A Personal Message

Tomorrow I am having left knee replacement surgery and I can hardly wait.  It was way back in February that I was told I needed surgery but being the hard-headed Scandinavian that I am, I just didn’t think it was that bad so I refused.  I started using a cane almost full time in July.  Here I am last August.

I saw my family doctor in July and she tried another shot in my knee which did not help at all.  After having that injection, I was closed out of surgery for 90 days.  So I have been very miserable for months.
When I saw my surgeon a month ago, I knew I was in for a scolding.  He told me my knee was much worse – the bone was crumbling from the inside out and I had done damage to the muscles and tendons.  He suggested he might need to use rods to stabilize my leg.  Ugh.

i have driven the golf cart for months – back and forth to the barn, to the garden, anywhere I needed to walk outside.  Just wanting another cup of coffee was a big decision since it meant walking to the pantry again to make it.  Lots of times I opted out.  Vacuuming one handed is nearly impossible while the cane is in the other hand just for balance.  So many things I just never thought about!  And since I just didn’t have much choice, I went ahead and did lots of things that were quite hard.

So now you know why Reed and I have not been on any adventures all summer and fall.  He called tonight to wish me well and I promised him we’d make up for lost time just as soon as I could walk again.  I miss him so much and I miss being able to walk and do things.  The only place I’ve gone in the last few months is church and grocery store but I had to quit getting groceries recently because I can’t handle  a cane and a cart at the same time!  Rick has had to take over the shopping.  I’ve been ordering all my pet supplies from Amazon since late last winter.
I have purposely not said anything about this surgery on the blog because I am very aware I screwed up when I thought I could tough it out.  This has been some of the worst months of my life!  I honestly think the surgical pain can’t be much worse than what I’ve been living with so any advice you think I need, think again.  I don’t.  All I need is surgery!

I’m taking my IPad to the hospital with me so if I have any news I will let you know.  Connie and I are filling orders in the morning since I don’t have to be there till noon.  I wish I had to be there at 7 but I didn’t luck out with one of the earlier surgery times.  My van is loaded with junk marked for Gypsy Junk Fest and Becky will meet Connie at the location.  Poor Connie has to do this whole show on her own and Becky has to deliver my stuff, pick up what’s left, take care of the dogs and do the evening chores.  I’m so worried about my tribe – it’s going to get so cold and I want them in the barn at night.  I’ve tried to get everything prepared for everybody – hope I didn’t miss anybody.

Now I’m just whining and rambling!   I can drink beer till midnight I know you wish me luck!  Thanks!



220 thoughts on “A Personal Message

  1. Julie D

    Prayers to you on your surgery today. Wishing you a speedy recovery! Also, I want to tell you that I absolutely love, love, love the new book! I was so excited to get it in the mail and thank you for your little message. So many quilts in there I would really like to make! The cover quilt is just awesome! You girls certainly have a knack for putting fabrics together!!

  2. Patty T.

    Mary- I’m sending good thoughts and healing prayers your way. I had a hip replacement – could barely walk- so I understand your pain. I hope your recovery goes well!

  3. Bonnie M Specchio

    Mary sending you prayers and positive thought for your surgery! I’m sure you will make a great recovery and be back up to speed in no time. God bless you and keep you.

  4. Emily

    Thoughts and prayers for you, Mary. I hope you have a successful surgery and recuperation.
    Take care

  5. Karen Gaither

    Mary I know who you feel. I have lived with pain, and you pray surgery will be less paid than before. For me it has the 16 days post surgery, except the two I days I over did it! Last night bring my worst.
    You are lucky you could have a beer the night before. I had no alcohol the week before. Day 11, I went to eat Mexican food and had a great margarita!
    You will do great!

  6. B Campbell

    All the very best to you, Mary! I had a knee replacement 2 years ago and didn’t have a minute of problems. You will not think there is any pain with the surgery and recovery, after the pain you’ve had already. Sending love to you and all your caretakers. Enjoy being spoiled!

  7. Terry

    Now that the surgery’s over, the mending can begin. Praying for a fast recovery and sending you a hug. God bless you, Dear Mary.

  8. Cinders

    Wow! You have received so many, many get well messages, I must submit one to you as well! While the recovery from the surgery will be painful, it will be good pain as you will be on the mend. I had a partial knee replacement in 2016, and so necessary, I couldn’t tough it out any longer, either. Physical therapy is so important, and you will do that so you will be mobile on your own once again. Take care.

  9. DIane Sullivan

    Good luck, Mary. I had a knee replacement six years ago and am so glad I did. I pretty much wore out my knee by running 15 marathons…but I wouldn’t take it back for a moment. The first few weeks of recovery are hard, but do all the physical therapy they give you. It’s so important for your recovery! I’m 74 now and am walking 2 miles daily pretty much. ❤️

  10. Nancy

    I know it is hard; but, always do exactly as your Dr. and PT tell you. You are strong and you can do this. You will be dancing on New Years Eve!💃🏼

  11. Kasi Cotton

    Prayers for successful surgery. Had both of mine replaced in 2012. Best thing I have ever done! Do your therapy!!!

  12. Jennie

    Mary just look at the positive thoughts going your way. So many praying for you, so many friends. You have truly been blessed. Jennie

  13. Sharon Cervenka

    Thinking of you, and I know you will “power” through afterwards. I know friends who have had replacement surgery and are so glad/grateful later. May you be as happy! Take care, and let us know how you are.

  14. Donni Benson

    Good luck with your surgery! I had a total shoulder replacement surgery 4 months ago now and am so much happier. My surgeon told me I probably should have done it a year ago so you are not alone in the procrastination club!

