My second hip surgery.

Early yesterday morning, we drove back over to The Christ Hospital in Mount Auburn for my second hip surgery. Today, I was scheduled for a total left hip replacement…

The prep for the surgery went very smooth and very quickly. The actual surgery seemed to be over in a snap of the fingers, and just like that next thing I knew, I was in post-op chomping on pieces of ice, and not long after that, I was up in the recovery room where Genfier was already waiting for me…

We could see downtown Cincinnati again from the big window in our room…

Genifer got me this awesome blue bear in the gift shop…

She said she wanted to get something that said the Christ Hospital on it. But they really didn’t have anything like that. This guy was about the closest thing she could find. But every time I see him, I’ll think of my surgeries. We hung out together all afternoon into the evening in our recovery room. We had some room service while we watched most of the Reds game on TV together before she left to go home to let Mack out of his crate. Oscar was staying with Genifer’s mom for the weekend. After the Reds lost to the Brewers, I could kind of almost see the Reds Friday Night Fireworks from our recovery room above my red bag on the sofa…

After the fireworks, I laid down to try to get some rest. But it’s really hard to get a lot of rest in a hospital because people keep coming in and poking and prodding you. I took a photo out the window every time someone came into the room and woke me up…

And I was pretty much awake at this point…

I met with a physical therapist at 7:30am who had me walking up and down the hallways with a walker…

After meeting with a physical therapist, I ordered us some breakfast…

Genifer brought us coffees from Sidewinder. We started watching the France versus Argentina Round of 16 World Cup match. When I left to meet with another physical therapist, France was up 2-1. When I got back to our room after walking some stairs and walking up and down the hallway on crutches, this is the score I saw…

By 12:30, we were in the car and on our way to Walgreens to fill my prescriptions. Then I was home resting comfortably in bed with my new friend. You’re my boy, blue!

When we got home, we laid around and watched Uruguay knock Portugal out of the World Cup and then a thriller of an MS match between Seattle and Portland before missing just our second home FC Cincinnati match ever, But we got to watch the FC|C match on TV. And they won, 2-0! My first day of recovering from hip replacement surgery hasn’t that bad at all. So far so good. I hope the rest of this recovery is as smooth and relatively pain-free as today has been. Fingers crossed. And once again, I can’t really say enough about The Christ Hospital. The doctors and all the staff were just incredible. Everyone was so extraordinarily nice, so helpful and went out of their way to make sure I was always as comfortable as possible and that had everything I needed during my brief stay. It’ll be amazing once my physical therapy is complete and I’m back to 100% with no more hip pain. I don’t even know that I can fully fathom what that would be like. But I bet it’ll be pretty incredible. It’s been a very long time coming.
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After these messages…

We’ll be right back. I’m going in for surgery this morning. And I’m not quite sure how long I’ll be out of commission. Last time, I don’t remember it being very long. But we’ll be right back sometime very soon. 😀🏥❤️

Seen and noted.

I don’t remember where we were but one of the grocery stores built a Cookie Monster out of a couple of kiddie pools to sell… well, bags of cookies…

That’s pretty creative. Thanks for the fun memories, Timehop! 😀🦕❤

Seven years ago.

Seven years ago, I brought home one of those Pizza Hut Big Dippers on the way home from Genifer’s house…

This photo popped up in my Timehop today. For the longest time, it was one of my most viewed photos on my Flickr. I was never entirely certain why. It just was, and it always struck me as kind of odd. why was this photo of a big pizza so popular? I could never figure it out. I guess people just really love their pizza, and photos of pizza.

Oh, and if you were wondering, the Big Dipper was delicious. I wish Pizza Hut would bring it back. Just for a little while. I would definitely get another one for old times sake. Thanks again for another great memory, Timehop! 😀🦕🍕❤

Look up in the sky.

Check out these crazy storm clouds that were hovering over downtown Cincinnati right before it started to pour down cats and dogs…

They look like someone placed a photo of the skyline over an abstract painting. 😀☁️❤️

#TBT Pause for paws.

Three years ago, we drove up to Michigan to visit my parents and Milan came with us…

Milan loved my parent’s backyard…

He would have loved our backyard so much. And he would have loved going on walks through Parker Woods. I miss the bud dog so much every day. 😀🐾❤

NYPD Pizza Monday.

Today was another NYPD Pizza Monday

NYPD Pizza makes Mondays not so bad. 😀🍕❤

Inside my Birchbox: June.

I received my Birchbox for June in the mail today…

And here’s what was inside…

DTRT Skin Saver Ceramidin CreamBálla for Men Body Powder, Jack Black Pit Boss® Antiperspirant & DeodorantBilly Jealousy Beard Control and Baxter of California Super Shape Skin Recharge Cream. My favorite product so far this time has been the deodorant. I really love the way it smells. And I love Birchbox. 😀🎁❤

Here we go again.

This afternoon I had my pre-operation physical and blood work done for my next surgery on Friday. They said that everything looked good. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to this but it’ll be good once it’s behind us. 😶🏥❤️

Sunday Funday.

Yesterday morning, we took Mack to the vet for his ears. He’s fine but we have to take him back next Thursday to his ears flushed. Poor guy. He’ll be okay. But he’s an absolute wreck in the car. He just stands in the back seat and drools everywhere. It’s pretty gross. But after his vet appointment, we ventured into an area we’ve never been to before looking for a Dunkin Donuts for coffee. What we ending up stumbling upon was an area called Finneytown that neither of us had been to before. This afternoon we went back over to Finneytown to have lunch at a Buffalo Wings & Rings we found…

It was really good. Their wings were outstanding and their onion rings were pretty okay. But my favorite part of lunch was starting with an order of mini corn dogs. They were so good. After lunch, we stopped in College Hill to have a beer at Brink Brewing

We had a couple of beers while watched Colombia knock Poland out of the World Cup and played a best out of five in Sorry! Genifer then sank my Battleship and we played a bunch of Uno. It was a really fun Sunday Funday. 😀🐔🍺❤️

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