I’m almost there, now two days until surgery. It is the third surgery on this ankle, and three will hopefully be the magic number.

I’ve been doing everything that I can think of that I won’t be able to do once I get home Monday.

I have to be at the hospital at 5 a.m. Monday morning, and my surgery is scheduled for 7 a.m. At 5 a.m., I’m supposed to have pre-surgery tests done. Lab work, I imagine.

In Two Days Until Surgery, I'm looking outside at my patio and yard gardens.

Since Kasi lives close to the hospital that’s about 10 miles away, Steve will drive me to her house. We will be taking my new scooter for after surgery.

She and I will go to the hospital from there. I’ll be so glad to get this over with.

Two Days Until Surgery:

I’m almost there. And if my luck holds and I only have the arthroscopic surgery (he’ll know once he sees the damage to the ankle) then my cast will only be needed for 2 weeks. And then I would graduate to a protective boot.

I have my scooter ready and I ordered a thick pad for my knee because I have knobby knees. Last night the memory foam leg support arrived. I took it out of the tight plastic casing. It has to inflate over a 24-hour period.

The water-proof leg cast cover is the last thing I (hopefully) need, and it should arrive tomorrow.

Water-proof leg cast cover for after my ankle surgery.

All The Planning:

I have ordered a 24-bottle case of individual servings of liquid Carnation Instant Breakfast.

And I also ordered Nature’s Garden Healthy Trail Mix Snack Packs. These include mixed nuts, Omega-3 rich cranberries, and pumpkin seeds.

So these two types of food are here and should cover me for breakfast and lunch for a while. I also ordered Welch’s fruit snacks in a box of 40 individual servings.

In Two Days Until Surgery, I ordered a red insulated coffee mug so I can have my morning coffee.
Of course red…

Plus I ordered the insulated stainless steel coffee cup with a leakproof lid. That should cover me with my one cup of morning coffee in getting it from the kitchen to my chair without spilling it.

Books, TV & Conversations With All Of You:

I have books to read and TV shows or movies to watch on one of the streaming channels. And of course I have my daily conversations with all of you.

This book, All Cat Are On The Autism Spectrum

Autism Spectrum Disorder:

I also ordered a book I recently learned about. It is called “All Cats Are On The Autism Spectrum” by Kathy Hoopmann. It has insightful information about people who are on the spectrum.

First written in 2006, the writer updated it in 2020 to include the new name for the diagnosis: autism spectrum disorder.

A Note From The Author: Fifteen years ago, it was considered empathetic to say that there is a little bit of Asperger’s in us all. Now that statement is recognized as not only incorrect but insulting to those on the spectrum as it belittles the very real challenges they face daily.

It is a short book, only 65 pages, written for adults as well as children. There is a cute kitten or cat on every page depicting the struggles of those with autism.

On one page she writes: Daily rituals comfort them. And they get worried if their schedules or surroundings are changed.

If you know someone on the autism spectrum, you might give them this book as a gift. Or you might read this book yourself to understand the diversity of the autistic community.

Two Days Until Surgery, And Thank You:

I want to thank all of you for your support through the many months of ankle pain. It has made my world smaller because of the inability to get around.

I’m not complaining, because I have a rich life. With all of you as friends and allies, how could I not?

I have still had a garden, though it has changed with the years in how I create it. And I have a lovely new apartment. Not to mention the friends I have made here. They have been wonderful, as you know.

It’s A Wonderful Life Quotes:

George’s younger brother Harry, in “It’s A Wonderful Life” raised his glass in a toast. It was one of the final scenes from the movie. He speaks of the theme of wealth and how it is measured.

“You See, George, You Really Had a Wonderful Life…”

From It’s A Wonderful Life

As well as this statement:

“Remember, George: No Man is a Failure Who Has Friends.”

From It’s A Wonderful Life

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  1. Praying for a successful and easy surgery and a quick recovery. It sounds as if you are really prepared which is good so you can take it easy during recovery and enjoy some down time.

  2. Brenda you are certainly not a failure! You are surrounded by great new neighbors, caring daughters and grandchildren and so many friends who follow your posts. We are all wishing you a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Many blessings sent your way and prayers for your surgeon as well.

  3. Wishing you a successful procedure and a speedy recovery! Such a blessing that you are in a wonderful community with caring and supportive new friends! (((Hugs!)))

  4. Thinking about you as you get ready for your surgery…I certainly hope it can all be done arthroscopically. Otherwise, sounds like you’re all set! I’m sure if you need anything, that your daughters or neighbor-friends can help you out.

  5. Sending all good thoughts your way for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. It sounds like you’ve covered all your bases (needs) to make life as easy as possible as you recover. It must be very comforting for you to have Steve so close by knowing he can help you if needed. Fingers crossed that all goes well, and that this surgery will finally give you relief from the pain you’ve been dealing with for so long.

  6. Good luck with your surgery. Just remember healing takes time. I had my hip replaced three months ago. Slow but sure. I hope all goes well for you.

  7. Wishing you the best of outcomes and speedy recovery. Hopefully you won’t over do…….. Lol. Sounds like you have everything covered and then some. You are an inspiration.

