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Day 6 Surgery Recovery, or how to clean your house when your mobility is not so good.....

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hello my Sparkfriends!

Another day of feeling better, less sleepy and tired, less pain and swelling in my foot. Played the guitar (Chris, I have to limit the playing because of my locking trigger finger, to be repaired on July 16, this is truly the Summer of Surgery for me), rested, read, cooked dinner, tuned up my computer, Sunday stuff.

And, did I mention, Sunday is housecleaning day. So here are Bonita's Hints on how to clean your house when your foot was operated on less than a week ago. Presented with humor, but you just may find this helpful.....

Tell yourself you will spread it out over two days and then do it in one day anyway...who wants to houseclean on Monday?

Ditch the vacuum. It's too heavy, and too easy to trip over. Use a carpet sweeper, broom, swiffer products. Lighter and safer.

Do not clean anything you have to get on a stepstool to reach. Hey, you can't see it anyway, who cares if it gets missed for a week or two?

Do not clean the stairs. Too dangerous. Live with it.

Spend your best energy in the kitchen and bathrooms. They need it.

Repeat as necessary next week, with modifications as you can.

Have a good one everybody!


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ROCKMAN6797 6/20/2012 7:40AM

    You have been a busy bee Bonita!
Please don't overdo it, you still need to heal!

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PUDLECRAZY 6/17/2012 9:46PM

    Finger repair, too? How cool is that! By the end of the summer you will be outwalking and outplaying everyone!

Cleaning the house? My, you ARE ambitious. Seriously, take it easy - your shouldn't overdo it.

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/17/2012 9:45PM

    Ahhh, why isn't DH doing this for you.?

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Day 5 Surgery Recovery

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I have managed to upload a picture of my foot! (Not very good with this kind of technology, I am somewhat sad to say....).

My recovery continues. Today, I got kind of bored, which is not good for me as it lowers my mood. But this evening, I did some housework and now I am on line, blogging away!

I am using the cane very little now, and am actually going up and down the stairs without it. Most of the time I forget where I put it. The basic issue with my foot is it swells up when I am on it a lot, so it presses against the tightly wrapped bandage, and that hurts a bit.... What the heck, my feet swell in the hot weather, surgery or no.

The bandage will be changed on June 28 at the Fracture Clinic at the hospital (love that name) so I will have to work with what I have for some time longer. But the days do manage to go by...

Have a lovely evening everyone, I'll blog again tomorrow.


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HAPPYSOUL91 6/17/2012 9:22AM

    You are doing so well during this recovery time, good job

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PUDLECRAZY 6/17/2012 8:41AM

    It is hard to have so much down time. I'm thinking GUITAR! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 6/17/2012 2:53AM

    It sounds like you are recovering nicely Bonita. Keep busy and get your rest.
BTW, love the new profile pic!

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RENIESSPARKIN 6/17/2012 12:23AM


You're starting to sound like me, girlfriend. I'd lose my head if it wasn't hooked on. Although that gal about knocked it lose when she backed into my van with her van. (Thanks for 'friending' me.) I think when you get bored you have a tendency to do more to get better. Just my opinion.

Keep getting better and keep on posting. I think you did a marvelous job with the picture of your foot. Good gal.

Renie emoticon

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Day 4 Surgery Recovery

Friday, June 15, 2012

Good evening Sparkfriends!

Just a brief check in, dinner almost ready.

My main challenge is being physically tired. Boy, am I tired.

On the other hand, the foot is feeling pretty good. In the house, except for doing the stairs, I am not using the cane. The pain is minor or non-existent.

DH removed the bandage around my toe and wrapped it up again, I think it has finally stopped bleeding. I am having a hard time tolerating the pin sticking up in the top of my toe, not physically, but emotionally, I feel much better when it is covered up.

We went out for lunch today, so I did get out a bit. I also did cardio and weight chair videos, and played the guitar.

I will have a chance to really rest tomorrow.

Have a good evening, all!


