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Day 13 Surgery Recovery

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Good afternoon SparkFriends!

It is a cloudy day here north of Toronto and I have just finished a bunch of chores and thought I would check in.

Today seems to be marking some sea-change (what does that mean, anyway?) in my foot, I was on it a lot for several hours and although it swelled, it did not hurt.

What hurst sometime is my derriere. Too much sitting!

All being funny aside, I did my cleaning today, including the stairs (carefully!) and getting on the step stool once (again carefully!). And, as it was building up, I did the ironing. And, I managed to wrestle a load of laundry up the stairs.

So, not too badly.

I am thrilled that I have found an arm/leg exerciser that ships for free from Amazon Canada and have ordered it, it will arrive later in the week. I will use it for my arms for now, and then my feet, as my surgeon has said that I can do the pedaling with the weight on my heel once the pins are out!

I had been looking for this kind of equipment for quite some time but shipping times were lengthy and shipping prices were half the cost of the machine!! But, perseverance paid off and I have got one for free shipping.

Given my foot's reaction to this morning, time to reduce the pain meds, I think. I will play with dosages tomorrow.

And life goes on....

Take care everyone!


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GUITARWOMAN 6/25/2012 11:00AM

    Here is the machine's name and number.

Stamina 15-0120 InStride Cycle XL.

Hope this doesn't get pulled, I am in now way advertising!


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DDOORN 6/25/2012 9:47AM

    Might that arm/leg exerciser be the Magnetrainer? My DW finds this helpful.


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COBBYCAT 6/24/2012 9:38PM

    Glad to hear you're doing better and better each day!


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JAZZMINE 6/24/2012 4:17PM

    It sounds like you are making good progress!


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GUITARWOMAN 6/24/2012 3:42PM

    The exerciser has a crank with pedals attached on a stand, and a tension knob that can be adjusted.

No wheel, though.....


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ROCKMAN6797 6/24/2012 2:35PM

    It sounds like you are healing quite nicely Bonita. I am certain your good health had a big hand in your road to recovery. Happy to read that you found your hand exerciser. I know that you are itching to get back to a schedule with some exercise, hopefully this piece of equipment will help you in this quest.


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HAPPYSOUL91 6/24/2012 2:21PM

    About your exercise, does it have a wheel and then you put your feet into the holders and pedal away?

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Day 9 Surgery Recovery...or when the new becomes the normal

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hello Sparkfriends!

I do believe I have entered a new phase in my recovery, where I am more accepting of my recovery and getting more used to my new conditions.

Let's see, what's new.

I have finished the prescription anti inflammatories and have experienced an increase in pain/discomfort,which I am managing with over the counter meds. No more wonkiness!

I am working pretty much a whole day for work (on my lunch break!). Imagine me in my study, with work computer and large monitor (dual screen capability, love that). The shades are drawn because it is HOT and HUMID outside, a 42 degree humidex! I have the A/C on at a responsible level and am using a fan to supplement. I have my favorite talk radio station on and am working on projects. I have a wireless keyboard so I can move it to my lap if I want. Not bad!

Later, when my work hours end, I will play guitar as much as I can with my locking trigger finger (THAT'S being operated on on July 16) prepare dinner, play around on my iPad, read, not bad.

Thanks for all the kind wishes from my SP friends who have replied to these blogs. Now, I have to be honest and say that I do not respond well to "take it easy" messages. They tend to motivate me to do more. I have been this way my whole life, call it perfectionism or crazy optimism, what you will. As my Rabbi said recently, I'll rest when I'm dead.

So, I do not think I will blog this recovery every day any more, but I'll send out the highlights. This life is now normal for me. Next big event is a visit to the Fracture Clinic at the hospital to have stitches out and x-rays. this will also involved the removal and replacement of my current bandage. This is good. Parts of it are getting ragged, it is bloody on the inside, and very tight--part of the pain generation, I think. The lovely navy blue boot I will have to keep, I think!

Take care!


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DDOORN 6/23/2012 10:11PM

    Sounding like you're keeping the momentum going well, Bonita!

Always great to hear from you!


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ROCKMAN6797 6/23/2012 3:18PM

    LOL Bonita, ok, don't take it easy and get it done!


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PUDLECRAZY 6/20/2012 3:11PM

    LOL! Work hard and enjoy!

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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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