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Thursday, February 14, 2013

It Gets Worse...

All seemed to be going well.

We had a birthday celebration for Kami at the Fairfield Inn near Gettysburg.  Brad was trying to think of an interesting place that we hadn't visited before.  He chose well!  It's a lovely historic building that had been an inn since colonial times.  During the Civil War it became a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers.

Recently the people who own the Adams County Winery have purchased it and it is now both a restaurant and bed and breakfast.

Unfortunately halfway through our tour of the building my camera died.  Happily I was able to get pictures of the birthday girl and some of the food.

                                                                    Kami and Brad
I had a yummy salad with mandarin oranges and toasted walnuts (hold the walnuts!)
The crab cakes were delicious with large lumps of pure crab meat and very little filler. 
Since I no longer eat chips or french fries, the waitress was kind enough to include a lovely bowl of melon instead.  She received a generous tip for being so thoughtful.

Zip had fried oysters and the delicious homemade chips.

We both had enough left to take home for lunch the next day.

We loved the funky decorating style that included lovely antiques and quirky mementos.

I think Kami is checking for Civil War ghosts!

I hope to go back later this month for my birthday.

Several days later my leg began to hurt and what had been a hard black lump became a black squishy lump.  I went to the walk-in clinic and they immediately diagnosed infection and put me on antibiotics.  And made an appointment for the wound clinic the next morning.

The doctor opened the skin and took out some of the junk.  Ouchy!  He said that a scab should form over the area. When I went back later in the week a scab had formed but the leg was still red and warm.  So....they decided to remove the big scab.  Another Ouchy!  I was left with a 3-inch round and 1/4 inch deep red crater.  No pictures of that!!!  Way too gross!  And Ouchy!

Then came the packing and the wound vac.  This machine is a vacuum that drains off any excess fluid and keeps a negative pressure on the wound.  This is supposed to allow the wound to heal faster and from the inside out.  Then they applied the uni boot over the whole dressing.

I've been back for three removals and reapplications of the dressing and so far everything looks like it's healing well.  It will still be a long term thing.  Probably several months.

In the meantime I can be up and around for limited amounts of time.  Then I must sit down and elevate my leg to keep the swelling down.  Brad and Kami were kind enough to find me a nice used recliner so I'd be more comfortable.  So the assignment is to take my vitamins, eat lots of protein and take it easy.

Have a healthy breakfast every morning!
Nothing better than eggbeaters and rolls of deli ham filled with cheese.
And very Weight Watchers friendly!

Or an omelet with broccoli and cheese with homemade turkey meatballs.

I have been getting bored with all the sitting around.  I usually have kitties to talk to and pet.  Penny and Izzy rest on the desk next to my chair.

Deiter is usually laying on a pillow on my stomach.  He's my Comfort Cat!
So life is good!

Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments and get well wishes, both on my blog and through emails!  I certainly appreciate your support.

I will leave you with a picture of the latest in medi-chic fashion.

Take care!


  1. Sounds like you will be better slowly but surely! What a terrible fall! I am also recovering from knee surgery and can appreciate your restlessness. We will be all set for Spring! Hang in there Pat! Eileen

  2. Oh Ouchy!!! Dear Pat... you sure have been through it this winter! I am soooo glad things are on the mend! I know the kitty crew love it when you have to sit and spend so much time cuddling with them though! :-) Your meals look wonderful! When I saw those sliced tomatoes my mouth actually started to water! LOL! Haven't had fresh sliced tomato since last summer! Grape tomatoes are what keep us going here... but they are way too small!!
    Keep up the great job of taking care of yourself... and for keeping Medi Chic fashion at the fore front! Wear it proudly!
    Big Hugs!!
    Cathy G

  3. glad you had a great time & meal out!
    sounds like a terrific place!

    so sorry to hear of the problems with the wound & the necessary treatments.
    will continue to pray for healing, and that there be no more infection.

    hugs to Zip and esp. all the little fur babies.
    God Bless You.

  4. OUCH again!
    The new recliner will help and it has room for Kittie nurse's!
    Take care and keep healing.

  5. Good to see you up and out. I understand how boredom would set in very quickly. Thank goodness for your feline companions. Hugs. Deb

  6. omg Pat, how awful, do hope the leg continues to improve.
    Can't get over how good you are still being on the diet, I know for sure I would have given in by now, especially eating out.
    You look good though so keep it up.
    Lots of hugs

  7. I am so sorry to read that things got worse before they were to get better. I am glad things are moving in the right direction ...even if slowly.
    I think you should be so proud of your determination over food too...I second what Briony says above. xx

  8. Wow when I saw how bad you hurt your leg it doesn't surprise me it got worse! Im so sorry will be praying for a complete healing...btw you look great I almost didn't recognize you!!!

  9. Goodness you have been through a lot! Glad your beginning to mend. Congrats on staying on a healthy diet :)

  10. Hey Pretty Lady! So glad you are still smiling after all your ups and downs! Love the pics of the kitties! So glad Deiter is taking care of you! Hope to see you again sometime! And Happy Birthday coming up!

  11. Hi Pat, I'm running late with comments and I'm so sorry that you are having such a rough time this winter but God bless you, you still are doing so well with your weight watcher diet and you have kept your sense of humour through it all. Love the Medi Chic Fashion and you look real cool. I'm just waiting for the fad to catch up .lol. I'm always late catching up with fashion, ha ha ha.

    I read your post but I was so down in the dump and I meant to come back a leave a comment later but somehow didn't until now. I got a lot done since I wasn't spending time on the computer.

    I was so busy decluttering my close closet and culling old papers and books along with working. It's all so time consuming going through all that and deciding what to keep and what to give away.

    I have donated 5 whole boxes or spiritual books to the church library and I have many more boxes of health books and gardening books and so much more to donate to good will and I still have a long ways to go to declutter but at my age, I have to start somewhere. It's amazing how much stuff we gather over the years and friends have been giving me books in the genre I read when they declutter their library.

    Hang in there and soon it will be spring. Take good care of you and rest that leg. I'm looking forward to a positive update. Keep us posted and I hope that all the furry babies will keep you amused in the meantime.


  12. Just dropped by to check that your leg is still improving ...hugs xx

  13. Pat ~ hi there! Just catching up on my blogs and saw your sorry tale!!! Poor you!!! I hope that leg is on the mend and soon you'll be good as new!!! Glad you're keeping up the healthy eating! I fell off the wagon but guess I'm back on!!! Take good care of yourself!!!


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