Thursday, May 5, 2016

Scheduled my Surgery and We are BACK in the Gazebo!!! A Great Thursday!

WHAT a wonderful Thursday!!!
I am so thankful for what the medical profession can do these days!!
I had my first appointment with Dr. Adam Crawford this morning and it was an encouraging visit!!!

I had great toe - that's what the medical profession calls our BIG toes! - replacements 12 years ago on both feet! I praise God for this surgery which took place while I was on public health care before and during my divorce after 41 years of marriage. How grateful I am for the wonderful doctors who put my poor crippled body back on the road to healthy living!!! I had a couple of surgeries before they repaired my toes and I will be a forever fan of the care given by John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas!!  What goes around comes around! This was the same hospital that our stepfather, Clayton, would take us as children to view the blood and gore of accident victims as they were brought in. He was an ambulance chaser and often times made us go with him. I find it amazing how God can redeem every single thing in our life for good!! The doctors who cared for me and made my life worth living again will forever hold a place in my heart and my prayers!
While this surgery of a dozen years ago enabled me to live a normal life, time and gravity has taken its toll. As of the last several months, my ability to walk and function has been greatly impaired. The joint replacements need to be removed and an extender put in to make my toes more normal length.  After that a metal plate will be screwed in to keep my toes straight. The results will be normal looking feet and - most importantly - NO PAIN!!!
I am so excited!!!
The doctor said I could have this done next week or any week thereafter!
I chose two weeks from today so I can go down to the ranch and spend some time in our camper!!
We leave in the morning!!!

I came home to find Louis Dean working on our gazebo!
He SAID he was not going to do another thing until we return from the ranch!!

I was gone to the doctor and then went on to do errands as in picking up prescriptions, and making a bank deposit and stopping at the Dollar General Store. Louis Dean was busy at work on our gazebo all this time!

You can see how strong LD has made this!
SO many reinforcements!!!

Now I know most people LOVE the silly and entertaining antics of the squirrels!!!
HOWEVER! They eat gazebo covers and netting and all sorts of things we DO NOT want them to eat!!! SO......instead of trying to kill them off....Louis Dean purchased a tub of Fox Urine!!!
He will sprinkle it on the elm tree in the hopes of discouraging them from eating holes in our cover as they have done in the past!!

Cheers from the GAZEBO to YOU!!!!

We are now in for the night!!
It's been a wonderful day with a lot of progress made!
Tomorrow morning we will load up and head down to my favorite place in all the world - our camper down at my step son's ranch!!!
I totally missed the MOST beautiful month there - April!!!
Early May is the next best thing!
I hope to pick blackberries and drink wine on the deck at night as we gaze at the stars.
I want to sleep late and drink coffee and then walk around the ranch and visit the ducks, chickens, peacocks, roosters, fish, horses, goats and whatever Dean and Sherry have down there!
It is my most beautiful place!
We have a 31 foot camper!
How hard can that be to keep clean and cook and live in???
Not hard at all!!
We will eat well, explore, visit with loved ones and enjoy our time without an agenda!!
I want to celebrate tonight!

 I will make a platter of nachos and pour a glass of wine and wait until tomorrow for a margarita at one of our favorite restaurants on our way to the ranch!!!