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PUDLECRAZY 6/17/2012 8:39AM

    I agree with Happysoul, don't overdo it.

I am amazed at how quickly you are up and about, and that the pain is minor or non-existent. In no time at all, this is going to be behind you.

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ROCKMAN6797 6/16/2012 3:51PM

    You are doing great Bonita!

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DDOORN 6/16/2012 10:45AM

    Step by step...sounds like things are coming along for you! :-)


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HAPPYSOUL91 6/15/2012 10:30PM

    Don't overdo it. You really are doing very well, lol on not looking at your toe.

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Day 3 Post Surgery Part 2

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hello all.

With a lone exception, a day of improvement.

I had a period in the afternoon for about two hours where I felt unwell, a little dizzy and nauseous. As before, I think this was a side effect do the anti inflammatory I am taking. It passed and all is well again.

So I did some work for work, did cardio, played the guitar, oh, how I missed it, even for a couple of days, cooked dinner, read a chapter of Learned Optimism (and discovered that a measured amount of pessimism can be a plus for survival) and watched some pretty silly reality shows on TV, which I thoroughly enjoyed!

Tomorrow is the day when I can reduce my leg elevation and start walking as best I can without the cane. Yippee!

Tomorrow I will try both seated cardio and weights. I can do it!


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GUITARWOMAN 6/17/2012 9:59AM

    Chris, maybe you are describing having both feet done at the same time?

My instructions were three days post surgery rest and elevate, and then use the foot for weight bearing as much as it will tolerate it. In the delightfully fashionable walking boot, of course, that pushes the foot's weight to the heel.

I had a colleague a few years ago who had both feet done at the same time and she was in a wheelchair.... emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 6/17/2012 8:37AM

    Oh YAY about the guitar!!! I'll bet that felt great! And a perfect route to recovery. I believe music in general heals heal at a both an emotional and cellular level. Also, the vibrations from the guitar would be healing, too. I love it that you are feeling ready to play again.

I am really surprised at how fast you are able to start walking again. I have put off bunion surgery because two different doctors told me that no weight could be put in my foot and I would have to be in a wheelchair for weeks. Maybe I need to go to Canada for my surgery. emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 6/14/2012 11:49PM

    You most certainly can Bonita!
Sounds like you are recovering nicely.

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Day 3 Post Surgery Part 1, and thanks to Indygirl and Coach Nicole!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Good morning my Sparkfriends, it is about 9 AM EDT.

I do not want to wait until this evening to give a humongous thank you to SP and Coach Nicole.

I decided to get back into my usual workout routine-that is, in the morning- and did the chair cardio this morning.

Well, that is, I did my best. I did not use my right leg, and my coordination left something to be desired! But hey, I taught myself to walk on the treadmill with arms swinging, so I am going to master this also!

I read Beth's (indygirl) blog this morning about having skin removed and leaving the hospital having gained weight. I did too, around two pounds! I am barely eating my minimum calories, so I think my body was put into shock and went into survival mode. Beth is absolutely correct. Eat right, exercise as you can, and let the body heal and straighten itself out.

More later, and have a good day everyone!


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PUDLECRAZY 6/17/2012 8:34AM

    It takes time to learn a new routine, and you are still 'under the influence'. Even if you weren't taking pain meds, it takes months to get the anesthesia completely out of your body. Take your time.

A couple of factors in the weight gain: hospital food is not know for its nutritional balance, you are less active (and should be), and your body has gone through quite an ordeal. Again, take your time.

It sounds like you are doing a fantastic job with your recovery.

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ROCKMAN6797 6/14/2012 7:03PM

    Great advise, just stick to your plan, let your body heal properly, and don't sweat the small things. WTG on the chair exercise!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/14/2012 10:05AM

    Clear thinking, you will be back to "normal" in no time

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OPTIMIST1948 6/14/2012 9:37AM

    Back in the old saddle again! Go! (Just not to fast or hard to hurt yourself...)

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