    1. Today I’ve been driving the knee scooter around, seeing what furniture might need to be moved a bit for easier movement around the apartment.

  8. I am hoping for the very best outcome for you,Brenda. We’re all here keeping you in our thoughts and hearts.
    So good of Steve to get you to Kasi’s and then of her to get you to the surgery. I’m glad your surgery is early – sounds like you’re first of the day?
    The book sounds so good – I may first see if I can reserve it at the library.

  9. Brenda, good wishes to you Monday and the coming weeks.
    One suggestion I haven’t seen in the comments, a cup holder for your walker. My friend said it was a real life saver.

      1. Oh good. That cup holder and pack will be so helpful.
        Take it slow esp this first week and give your body time to properly heal. We’ll all be thinking good thoughts your way.

  10. Wishing you the best possible outcome and a speedy, uneventful recovery!
    Be kind to yourself during your recovery. All will be well.

  11. We will all be rooting for you, some of us praying, and others no doubt just wishing good things to come to you, Brenda! So nice of Steve to help out in this way as well as Kasi. Remember that the first 3 days after a surgery tend to be the worst…so focus on getting past those 3 days…and please be careful to not overdo. Healing takes time and seems as we age, it takes longer too…but still should happen!!

  12. I will pray for a successful surgery and an easy recovery. I think all of us here wish we lived close by and could stop into visit you!

  13. Sounds like you’ve thought of everything, Brenda. Will be thinking of you Monday morning and hoping this surgery will be the solution you so deserve.

  14. Good luck Brenda. Sending positive vibes your way. I wish you a speedy recovery and days without pain. Take good care

  15. We are all thinking of you and hoping for the best. 💚Are you comfortable providing an address so we can send you Happy Mail? A Post Office box or an address of a relative, perhaps. If not I certainly understand. Take good care.

  16. Sounds like your doctor has planned this surgery out well in advance. Will
    be sending positive vibes to you and your medical staff Monday morning. The third time is the charm! And how kind of Steve to take you to your daughters!! You have really lucked out in this new place and I am so happy for you❣️❣️

    1. Steve gets up really early, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch for him. Otherwise, Kasi was going to have to come to get me and the scooter and drive all the way back. I’m very thankful to both of them.

    1. I’ve tried to think of everything. Doing laundry today. Have my camera battery plugged in so that will be in tip-top shape when I need it. I’ve moved my medication next to my bed to make getting to it easier. I’ve changed the sheets and left off the top sheet so I don’t get tangled up in it. I’m pretty organized and constantly thinking of things that could help me after surgery.

  17. I haven’t been around the past couple of days. Spending time in a ‘funk’. I hate when that happens.
    I’ve completely caught up with you and I see you’re very prepared for Monday and days after. You got this and hopefully everything will be much better with that pesky ankle.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Sending healing hugs, as well.
    Enjoy your Saturday and Sunday.

  18. Good luck with your surgery Monday Brenda! I’m confident that everything will go well, but you’ll still be in my thoughts and prayers friend!
    Stay cool, it’s in the 90’s today here so summer is here! Ugh! I like it in the 70’s! Lol Well it’s shorts and tank tops now.

  19. It appears you have thought of everything possible. I pray this is the answer for your ankle, that the surgery goes well, and that your recovery is smooth and swift.

  20. I am an introverted homebody who for the most part, am fine with that. For me it is so much easier to communicate comments on my iPad. My husband just asked what was I doing. I answered, “checking on my friend Brenda”. Wishing you a peaceful weekend and you will be in my thoughts Monday.

    1. I think I’ll be fine. Usually Steve and I eat supper a couple of times a week. I told him I’d pay if he’d go fetch it. Typically he pays, then I pay, etc. He and I have keys to each other’s apartment in case of emergency, falling, etc. because we’re next-door neighbors. My girls have my keys too.

  21. Good Luck with your surgery. I lost my beloved 14 year old Maddie dog 2 weeks ago and NOW truly understand you deep-down hurting heart!

      1. Cindy, I’m so sorry. This morning I teared up over Charlie. It’s been one year this month since I lost him. But Ivy was right behind my chair, so I got myself together. It upsets her to see me upset.

  22. I hope it all goes well and proves to be a good fix. Take it easy, none of that “I should be doing…..” lol Wishing you a good recovery and better mobility.

  23. I do hope that everything goes well for you on Monday Brenda. It certainly seems that you have everything figured out for when you get home. You are very well organized.

    I will keep you in my thoughts on Monday.

  24. Brenda, I am raising a 12 year old great grandson with mild autism. I think I will get this book for both of us to read. He definitely likes routine and boundaries. He is a bit OCD. I think that is part of it. He comes along behind me and rearranges things (how I set the table, closing cupboard doors and drawers in the kitchen, lining up the shoes left by the back door). I love it. He keeps me on my toes. He is so very, very smart and I learn so much from him. I am 75 and he always amazes me with information I knew nothing about. Thanks for the book information. Sandra

    1. You’re like my great-grandma raising me, well, until she died when I was 13. Good for you for taking care of this precious boy. I think he will enjoy the book and you as well. I cried when I read it the first time. Because it was like finally: Someone really understood. That boy will keep you organized!

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