  15. Kaye

    Mary I was sad to hear you’ve been in so much pain. You’re such a hard worker ! Ive thought about you several time today,it was traveling. Prayers the knee surgery all went well and the Pt goes well too!

  16. Margie from Ohio

    Mary, good luck with your surgery. Many of us will be praying for you. You do so much for so many, it is time to take care of yourself. Please take care and be kind to yourself.

  17. Beryl BC

    Prayers for you and your care team. Physical therapy is great and you will be on the move before long again.

  18. Diane in WI

    You’re on my prayer list. I had my right knee done two years ago. I am so happy with the results. Be sure to be faithful doing the exercises. It makes a world of difference. I’ll say my prayer for your animals, too. They will have great care. Relax and look forward to the day your knee feels better.

  19. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    By the time you get this it will all be over and hope you are up and “attum” pretty quick. So many of us have been thru this and the new knees are a blessing. You will have lots to read when you are up to it. With all the prayers being sent your way you should be on the road to recovery quickly. Hugs and love with prayers,.

  20. Susan the Farm Quilter

    My mom was a “block-headed Swede” according to my dad…I guess it would apply to all of Scandinavia…that’s insane pain! Praying for your fast and full recovery.

  21. Joyce from NY

    Good luck to you Mary, you will soon be out & about doing all the things you do.

  22. Judy

    Oh, Mary, Prayers from Texas coming your way! These comments are GREAT encouragement! Take care and when you need a pick-me-up, just blog HI and we will all reply!

    Heat is finally over in Texas and today it is raining! Glorious Glorious rain!

    Many Hugs,
    Judy in Texas

  23. Kathy Bahn

    Praying for successful surgery and a speedy recovery. The therapy is tough but with all the pain you’ve
    been going through prior to your surgery, it will be a piece of cake for you! Why do we put things off like
    we do? As so many have told you, do all that your PT tells you to do! Pushing yourself through it is so very
    vital to your recovery! As others have told you, your ice pack will become your new best friend! With your
    “Stick to it” attitude, it will be a cakewalk for you! God Bless and looking forward to reading your blog again
    when you’re up to it!!

  24. Freda in Alabama

    Mary, you have gotten so many incurring replies there is not much I can add, but Our prayers will be with you! You have gotten lots of advice and to that I will add that you need to do as you are told, not more & not less!
    Those that you have helped thru the years will see that you get the help that you need, so your part is to just let people help you!!! Put the mother Hen & her Chicks in the Barn and let them stay there !!! Herding Chickens is close to herding CATS!!! You are loved by all of us! Don’t get stressed if you can’t blog us very often! Beer & Sweets will slow your healing so keep that in mind ! Freda in AL.

  25. Candy

    Good luck with your surgery and recovery! As you have done for many others, others will do for you … don’t feel bad letting them!

  26. Helen Jane (TX)

    Hi Mary…Thoughts and Prayers sent your way with plenty of get well wishes…

  27. Janice Hebert

    Love and best wishes for a speedy recovery Mary. So good to have Becky and Rick helping. Wish I could be there to help too! Jan in MA

  28. Penny C Maryland

    You are a tough, strong lady Mary. Be good about doing your home exercises and physical therapy and you will be up and about in no time. Sending much love and prayers.

  29. Marian

    My best thoughts to you, Mary! We will miss you but take all the time you need to recuperate. I bet it won’t take long before you are back on the horse! Good luck with your surgery.

  30. Jeri

    My prayers are with you Mary. I’m sure Becky will take good care of the Tribe, she’ll have momma Ben to help her. Isn’t wonderful to have a husband who will get groceries for you! I’m so sad to hear you have been suffering for so very long I had no idea. Bless you and yours
    Jeri in Texas

  31. Martha

    I’m having mine done Nov 4th. And I will be so glad when it’s over and the pain is gone. I had my right knee done 2 hrs ago and had no trouble recovering. BUT do your physical therapy. Makes all the difference!! The worse thing about recovery is waiting for the swelling to go down..3 maybe 4 months. But I’m telling you that you will feel so much better!!!
    Good Luck!!!!

  32. Nikki M in Tx

    You will be in my prayers.
    Do your rehab exercises & all will be fine.
    Since you can’t have beer for a few days..I will bite the bullet & drink for you!

  33. barbara woods

    my Sis had hers done in August , she is on vacation right now! Hang it there it will be lots better

  34. Patricia G Hayes

    MARY, You just wrote a note from me, haha. Or I should say could have been written by me. YOUR wording is about what I would write also. I am so tired of feeling so bad with pain and the unavailability to do things in my life as I usually have done in my elder lifetime.
    My surgery is Nov 4, meet my dr on Tues, will get my surgery time tomorrow for the surgery. You got noon, I too, sure hope mine is soon as you had wished for.
    I am assuming you are having knee, I guess i did not know just what your surgery is for. Mine is knee. Uh Oh just read all your advices and see yours is knee also, yes for sure.
    I am a lot older than you so will let you know how well you will do for you as you are a kid!!!! uh oh you need to let me know as you are a few days sooner than me to have this surgery.
    Prayers that you do well and all your thingies get done for you as you read and rest.!!! Piffle/Pat

  35. Patti in West Barnstable

    I’m so glad you’re getting the knee fixed. When you wrote a few times telling us you couldn’t sleep, I thought it was the knee. God bless and we’ll say prayers!

