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One Year Ago Today

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

It was a warm winter day in New Jersey. It got into the 60s. We've had some warm weather recently, but nothing quite that nice. I was unemployed, but I had a phone interview scheduled later in the day, another one the following day, and an appointment with unemployment yet the following day. So things seemed somewhat promising.

In any event, because I wasn't working and because it was such a nice day, I decided to take the dog to the dog park. Strangely, I had just left home and realized that I forgot to brush my teeth. No problem, I thought; I'll be back home in another hour or so, and I'll do it then.

We got to the dog park, and Riley got super excited. She pulled so hard to get there that I fell and fractured my hip. I called my husband who left work to tend to me. Fortunately, the other people at the dog park were great. Two of them stayed with me until DH came, and someone kept an eye on Riley, who by then was having a great time romping around inside the park. The people who were with me tried to help me get up, but to no avail. I couldn't move. Next thing I knew, I was on my way to the hospital in an ambulance. DH took Riley home and met me at the hospital. I was diagnosed with the fracture and had a hip replacement the same day late in the afternoon. So much for brushing my teeth.

It is now a year later. It has been a long haul. I had terrible pain in my thigh from the implant that lasted about 6 months. Even though I was more or less ok within a few weeks (driving, moving around, etc.) it probably wasn't until August or so that I was really more like normal and even a little longer before I was back to my old self.

I was out of work for six months even though I was job hunting all along. While I was lying on the ground at the dog park, I contacted the recruiter to tell her that I would not be able to interview later that afternoon. I had the phone interview the following day, but I did not perform well. In retrospect I should have rescheduled it. I just couldn't find a job all spring. In some ways that may have been a blessing in disguise because I was sleeping a lot. Who knows if I could have done my work if I had a job. Finally at the end of June, I found a very short project (five weeks) and went back to work. I didn't like the project much, but it was good to get back. But I was back in the job hunt by the beginning of August. About a month later, I found a remote position. So I have been working from home since the end of September. And I must say, I love it!!! And I love the job itself. That is the first time in a very long time that I can actually say that. I am learning new things, and my boss seems to really like me. This is in contrast to my last real project, which my boss was constantly criticizing everyone. I don't know how long it will last. It is consulting, and it cannot last longer than two years unless the client (a very well-known bank) hires me. That does not seem likely. It actually feels like it might be a possibility, but it would be a very slim possibility. I think I am good for the rest of the year. I will take things one day at a time. I miss the social aspects of going to work, but working from home is so convenient. And in the last few years, my co-workers would work remotely even if the job wasn't officially a remote one. So I can't tell you how many times I would go to work and be practically the only one there. So much for socializing. And today my husband went and got a pneumonia shot because his boss has it. It is nice not to have to worry about that kind of thing so much. One negative is that I don't get nearly as much movement as I did when I was working and had long walks to the car, cafeteria, etc. I have to make a more conscious effort to exercise. It has to be low-impact. I use a rowing machine a lot, but I need more variety.

As for my mobility, I am thankful that I am walking unassisted without a limp. However, I am definitely not as fit as I was before the accident. And I worry that if I fall (assuming I don't break anything), I will not be able to get up unless there is something I can lean on for assistance. Not a problem at home; there are chairs and tables everywhere. But if Iwas outside this could be a problem. I want to get back to the point where I can get up from the floor by myself.

Thank you for hearing me out, my friends.
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    Oh Leslie, what a year! I'm happy to hear of all the progress you've made on all fronts. Onward! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    530 days ago
    Hope your recovery keeps going smoothly. I am glad you found a job that suits you.
    531 days ago
  • LINDA!
    That was a terrible fall that you had. I am so happy that you are recovering. However, you still need to be careful. I had a life altering fall in 2011, I broke bones. I now have a prosthesis in my shoulder. I hope that you do get to stay with the position. It is always good when your boss likes you. I know from experience that doesn't happen everyday.
    534 days ago
    wow i am glad you are okay now Hugs
    534 days ago
    That was an eventful year and it is nice to know you didn't give up. Praying your year will the best ever! emoticon emoticon
    534 days ago
    It has been quite the year for you...
    I guess it is time to start practicing getting ...
    all the way down to the floor and up again with out
    furniture assistance..
    It was a bit disconcerting to hear 6-months of thigh pain
    after your replacement surgery...
    I have been living with left-hip pain for a year or more
    and now have a referral to an orthopedic surgeon
    to determine if I should consider hip-replacement
    and if I am a candidate... to I dare go through with the surgery.
    I know more information that you wanted to hear.
    as to your job..
    just keep looking for your dream job...
    and hope that if you get it...
    it doesn't turn into a night-mare.
    When looking for a job I would say this little prayer..
    Please God if this is the job for me... make sure I get it..
    but if it isn't the job for me.. make sure I do NOT get it.

    534 days ago
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    Glad you had a hip replacement to which you are well adapted. Keep taking care of your health - you matter.
    534 days ago
    Hoping 2020 is better for you my friend
    534 days ago
    534 days ago
    emoticon Glad to hear that you found a job that you like. I am remote too but do go into the office 2 days a week. Several of my coworkers are there the same days so I do get some socialization. I am glad that you have no ill effects of your fall/surgery. That is a tough one. My uncle fell and fractured his hip. They repaired it but he is very mobile as a result. Of course, he's much older than you. He's 89. emoticon

    wishing you continued success on all fronts!
    534 days ago
    Best wishes for your health. That's great that you like your job.
    534 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    WoW... what a year you've had. I like the way you have accepted the bad with the good and focus on the best parts. I hope in another year you've met your work goals and are fit enough to get up off the floor by yourself. Wishing you best emoticon
    534 days ago
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    Wishing you a speedy recovery and stay focused on your fitness and weight management goals. Keep up the good work you are doing and wish you continued success. emoticon
    534 days ago
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