Thursday, June 14, 2012
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!
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!
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!
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.
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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