  36. Carmen

    Good Luck! Actually, I think that talking about messing up and waiting could help people. I did the same with bunion surgery. I waited waaaay to long, and now one toe should have surgery to fix it. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  37. Lisa in eastern Washington state

    Praying for your successful surgery and a speedy recovery! You will be up and going in no time! God bless you and keep you.

  38. Michelle L King

    Wishing you a quick recovery. You will feel better after surgery. I will be thinking of you!

  39. Jackie Baumhauer

    Mary, You look very good in the picture, but will look even better without the walker. Good luck with your surgery…you will be so glad that you had it done. Prayers for a speedy recovery. God Bless

  40. Janet M

    Thinking of you, Mary. You are such a caring person but now is the time to take care of yourself.
    (Yes, my ads were for help with knee pain. Go figure!!) Follow the Dr.s orders and you will be
    out and about in no time at all. Prayers for fast healing.

  41. Janine

    Mary, sending lots of prayers to you and your medical team. You will be dancing a jig before long! Every person I know that has had the surgery says it’s a godsend, and I’m sure you will feel the same. You have so many people from around the world rallying behind you and wishing you love and strength. Hope you can feel that.

  42. Charlotte Buchanan

    Had mine a year ago after 3 years of shots!!! If I had known how wonderful it would be I would Have never Waited!!! You will be so glad! Therapy is critical!!! Don’t skip any of it! Good luck and praying for a quick recovery! 🙏🏼

  43. Pam in Waterloo

    Best wishes to you, Mary. I’ve been down that road too. For all those reading this blog: Have this surgery done sooner, rather than later. Will you have your therapy at home? Will Rick be home to help you?
    Offer your pain and worries up to the Lord, the greatest healer of all time. You are on my prayer list.

  44. Brenda archambault

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Don’t be stubborn. Let Everyone wait on you for a change. After pt, just sit there, pad and pencil handy, and make lists of what needs to be done but don’t do them yourself. Sometimes we think we are invincible (you are!) and nobody else can do it. It’s time to read a good book, design a new quilt, whatever…. and let others take care of you, Wonder Woman that you are. Thinking of you today, and always.

  45. Kathy

    good luck on your knee replacements prayers for you that you recovered soon my husband had both of his done and he’s doing great so hoping for the same for you👍👍❤

  46. Sue in Oregon

    It is 8:02 AM here so by now you are at the hospital with probably very mixed emotions. Oh, Mary….I wish you the very, very best surgery ever. And the speediest recovery, too.
    I was quite stunned to read your blog this morning. We all knew you were having knee issues but had no clue as to just how bad it really was. Now, though, it will get better and better each day.
    Love your new book.

  47. Pam W.

    Mary, I’m glad you’re to the point that you’re ready for the knee replacement. I had both of mine done at the same time about 7 years ago and was glad to get it over with. You must really have a high pain tolerance to put it off this long. Maybe that’ll mean that you recover quickly! Wishing you a successful surgery and speedy recovery.
    About 3 weeks ago, I slipped on the steps going down to the basement (where all my sewing & crafts are!) and shattered my femur and broke my fibula. Now I have a metal plate and 11 screws which will take 6 months to heal. At first I was told I wouldn’t be able to put any weight on my left leg for 3 months, but it looks like I might start next month. I feel very lucky (other than the fall itself) that I seem to be recovering quickly. It could have been so much worse.
    I’ll look forward to your posts after your surgery, as I look forward to all of them!

  48. Donna

    I had my left knee replaced 2 years ago. Even on the way to the hospital I told my husband I wasn’t sure about doing this but it’s was such an easy surgery and though the rehab was long it was bad compared to the pain before surgery it wasn’t too bad. 4 hours after surgery I was walking up a flight of stairs. One piece of advice ice,ice,ice several times a day and flex your knee as much as you can. I truly hope yours is as easy as mine was. Do your exercises as you’re told and be leary of the pain meds. I only took a half before I went to therapy the first 2 times but I’m hard headed when it comes to pain meds. I know pain tolerences are different for each person. Good luck for a speedy recovery. Oh one other thing… it’s okay to whine and ask for help when you need it.


    Mary just take it easy and do what the Doctors say. I had my first knee done when I was 50 and that was 24 years ago. The second one done 20 years ago. I’m so happy I did it. The pain from the surgery is nothing compared to the before. I know it’s hard to make up your mind. To be free of that pain you will be a new person. Prayers be with you. You will do great. Nancy Pleimann

  50. Montana Kathy

    Thinking of you and sending lots of good wishes. It’s hard to keep the energizer bunny down, so we know you’ll be back at ‘em in no time! Better than ever. If positive and loving thoughts from everyone count towards a speedy recovery, you’ve got this covered!

  51. Holly in Two Harbors

    Good luck, Mary, and hopes for a swift recovery. I’m so sorry you’ve been having such a rough time! Better days are ahead!

  52. Micky

    I can recall the hip pain I had for 3 years. I had no pain after the surgery. Prayers and Peace

  53. Mary Rhodes

    Positive wishes your way! Prayers to healing. You tried now get it done. Ortho surgeon I seen doesn’t want surgery unless you r ready. I understand where you coming from ! Got same problem but dont know if arthritis or the joint! You will be great!

  54. PJ

    Wishing you well with your surgery n a speedy recovery !!🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️

  55. Wendy

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!!! Trust that your friends/family will step up and do your chores for you and I imagine will be happy to do so. You are such a giver and care taker – try to enjoy it when people can do for you as well. You’ll be back to it in no time.

  56. Lynn Handberg

    I hada total left hip 2 and a half weeks ago and am recovering well. Your knee recovery will be longer than my hip, but it will make a big difference in your ability to live life painfree again! best of luck to you, Mary, on your recovery. Don’t tough it out, take the pain meds when offered!

