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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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Day 2 Post Surgery

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Good evening all!

Well, I gave myself some mini goals to accomplish today and, as a result, I am pretty tired. Waiting for another hour until I can take my pain meds and go to sleep.

So, what did I do? I took a shower, which is a big deal with the bath chair and protecting the bandages from getting wet! I took part in a work meeting by phone conference. I did coach Nicole's upper body weight training chair exercise. I cooked our entire dinner. I read another chapter in Learned Optimism. So, not too bad! I miss my guitars terribly but I will wait one more day.

Tomorrow is the last day I will have to spend so much time resting and elevating the leg, so something to look forward to.

So, the key to recovery? Take each day as it comes, set your goals as you think you can accomplish them, and go for it! The spark philosophy comes to the rescue again!


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GUITARWOMAN 6/17/2012 8:43AM

    Chris, the new guitar will be a gift to self for two years of maintenance, in September.

I am looking at the Yamaha NTX 700, my local store carries it in a black finish. Oooooohhhhh! I have not played it yet, but I do gravitate to the Yamahas. I will try the Taylor as well.

Meanwhile, part of each practice session is getting the rust out of my folk fingerpicking!


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PUDLECRAZY 6/17/2012 8:30AM

    Yes, that is the perfect strategy for recovery - also remember to not over-do. That is a problem for overachievers and you, my friend, are one. Cooked dinner??? Yikes!

It IS awkward to do things like bathe after surgery. It feels so good to get completely wet and bathed, so leaving a body part out of the water is both uncomfortable and frustrating.

Your guitars are waiting for you. Did you ever get your new guitar? emoticon

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Day 1 Post Surgery

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I am doing fine!

I have got the pain under control, a mixture of regular Tylenol and Tylenol 3 and anti inflammatory. I had a bit of a scare this morning, feeling faint and nauseous when I got up, so went back to bed for a while. I read the information sheet that came with the anti inflammatory and it can cause these symptoms. No more reoccurrences today, so that part is well.

I am managing just fine with the cane, including on the stairs. For traveling small distances I don't even use it. I have done some cooking and tomorrow will tackle dinner. I have previewed some chair exercise videos from Coach Nicole and maybe will try one tomorrow.

I have been in my work emails and will do more tomorrow. I do have a doctor's note for two weeks, but I feel quite up to doing the work.

I am really glad I had the surgery done.

Starting on Friday, I will not have to elevate my leg any longer and I believe I will venture out with DH, perhaps to eat at a restaurant for lunch.

I am still taking frequent naps, but everyone is telling me that is part of healing so just go with it.

I may try and play the guitar tonight!

Have a good evening spark friends (it is around 7 PM EDT as I write this) and thanks for your support and encouragement.


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JITZUROE 6/13/2012 3:54PM

    SO GLAD you're doing ok and have your pain under control. Nothing is worse than not being able to function while in pain!
I for one am sure that your activity levels and your close attention to what you eat (wonderful healthy things) has gotten you through so far, and will help with a speedy recovery.
Bless you and keep doing wonderfully on that road back to 100%!

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DDOORN 6/13/2012 11:57AM

    Whew...! So sorry to be late to your blogs & your surgery "adventures!"

It sounds like you are doing very well in taking care of yourself and allowing your body to take time to heal. Step by step, I'm sure you'll be SPARKIN' in due time! :-)


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COBBYCAT 6/13/2012 11:23AM

    glad to hear you are doing well post-op! Take it easy and get well soon!

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ROCKMAN6797 6/13/2012 1:45AM

    Great update Bonita!
Yes, take is slow and rest when you need to. There will be plenty of time to get back into the swing of things.


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RENIESSPARKIN 6/13/2012 1:19AM

    Thanks for letting us know how you are doing, Bonita. It sounds like you've got a good grip on what needs to be done. Good luck with your plans for lunch with DH tomorrow.

Take good care of yourself.

Luv ya,

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Surgery Day, Part Two!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Well, my Sparkfriends, I am sitting here. Bored. Which is a good sign!

It's 8 PM EDT. Earlier in the day, I could not stay awake, combination of the anesthetic and those delightful Tylenol 3's (they gave me two right after the surgery, whoopee!). So I slept, and now am feeling a bit more awake and a bit bored.

A funny from the surgery, my surgeon was wearing rubber boots. Oh my.

So, I am on the other side now, the side of recovery. I do believe that the level of fitness I have achieved is helping big time. Strength to manage the cane, and balance to rely on my unoperated on foot. I have gone up and down the stairs, have put in a laundry, and even made myself a cup of coffee.

The iPad is wonderful, an almost full functioning computer you can hold in your lap. I can't get my work emails on it (I got 44 today!) so I cleared what I could on my work blackberry. I will tackle the work computer tomorrow.

I think I am rambling, but do feel pretty much in my right mind! The recovery has begun!


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PUDLECRAZY 6/17/2012 8:25AM

    I haven't been on Spark much and somehow got unsubscribed from your blogs, so I haven't gotten notifications about them. I was worrying about you.

Yes, being fit is such an advantage for recovery.

When did you get the iPad? It is a great tool for using when you are laid up.

I am so far behind - I'm off to catch up on your other blogs.

Keep up the speedy recovery!

~ Chris

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/12/2012 4:01PM

    Very happy to read that you are doing so well.

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GUITARWOMAN 6/12/2012 10:13AM

    Raul, I am wearing an incredibly fashionable (not!) navy blue boot, that shifts my weight onto my heel. It has a stunning white sole and two high tech velcro straps to hold it on.

Oh dear, I feel another nap coming on! When I get some energy I will attempt to take and upload some pictures.


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JOL1KEY2BOL3 6/11/2012 11:43PM

    Good to hear from you and so soon after surgery! Your fitness level is certainly helping, I'm sure. Hope you can play the guitar again soon. emoticon

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GRANDMAPATTYV 6/11/2012 10:44PM

    Great to hear everything is going well! Keep us posted! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 6/11/2012 10:38PM

    So good to hear that you are on the road to recovery Bonita! I agree, your great fitness will be extremely beneficial in your recovery.
Tell us, are you wearing a boot of some sort or perhaps a cast?


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