October Crazy-Hip Replacement

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October has started with more than the usual amount of crazy that goes on in our lives. BJ is scheduled for hip replacement October 14 and is counting down. He is in pain, lurching around and very unhappy at being sidelined. The good news is that the doctor said that his recovery won't be near what it was for knee and shoulder replacement. That is good news, he will be able to get back in the swing of things sooner.

I had 45 Cornish Cross chickens, 15 were two weeks older. Slaughter date was NOW for the older CCX. I had 7 old laying hens to slaughter to make way for the 9 new pullets. So I called Neighbor Ron, offered him the laying hens for the freezer if he would come help slaughter them. He was happy to do so and we got them on their way to freezer camp at his house. I had given him 5 of the Cornish Cross chicks to raise and promised to help him slaughter them, so we did them next. I did this to teach him how to raise his own meat, he and his wife are both on disability.

I had also promised Neighbor Russell 10 CCX in trade for him keeping and feeding the steer we bought from him until the pigs went to slaughter. So Ron said he would help slaughter 5 of those too. We got'er done! I had 5 to do for Neighbor Robert and still 5 to do for Russell. When Robert was supposed to come over to help butcher his, workmen showed up to do a job he had waited for weeks to get done, so BJ and I did it, plus 1 more of Russell's. Then yesterday we did the last 4 of Russell's and got them delivered to their freezer. Somewhere in the middle of all that, I picked 280 jalapenos from 6 plants. My pig customer wanted canned jalapeno slices plus 5 dozen fresh for poppers, so I canned 7 quarts of jalapeno slices and picked out 6 dozen for poppers, delivered the same day. Plus I did 4 loads of laundry, I was on a roll. BJ asked where I was getting all that energy and I told him I thought I was just so happy it wasn't slaughtering chickens! Whew! I can take a breather now.

October 7, BJ goes for pre-registration, then a lunch that they provide, followed by a class on joint replacement. That sounds like an all day long appointment.

October 9, we meet DD halfway to pick up the 3 grand daughters, then meet again October 12 to return them. BJ gets a day to recover before going to surgery. Doctor says that he will be up and on his feet just hours after surgery and can go home the next day.

About the time he goes to surgery is when I need to butcher the remaining CCX. I may be a week or two late on that.......

Yesterday, I caught Sheba and Sentry chasing and mauling the 9 pullets. I got to them before they killed any, but 2 of the pullets were laying still in shock. I held them and revived the poor things. In the meantime, I locked Sheba and Sentry in the coop and the wrath of Hades descended upon them. I rolled up a paper feed sack and beat the crap out of both of them. Between my screaming, cussing and more screaming and their yelping like I poured hot boiling oil over them, we made quite a noise. I locked them both in a small pen after that and fed them there too. They usually come in the house every evening to eat, their privileges have been revoked. They are on lockdown and will attend the Class Of Non-Chicken Chasing until I am satisfied they have learned better and mended their evil ways.

We went through a pack upheaval several months ago, the recipients of all that was the guineas. The dogs whittled them down to 1, plus Robert's that flew over here to escape a snake. Boy, that was a dumb move! I never could catch the dogs killing the guineas, I did catch then chasing a few times and all were soundly scolded. Well THAT didn't do any good. Sentry was always curiously absent when I found yet another dead guinea. Sneaky little bastard. Sheba would chase and was a clueless dummy when scolded. So yesterday, catching them both in the act was a good thing. I did catch Trip with 2 in the same day and went ballistic on him, like I never have. He spent 3 weeks locked up in the back yard and came out, deciding killing guineas wasn't so much fun after all.

Sentry is the little kid that convinces all the other neighbor kids to throw eggs at cars, then hightails it home before the cops show up, leaving his cohorts in crime to take the heat. Catching him yesterday was vastly satisfying. Haha, gotcha' NOW!

I need to get outside, do chores, and turn the sheep in the garden for fall clean up.
 