  57. Patricia Bradford

    Praying for a speedy recovery. Knee replacement is a breeze. Learned my lesson on the first one because I waited so long. Did the second one before I did too much damage. Just do exactly what your dr. & PT person says. You’ll be back doing everything you want soon.

  58. Diane Bauer

    Haha! All the ads for this post for me were for orthopedic surgery centers in my area!!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Seriously? How is that possible? Wonder if we should test this theory and blog about something bizarre!

  59. Claudia Sheets

    😂Okay! I see the orthopedic surgeon tomorrow morning and was seriously thinking I can tough this out. I don’t need surgery. So now I’m thinking maybe I’ll take everyone’s advice to you and listen to what the doctor says!!! I’ll check in on you to see how it goes! It’s hard to keep a good Norwegian down! Prayers for a speedy recovery Mary!!!

  60. Lillian H Whitworth

    I went through the same thing not wanting to have surgery.I had my left knee done about a year ago and so glad I did.You will do great and soon you will be out and about.

  61. Diane Bauer

    Prayers for successful surgery and quick and complete recovery! I think you will be happy you went through with the surgery. My Dad should have had his replaced many years ago but never did, and I think he really regrets it (heart issues now mean he no longer has the option). My sister and brother-in-law have both had theirs done and are very pleased.

    Please be gentle with yourself, Mary. You made the best decision you could at the time you made it. Now you are making a different decision. No regrets! We do the best we can! Take gentle care!

  62. Jan from TN

    Oh Mary, so sorry! All will be so much better after your surgery. Thoughts & prayers 🙏 are with you throughout your surgery & recovery! Good luck❣️
    Hugs 🤗🤗🤗

  63. Cathy Platzer

    More than luck I’m praying Jesus’s healing touch, on one of special ladies.
    Praying God works through your surgeon. Knowing you are in the best Hands, I trust you will be back encouraging all of us very soon.

  64. Paula Philpot

    I hate that you have been in so much misery. Hoping the Dr. will be able to fix everything so you will be back in the yard doing what you love to do. Prayers for you. Make sure Connie lets us know how everything goes. Paula in KY

  65. Linda

    God bless you & your surgeon today!
    Cheers to a speedy recovery & getting back your old life! 🍻

  66. Cheryl

    The good thing about waiting too long is that surgery pain just replaces current pain….. I had my knee done inApril and drove two weeks later. Recovery takes time. Do yourPT. Rest and be patient with yourself. In five months or sooner, you will better than ever!

  67. Sharon Ernst

    Dear Sweet Mary —. We all procrastinate in our own ways. You are just being human! And the best part is that you’re taking care of it! This surgery will probably be the best thing you’ve ever done “just for you”! I’ll be praying for you! Just think …. you might be RUNNING in the Spring!!

  68. Dee

    I hope all goes well and you can recover fast so you can enjoy doing things with Reed and your animals again.

  69. Diane in Maryland

    You are not whining – just telling us! We all wish we could be there to help you! Boy, that would be a crowd of people, huh?! You’ve got a BIG prayer circle here for you. We all love you and wish you a speedy recovery !

  70. Marsha Ransom

    So glad you are finally getting surgery. My niece just had double knee replacements and she said the pain after surgery was not as bad as the pain before. She doesn’t have to tip side to side to walk; she feels like a kid again. I hope yours goes well, too!

  71. Meri in SoVa

    Prayers for skilled hands to perform surgery and to care for you. Virtual hugs and more prayers for your recovery! We are with you all the way!

  72. Kate Schloemer

    Good luck Mary. Sending you lots of prayers and good wishes. I had my knee done a year ago so know what you are going through. All will be better.

  73. Ellie

    Joining with so many others to wish and pray for a successful surgery and quick recovery! The physical therapist is your friend, even though you may think he or she is torturing you! That’s the key to good recovery. You have some hard work ahead but at the end you will be so happy the pain is behind you! God bless!

  74. Jody Randall

    I’ve had both my knees replaced! You will feel so much better within a couple weeks after surgery. Just do all the exercises that the PT’s give you and you’ll be so surprised at how fast you will come along. Wishing you all the best tomorrow!!

  75. Terri

    I wished I lived closer to you, I would take care of your farm children’s you did not have to worry.May God bless you during surgery and recovery.

  76. Elaine Kopischke-Trejo

    Everyone I know who has had knee surgery is SO happy they did it! No more pain! I pray all goes well for you also. Be sure to do the physical therapy as that is key to getting all movement back! Best of luck to you!!!!

  77. Kris in Naperville

    Praying that the surgery goes well and you are on the mend quickly. Thinking of you!

  78. Sharon Lowy

    You will be so much better in a week but you really better do what your Dr. says during recovery! 🙏🙏❤️

  79. Deb Harrison

    Mary, wishing you the best new knee in the business! You have done all you can for your tribe, now it is time to be pampered! All that you are worried about will turn out well; God is in charge! Rest and be good for the pt people. I watched them do amazing things with my Wichita sister’s complete shoulder replacement…..complete with the crumbly bones! Love and healing to you in my prayers!

  80. Donna Albright

    My friend Doris put off her knee replacement surgery for a long time. After the first knee surgery, she said it was soooo much less painful than she had imagined. The next year she had the other knee done because she didn’t realize how much she had favored it and it hurt too. She is now mended and back in full farming mode…..cattle and hay. So you know that it involves fence, new babies in the spring, moving from pasture to pasture, etc. Plus she works full time! And she is our age!!! You will be amazed at how much better you feel. So, needless to say, hang in there and soon you will be out and about in full force!!!

