It's Springtime Somewhere

By: BriarCraft , 10:37 PM GMT on March 06, 2012

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In recent months, we've talked about foul weather fun and taking the other road. This month, spring is starting to work its way northward and has already arrived in the southern part of the country. My activities this month have nothing to do with spring. I'll be having hip replacement surgery on March 15 and then I'll be out of action, recuperating and doing my rehab exercises. I won't be around WUville very much and when I am, I probably won't be looking for anything too serious.

Instead, I invite WUfriends and lurkers to post photos and observations of spring, cute or funny or interesting things you run across during your internet surfing expeditions, or whatever happens to be on your mind. I could simply shut down my blog, but instead, I'd rather leave it open if somewhat neglected. I'll stop by when I'm able and enjoy whatever you have left here, and I'll contribute what I can. I should be back to my usual WUville activities in early April.

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136. seflagamma
3:38 PM GMT on March 28, 2012
Hello BC,
Great to see you up and typing in your own blog! and please tell DH he did a great job.

If I could not get to my computer, I would have to have one of my daughters do it for me.
My hubby would not even know how to begin!
Daughters, Betsey and Ellen, have come to my blog several times when I was away and could not get to a computer.

So I see you had some yucky moments with the Oxy.. that is nasty stuff.

Happy to hear you are healing, it is a slow process but I am sure it will be worth it.

The folks I have met here on WU are some of the BEST people around. Many times they have put a smile on my face.

You take care now and glad you are getting better!
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135. Ylee
2:58 AM GMT on March 28, 2012
How's the PT coming along? It's really good to see you out and about again!
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134. GardenGrrl
10:50 PM GMT on March 27, 2012
Hey welcome back. Looks like your brain is functioning in an orderly manner, re Ylee's observation. That said, I am so not playing any complicated board games that require organizational skills with you...unless your on my team.
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133. Proserpina
10:19 PM GMT on March 27, 2012
I just read one of your posts and realized that you have had problems with the medicines. I am so sorry. I do not tolerate strong medicines either, especially oxycontin. Glad that you figured out what was making you so sick and that you stopped taking it. Your note to WUFRIENDS is much appreciated and I agree with every bit of it.


"NOTE TO WUFRIENDS: Pay attention to drug warnings and don't assume you're safe just because you've taken something for several days without any problem. Side effects, I have learned, can be quite sneaky and disguise themselves as something else entirely."
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132. Proserpina
10:12 PM GMT on March 27, 2012
I wonder what the idea is? In the meantime I am bringing to you a little bit of VA spring.

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This Redbud tree belongs to a neighbor. My Redbud is still a baby of ten feet or so.
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131. BriarCraft
7:31 PM GMT on March 27, 2012
I missed you, too, Poppy. I got around to a couple of other blogs today. It's going to take me awhile to catch up, but I can think of worse ways to spend my time. I'll be by to visit you soon.
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130. shoreacres
7:30 PM GMT on March 27, 2012
Just home for a late lunch, and I'm thrilled to see you've moved beyond those side-effects. When Mom broke her ankle, they prescribed vicodin. It took her about an hour to start reacting, and both of us a day or so to figure out that might not have been the best choice for someone allergic to codeine. ;)

It surely it good to see you back. DH did a wonderful job with the updates - it was quite reassuring to have them posted. Let's see - I think tomorrow is the day the staples come out? I hope that goes well, and that you're even more comfortable afterwards!
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129. calpoppy
7:21 PM GMT on March 27, 2012
I had to laugh at what Ylee noticed!! Glad you are back on Briar, I missed you. :))))
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128. BriarCraft
6:49 PM GMT on March 27, 2012
Pros: You just gave me an idea for my next blog. Thanks! This one is getting a bit long, but I didn't know what to do next. ...until now!

Ylee: You noticed! Okay, so I'm a retired bean-counter. Couldn't help myself. Otherwise somebody might be miffed that I didn't list them ahead of someone else. Besides, random can drive some people nuts trying to figure out the basis of the sort.

