Friday, December 31, 2021

That's A Wrap


 

The icicles hanging from the eves outside my window are gleaming in the sun as they slowly drip away. The thaw is setting in slowly, with the temperature hovering just above and below freezing. The snow will melt away slowly, until the cold rain begins to wash it all away.

I look forward to being able to go for a walk outside safely. It may be a while yet. With everything else going haywire with my body I don't want to risk falling down.

The first thing my cardiac surgeon said to me on Thursday is "You are healthy!" I suspect he doesn't see that many 77 year olds who are basically in good shape internally. 

I did make him aware of my mobility issues, and of course the spinal fusions and hip replacement showed up on the CT scan I had that day. 

My surgical MDT will meet next Wednesday to discuss my case and make decisions. I will also have an angiogram that day. Hopefully we won't need to worry about snow by then. On Thursday, with new snow overnight, we allowed and hour and a half to get to Bellevue to my appointments, but with very light traffic, and the freeways clear, we made it in half an hour! It took us longer to find a Starbucks that was open so we could have a place to wait and Tom could have coffee and something to eat. None for me until after my scan. 

All in all Thursday went well. Now I am getting end of the year things done. Because of icy roads, we Zoomed instead of going to breakfast. Then I had to make up the PT session I missed yesterday. Next came bill paying. Uf duh, we spent too much last month, but fortunately we can cover it out of our income. I sent Tom to the post office, since our mail hasn't been delivered all week, and then asked him to get a newspaper, since none was delivered this morning. Now I'm caught up on the news and have my puzzles worked as I ate my lunch. After posting this and reading blogs, I will update my new 2022 planning calendar.

We have no big plans for the New Year celebration. We will stay up until midnight and watch the fireworks from the Space Needle on TV. There will be no live audience again this year. Covid cases are rising. Fortunately deaths are not. 

So that leaves me with just one other item on my list for today as I close out this old year, and that is to wish you all


Be well, be happy, find joy!

13 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you and your family. I look forward to reading your posts in 2022.

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  2. Happy New Year to you and Tom! May 2022 be a healthy and happy year for you and your family!

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  3. Happy New Year, Linda and Tom. Wishing you health and happiness!

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  4. So glad you are getting good checkups. Feel for you not being able to get out for your walks. This winter has really been unusual for you and all of us. We had 78 degrees on Christmas.
    Let's hope baby New Year can be trained a little better. Her sisters, 20 and 21 behaved badly.
    Happy New Year Linda, Tom and all the family.

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  5. Yes, thanks on to a better year for all of us! Perhaps putting Covid in the past? Most of all having a positive attitude for those things we can control-us!

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  6. Happy New Year! Glad your appointments went well.

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  7. Getting old is not for the weak of mind and your attitude is good. Happy New Year.

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  8. Those icicles are amazingly beautiful but dangerous looking. We are far from seeing ice of any kind. Been in the high 60s and low 70 since Christmas. One day it reached 77 degrees. I seriously think my body has gone haywire! :) Happy New Year to you and Tom.

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  9. Glad to hear that the doctor thinks you're healthy and in good shape. I haven't exercised in a week, and I miss it but don't like trying to walk in buried sidewalks and icy patches. Let's hope that 2022 is a better year for everyone! I love your icicles picture; we are hanging just shy of freezing but it should get better over the next few days. Happy New Year! :-)

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  10. Happy New Year from rainy Honolulu!

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  11. Happy New Year! We drive in snow all the time but we have lots of snow plows and sanding trucks too! Hope your team has a real good plan to take care of you during your upcoming surgery!

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  12. Yes, find joy we must. Happy new year to you and your family.

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  13. Happy New Year, Linda and Tom! Your icicles look so pretty. I remember having them on our eaves too but we had to worry about ice damming at our house in Illinois because of the way it was constructed.

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