  81. Vicki

    Physical therapy will be key. A friend told me he both praised his therapist and cursed him, but it was because of therapy that he got better so much faster with all the mobility he wanted. Best to you.

  82. Brenda Fiedler

    I have just been a new reader on your blog but a big admirer, but I had to send healer thoughts and prayers for your surgery. I will be praying for you for a speedy recovery. Lots of rest and prayers from South Carolina.

  83. Kathy Roloff

    Best of luck Mary! This is a very tough surgery, but I know you will come through better than ever. Follow what the docs and physical therapists say, so you can have a successful recovery. Again, best of luck!

  84. Jeanne Hoffman

    Dearest Mary,
    My best wishes for your surgery and recovery. Know that we all love you, and will be pulling for you.
    P.S. Rehab will be the time for you to catch up on your reading, and handwork. Hugs.

  85. Susan K

    Speedy recovery! And just think of all the adventures you and Reed will be able to have next summer!

  86. Rosalie

    Prayers for smooth surgery and recovery.
    You are motivated to do all your rehab and get back to your animals and family and friends. Looking forward to hearing of your progress.

  87. Pat Smith

    Nothing could be worse than you’ve been living with. While I knew you needed to have a knee replaced, I had no idea that your knee had gotten this bad. You certainly aren’t a complainer! I can’t understand how you did all the things you have to do on a farm with a non functioning knee. I live in a retirement community in FL in the winter, and so many have had joint replacements. It’s so common it’s down to a science here as I’m sure it is in our age group in Iowa. I’ll be thinking of you and your animals today.

  88. Patricia b

    Bless your heart! You’re like most of us, so busy taking care of others we fail to take care of ourselves.
    Now you must take care of you and please do. 🙂 Although, I wish I lived closer…I could take the beautiful momma hen and babies and love them Oh, what a beautiful fam!🥰. But onto serious things, You will do well with this and take the time to rest in rehab and learn all the tricks to using that new apparatus they put in the leg so you will be able to jump right back into things, cautiously of course when you return. Love and prayers from a fellow quilter. Patricia b

  89. Sue

    I’m six months out from my second knee replacement. Your muscles will yell for awhile. It is worth the physical therapy and work at home. I promise. Ice will be your best friend. Have a bath chair. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I promise it is worth the surgery. Sue in East Tennessee

  90. Susan Jonak

    Good luck, lovely lady! Wishing you the best for a pain free future! You do so much for others, now it’s time to take care of yourself.

  91. Carol at Pin Oak Quilting

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I’m sure the first three days will be rough, but once you’re on the mend, you will be so glad to have that bum knee long gone. Extra prayers will be said for your tribe of furry/feathered friends, that they stay safe, warm and dry. Maybe they will give you a beer flavored IV. That’s what they told my husband his was!!!

  92. Kim J LeMere

    As my family often says, Git’er Done! My wish for you is a speedy recovery, no mishaps with all your animals and that the surgical team is being guided from above. Many of us will be pulling for you in prayers and thoughts.

  93. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Dear Mary, know that you are being lifted in prayer for restored knee health and speedy healing. I know that you’ll be up and at ‘em again soon; this will all be behind you and you’ll remember it as barely a speed bump in your life’s journey! Sending you big hugs!

  94. Beverly in Texas

    Prayers for a successful surgery & a speedy recovery. Let Rick pamper you for a few weeks!!

  95. Linda in Estherville

    Mary, thoughts and prayers for you! I hope you are fortunate to have an easy recovery. Some of us still have pain….it is probably what arthritis does to us, and the sheer ignorance in believing we are super human and don’t need the surgery for far to long. So don’t feel alone, and just keep on trucking. I just want to warn you (no one ever uttered a word to me). The titanium gets cold so very quickly and stays cold…freezing cold for hours! So have someone find you some long wool leggings….place one inside the other and put them on when you go out to see your animals, bone chilling horrible! After two knees and a hip in five years, I’m just now becoming familiar with the grocery store and the floors. Yes, when you get up in the middle of the night tonight, remember it will be better. Not like when we were 40, but better. Sorry, I told you things….but the cold in Northern Iowa is like no other!

  96. Angie from Baltimore

    You will wonder how you could have waited. I get stiff when I sit but no pain. My pt guy prefers a walking stick to a cane as you stay erect but you will be fine. My thoughts and prayers for you and yours

  97. Kristine F

    Good luck Mary!
    I have a friend who has breezed through two separate knee replacement surgeries this spring and summer. She is pain free and gets around like she used to before all that knee pain slowed her down. Thoughts and prayers for you and your medical team. You’ll be back to your normal routine before you know it.

  98. Ann

    Prayers for a speedy recovery and relief of pain. I had mine done 3 years ago and didn’t have one bit of trouble. I think you will be very pleased with the results!

  99. Kathy in western NY

    You are one tough cookie there, my dear Mary and I will be saying my prayers this afternoon for you and your surgical team. Your faith and determination to move ahead at your get it done fast pace is the right medicine for healing. Your sister and hubby are wonderful and will take care of the beloved pets so you can recover and your wagon train of faithful friends here will be rooting for your adventures ahead. Bless your heart for all you caring and generous spirit so now it’s time to let others bestow onto you with wishes to get well soon.

  100. Anonymous

    Prayers, prayers and more prayers. I too have trouble with my left knee and plan on having replacement surgery in January. I’m looking forward to hearing how it all goes and I’m really praying it goes well. From everyone I’ve talked with who’s had it done, they all wish they’d done it sooner! Hopefully that will be your experience, too!

