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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Grandma's new knees!

On Monday, Grandmom had knee replacement (arthroplasty) surgery at Grand View Hospital on BOTH knees! We stopped by for a visit Tuesday afternoon and Thursday night...

On Tuesday, Grandmom was groggy and a little dizzy (for those of you who just thought "that's normal" for Mom... you should be ashamed!! I don't mean the naive kind of "dizzy"... I'm talking about the "I'm going to fall down the room is spinning" kind of dizzy). Mom said her blood pressure dropped to 7/6 that morning!!?? I'm not a Dr.. but I think Mom may have the numbers wrong because she never mentioned that she also went into shock... so my guess is that her BP dropped to 70/60 . Anyway, she wasn't doing that great and was ticked at Carla for talking her into having the surgery... but she was able to get out of bed to go to therapy (despite her effort in trying to convince Bob, the physical therapist, that she may get dizzy). She walked a few steps then into a wheelchair, where she was able to do most of the leg exercise. It's amazing how quick she was able get out of her hospital bed the day after the surgery.
We went back on Thursday and had dinner with Mom. She looked 100% better and ready to go... earlier that day she walked the entire length of the hospital corridor with her walker. Mom showed Sydney and Sophia the huge lateral incision on her knee which was held together by staples. Sophia was sitting beside on her on the bed with her face 6 inches away from the incision. Each time Grandmom would cover it back up, Sophia would begin to cry so Mom would show it to her again and again. I'm not sure if she was just fascinated by it or what, but it made us laugh.... maybe she'll be a doctor when she grows up (although if she anything like her Mother, I doubt it!).

Four days after surgery, Mom is now home and "kicking it up" around the house! Okay, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but she is doing great. Yesterday, the girls made Grandmom and Grandpop Lasagna for dinner... Sophia took Sydney's lead on how to do it. Daddy and Sydney went for a quick visit to drop it off so they could eat it for dinner last night. Sydney really enjoyed making the Lasagna... she keeps telling us that she wants Grandmom to feel better. Oh yeah, the other night she told Bob, she wanted to go visit her "New" Grandmom (with the "new" knees).... so sweet! Grandnma's got brand new knees, her legs are straight and she's looking great!!

Sydney's perfectly arranged "oven ready" pasta sheets. I did not realize it, until the 3rd layer that it should be 4 across-overlapped.

Sophia is still in a daze from her nap

Sophia watching how her big sis does it...

2 sheets of Lasagna =

  • 4 lbs of browned ground meat and sausage with EVO & garlic,

  • 8++ cups of Mozzarella,

  • 30+ oz of ricotta,

  • 4 eggs,

  • oregano & basil for seasoning,

  • 2 cups of Locatelli (YUM!),

  • 3 1/2 jars of Barilla sauce,

  • 2 packs of Barilla oven ready pasta sheets.

the finished product... and she's still smiling after all that work!

Now off to Grandmom's with Daddy....
Sydney was upset that she couldn't stay longer at Grandma's house.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm, Yummy!! Barilla is my favorite and I'm stock piling those noodles :-) The girls are getting SO big and are just gorgeous. I love checking in on the Brandt's.

Susie said...

Didn't mean to be anonymous! That was me :-)

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