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05 Mar '18

I'M HAVING TWINS!

Posted by Patti Clancy

I'm_having_twins!

But something tells me I won't be grinning like this next week.  I'm not talking about new grand-babies, I'm talking bilateral total knee replacement. That's right, folks, a two for one special. 

 

Here's the situation: a picture tells a thousand words.

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In the past eleven days I've gone from, "I really need to do something about these knees", to "Holy crap, I'll have two new knees six days from now!" Everything happened so fast, but I've never had stars line up for me in such rapid order before, opening every door to make this possible in such a short space of time.

I dove into 50 hours of emails, phone calls, verifying insurance coverage, three trips to NY and back, one consult, nine pre-op appointments, and sleepless nights trying to talk myself out of it.  Each day, the chronic pain would sharpen my focus, though.

Meet my doc. Dr. Mark Figgie of Hospital for Special Surgery did a total hip replacement on me four years ago, which I am thankful for every day. I have complete trust in him to get me back in the game with my TKR's next Monday, Mar 12th. See for yourself what a respected, skillful surgeon he is in this video.

It's going to be a hard path to recovery, but with the help of my family, friends, and some awesome PT, I'm determined to power through this and 'g

 

I am certainly looking forward to pain-free dancing, hiking, biking, kneeling, walking, and working out - and the girlie side of me will be thrilled to actually wear a pair of heels again!

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Each knee will have a scar of course, but well worth the trade off for painless mobility.

Please feel free to share your battle stories with me on your own knee replacements!

15 Feb '18

The Yellow Notebook

Posted by Patti Clancy

The Yellow Notebook

When my kids were little, the best time-saving tactic I ever came up with was to plan my menus by the monthWe didn’t have Google to search for tips and ideas, and there wasn’t an app for that kind of thing, so of course I ‘wuz gonna’ write a witty how-to booklet about it and become rich and famous. That never happened, but this worn out book with hundreds of pages of monthly menus served me well by eliminating that age old question: "What should I make for dinner tonight?"

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We had three kids at that time and here’s an example of what our family ate during the week ( I don’t do weekends OR windows). If you look all the way on the right, you can see what it cost to feed a family of five in 1988!

January_1988_menu

 

I found a few other clues in this notebook that told me I had been using it for 45 years!

The clipped comic strip, and newspaper photo of a kid at a fair that I had taped inside when I was in art school in May of 1973. I thought the comic was hysterical and that the little boy was the cutest thing ever! I still think the funny is very funny, and I bet the little boy is a very cute younger man of 50-something.

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The notebook held one more surprise. I had cut out an article in April of ’86 because it had info on how to publish your own 'wuz gonna' book, and when I flipped it over, I saw references to several people I knew in the lead article - including the president of my senior class, Mark Powers.

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Cheers to the bits of my history in the little yellow note book.