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BJ’s surgery went great, doctor said he’s going to need the other hip done too. He is in recovery now, the nurse will call me in about an hour. In the meantime I’ll practice my social distancing. Waiting rooms are bad enough, but with everyone all spaced out, heck, can’t even strike up a conversation with an equally bored person. Everybody is staring at their phones. Found a wall outlet, guess I’ll stare at my phone too. LOL LOL
 

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I've made the decision to have my knee surgery next fall. I want his doctor to do the surgery and he retires in 4 years. That gives me a year to do my usual feeder pigs, Dirty Birdies, garden, no steer next year, wind things down and only have horses, dogs, sheep and layer hens for BJ to have to deal with. I'll time ewes breeding so that they are bred and will lamb when I'm recovered. Physical therapy, then I'll be back on full blast, no bad knee to slow me down.
 

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We got home this evening at 5:30 from meeting DD and her husband to return their children to them. We had so much fun with them this weekend!

We made hand pies! I traced the 5 year olds hand on paper. I cut it out and we had a pattern. We rolled out pie crust dough and cut out hands. We put hands on a cookie sheet and put a spoon full of raspberry jam in the palm, then topped with another hand. We squeezed red food coloring on a small blob of dough, mashing it up to mix it up good. Then we made fingernails!


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We made some dough squares, filled with raspberry jam, just because it was soooooo much easier. LOL then we rolled out more dough, the girls brushed it with melted butter, then sprinkled cinnamon sugar on it. We rolled it up and they cut it in slices. Yummy!


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Their teacher at the day care they used to go to is pregnant and having a baby shower in a couple of weeks. DD ordered a present and the girls and I wrapped it up. Then both of them made her cards, laboriously copying letters to get the words right. How do ya like the fancy wrapping paper?


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The 13 year old spent one night, then left to go stay at friends houses. So the 4 and 5 year old helped me pick out a Giant Pink Banana Squash to make a pumpkin pie.

We cut it in half, then cut the half in half, lengthwise. We scooped out the seeds to a chorus of THAT STINKS.



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Then I had to peel it. I took a half and cut it in slices. A sharp knife soon removed the rind.



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I cut the slices in chunks and put in a pot to simmer.



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The other half I put cut side down in an aluminum pan. I added a little water and covered with foil to hold in the moisture and steam the squash done.



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Then with some expert help, we scooped out the cooked squash.



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Then we measured out a cup of squash and a cup of heavy cream. For the rest we followed Libbey’s pumpkin pie recipe. We poured it into a pie shell, home made pie crust, and baked it. Mmmmm it sure smelled good!

The little girls could hardly wait, but I told them they had to eat supper first. We made pizzas on flour tortillas with my home grown/made pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese. Our son had come in and our hay guy delivered hay, mentioned that his wife was gone, so we invited him to supper. The grown ups got onions and jalapeños added to their pizzas.

Then the PIE!

It was delicious. Best pie ever.



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The only criticism I can offer is that the water added in cooking made the squash purée too goopy. The other half of the squash, I roasted it dry, scooped out the squash and it is in the refrigerator. Haven’t had time to try it. We’ll see how that works and if it is thicker and not goopy.
 

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We are home. They finally let him go a little after 2 PM. We had to go to the pharmacy, then we went to vote. I went in ad told them that my husband just got out of the hospital with a hip replacement, wanted to vote, but couldn't stand in line. So a nice lady brought the voting machine to the car and we both voted. We got home, got BJ inside and I went out to do chores. Came in, cooked supper-REAL food!

Our granddaughters Face-time called us to see their Papaw. The 4 year old told our DD, "I want to see Papaw's hip, I hope it's bloody." :lol: He had to to show them the big long bandaid, but no blood. :D =D

When we pulled up to our gate, Trip, Carson and PARIS ran to greet us. Paris tried to climb in BJ's lap when he opened the car door, she was glad to see him. She had dug a hole under the fence and came out of the side pasture. She had started on a hole under the gate to the horses, going somewhere only she knows. I was VERY glad that Sentry and Sheba were inside Pasture #1 and not out in the yard. Paris would have gone after Sheba and it would not have been good. Dog drama. :th
 