BFH: Hope your monitor stays clean!
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127. BFH
7:00 AM GMT on March 27, 2012
Quoting Ylee:
What speaks to me you are getting back to your old self is that you thanked everybody in alphabetical order!

Continued healing vibes your way!


Ylee, Re: your comment. Highly observant. If I'd had a mouthful, the monitor would have been sprayed..
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126. Ylee
6:41 AM GMT on March 27, 2012
What speaks to me you are getting back to your old self is that you thanked everybody in alphabetical order!

Continued healing vibes your way!
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125. Proserpina
10:48 PM GMT on March 25, 2012
Briar of course you have lots of friends. So glad that you are feeling better and your humor is intact. I love your parents' card! Now I know where you got your humor.

Keep up your cheerfulness and positive attitude, they are good medicine for a quicker recovery.

Healing hugs are left for you.
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124. BriarCraft
10:36 PM GMT on March 25, 2012
The phrase "my aching butt" has taken on a whole new meaning. Think about the positioning of the staples (34 of them) in relation to the posterior and you can figure out the rest. ;)

Right after that revelation, came recollection of something I saw on Bogon's blog some time past, along with a whole new connotation to go with it: Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.

It is nice to feel like "me" again, even if that "me" is a bit uncomfortable. The last of the bad side-effects is gone and I haven't felt dizzy or broken into a cold sweat since yesterday.

It's been well worth the aching butt to sit here the past hour+ to read and reread comments left here in the past 10 days. It was fun, too, to read DH's comments. I think the interaction that happened was cathartic for him. While doing a service for me by keeping you informed, he was required to process his feelings in order to convey the news. He's also a strong adherent to the "laughter is the best medicine" theory so humor becomes more prevalent as stress levels rise. That said, a special thanks to Rob and Spathy for appreciating his brand of "guy humor".
... and what else could I say? Especially while he's got me at his mercy.

It's hard to get any respect around here. Heck, the caption on the Get Well card my parents sent reads, "Cheer Up! The doctor says you'll be normal soon... which just proves there's a first time for everything!"

I'll close for today with my heart-felt appreciation to the WUfriends who have contributed to the cheerfulness and encouragement in plentiful supply in this corner of WUville:
Barefoot, BFH, Bogon, Gamma, Ggrrl, Jus, Karen, Numberwise, Poppy, Puget, Pros, Rob, Sandi, Shore, Skyepony, Snowbody, Sp34, Spathy, WeatheringPoints, WTS, YCD, Ylee
...and frequent lurker, LowerCal (who usually just +'s things, but whose presence is noted just the same)

I never knew I had so many friends.
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123. sp34n119w
9:50 PM GMT on March 25, 2012
So happy to see you posting, BC! DH did a fine job, as we all agree, but "hearing your voice" is reassuring.
You are so right about paying attention to side effects. Even medications that had none during previous use may interact differently with a body at any time. I hope you've found something that helps with the pain without the downside.
IMO, Oxycontin is nasty, anyway. Codeine is better - actually kills pain instead of just making you not care about it, LOL

Having said all that, don't assume that it was the oxy if you still feel bad today and beyond. It's okay to call your doctor, you know! Or even the pharmacist.

Yeah, I'll stop lecturing, now ;)

Hope you are seeing some Springy-ness, in the meantime!

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122. WatchinTheSky
8:28 PM GMT on March 25, 2012
Yikes! Sometimes the road to recovery is a bit bumpy, sounds like it might be smoothing out again - hope so!

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121. BFH
5:40 PM GMT on March 25, 2012
Briar, I'm sorry to hear of the problem with "oxy". It worked well for me, but as mentioned everyone is different... It is good to hear you figured out what the problem was. I hope you have been able to find a substitute that allows you to be, at least relatively, pain free.

