty busy between Christmas and New Year’s. The park had a Christmas Eve golf cart parade. Many of us decorated our golf carts and drove together throughout the park. The person leading our parade must have thought we were at the Daytona Speedway. We tried keeping up but we were bouncing around and doing our best just to hold on. We sped past some of the areas as a blur at 100 mph I’m positive. Finally, Cory just stopped trying to keep up as I bellowed to slow down in my merry and festive voice. Lulu was frozen in fear and she’s a daring soul...remember? This was our first Christmas ... read more
Christmas Eve Golf Cart Parade
Dining at the Trough...where are the people?
Tables galore

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee December 21st 2020

Ho-Ho-Ho. Where’s the snow? Our family in the North can respond to that....they have it! Our daughter, Kim got stuck in it with 40” of snow in Binghamton, NY. This is our first Christmas in Florida and away from our family. Sniffle, Sniff! We are going to miss them so many times over than missing any snow. Because of my on-going physical therapy, it was not in the cards for us to return “home”. Christmas Day will be so different for us. No family, no snow, no cooking (goody). The highlight of this celebratory day will be dining out at the Golden Corral (aka: the Trough) It’s the only restaurant open and I’m taking full advantage of not cooking. A Christmas present I will enjoy. 🎼🎼 We wish you a merry Christmas We wish you a ... read more
Figgy Pudding
Thanksgiving
Earl of Sandwich

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee November 21st 2020

Things are a’changin! All for the better. Yahooooo. I finally went to my first post-op visit for my new knee. It went just fine. They X-rayed my knee with its new device inside of it. Snappy...huh? The little, dark, oval piece you can see close to the artificial knee is my original kneecap (patella). I thought they would replace that but no....only if it had been highly diseased....mine was good....they did shave off the backside of it and put a button in the center. Hope I don’t lose my button! Button, Button..where’s the button? The pretty blue device is an example of what is inside my knee. The blue represents my bone. Our son, Tim, said it looks like a dust-buster! Haha. If I could kneel, maybe I could suck up the grime on our floor. ... read more
X-ray of my knee and new device
Display model of what the device looks like
Christa & X-ray Tech holding my new shirt

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee November 4th 2020

Took longer than I thought to complete this medical blob.....haha....”blob”....of course, I meant blog. Senior moment or poor typing. Let’s go with the latter. Beside being in my recovery and recuperation mode, we have had other activity going on. Onward and upward we go. Each morning, I go outside to sit and visit with our friends. It’s so great having them around....as we have said before and Art reminds us “we are all family”. Our family really became complete when Sam & Sandy returned to their site next to us. Hooray! So good to see them and resume our lives where we left off several months ago. The day after I returned from the hospital, a sales rep showed up with a device called Kneehab. It was an electrical stimulator to wake up my thigh muscles.......wow!....they ... read more
Our wonderful friends
Sam the Cannon Man is back
Wonderful Friends

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee October 30th 2020

Here I am....back with all of you and showing off my new knee. Hip-Hip- Hooray or maybe Knee-Knee- Yippee! Everything went very well and I have been riding along on my recovery road with no problems. It all went better than even I thought it would.....I have not let out a blood curdling scream even once. Who would have guessed? That is the truth. Amazing......I have to admit I have little to no discomfort. Did the doctor do a lobotomy on me?? I don’t know.....I’m not fussing about anything. He must have done something cause this is too good to be true. If I slur my words or mumble a lot, you will know I did have a lobotomy. I promised you that this blog installment would take you through it all, right along with me. ... read more
Checking into surgical waiting room
My buzzer, waiting area and time before I went back
Through the surgical doors and in prep area

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee October 24th 2020

Tropical Palms is showing an exciting change everyday. As the leaves change color and tumble to the ground up North, the sun shines brighter down here in the South each time another friend arrives on scene for their winter respite. The flight of the snowbirds has begun. The count is going up daily. More and more of our friends will land safely here in their sanctuaries as the days grow shorter. Hip-Hip-Hooray! It is wonderful to see each one of them once again. We all spent our summers on different journeys. Now we can spend time together having fun and making new memories once again. Oh, by the way......Remember Daylight Savings Time is next weekend. Cory and I made our way over to several of our favorite places. Bar Harbor was first on the list. One ... read more
Walt, Art, Diane, Lulu, Me & Ray
Walt, Art, Diane, Karen, Lulu, Cory & Ray
Walt, Art, Diane, Theresa, Cory, Lee & Lulu

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee October 15th 2020

Sometimes an event doesn’t have to be earth shattering to be part of my blog material. I know you realize that I strive to come up with items that will knock your socks off. But that doesn’t have to be 100% of the time...sometimes we can just go barefoot. So, sit back and relax....this blog is just a feel good one. Nothing that’s going to get you all hyped up. But it might.....one never knows how another will react to a life’s event. We did get pretty excited and hyped up the other day when our golf cart finally arrived. Lulu was beyond exhilaration. She grabbed her pumpkin and took off on the golf cart. Too early for Trick or Treat, Lu! She doesn’t care.....she’ll ride forever just hoping for any handout. What a leech she ... read more
Lulu on our golf cart- Walt & Sonny’s golf carts
Cory on Walt & Diane’s golf cart...looking for them
Sonny & Cory - the chit and the drink




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