Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I'm A Free Man! Singing songs of happiness!

Good Afternoon Everybody!

After last night's singing session on Ustream in celebration that the day was at hand to walk again...It has come to pass....  I am able to walk again!  YAHOOOOOOOO!

I think I was singing in the car on the way to work this morning!  Something I have waited for 6 weeks and three days just makes you want to sing.  I asked my friend Mary to take a last snap of me on my now BELOVED and best friend Mr. Trike for documentation purposes.  LOL!


Then I scooted over to the MOB (medical office building) that is attached to the hospital where I work to see Doctor B.  I think a little humming was involved there too!  Next came waiting in the doc's office...That was pure torture as he was running VERY late and I began to think not so positive thoughts like, what if it hasn't healed yet, what if  the jumping up and down on the ladder to change out the front porch light was going to bite me in the tail feathers and I wont be able to walk on it for a few more weeks.  I was getting nervous! 


The nurse called me back and said the glorious words....Take off your boot.  Y'all, I know this doesn't quite send you to the happy place it does me, but any chance I can get to take off my boot, I'm a very very happy man!  The only time my foot sees the light of day is when I wash it in the morning and take it off for a few moments when I get home from work.  Then it's back, strapped in!  I must say that sleeping with this behemoth on has been a challenge and wasn't until a few days ago, that I finally found a great position in which to rest.  Go figure! 

So off it came and an X-Ray taken.  Still swollen where the break occurred but much better.  I found out that it will probably swell for over a year even though it has healed.  Just what the body does....




Doctor B. arrived at the door, greeted me and then asked how it felt.  I honestly said, feels great.  Then the dear doc took his knuckle and knocked really hard on my ankle bone and stood back for a reaction....Like me belting him in the kisser..  I guess he was trying to see if I was telling the truth...LOL! " How does that feel,"  he asked...I said it feels like you are knocking on my ankle but no pain...then he did it on my good ankle...He asked if it felt the same.  Funny it did.  He said good....

This is where the Hallelujah Chorus comes in.....Like some religious miracle worker, he said the words I had been longing to hear...GET UP AND WALK!!!!!  Without my boot I asked...Without your boot, he said.  He also said, like you haven't tried it already!  Smart man me thinks!  So, I took off on my fledgling flight across the room...First pins and needles for a short second, then nothing...a bit of pressure, but no pain....I was walking!  YAHOOOO!  Oh y'all it felt so good!

So, a newer shorter walking boot was issued with directives to walk with it for two weeks and then into an ankle brace with tennis shoes after....So totally thrilled I been singing the whole day long! 
 
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-A-Dee-A

My oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-A-Dee-A

 
Thanks for following this journey with me!  You All Rock!  I'm going to walk to my studio and create!  Can't get any better than that!
 
Jim
The WALKING Gentleman Crafter
 

39 comments:

  1. So pleased for you. I was sitting here grinning as I read. Take care of yourself x

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  2. Congratulations Jim!
    Just take it easy before you go running any marathons eh!

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  3. I can tell that you are relieved - I can almost hear you singing from here (and the UK is a long way away from Texas)!

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  4. Jim, what fabulous news, and i bet you feel terrific....i seriously would have considered giving the doc one in the kisser...but they do weird s_ _ t like that and think it's cool...oh well, the end result is, you get to walk around...yaaaahoooooo! ( in my best texas voice)

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  5. That is wonderful news Jim, I'm happy for you. Make sure to take it easy, no real dancing for awhile. I enjoyed the recording of last night video, loved your singing. My video kind of froze up before you showed the swing, did you finish the project? Take care my friend!

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  6. HOORAY! I am singing with you! I tore a ligament in my ankle about 10 years ago and it took a year to get the full range of motion back. So just take it easy OK? Hugs- Eileen

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  7. And the clouds parted and a chorus of heavenly angels sang....Hallelujia, Hallelujia, Hallelujia, Hallelujia,!!!!! It is a WONDERFUL day indeed!!!

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  8. So, so, so happy for you Jim. Now you can really enjoy NY and Italy. be sure to ask about wearing a stocking on your leg for the flight. for the swelling..;)
    Hugz, Z

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  9. "Plenty of sunshine heading your way.............."

    Mary

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  10. Yeehaw! I'm doing the happy dance with ya!!!!! So happy the ankle has healed so quickly!

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  11. Yay, so excited to hear this wonderful news for you Jim....just dont over do it...Italy here you come!!!!...

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  12. Yay, so excited to hear this wonderful news for you Jim....just dont over do it...Italy here you come!!!!...

