Friday, October 17, 2014

Hip, Hip, Hooooooooray!!!



WOW!  Had I known the end results ahead of time, I would've had surgery 10 years ago!!

On Tuesday it will be the 4 weeks since Dr. John Wild, Jr.  performed a complete hip replacement for me.  It was an amazing journey and one I would like to share with you.

Tucson Orthopaedic Institute is a state-of-the-art medical facility dedicated to fixing bones, and joints which need fixing.  
http://www.tucsonortho.com/locations/east-on-grant/tmc-orthopaedic-center/
From the beginning of this odyssey, I knew I was in the best possible hands.  
Oh, the aesthetics and views weren't bad either!
view from my bed




computer the medical staff used to enter my info each day
Info board across from my bed indicating who was in charge of me that day

I was not going to miss the TED hose!

Parting Gifts!



Once home, my "angels of mercy" made recovery speedy!  Here's me at one week Post-Op....

Thank you all SO much for your prayers, good wishes, cards, sweets, spa lovelies, and beautiful flowers ~ you made everything so special.

You might have noticed a pretty bag on my walker ~ my sweet, talented friend and neighbor, Debbie, made this for me!  I'm going to miss it when I no longer need the walker....I could put everything in it!!



A beautiful plant from my Roach "sister" and "daughters" in Phoenix...

And a sweet from sweet Katherine in Toronto, Canada!


How can I adequately thank my friends who gave up their time to spend with me in the early weeks of recovery?  I can't...all I can say is that I'm there for you when you need me ~ new hip and all!

Well, I think my progress has been Heaven sent when I think back to the first day....

And where I am today...
Working on jewelry!!
Ron is taking me out so I can get "back in the saddle" with driving.  Fortunately, the left leg is the surgical leg so I shouldn't have any issues.

I know it won't be long before I can resume an exercise routine...

Ride a bike with a friend...

Or get back to dancing...


In the meantime, I'm spending a little time each day at the workbench with my jewelry.  The Trunk Show is set for Sunday, November 16th at 1:00.  I hope to see you there!

Have an exceptional week and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hooray For Hollywood! ~ Part Deux

And, we're back!  As promised last week, I'd like to share the rest of our Valley Girls Getaway with you....So, let's wander through this magnificent home and I'll be the tour guide...

The first element is the awe-inspiring staircase.  I have to say, I was a little overwhelmed given the condition of my hip.  Yet, taking one step at a time, with "Peggy" the walking stick as my support, I was able to make it!


Lovely office...

Living Room...lovely ladies!

Dining Room...

Breakfast Room...

Sunroom...(that's Peggy resting against the couch!)

1 of 3 Patios ~ this one is off the Sunroom...

Butler's Pantry...

Upstairs Kitchen...view 1

Upstairs Kitchen...view 2

Bedroom and Bathroom off the Kitchen...



I'm guessing it was the maid's quarters, since across the hall was
this tiny staircase leading to the upstairs bedrooms...

So, let's go up the stairs so you can see the rest of our accommodations...
Kiki and Shotzie slept here

And bathed here...

Lacey and Ashley slept here...

And bathed here...

Nancy slept here...

Mused here...

Bathed here....

And primped here...
Join me in the suite where I stayed ~ we're on the upstairs hallway, opening double doors...



Into the sitting room with it's spectacular view!











Sleeping area....


Dressing room....


Bathroom....

Lounging around the pool ~ decadent!




We got all dolled up for dinner at Miceli's ~ a Hess favorite!





And even autographed our own chianti bottle to add to Miceli's decor!



We exchanged girlfriend gifts...







Spent a day in Newport at Millie's fantastic Boutique ~ Heirloom...




The beautiful, amazing and uber-talented, Milena Sefferovich,
aka "Millie"
 We brunched at a favorite ~ Haute Cakes

Millie, what are you doing????
Before we knew it, Sunday arrived and we departed.  A quick drive through 90210 land in Beverly Hills and some points of attraction...
The Beverly Hills Hotel

The Playboy Mansion

Thanks for the memories!
Are you still with me?  I know this post is rather long but I really wanted to share it all with you.  I hope you enjoyed the trip!

I'm just 2 sleeps away from a new hip.  Surgery is this Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.  I'm so excited to be facing a future that's once again active and pain free!

SAVE THE DATE!  
My Holiday Trunk Show is on the calendar for Sunday, November 19th from 1:00 ~ 5:00.  E-vites will be mailed in the next few weeks.  Please be sure that I have your email addy.  

I plan on getting a lot ready for the show during my recuperation!

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing this wonderful trip with us!