Friday, June 29, 2012
is a rather nice place. Soft lighting, nice and cool, comfortable seating, and LOTS of room in between the rows of seats. This is so nice for those of us with casts and crutches and canes and walking boots as we feel that we will not be tromped on or bumped into. And boy, everyone in that room, including mobile persons escorting the less mobile, get their feet out of the way when you walk by.
So I was in the fracture clinic yesterday. I was sent down the hall for an x-ray of my foot, and then had the bandage removed, stitches removed (ouchie!) an the foot rebandaged. I also had another fitting for a walking boot and got one that fits much better.
Verdict? I am healing as expected. The pins (I took pictures. I am not posting them. They stick out of my foot at weird angles. Think Frankenstein) stay in until July 26.
So, I was at first thrilled! Pain was reduced with the stitches out, and the boot feels much more secure for walking. The old bandage was pretty messy and I am glad to have it gone! I have halved my pain meds! All good, but then I thought, July 26, that is a long time, I can't drive, I can't walk outside, I can't treadmill....for four more weeks. Oh boy.
After a night's sleep, I regrouped. What to do? Continue to work at home, of course and start getting rides from colleagues so I can come in for important meetings. Starting that on Wednesday next week.
Continue with the arm cycling, and march carefully in place from a sitting position as much as I can, I now have a nice cushioning mat under the chair.
Strength training...hhhmmmm...I decided I like Coach Nicole's seated upper body workout. I think it is better than what I have been doing all along. But, in the basement, no computer, and the TV is an old analogue that wouldn't know YouTube if it ran smack into it.
Wait.......I have an iPad. and I have an iPhone that has lots of gigabytes and a hotspot link to the iPad (no wireless at home, just hard wiring). Experiment. Turn on iPad and connect it to iPhone. Try running video from the SparkPeople website. Worked!
So, starting on Monday (next scheduled strength training) I will take iPad and iPhone to basement and will do the video workout after the arm cycling.
Whoo-hoo! Stay positive Bonita, and keep coping!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I think I like cranking better....
So, my arm (and leg) cycle arrived yesterday, Amazon Canada is so reliable and it came a few days before expected.
It came in the early evening. I had been feeling very tired, after a full day of working from home, including a three hour teleconference where a survey was analyzed and my expertise was heavily depended on.'
But...doorbell, walk to door....package on porch (UPS delivers for Amazon Canada and only rings the bell and leaves the package), and I was energized.
So, with healing foot, and with the help of an ibuprofen (it was time for the med anyway :-)) I dragged the package into my house and onto my kitchen table.
I opened it.
I put the darn thing together, involving putting three pieces together with six screws and washers, using a key that was supplied. Only banged the knuckles on one hand once!
I got it down to my basement.
I located and accessed an unused bridge table that I was planning to set the cycle up on.
I set up and cleaned the table.
I put the cycle on the table.
Enough for one night!
This morning, I did fifteen minutes of arm cycling whilst watching TV. Whoo-hoo! Had to look it up on other sites to determine calories burned, it is not located in the Spark exercise library.
I also managed to do my usual upper body workout from a seated position, but had to use lighter dumbells. I will work up again.
Not bad for an almost 64 year old lady with a healing foot!
Much happier about my exercise program.
By the way, and this is weird, it still kind of feels to me that it is June 11, the day I had surgery. Hard to believe it is the 27th! Strange effect of the surgery. Has anyone else ever experienced this?
Monday, June 25, 2012
This is the first of four books I decided to read during my recovery from foot surgery.
The opinions are entirely my own!
This is one of the earlier works by Dr. Seligman, originally published in 1990. One of his later works (Authentic Happiness) is referenced in The Spark endnotes.
Dr. Seligman is one of the founders of Positive Psychology. As such, if you are a helping professional (like me) and were trained in the medical model of disease (like me) and are looking to get out of that quagmire, this will be quite a refreshing book.
Dr. Seligman first takes you through his journey in the development of his field. This is somewhat technical stuff and involves "rat psychology" at times, but it is of interest and shows some of the planned an serendipitous events that can lead to the development of a new field.. Hint. Don't read if you are against the use of animals in psychological experimentation.
Dr. Seligman then goes on to develop ideas of pessimism, optimism, rumination, explanatory style, and gives some basic quizzes to help you determine if you are an optimist or pessimist or somewhere in between. These quizzes can be unsettling, as he states if you achieve certain scores get help now. This is in relation to possible suicide.
Dr. Seligman presents results that have been validated and are reliable that indicate that optimists do better in life--work, family, health. What is even better, he does not adopt a rose colored glasses perspective and indicates how pessimism is useful in some areas of life. He states a style called flexible optimism is best.
Dr. Seligman devotes pages about assisting your children to develop optimism, including tests modified to help you assess their styles.
If you are any kind of performer, he discusses sports and both individual and team optimism. I am thinking this might be generalize to music performance--hey, this is GUITARWOMAN writing this.
finally, Dr. Seligman gives specific exercises on how to change your explanatory style to one of increased optimism, which makes sense. This is a cognitive model, borrowed from Ellis and Beck, dealing with managing beliefs between feelings and consequences.
I recommend this book if you are looking for a strength and positivism focused way of living a more meaningful and healthy life. He also has a website called Authentic Happiness operated through the University of Pennsylvania that has what appear to be limitless resources on Optimism including many quizzes and surveys you can take.
Proviso: The edition I bought from Vintage Books (paperback) has a very small font. It may be a challenge if you are an "older folk" like me. Buying this as an e-book may be of assistance as you can change the font to suit your needs.
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!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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!
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