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I cannot believe it’s September already. I heard you’re supposed to start ordering Christmas gifts now if you want to get them by December 25th. I think I’ll wait till after Labor Day.

Oh, right, that’s Monday. 😉

I hope yours is a three-day weekend of rest and relaxation enjoying the end of summer. Ours will be a little different. (see below)

This will be a short newsletter because my only focus this week has been on prepping for Paul’s knee replacement surgery. I’ve had several years to get ready for it (that’s how long he’s been complaining of knee pain), but the process of getting a diagnosis, doing all the pre-op steps, stressing over Covid concerns, and scheduling the actual surgery seemed to happen like an avalanche.

But here we are at Fresno Surgical Hospital and there he goes…

We watched a video last night of an actual surgery. I’ll spare you the graphic details. Instead, here’s a kinder, gentler demo, in case you’re curious:
Total Knee Replacement Patient Animation.

To my profound surprise—and relief—the operation only lasted an hour and twenty minutes. I didn’t realize how anxious I was until his surgeon called and told me everything went really well. “No problems.”

But, as his doctor told us going in: “My job is easy. How successful it is depends on you, Paul.”

The real work starts now. So much for Labor Day. LOL!

Last week's Q&A was: Have you or anyone close to you contracted the Covid virus? Yes or No? My answer to that question changed recently. Not asking in a political way. Just wondering how things worked out. Well, I hope.

Thanks to ALL who replied. To the few who have remained untouched by Covid, I’m so happy you’re well. Please stay that way. To the rest of you, I’m so sorry for your losses, but your recovery stories were inspiring. Our daughter, who chose not to get the vaccine, was diagnosed as Covid positive two weeks ago. I’m happy to say she was able to recover at home without treatment. Her youngest daughters tested positive, but never got sick. Kelly’s symptoms were debilitating fatigue and joint pain. She really wishes she’d listened to her mother’s nagging and gotten the jab. 😉

My two randomly selected winners this week are:

Shirley Benat

Jean Brown

(Shirley and Jean congrats. Please email me your pick of either a $5 Starbucks or a $5 Amazon gift card.)


This week’s Q&AHave you or someone close to you had orthopedic surgery? Asking for a friend. Signed, Nurse Deb LOL. 😉

(Two winners will be chosen by random drawing to receive either a $5 Starbucks gift card or a $5 Amazon gift card. Please reply the usual ways:
email or on my DebraSalonenAuthor Facebook page.

Happy reading, my friends.


Upcoming: REHAB…on several fronts.



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