Post-Op, Alice Leonard, “Scruples & Drams.”

I am now a bit over 3 weeks post-op from knee replacement.  It has been an adventure I never expected to have.  I was so ignorant of the pain I’d endure.  Yet, if I’d have known, I’d have postponed surgery again. Instead, because they had to keep an eye on my blood and oxygen levels post-op because of a previous pulmonary embolism as well as the pain levels, I stayed in the hospital nearly four days and was transferred to Country Manor Rehab.

My nurses and PT and OT people at the “Home” Rehab unit, said I was healing remarkably so they let me go with my insistence after 2 weeks.  I am now going to my regular PT 3x a week.  I use my walkers yet, but hope to be using a cane this week.  My brain, post anesthesia is something else, LOL!  I can stare at a project, activity, or sentence before anything clicks.  I’ve talked to others about this and they admit for awhile they were a bit slow in the noggin for awhile.  I haven’t attempted much concentration on my writing or posting because of this.  I guess all my brain activity has gone into healing.

Before surgery, sister Becky and I went to the Tamarack Swamp to video part of Irish Town or Lynden Township were Alice Leonard lived her last days and where she was murdered, as written about in Scruples & Drams.  Unfortunately, the audio is bad because of the wind.  I sent the manuscript of the first video of where she was murdered due to this problem  I am doing the same for the 2nd because audio is not any better.  We will get this figured out before we continue with other Clearwater landmarks.

Watch the youtube video about Alice Leonard’s home with at the Hayes’s place.  Here about a half mile from the swamp where she was murdered, she lived with her grandmother, Grandma Hayes, her aunt Bridget Hayes Smith, and her young cousins,   Nelly and Tom.  Mike Larkin, another character in the book and who was accused of murdering the young girl,  often stayed over in the tiny cabin to help with the chores.