  101. Sandra Goddard

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. Best of luck. Keep us all posted when you can.

  102. Linette Stewart

    Best of luck to you Mary!! Life will feel much better once this is taken care of. Sending prayers.

  103. Carolyn Rector

    Praying for you, for the surgeons, and for your recovery time, I just had my right knee done on Oct 2 and in the exercise phase. Getting better one day at a time, and you will too. God bless you.

  104. Linette Stewart

    Mary I am so sorry you have been going through this! I don’t blame you for wanting to postpone surgery. I know several people who have had knee replacements and they are doing really well and so much better than they were. Will keep you in my prayers especially today. Best of luck!

  105. Deb

    Wishing you, the doctors, nurses and staff all the best for a successful surgery and recovery. I’ve read the blog long enough to know you will be successful! I would have done the same as you did…….wait and try other options before surgery. Your tribe will miss you but will be well taken care of. We will all be here when you feel up to blogging again.

  106. SW Iowa Jan

    Oh, I am SO sorry for your pain & suffering! I understand the pain. I live in a 3 story house and worked on a 3 story building and I was in charge of both. I was looking @ taking disability. I felt I had received a miracle after having both knees replaced 14 years ago. It is so worth it!! And, many improvements have been made since. Just FOLLOW THEUR INSTRUCTIONS!!! My best wishes!

  107. Diane from TN

    Thoughts and prayers sent your way. Wishing for a successful surgery and speedy recovery.

  108. JudyE

    Wishing you all the best with your knee surgery. I have had both of my knees done and found the rehabilitation is so important as you heal. You will feel like a new woman!

  109. sheryl harrison

    i’m praying for a quick recovery. i had hip surgery last november and haven’t regretted it. like most people, i also put it off then wish i’d done it sooner. i was blessed with lots of help from my son and his family, my niece and especially my brother and sister-in-law who live 25 miles from me but drove here every day to help me. my teachers and co-workers at school gave me a fabric tote from full of magazines, food, and 3 gift cards. friends and family are a true blessing and i honestly don’t know what i would have done without them. don’t be afraid to ask for help! love and prayers!

  110. Mary Lund

    Youre typical of most of ,wait,wait. But now it’s all about you Mary!! Your recovery is most important! It will be tough but we all know you are that and the outcome will be great!!! My i85 year old mom is my hero,she followed excersises and did well. Prayers for you,you deserve the best! Xo . Mary L

  111. Kathy Hanson

    I wish you more than “luck” I wish you a good result from your surgery, a wonderful recovery and so very much love!! I think of you so much, had to wonder how you were able to do so much with all that pain, and more! Thoughts, prayers and love coming your way today – and always!

  112. Gloria from CC

    Best wishes today Mary. I know everything will go perfectly because you are so determined and have a positive attitude . You know that you can call me if you need anything – I’m only an hour away. My prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

  113. Rickie

    Get well soon. Be sure to follow through with physical therapy. You’ll be back adventuring with Reed soon.
    Thinking of you today and wishing you speedy recovery.

  114. Judy Berna

    I just had knee replacement surgery the end of July. Like you I had a shot in my knee the end of April and had to wait until July to have it done. Glad I did though. I was having a home health physical therapist come to the house for therapy since my husband was in a wheelchair and I couldn’t drive (right Knee). My daughter came and helped with shopping, etc. I had a list of several therapys I was to do between times when the therapist came. Started out with walker, moved to a cane and now I walk with nothing. I still get stiff if I sit in my recliner but once I get moving I am fine. Hope this helps. You’ll be fine! You have determination and the animals to care for and Becky and Rick to help.

  115. Sunflower from Michigan

    Oh, Mary,how I wish I was your surgical nurse today! Best of luck to you today.

  116. Elaine Hays

    Wishing you good luck. Had my knee surgery last week. I hurts! But I just hold on to the thought “It will get better “. I have too many plans for the future for it to get worse. Thinking good thoughts for you.

  117. Carla

    Best wishes for your surgery and recovery.
    Had my knees done in 2017 and hope yours are as successful. Walking with out pain is wonderful.
    Therapy is a must. Those exercises hurt to start with, but worth every second to be able to walk and move pain free.
    Hugs and prayers.

  118. Jan VanDeWalle

    Well follow Dr. orders and don’t try to push the limits so you will heal fast and be back to normal quickly, what ever normal means have faith that the Lord will see to every thing and all your babies will be fine. Praying for a good result.
    Jan in Oregon

  119. Jessica in Florida

    Good luck, sweet friend! My husband had his right knee replaced in March. He’s 55 and, I promise, no one is more hard-headed than him (I blame it on him being a Taurus, HA). He had put it off for 6 years! Anyway, for him, the very next day was the absolute worst pain. Every day after that it became more and more tolerable. Take your pain pills as directed even if it doesn’t feel all that bad, at least for the first week. The worst thing you can do is wait for the pain to get intolerable, it takes so much longer for the pill to kick in. When the pain isn’t horrendous (4 or 5 days out), slowly start to bend your knee a tiny bit and lift your toes toward you. He said that helped to keep his calf muscle from cramping up. I’m sending tons of love and good wishes your way.

  120. Carole S.

    Good luck, and we’ll all be thinking of you today. I have so many friends who feel so much better since their surgery. I know that PT will be hard, but you’ve already proven how tough you are! We’re rooting for you!

  121. Kareb

    Love you. All will be well, you just need this to be 24 hours later. It will, God will see to it. Nice to see another bullheaded old lady, confirmation there’s more then just me.

