Sunday, February 04, 2018

Heading to Houston!

This is not the usual time that I head to Houston!  Nothing has seemed "usual" for the last half year, so why should it be so now?

I'm leaving around the end of February and will not be back til the end of May or even the first of June.  A LONG LONG time, in my book.

Needless to say, this is not for the "fun of it" - although some of it will be.  Instead it is to get a NEW knee and turn in the old one.  I'll leave Mexico slightly wounded and return as one of the many "bionic" people in San Miguel.

It will be hard to be gone at this time of the year as it is one of my favorite times.  It is WARM and sunny. I usually enjoy working in the gardens to get ready for the rainy season.  Hopefully Javier, the gardener, will take care of things for me.

I'll be missing the annual blooming of the jacaranda tree.  One of my great joys!

However, on the other hand, for much of the recuperation time, several weeks, I'll be at my brother and sister-in-law's house.  Annette's gardens are a thing to behold from magnolia blossoms to crepe myrtles and some of my favorite day lilies.  Just to name a few.......oh, and gardenias!

I'm looking forward to spending time with family and friends.  Seeing new babies that were born since I was  there in May 2017!  Taylor was born in Houston and Arden in Fort Worth.
Hugging grand kids and kids.  Catching up with friends and having some good Southern food along with Tex-Mex.  YUM.

I'll be seeing my daughter and son-in-law and their family, who did survive Hurricane Harvey.

Emma, their youngest will be graduating from high school in May!  That will be the last grandchild in Houston to graduate from high school.  My oh my, five of them!  Amazing.  It will be wonderful to be there to see her celebrate this accomplishment before she heads off to college. 

I will miss the wee ones here, Matilda and Sebastian.  Unfortunately they are not so little anymore.
Mati will turn ten in two weeks!  Wow, where has the time gone????

Anyway, back to the task at hand.  The task, in my mind, is to get to Houston, see everyone, have the surgery, get well, do whatever the Doctor and physical therapists tell me to do. Then I can  come back home to Mexico, without a cane, hopefully.

I'll  post until I leave and try to post while I'm gone, when possible.  Thanks to all who
sent all kinds of GOOD information about knee surgery.  The information was extremely helpful.

Houston friends - HOPE to see many of you while up there.  However, you might have to come to me
as I'm not sure when I'll be able to drive's up to the Doctor!  I'll be staying on the Southwest side of town along with the Galleria area, Kingwood and last, but not least somewhere near Galveston.  There might be a few more locations included.  Again, just depending on recovery along with what the Doctor says.  Stay tuned!


Unknown said...

Good luck! Enjoy it as much as you can Barbara, we know you will. Kevin and DiAnne

Peter Kouwenhoven said...

Best of luck with the operation and a speedy recovery. Have fun tripping all the airport security alarms.

Retired Teacher said...

Best of luck with your operation. Enjoy the time with family and friends. Hope that you are as good as new soon and back to enjoying your beloved San Miguel.

Babs said...

Thanks DiAnne, Peter and Bill. Luckily Peter, I'm hoping to drive up and back...since I use a wheelchair when flying, I guess "they" are more prepared
for that sort of thing, hopefully when I fly again, some day.....Sheesh, another
thing to think about. Yikes!

Charles said...

Sending love and positive are one hell of a strong lady,,,you will do fine...abrazos...

Life's a Beach! said...

It's going to be a good thing! Safe travels!

Babs said...

Charles, you are such a love. Thanks so much! I APPEAR to be a strong
lady, but sometimes...........anyway, it will all be well. I just had to
get my head wrapped around the idea. Now I'm fine.

Just want to get it over with so I can travel etc again.

Thanks Bec, I KNOW it will be. Of course today, (ha) that knee is not
hurting at all. I'm just shaking my head.........It's like when you
take your car into the mechanic and whatever it was doing will not do it.
BUT I know when they see x-rays they are just going to shake their heads
and say, "What the heck were you thinking!".

lauriec said...

Glad to hear you are a oit to do it! You will be amazed after healing from surgery to not have knee pain and walki g the streets of San Miguel will be a pleasure again. Great good luck with trip and treatment and hope to see you next year in SMA

Laurie amd Stephen
Chapel Hill, NC

Babs said...

Thanks Laurie and Stephen - The information from the two of you was extremely helpful in making my decision. I'm very grateful. I do hope we meet some day...enjoy your
time here when you do come.

R. P. said...

"Just want to get it over with so I can travel etc again". Your frame of mind here will make it so. The Jacarandas will leave beautiful healing petals, as they always do. :)
Be well. Heal will.
Our Best,
Robert & Colleen

Babs said...

Thanks Robert & Colleen - I'll see you when I see you...I appreciate your taking time to

Anonymous said...

¡Bionic Babs of San Miguel!

Watch the story of Bionic Babs as she returns to San Miguel de Allende, newly blessed with superpowers! Thrill as she demolishes criminal gangs with a quick kick from the bionic leg! Cheer as she races up hills, with not a care in the world! Marvel at rediscovered dancing skills!!!


Good luck with your surgery. A number of friends have had this done, and they've all had the same reaction: "Why didn't I do this sooner?

I'll be here rooting for you.


Kim G
Redding, CA
Where we suspect our jogging habit might hasten the day when we need this ourselves.

Scott said...

Best wishes to you. Sounds like you'll have a great time with family as you get moving again. Plus you can get proper Tex-Mex and Texas BBQ which have extra healing powers.

Babs said...

Ha Kim, I envisioned myself with bionic powers and "racing up the hill". I'm not even hoping for that anymore. I'll just be glad to not live with constant pain....sheesh.
I know I'll wish I had done it ten years ago! DO root for me. I need all of that
positive energy.

Thanks Scott! Ahh, yes, family, Tex-Mex and Texas BBQ - the triumvirate of all that is good in the World. Can't wait.......I have a long list!