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Unfortunately, I have not found a dr that I "click" with like I did with the ankle dr. The dr that did the knees for my PT's mom is in Maryland and he (pt) is very pleased with her progress. It is only 2-3 hours away so very well within range. I am thinking I am going to call and make an appt and go for a consultation. There are a couple of Drs. here in Va that also do this Maako procedure.... The dr I like will not do both at the same time. One reason is how long you are "under" anesthesia. PT's mom op was 2 1/2 hours for BOTH.... and they "glue the incisions" rather than stitch and he says it makes less of a scar. It took me 5 years and about a dozen different consultations to find the dr at Duke and I am SOOO Glad that I waited and found him. The bad thing is the drs there also do not do both at the same time. I want a once and done thing.... I had NO PAIN from the ankle.... numbness, tingley sensations, but never any what I call pain. Since the knees hurt so much, I thin k I know what pain is.... The ankle was worse pain than the knees although they are reaching the limit now. I might even ask my PT if he would ask his mom if I could meet her and talk to her about it.....
I am also a little concerned about this whole Covid mess and the uptick in cases and what it will mean for rehab. I want to go to a rehab like I did after the ankle for the 20 days or whatever the Medicare & supplement I have allows.... Let them get me up and going like with the ankle, so that when I come home I can manage on my own. It is important to me to have them get me up and going those first few days, help with the pain management, make me do the exercises necessary.... and do the cooking and cleaning.....and help with a shower. By the 2-3 weeks are up that I am allowed, I ought to be to where I can manage the bathroom, the shower, and then things like cooking, and getting around. Plus both the guys at PT have said that they believe that I would greatly benefit from doing both at once and they both think I will get even more ankle movement/flex when the knees don't hurt so much.
So next step is a couple more consultation appts.... try to find a dr that I "click with" that I listen to and feel like he is being straight with me.... and work at building up these knees a bit with this exercycle thing. I do know that I am weaker there than I thought and realize that it is the weight bearing that has made me do even less than I was thinking I was doing.
 

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BJ went to the appointment with the surgeon today. Everything is good, we go back in 6 weeks. He is not using the cane anymore. We had several things to do, when we got home, he was a little tired, but he is doing great.
 

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BJ has been going nuts. Today I had a task that he could help with. There was a rotten post at the Sheep barn that 2 gates latched on to close them. So he removed the staples that fastened the cow panel to it. Without the cow panel to hold it up, the post fell over. I got post hole diggers and dug a hole, dropped the new post in. We put dirt in the hole and a little water. BJ tamped it in.

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We attached the chains for each gate, closed the gates and latched the gates.

Then he helped me with the creep feeder I was building.

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I cut a hole in the front wide enough for the lambs. I caught both of them and pushed them through the hole. They tried to find a way out found the Feed and chowed down.

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The ewes smelled the Feed and tried to get in too. Silly girls!

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BJ was so happy to be back outside working and being useful. We had a good day. BJ is back.
 

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We leave at 2:00 PM to drive to Cisco, TX to meet DD and pick up our granddaughters. That’ll be a 3 hour drive, maybe longer, we have to go through Dallas and Fort Worth. Then come back, should be home around 9-ish tonight. I’ll feed at daylight this morning then before we leave. Mainly concerned about the Cornish Cross, they have to EAT! I was out yesterday morning with s flashlight because we had to be at our appointment so early. Sheba barked at the flashlight, she didn’t like it.

Another crazy day, but so worth it to see our girls!
 

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Yesterday I stripped the bed, washed the mattress covers and bedspread, vacuumed everything, dusted, cleaned, put up all his shoes that he likes to leave in a row along the wall, cleaned the bathroom, shower, scrubbed everything. He will be on a walker, so I have to make sure he has a clear walkway. He has a new Lazy Boy recliner with a handle to operate the footrest because his old recliner had a footrest he had to kick to close. Nothing to eat or drink since midnight. He showered in special soap last night. We are as ready as we can be.

We have to be there at 8:15 this morning, surgery at 10:30. He will spend the night at the hospital and come home tomorrow. Home Health Care will be here Friday, then twice a week for 3 weeks, then outpatient therapy.

I’ll grab a flashlight in a little while and go feed. Then change clothes, grab overnight bag and we’ll go.

Here we go again!
 
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