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Life gets in the way

I’m getting ready for knee surgery next week, which involves more hospital visits, lab tests, and doctors’ appointments than I ever imagined. And on my part of the preparation, well, I’m hustling to get my writing life ready for a necessary break. That has meant (a) releasing that Regency fantasy romance, and (b) extracting my head from 18th century Philadelphia in time to write the final chapters of A Child of Magic; the theory being that I may be able to lounge in bed and edit the thing while getting used to my brand-new synthetic right knee, but I probably won’t be sharp enough to do any original writing that week.

So what with this, that and the other, I have no thoughts about the writing life this week except that it’s desirable to get as much as possible done before the surgery. If you want something to read, go check out Salt Magic. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

And if all goes well, in a month or so I get to do it all over again with the left knee. Whee.

25 Comments
  1. Good luck! That sounds like no fun at all.

    April 4, 2019
  2. Stanley Miller #

    Wife decided to wait a bit longer to get her second knee done, once the PT types were done with the first she had the second one done. We were fortunate to have home-health for the first few weeks, getting into and out of a car was very difficult. Not really fun later but the short reprieve saved a lot of pain. You might want to practice getting in and out a bit before the surgery, do it again for the second knee since everything will be flipped then. We experimented with different height booster steps and which door was easier.

    Her biggest piece of advice that she passes on to friends is “Don’t slack off on the rehab until things are working right.” She followed that and even now, a year later she does some of the flexibility exercises.

    It was well worth the expense and pain as she is back to being able to walk for a mile or so with little pain, far better than before the fixes.
    Good luck!

    April 4, 2019
    • Margaret Ball #

      That’s very encouraging! Thanks for sharing. I would love to be able to walk a mile again.

      April 4, 2019
      • Hunting Guy #

        My wife had both hips and a knee done. Two good friends had knees done.

        All said the same thing – do the physical therapy, don’t slack off. One friend didn’t and is pain free but doesn’t have the full range of motion.

        All of them said to stay out in front of the pain. Take the drugs before you hurt and use them as prescribed.

        Best of luck.

        April 5, 2019
        • Margaret Ball #

          Yeah, but the drugs make me stupid! The doctor has actually been pushing them for now, based on the amount of pain I’m experiencing (nothing less would have inspired me to get the surgery) but most of the time I’d rather limp around in pain than float around in a haze that precludes writing. (In deference to my daughter whose second child is now at the babbling stage, I try to curse in Hungarian and German rather than English.)

          April 5, 2019
          • Stanley Miller #

            After surgery, in recovery, they will likely offer you something fairly strong, take it if you need it. The best thing they do is a ice-water pack for your knee, that did more for the wife than the drugs.

            When we came home she didn’t take the opiates they prescribed for her, ice, more ice and Tylenol were enough. We had the other stuff handy and after the first couple therapy sessions she was tempted but held out for a couple hours with her best buddy, ice. Past that she was never tempted.

            She tried several ice packs and liked these best:
            https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ace-Large-Reusable-Cold-Compress-1-Each-Quantity/10532766

            She used two, one above and below the knee, wrapped in a thin towel to keep from getting too cold. We bought four so we could be freezing one pair and using the other.

            April 5, 2019
  3. Mary #

    Life! It does that.

    April 4, 2019
  4. Good luck and may you recover well!

    April 4, 2019
  5. Good Luck. Dan will need this fairly soon.

    April 4, 2019
  6. Dan Z #

    Good luck and speedy recovery!

    April 4, 2019
  7. thephantom182 #

    My condolences on the knees. It sucks. But on the bright side, it’ll be better soon. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.

    April 5, 2019
  8. To any odd moaner that complains about inequality , 100 years ago the richest “robber barons” alive could not have this procedure as any price. We live in the best of times and places.

    April 5, 2019
    • Margaret Ball #

      You are so right! If the back surgery hadn’t stopped the constant pain from sciatica, I’d have killed myself five years ago. Not to mention indoor plumbing, lighting good enough to let me stay up too late reading, having my personal string quartet on tap, and many other luxuries. And on the trivial side – I don’t use cosmetics myself, but one of my favorite fantasies involves introducing Eleanor of Aquitaine to a modern cosmetics counter.

      April 5, 2019
  9. All the best for the best possible outcome.

    April 5, 2019
  10. Luke #

    Yuck. May you have a speedy recovery!

    If you’re on any sort of anti-depressant, be aware that they can interact poorly with narcotics and muscle relaxants and raise merry hell with your brain chemistry.
    I spent a couple of weeks last month with Serotonin Syndrome subsequent to a shoulder surgery. So if I posted anything completely barmy here, there was a reason for that.
    So be aware that if it seems like the world’s gone mad around you (relevant example: you ask someone to go down to the basement and get laundry detergent, and everybody starts looking at you funny while asking questions about monkeys…) well, it just might be you.

    April 5, 2019
    • Margaret Ball #

      No antidepressants; I find writing works better. (And since this house is built over a massive slab of limestone, people would definitely look at me funny if I asked them to go down to the basement!)

      April 5, 2019
  11. Christopher M. Chupik #

    Best of luck. Hope all goes well.

    April 5, 2019
  12. *hugs* P.S. I exercised my editorial privileges, and added an amazon link to your post! 😛

    You can hit me with your cane later, okay? Until I’m in reach, may the operation and recovery go smoothly and quickly!

    April 5, 2019
    • Margaret Ball #

      Thank you! Did I mention I suck at marketing? Thanks for fixing that.

      April 5, 2019
  13. Stephen J. #

    Sounds like your time is out of joint. (ba-DUMP-*ksssh*!)

    God bless and may you have a speedy recovery.

    April 5, 2019
    • Margaret Ball #

      Where’s the carp when I need it?

      April 5, 2019
      • Mary #

        The aardvark scuttles from Sarah’s blog with a basket FULL of carp. Also with bonbons for everyone

        April 5, 2019
  14. elainethomp #

    i found Salt Magic a couple days ago. Very entertaining read.

    Best wishes on your surgery.

    April 5, 2019
  15. RCPete #

    Good luck!

    April 5, 2019
  16. Best wishes, and as I am sure you know, do the recovery therapy (at least) as recommended. A fellow I know had hip replacement and followed the PT advice (he might have doubled some of it – doing the recommended both morning and evening, eventually). His doctor was astonished, “You are recovering at twice the speed of those half your age!” he’s in his mid-90’s, fwiw. Meanwhile I work with someone who did NOT do the therapy for a wrist injury as it was uncomfortable – a few years later she’s still having issues.

    April 5, 2019

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