  122. Katie

    💐Prayers & speedy recovery, sorry to hear you have been in so much discomfort…
    Reading your sharing tonite, hit home, I was told last November, I need to have a knee replacement, I have found every excuse for putting it off…Doctor told me with my Fibromyalgia it will take longer to heal……I had to get an injection last Thursday, to help with the discomfort …My knee hurts more now 😥
    After the injection…I think 🤔 it’s time to get the 74 year ole knee fixed.
    Katie in AZ.

  123. Bobbie

    Oh, Mary, you will do great. After the surgery you will be dancing all over the farm. Just do what they tell you that’s the key. This will make everything you do which is a lot so much easier.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 For a speedy recovery.💐💐💕

  124. Charlotte S

    Praying for an easy surgery and fast healing. You’ll be running around your farm in no time.

  125. Charlotte S

    Praying for easy surgery and fast healing. You’ll be back running around your farm in no time.

  126. Janelle L Bucher

    Mary, I’ve had both of my knees replaced, one of them was when I was 52 and the other at age 55. I was so relieved at how much better I was after the first surgery. I was using a walker to go back and forth to work everyday. You should have seen the looks on all the faces of coworkers as I walked in everyday. I was in a lot of pain and always tried to mask it. I guess I didn’t do a good job at it cause they all remarked at how much better I looked after the first surgery. Anyway, the best advice I can give you is to do your therapy! It will make a big difference. You’ll be able to do all of the things you want/need to do to ensure your animals are well cared for in the barn, under heat lamps, etc. I wish you the best of luck and will pray for your speedy recovery. Look forward to hearing about all of the upcoming travels for you and Reed.

  127. Arrowhead Gramma

    As you travel on this journey to good health, my prayers will be with you for successful surgery and complete recovery so you can once again be running here, there and yon. Take care and remember to take one day at a time!

  128. Sandy

    All the best for a speedy recovery mary ,the exercises afterwards are really important.will pray for you.

  129. Janet

    Of course, everyone is wishing you good luck & a speedy recovery. You have the right attitude.

  130. patti leal

    prayers for you and the surgeons. tis so much easier these days. just keep that stiff upper lip and do the physio and exercises – no matter what!!!! you’ll be baack and better in no time. still loving your newest book.hugs, patti in florid

  131. Sandi

    Your going to be so happy once recovery is over! I wish you all the best. Prayers for you and your whole tribe. 🙂. Hugs,

  132. Joyce C

    Tomorrow is the first day of getting back on your feet! I know you’ll do the therapy and push yourself to a full and speedy recovery!

  133. Mary

    Praying for your surgeon and the staff that they do their best for you and that you have successful and Blessed recovery.

  134. Chris H. in Washington

    Prayers being sent up for your doctors wisdom and expertise. Praying your surgery will be successful and that you heal well. Take care, Mary! Try not to worry about your tribe. No one can take care of them like you do but they will be cared for. Many hugs and blessings to you.

    1. ..jane dumler

      So glad to hear you are getting a new knee. I have never regretted having my knees replaced. The surgery is a good procedure and the therapy will keep you busy for 6-8 weeks. Remember to been, bend, bend, push, push, push, and ice, ice, ice. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Enjoy the pampering in the hospital and be a good patient. Tell Hazel to be gentle! After you recover you will say, why did I wait so long to do this.
      Love, love the new book. It is one of the prettiest and stimulating quilt books I have seen for quite awhile. Thanks for all your talent.

  135. Jean

    You will do great. I had both my knees replaced in March and I’m doing great. I recommend using the little ice machine!

  136. Teresa

    Mary, I’m glad you’re going in for your knee replacement. We’ll all be praying for you and sending positive thoughts for a fast recovery.

  137. Vickie Lemonds, Davidson, NC

    Bless you, sweet Mary! We will be thinking of you and wishing you the very, very best! You’ll be so happy when this is behind you. We’ll await news in the coming days.
    Big, big hugs,

  138. Jill Klop

    I will be praying for a good surgery and a easy recovery. I know it’s tough, but you will do it! You are right…you don’t need advice! I wish you the best!!!

  139. Susan Sundermeyer

    Mary, throw those “should of’s, could of’s, would of’s” out the window. Tomorrow is going to be the start of a better life for you. Until I hear from you again, you will at the top of my nightly prayer list.

  140. Judy

    I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow. You are not alone in putting off things that should have been done sooner. I have not had any kind of replacement surgery but I know people that have and they say it changed their lives…..no more pain. I am hoping all goes well and you are out of pain.

  141. Cynthia Karas

    Oh Mary, What makes us so pig-headed that we end up hurting ourselves? If I had the answer I would be in a lot less pain! You will be in my thoughts and prayers until you have recovered. Love, Cindy K

  142. Mary McCarron

    Surgical pain fades and you will be amazed that the chornic pain isn’t there anymore PT isn’t fun but do all they ask and then 3 more Have had both my knee replaced Prayers for you your family and tribe and your medical team

  143. Rhoda Ebersole

    Wishing you good surgery with a good surgeon and fast healing and look for brighter days ahead of you.

  144. Vicki in Seattle

    Many prayers are with you, Mary, for successful surgery and a super recovery!!💙🙏🏻💙

    PS: I just LOVE “A Country’s Call”! It is a beautiful book!

  145. Jo in Wyoming

    You made me cry, I wish I were there to take care of you…and Hazel, Tillie, the chickens, Pam, Becky and Connie…and all the others.
    Reed and I could sew while you napped.
    I know this will be a good thing.
    In all that misery you kept signing books and doing chores, bless your heart.
    Love and kisses

  146. Amy M

    Mary we are all praying for you and wish you a speedy recovery. I think the tribe will know it’s time to behave! Just like kids, they are always better for someone else than their “mom”.

