Be thankful for small improvements and cherish moments spent with your loved ones.


Greetings, friends!

I hope this post finds you well.

In some of my previous posts I have mentioned my daughter, Julie, or “Rory” and my granddaughter, Olivia, or “Goosey” or “Liv.” They came to visit over the long holiday weekend and it meant the world to me. Having them here just makes my heart smile! It is truly the best medicine.

It was sad not to be able to snuggle with Goosey but I can’t have the weight on my leg. While we were changing my bandage, she was very interested in helping and wanted to see my boo boo! I may have mentioned that her Daddy is a neurosurgery resident and Liv loves to watch brain surgery videos with her Daddy. And she is only 3 1/2!

Liv kissed my leg and said she would make it better. I mean, what is better than that?! Her little voice saying, “JuJu, it’s “otay” I’ll make it all better… Heart.Bursting.With.Love!

My daughter, as per usual, did so much while she was here to get me unpacked and organized. (I had packed for the hospital and rehab but that didn’t work out as we know…) Julie took me everywhere I needed to go and made sure I had everything I needed. She is an amazing, kind, thoughtful, and beautiful soul. I hit the jackpot with her and I know how blessed I am to have her as my daughter. I love you, Rory!

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments are going well so far. Thankfully, I haven’t had any issues this go around. Last December when I had treatment, I couldn’t hear out of my right ear for three weeks as I wasn’t able to equalize the first day! Everyone at the wound center is extremely nice and very kind. I am thankful for the small improvements!

There is still fluid in my hip! If it doesn’t drain on its own or absorb, I may need to have a drain put in on the 15th when I go back to Boston to see my surgeon. I had three drains after my free flap surgery and I really don’t want another one! But…if that’s what I need, than that’s what will be done.

I need to bear weight so the bone will heal around the prosthesis, however I walk the fine line of needing to bear weight, yet not bear too much until the incision heals.

It is extremely frustrating that my insurance will not cover a physical therapist until I finish hyperbaric treatment. Same thing with a visiting nurse. How do I know how much weight to bear and how to increase it?

I will be livid if the bone doesn’t heal around the prosthesis after everything I have been through!


It may take a while, but I will get to where I need to be. I need to stay positive, appreciate the healing that is taking place and remain patient. Things could always be worse!

Until next time, be well and go out and do a random act of kindness.

Do YOU do random acts of kindness? I hope so!