AS Grrl mentioned, one of the side effects "impairment" perhaps isn't the best, but for me it kept me from being too active during the initial part of the healing process. I discontinued its use after about three weeks.
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120. GardenGrrl
3:48 PM GMT on March 25, 2012
Dang, that's scary finding out you have a drug reaction. My experience with that stuff is that it does not work well for pain relief it just leaves me feeling "impaired".

Was really glad when they said I could take ibuprofen again. Hope you can use your regular pain reliever. It will probably work a whole lot better.
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119. SBKaren
11:13 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Whew - so glad you were able to determine what it was and STOP taking the meds. Hope you feel better tomorrow!
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118. ycd0108
10:49 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
BriarCraft:
That's two good newses.
1) you are able to tell us what is happening in a clear "voice"
2) you found the culprit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegitimi_non_carbo rundum
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117. Ylee
10:37 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Briar, I'm really sorry to hear you've had trouble with the oxycontin. Are you taking anything to replace it, or you trying to tough it out with OTC meds?

Prayers for you to feel better real soon!
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116. BriarCraft
10:07 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Dear WUFriends,

I've had a bit of a set-back these last few days. I learned the hard way that I don't tolerate oxycontin very well at all.

I was quite optimistic when I paused here on the 21st. I finally felt like I was getting some energy back and my appetite was returning to some semblance of normal. When evening exercise time came around, I broke into a clammy sweat and had the beginnings of a headache.

The headache worsened throughout the day on the 22nd. My appetite vanished, replaced by nausea and dizziness. I ached all over and was thinking "Oh great. I've come down with the flu." A single spoon of applesauce came back up and then some. I drifted in and out of sleep and started having weird dreams that blurred with reality.

In a lucid moment, I got to questioning the dreams and confusion and decided to take another look at the drug warning sheet and discovered every one of my symptoms listed. I skipped the p.m. dose oxycontin last night and haven't taken any today.

I still break into a clammy sweat from time to time, but the headache is gone, I managed to eat half a bowl of Top Ramen noodles, and I was able to stay awake to watch the Animal Planet channel for 2-1/2 hours this afternoon.

NOTE TO WUFRIENDS: Pay attention to drug warnings and don't assume you're safe just because you've taken something for several days without any problem. Side effects, I have learned, can be quite sneaky and disguise themselves as something else entirely.

So, once again, I'm optimistic. I feel halfway human now. And I will get my strength back now that I've stopped the narcotic pain-killers. For now, I'm back to the recliner, and I hope to make it back here to spend a bit more time here tomorrow.
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115. Ylee
8:09 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Hey, Briar! Good to see you on here again! Glad you are progressing well! Give DH our thanks for kepping us updated! I sense that your house is rarely boring! ;-)

Take care, and see you back here soon!
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114. Skyepony (Mod)
2:14 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Planted alot of summer stuff this week. With the missed sweet potatoes growing & 7' corn lurking in the front yard it was hard not to.

Heal on:)
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113. Proserpina
1:11 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Well Briar, how are you doing? I have been thinking about you.

Sending healing thoughts and hugs. You are loved from us Wu pals!

I think you need a cheery photo to perk up your day, here it is:

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112. SBKaren
6:41 PM GMT on March 23, 2012
Hiya Brair - I feel hubby's pain. My husband would be in the same boat. He just doesn't much care for computers. I think he did a fine job and please tell him I said so.

Glad to read that things are progressing as they should. I think spathy did a fine job speaking for all of us!

Continue on the road to recovery!!! Job well done!
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111. GardenGrrl
4:08 PM GMT on March 23, 2012
Hey, good to see ya up and "peeking". Keep the excercises going and hugs to both of you.
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110. Bogon
4:04 PM GMT on March 23, 2012
Ditto.
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109. BFH
3:55 PM GMT on March 23, 2012
Top-o-The-Mornin', Briar and DH

You folks are becoming conspicuous by your absence.