  147. Marsha from Kansas

    Mary, wishing you a successful surgery and speedy recovery. You will be in my prayers.

  148. Peggy

    I had my knee done in Feb. of 2018 and never regret it. The big thing is physio which takes up a lot of your day but worth it. Good luck and will be thinking of you.

  149. Kathy Schwartz in SW MN

    You will not regret this. i had my right knee done and the following year I had the left knee done. The physical thearpy is the key. I would come home from PT at ten in the morning and take a nap!! It wasn’t hard, but it wore me out. Good decision. Blessings to you and all of your caretakers.

  150. Saundra Handy

    Mary, I’m sorry you’ve been suffering all summer. I wish I lived near so I could help you. I hope what I have to say helps. I was in misery for 15 years with bone on bone and bone spurs in both knees. The simplest of chores brought me to tears. I roughed through it as long as I could. Finally 4 years ago in February I had my first total knee replacement and on May 2nd I had my other one. It was the best thing I had done for myself in years. I was very lucky and within weeks after each surgery I was walking better than I had in years!!! I never have knee pain now even if I’m on my feet all day! I pray God blesses you and your surgeon and gives you the same kind of results.

  151. Linda

    I’m 76 and had one knee replaced in Nov 2017 and the second replaced Apr 2018. I don’t know why I waited so long. The first 2 weeks after surgery are hell. The second 2 weeks are purgatory. After that first month, you will feel better and stronger every day. So when you are feeling miserable, just remind yourself that it will soon be better. Within 3 months of my second surgery I was better than I’d been since I learned the Twist when I was 15 and messed my knees up so bad. Just follow Liz’s suggestions and listen to your doctor and your physical therapist. And take a laxative along with your pain pills!

    1. Betty Klosterman

      Linda, I just had to laugh at your description of the first 4 weeks of recovery! Never heard it put exactly like that, but it does sounds like a good description. They are doing some knee surgeries differently and recovery isn’t so dramatic. It is something that has to be done, it is better than not having the surgery.

  152. Alive

    Prayers for a very successful surgery! It will be so good not to be in constant pain! Everyone I know that has had a knee replacement wonders why they waited so long to have it done. I can’t imagine the pain you’ve lived with. 🙏🙏

  153. Pam

    So very glad you are trading in your well worn out knee for a new one. Sending you prayers and healing wishes. When you feel up to it, your tribe in blog land will be waiting to hear from you and to know how you are doing. Take care.

  154. Jenny Stevenson

    YES!!! So happy relief is around the corner and you will be back to what you love!! Best wishes for a smooth surgery and quick recovery!


  155. Laura Pomes

    Hi Mary! Oh you drink that beer till midnight! and welcome to the metal parts club. You will be in my prayers and I know you will feel so much better after the surgery. Take good care

  156. Marsha

    Dear Mary, I know you will do well with your surgery. I had my knees both replaced in 2001, I have never regretted it. Walking was so much better after the surgery. The only drawback for me was that I showed Saint Bernards and after surgery I wasn’t allowed to run ever, so my show hobby was over. My husband and daughter took over for me.

  157. Cathy

    Oh Mary! You sound just like my husband. His knees hurt so badly & drs told him he needed replacements but he swore that would never happen. He’d get the cortisone shots & say that’s all he needed. I told him the time would come when the pain would be so bad he’d be begging for the surgery. And it did. He had one knee done & 6 months later the second knee. He feels so good & gets along great. He climbs ladders, get down on the floor, things they told him he probably couldn’t do. The big thing is to do your physical therapy & exercises religiously. Good luck! I know you’ll do wonderfully.

  158. Liz Schrader

    I know alot of what you are going through. You have made the right decision to have knee replacement. I had both mine done a year apart. Cartilage gone & bone on bone. The key is follow surgeons orders and physical therapy after. Good luck Mary!

  159. Anonymous

    Glad you are going to get your knee fixed. You will feel like a new person, I’m sure. May God give you a speedy recovery! Take care.

  160. Margaret

    Wishing you all the best and quick recovery. Really enjoy your thoughts.. Prayers coming your way….

  161. Linda from Oconomowoc

    Good luck, Mary. No judgement here. I would of done the same thing. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

  162. Eleanor from RI

    Wish you the best of luck with your surgery tomorrow and wishing you a speedy recovery.

  163. Donna Ondler

    Mary prayers for you for your upcomimg surgery. It sounds like it’s long overdue but as you said surgery and recovery can’t be as painful as what you’ve been going thru this past year or longer.
    I’m sure your tribe will all miss you and especially Hazel and your other dog and kitties too. Enjoy your “beer” Mary 👍. Many will be thinking of you as you step away from your busy farm life
    Donna ~ St Paul

    1. Charlotte

      Wishing you the very best and praying for you and your doctors and caregivers for a successful surgery and a comfortable recovery!!

  164. Paula

    Prayers for you Mary! Hopeful that the surgery is super successful and you can get back to your life again!

  165. Teresa from Port Coquitlam

    Good luck with the surgery. After my cousin had her knee done she couldn’t believe how much better she was and could do so many things against a year later she had her other knee done. She is pain free and so happy to be walking again and doing lots more than she has done in years!

  166. Christina

    God bless you and I am thinking happy thoughts for your surgery tomorrow 🙂 Wishing you a speedy recovery so you can get back to a normal life !

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