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  13. Great Day! Wonderful news and love the way you narrated the event. hehehee

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  14. I'm very very happy for you! I am a crafter Italian and I hope that your creative journey in Tuscany is really wonderful! I would love get to know you, Tim, Anita and all the creative travelers who will be with you! Can I come to greet you??? BArbarayaya

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  15. That sound you hear is me clapping from across the Gulf of Mexico! Just take. it. easy. breezy. As my dear dad used to say.

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  16. Jim, I'm so happy for you. Congratulations.

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  17. Congratulations! So happy for you! :)

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  18. Congrats!!! You're too funny! Maybe your Doc reads your blog, and is up to date with your....shenanigans?? perhaps?? ;) So happy for you!! Now, please be careful!
    I can imagine how it feels to have that blasted cast off...my son wears a brace for 23 hours a day...he's not amused by it either. !

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  19. Congratulations! I am so happy for you! This has been a long journey and it warms my heart to see how far you have come through all the trials of not being able to walk on your own "Two" feet. Looking forward to the day we see your photo with nothing but your socks and shoes on your feet. Enjoy the freedom and on to crafting and showing us what you will do with all that brainstorming while you were incapacitated. BTW that smile on your face says it all.

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  20. "He also said, like you haven't tried it already! Smart man me thinks!" Shaking my finger at you Jim. hahaha I am happy that everything is healing with no problems. Travel plans here you come, start making those lists.

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  21. CongrAts, so happy for you! it has been a long journey and now you are all healed up, cheers

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  22. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Watch out Italy! ( Zandra is right _ wear a sock on the plane and get up and walk often. My husband has had dvts)
    Hugs
    Mo(Mori49)

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  23. Praise the Lord and do the Dance of Joy!

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  24. Congratulations! I so know how you feel. After getting both knees replaced this summer, I celebrate everytime I walk across the room, no longer wincing in pain.
    Now, be careful. You don't want to do it again.
    Dixie

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  25. Congratulations! I so know how you feel. After getting both knees replaced this summer, I celebrate everytime I walk across the room, no longer wincing in pain.
    Now, be careful. You don't want to do it again.
    Dixie

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  26. ..Jimbo -- thrilled that your lil scooter is behind you.. and now you can feel more like your-self! Enjoy your new creativity.. and make sure you come back from your trip with some too. .. LOL Have the BEST of
    time.. let your journey surround you with FUN..

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  27. ..Jimbo -- thrilled that your lil scooter is behind you.. and now you can feel more like your-self! Enjoy your new creativity.. and make sure you come back from your trip with some too. .. LOL Have the BEST of
    time.. let your journey surround you with FUN..

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  28. Beside myself with joy for you!! Great news and glad to see you are mending so well. Now for the nurse in me. Go to Walmart or other drugstore and buy 2 Futuro Compression stockings, with the toe and heel out. They look like they are made of ace bandage and there is only one per package. Get one in Medium and one in Large. Go home and try them on the "bad" leg. You want it to feel snug but not to cut off circulation. One of those should fit you. Once you know which one fits, try them on the other leg too. Decide which one fits the best. You will want to wear the compression stocking after you remove your boot and overnight, it will help with swelling until that part of your leg gets back to normal. THEN, when you go on your trip, wear one on each leg while on the plane. This is especially important for the "bad" leg as you are at higher risk for blood clots in your leg when flying if there is a circulation problem. Once you are out of the boot and brace for good you may still feel like you need to wear the compression stocking on the "bad" leg for a while and that's okay. My brother wore his for a while and his surgery was almost a year ago and still needed the compression stocking for a plane trip we took a few weeks ago. Better safe than sorry! Love you and don't want to see anything bad happen to you. If you need any further info just email me and I'll send you my phone number... Give Cesar a big hug from me for taking such good care of you during this time!

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  29. So glad to hear you are walking again!!Those boots and cast are a pain... I can relate! I went to Dr. last week my foot wasn't healing the way they had hoped by now; apparently the bone moved, so the sent me to podiatrist ( actually got to go back to m6y own foot doctor as npbody in the medical group was available until Oct.. Anyway I now have a cast!! Bummer I thought I was on the downhill side of this process it had been three weeks, they said 4-6 weeks; oh well guess I wasn't off of it enough I AM NOW !!

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  30. Wonderful news! Have been hoping all good things would come...very glad to hear you're healed!

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  31. All I can say is "Fabulous". I have been following on FB, but didn't have a chance to stop by until now! Wow... You are free...! Look out everyone! LOL! J/K Hugs!!!

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  32. All I can say is "Fabulous". I have been following on FB, but didn't have a chance to stop by until now! Wow... You are free...! Look out everyone! LOL! J/K Hugs!!!

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  33. I feel your pain, I had about 4/5 months in plaster (well lots of different plasters actually) after having severed my Achilles' tendon. I know how amazing it feels to have some freedom back. I'm really pleased for you (big smiley face here) Now, I need to stop reading and go finish my work hahaha

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