I do realize there are other priorities, however.

Hope all is well.
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108. BFH
1:34 AM GMT on March 22, 2012
Hey BC, Good to see ya peekin' in. Keep on "P.T.'n". Staples out is a piece of cake.




Just for the record, I'm not ignoring DH. He's done well!
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106. ycd0108
12:56 AM GMT on March 22, 2012
Ahoy BriarCraft!
I don't know if I should holler "First!"
Just get better every day and keep us posted,eh.
Soon enough you will be back out there filling potholes.
No hurry.
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105. BriarCraft
12:44 AM GMT on March 22, 2012
It's me! The real Briar.

I've been lurking in my own blog at short intervals today. What a morale booster it has been! I didn't know I had so many friends and well-wishers. I felt compelled to come out of lurk mode briefly, just to say Hi. I love you all and your friendship means so much to me.

Each day is a little better than the last and the staples will come out next Wednesday. I am very much looking forward to the day when I can sit down here for even an hour to start to respond personally to each and every one of you. In the mean time, I'll pause for a moment during my exercise rounds to continue to catch up on all that has been posted here. Every comment I read, every graphic or photo I see brings a smile to my lips and gladness to my heart.
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104. juslivn
1:53 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Don't worry about it DH, we'll be here whenever she's ready. Thank you for your updates through the important part--knowing our friend made it through the surgery just fine.

Hopes for a speedy recovery BC and again thanks DH.
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103. Proserpina
1:32 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
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102. Proserpina
1:28 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Good morning DH and BC. Briar, I hope that you are feeling well and the pain is under control. Thinking of you. Will be back in a short while with a flower offering. :)
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101. seflagamma
1:24 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Thank you DH for the updates. Sounds like BC is getting along and recovering nicely for such a complex surgery.

Enjoy reading your reports! LOL
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100. sandiquiz
7:58 AM GMT on March 21, 2012
DH - thank you for all your updates - we know she is home and in good hands. Take care of her and forget the computer. And the emails will wait - nothing is more important than BC getting well, so making herself uncomfortable and in pain is not the way to get better.

Thank you again for all your inputs and {{{hugs}}} to BC
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99. BriarCraft
6:56 AM GMT on March 21, 2012
Update by DH:

BC is getting around with crutches pretty well - she did not want a walker. She is doing physical therapy exercises twice a day. Once a day I check where the incision was made and put on a clean dressing. Next week we will visit the doctor. He is supposed to take out the staples then and will let us know how things are going. Her time is spent in a recliner watching TV or reading but mostly sleeping. I believe one of her pain medicines is contributing to her drowsiness. I also believe the body knows what it needs is rest.

I have assumed the duties of preparing meals and waiting on BC easily. Actually it feels good to be doing many of these things. Sort of like how a giver often feels as good as the recipient. I have lived as a single person most of my life so cooking, cleaning and other home making skills are no big deal. Long ago I realized a stove and washing machine can't be too difficult to operate - they were designed for women to use.

Because of how common hip surgery has become, I find myself forgetting how invasive it is. Tendons and muscles are severed or disconnected, a major joint is taken apart and put back together and then tendons and muscles are reconnected. Someone commented a few days ago about the modern miracles of medicine - tis true, tis true!

As you may know I'm uncomfortable with computers. So her e mail receiver site is piling up with stuff because I'm afraid a virus might be in something I open up. I would also like for her to see for herself everything that is at this site and relieve me of the need to do these posts. Because of my nagging she checked her e mail this morning. She clearly was in pain sitting here at a chair in front of a desk. What was written above about hip replacement being a major surgery was learned at her expense this morning. Wuville you may have to wait until April for BC's return. Your kind thoughts and support are appreciated so much, I feel a need to do these updates. The e mail cards, a bouquet of flowers and so much more are sort of too much! So I am sorry, but I just can not do these updates any more. If something significant happens I will do a post but otherwise good bye.
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98. GardenGrrl
8:38 PM GMT on March 20, 2012
Happy First Day of Spring!
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97. sandiquiz
10:20 AM GMT on March 20, 2012


How's things in the BC/DH household? Hope you are both behaving!

