Saturday, August 30, 2014

My Journey Through a Knee Replacement Update

Update on my NEW knee!

My surgery time was changed because the insurance company approved using the navigational laser at the last minute. So glad they did because I know it helped out my wonderful surgeon! The hardest part at the hospital was when they did the spinal block so that I wouldn't feel anything from my waist down.  My sons were waiting to be able to see me and never got to. That also was the longest part of my being in the recovery room. I couldn't feel anything and it is so weird when your brain is telling a part of your body to move and it doesn't move. I was in recovery for many hours waiting on the block to go away so they could put me in a room. The physical therapist came in the next day and I walked down the hall about 50% of the way and was rolled down the rest.  I walked into the PT room and saw the steps. YIKES!  The good news is that I did 20 steps. I have 14 at my house that I had to climb and it was not as hard as I thought it would be. What I learned is that you do not get rest in a hospital. I had someone coming into my room like every 30 minutes or every hour.  I couldn't get any sleep. Before I left I had to sit and wait on the walker and 3 in 1 commode to be delivered to my room.  The journey home was wonderful and just knowing that my bed was waiting on me to get some sleep. I slept most of the night and only woke up take pain medicines.  This morning when I woke up I realized that what I normally do was quickly going to be rearranged.  Now I just need to sit and read the mounds of paperwork to see what my life is going to become during the day time besides using my CPM machine. My son just brought me some watermelon and I can't tell you how yummy it is! Got to run and eat this yummy stuff and take some pain medications.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Journey Through a Knee Replacement!!!

I haven't written a post in quite a few weeks and there is a good reason why.  I have been consumed with getting my classroom ready for school. I have also been busy visiting the cardiologist, primary care physician, and dentist to get clearance for my total knee replacement.  I have suffered with this knee for over two years now and I didn't realize how much this knee pain was impacting my social and emotional health.  As I think back on last Christmas I remember my granddaughter asking me to come into her room to play with her dolls.  I couldn't get over the safety gate that was in her door and it wasn't one you could just open and go through.  It impacts me more today then it did then, or at least it feels that way.  It has been such a slow reduction in my quality of life and I had given up all social events or challenges.  Hey, if the Dollar Tree is a challenge then you know you are in trouble, right?  

Okay, so tomorrow I am having my bad knee removed (may it rest in peace) and having my new, good knee put in.  I am hoping and praying that all goes well.  This may sound strange, but I am so glad that this is happening tomorrow.  It is such a relief at this point because I have been in so much pain.  I didn't talk about how much pain I was in at school but it you watched me getting up, walking or sitting down, you knew.  I know this isn't teacher/education related but teachers are real people too and this is REAL! 

A lot of preparation has gone into this since July and I am ready.  My continuous passive motion machine (CPM) was delivered today and set up to meet my needs.  I got to try it on for size to see how it would feel once I get home.  If you don't know what a CPM is just google it or look it up on YouTube and there are plenty of videos to watch.  So tomorrow is "day one" of my journey to healing and I am looking forward to blogging about so that I can help others that may be going through the same thing.  The tough part was leaving my classroom of 21 first graders behind for a few months while I go through rehabilitation.  My prayers were answered and the teacher that I was hoping could do the job is doing it and I am at peace!  I am closing with a scripture that I have clung to for years: Psalm 56:3 "what time I am afraid, I will trust in thee".                 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back To School Curriculum Blowout Sale!

I am so excited to announce that is bringing back their HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From August 13 - 15, they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year!
Take a peak into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

Preschool - Kinder Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 72% OFF


Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 75% OFF


K-2 The Write Stuff ELA Bundle - 68% OFF


First Grade Literacy Bundle - 74% OFF


School Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 2-3) - 74% OFF


Poetry Curriculum & Activities Bundle (Grades 2-6) - 75% OFF


Tricky Math Curriculum Bundle (Grades 3-5) - 69% OFF


Complete Full-Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 6-8) - 77% OFF6-8

Management, Decor & Organization Bundle - 76% OFF


Don't Miss It!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back to School Sale with TpT!!!

                This is the *BIGGEST* sale of the year!!

Stock up on all the teaching resources and lesson plans that you need for the whole year! 

Don't forget to enter the promo code BTS14 when you make your purchases!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Firstie Friends Giveaway!!!

Hello friends! 

Are you ready for a HUGE giveaway? 

I have gathered together with some AMAZING teacher bloggers and we have put together a fantastic set of prizes for you. We have 42 bloggers participating, so we are giving away a prize pack of 14 products each to 3 winners! :) 

You can enter on the Firstie Friends Facebook Page, and you can earn a LOT of entries. Go to the tabs under the header picture and click the tab that says "Giveaway". The giveaway will end on Monday, August 4th at 8pm CST. 

At the bottom of this post you will also find links to ALL of my Firstie Friends' stores! :)


Thank you so much for reading! Good luck in the giveaway!