I made a yummy pot-roast last week. I just love the crock-pot. Makes things so easy. I rubbed Buck & Judy's Dang Rub #9 on the meat, added a can of tomatoes, tomato paste, water, beef bullion & water, basil, rosemary, 2 cloves of garlic, tbs. sugar, kosher salt & pepper, 2 potatoes cut up, 4 carrots cut, a red onion and let it slow cook on low for 12 hours. When I got up the next morning, I turned off the cooker and added 1# of snow or sugar peas, replaced the lid and that was that. Putting the peas in after turning off the cooker allowed the peas to heat up in the liquid but not over-cook so they still remain crispy & crunchy when you eat 1 in the stew. I always change the recipe when I make it. Just using what I have in the kitchen and what ever spices I'm in the mood for. Experiment people. It's fun!
I had lunch with my mom last Fri. for the 1st time since my surgery. She, of course went on about how we never visit her. I'm sittin' right here Ma! Oh well, it's never gonna stop so I'm trying to ignore it as best I can. At least she hasn't fallen for the last 5 days. Before G. left on her vacation, she'd gotten a call from Moms' place that she'd fallen for 4 of 5 days in a row. Apparently, they're sending an exercise therapist to her apt. for balance exercises. Thank goodness, she has no strength in her legs from lack of use and now keeps trying to walk without her walker. How did I become so normal & good? Ha-ha!
Yes, it's that time again and I need to get moving on preparations. I'm trying to work on the invite but its tough to figure out for me. This year it'll have to be a pot-luck as my surgery has taken all of my cash. Oh well, hopefully, I'll have enough fridge room, now that I have 2.5 fridges. Thats a big help.
Now, I'm still waiting for all of the surgery bills to come in. I think I'm going to be responsible for about $2500.00 of it. Insurance will take care of the rest. I'm glad I have it, I can tell you. I am still going to need to go to my 401k for it though. But I'm grateful that I have that as well. I had to pay out of pocket about $500.00 that I hadn't expected already and I need that back. I hope the bills come in soon.
I went to PT with Richard this week now and boy, it has stepped up in pace. He asked me what is it that I feel I'm having trouble with that is a part of my work. I told him about my trepidations concerning getting back up from the floor after going down, lunges and the like so guess what we did. Yup! You guessed correctly my dears. I got down & up, which means I can do lunges. Now, mind you, I need something to help me get back up like a bar or chair to hold on to but I can do it. Eventually, as with everything else, I'll get there on my own in due time. I even tried kneeling and it wasn't as bad as I'd feared. Both legs at least. Trying to kneel on the 1 leg wasn't so good...YET. He also had me walk, drawing my foot & leg in then out, both forward & backward, all around the facility, not the room, twice! Each direction! With a band around my ankles. Ouch, I'm gonna have buns of steel again at this pace. We've also started more stair climbing. I'm not going up very high yet. Only a few inches, the average stair is about 8 inches high, so I have a ways to go but it's going. There are alot of stairs at work that I need to go on multiple times/day so that's a big factor in my re-hab.
After seeing the doc's assist last Wed. he said I'm still to avoid stairs right now and I'm allowed to walk or stand only 1 hour at a time. I am, however allowed to do anything I feel comfortable with. This includes training other & even lite strength work on myself. I really need to work on my upper body. Yuck, I am not happy with myself on that front. I've been so focused on my leg I forgot to do anything upstairs. Bad Judi! Oh well, that can be remedied. right here, right now.
It'll feel good to be on the floor again for a bit at least. Maybe it'll help my co-workers get some relief some. I'm looking forward to tomorrow to getting back in the mix. Even if it is just a little.
Keep working people, I know you can do it. There's no one stopping you but you, yourself. Stay happy, stay healthy and, of course, keep dancing for me and you.