Happy First day of Spring- and may your Spring/Summer be a very happy and pain free one BC.
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96. Proserpina
5:11 AM GMT on March 20, 2012
DH, you are funny! Great sense of humor!

Welcome home BC. I am really impressed, you actually left a message on my blog and probably on other blogs. You sure are one brave lady! That's the attitude that will help in getting you back on your feet at a fast pace.

You are the first person whose blog I have visited in a few days. The visit with my son and his wife was fantastic. And yes, I am ecstatic that after four years we finally spent time together.

I should be in bed asleep but as usual sleep eludes me so I'll make the rounds of the blogs to leave a spring greeting. Here is yours, for DH too!

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95. sp34n119w
12:45 AM GMT on March 20, 2012
Welcome Home, BC!
You've been doing a great job, BC's DH!
Sure enough, keeping us laughing - hope it doesn't get you in too much trouble!
Somehow, I think you'll be okay ;)

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93. SBKaren
8:57 PM GMT on March 19, 2012
Hey DH - great job of reporting, not sure my own could do the same. He'd just say, "can't I take you your laptop? Don't you think the hospital has wireless?" That's the way it would go in my house!

Hope now that BC is home, things are settling in. Things will be different for awhile, but it sounds like you'll adjust accordingly.

Like someone said before, make sure to take care of yourself too. I've been in your situation with my mom (and 2 knee replacements too!), so make sure you are getting plenty of rest and relaxation too! Can't help her if you are tired!

Just let her know we are all thinking of her and proud of her for getting this far. I expect to 'hear' from her soon!
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92. RobDaHood
7:56 PM GMT on March 19, 2012
Hahahaha!!!

Live long and prosper, DH!
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91. BriarCraft
7:43 PM GMT on March 19, 2012
Update from DH:

BC has lost none of her back seat driving talents: yesterday on the way home she was able to express her concern about a situation with a brief vocalization that the driver of the other vehicle was able to hear. I think I might be good in a crisis: when things are unraveling, I deal with additional pressure (screaming) well. For those of you who feel your spouse doesn't listen to you, please spend a few moments thinking about whether that failing may, in fact, be a coping mechanism!

A long time ago, someone told me that swearing draws attention to ones mistakes or inadequacies often in a crude or vulgar way. If you think about that, there are 2 reasons not to swear. Also, when I grow up I want to be a Vulcan, like Mr. Spock. Point I'm trying to make: it is a priority for me to be in control of myself and not have emotional outbursts.

A week ago BC indicated I swore about having difficulty with driving because when the clutch was depressed, the brake pedal would also go down. Twice as were approaching an intersection and I was busy pushing pedals down and prying them up with my feet and toes and one hand was trying to push a lever into a different gear it didn't want to go to while the other hand was turning the steering wheel, BC felt she needed to point out that I had neglected to signal we were turning. Things her criticism prompted me to mumble to myself were more comments about my lot in life than swear words. I just want to get the record corrected about that. Thanks.
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90. GardenGrrl
6:04 PM GMT on March 19, 2012
Welcome Home!
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89. calpoppy
2:49 PM GMT on March 19, 2012
Yea, Briar is home!!!
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88. sandiquiz
10:28 AM GMT on March 19, 2012
Thank you for the update... I am glad you got her home - eventually:)

Now, you be a good nurse, and tell BC she must be a model patient, and not try to "run before she can walk"!

Happy Monday to you both :)

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86. RobDaHood
7:59 AM GMT on March 19, 2012
Not unusual for coming home day to be a bit chaotic, especially on the weekend. You made it though and things will settle down soon enough. Things to learn, adjustments to be made, but that's to be expected. Thanks for the update!
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