Saturday, June 02, 2012
Saturday is my day of rest and prayer, and does involve a good deal of walking, so quiet day, 20,000 plus steps, but thinking a lot about surgery.....
I think my biggest concern is the loss of independence and freedom. I have always prided myself on being able to take care of myself, and being temporarily disabled and especially not able to drive (or ride my bike or even walk well) is not happy-making.
On the other hand, this experience will be a good window to what will be decreasing mobility and capacity as I get older....and of course there is the gain of a functional foot!
I get all kinds of different reactions. A nurse said I will be in a lot of pain. My family doctor says it will take six months to a full recovery. My spouse says my surgery is quite minor compared to the knee replacements he has had. I don't think that is quite correct....
I still can't believe this is being done as day surgery. I had the bunion on my other foot fixed 20 years ago and was in the hospital for four days! I am working on the hypothesis that surgical techniques and anaesthesia techniques have improved quite a bit....
Ah well, it is the right decision and for the good! I think I will feel much better when I start counting recovery days!
Friday, June 01, 2012
Busy day at work, but not too active in the preparing for surgery area.
My main objective was to get a handicapped driver permit, and I did get one, for 4 months--that is all the doctor said I need.
Well, if he thinks I will be 100% in four months I can go with that, my family doc said 6 months, but she tends to see the worst side, I think....
It is raining heavily here, which is good, we had a couple of weeks with no or little rain, and grass, trees, and crops were suffering.
So, that is all for today. Have a lovely weekend everyone, and I will blog Day 9 tomorrow!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
So, I have decided to blog this adventure. Partly to keep myself sane, partly to share what living a healthy lifestyle means when exercise is minimal and one is in a decent amount of pain.
Details--bunion, hammertoe, and toenail removal surgery scheduled for June 11. Pre-op passed and ready to roll. This my right foot, won't be able to drive for about two months. Yikes! And this is day surgery...would you believe it?
Previous to yesterday, I have been stocking up on non-perishable food, toiletries, and other stuff as much as I could.
Yesterday--pre-op passed. I bought a plastic boot to protect my foot in the shower, and an exercise band so I can start Coach Nicole's chair exercises. Started application for handicap driver/passenger permit.
Planning--work--thanks to the marvels of modern technology (smile), I can work from home once I recover a bit. I will have a printer, laptop computer, large monitor, wireless keyboard, and blackberry from work home by next week. Not to mention my own computer from which I can access my agency's servers, as well as my iPad and my iPhone. I also have offers from colleagues to drive me into the office for some meetings, it is not too far away. Enough technology I think.
Planning--music. I think I will be able to resume playing guitar pretty quickly, the majority of the weight of the guitar (and classical guitars don't weigh very much) is supported by the left leg. Playing will be limited until July 16 and then a bit after, when I have another (and much more minor) surgery to release a trigger finger on my right hand. Sigh.... I have downloaded on the iPad sheet music of what I want to learn during my recover, a piece from J.S. Bach. Nice.
Reading--I have four hard copy books I want to read, two on positive psychology and two on dealing with emotional eating (my own particular challenge). One is "Shrink Yourself," recommended by Oohlala53 and others. I also have iBooks and Kobo loaded on the iPad, a library or two awaits me there, as well as other favorites I have in hard copy.
Fitbit--I will not wear it the day of the surgery, but will start the next day and am interested in what it shows....
Okay, enough for now. Helpful ideas always appreciated. And thank you Sparkpeople!
Monday, April 23, 2012
Okay, we have a gas powered water heater, the high efficiency kind with no pilot light, etc.
Every once in a while it shuts down.
When my children were young adults and still at home, they turned it back on.
When my husband is home, he turns it back on.
So yesterday, there it goes again, hot water needed, husband out and about...
So I decided to turn it back on.
Despite being raised in homes that had gas powered stoves, I am terrified of furnaces and hot water heaters.
You know, you look at the manual, which is not glossary and pretty, but is filled with small type and Caution! and Warning! Pretty much, the manual is implying, okay, you person, you can try to turn me back on, but if you do one little thing wrong you will blow yourself and your house and a few neighboring houses to little smithereens. Oh boy.
I used the mantra Bonita you can do this. I read the small print warnings and instructions and foresayers of doom several times over. My heart was going like a triphammer--you know, kind of how the caveperson must have reacted with the sabre toothed tiger strolled into sight.
I followed the instructions, and got the thing to work.
Reflecting later, as my heart rate returned to normal, I think it is the Sparkpeople philosophy that helped me do this. I thought, heck, there are tons of folks on SP who turn their water heaters back on, probably every day. There are probably a nice amount who install and service water heaters. And you know,small steps, we can do this....
Hot water restored. Spouse calling the company today to check the thing out.
Next step, furnace?
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Here's an observation.
I am pretty careful about what I buy and eat, and even treats have to have some protein, and fibre, or else I pass them up. I am quite partial to Kashi bars right now....
So a friend at work offered me a 100 calorie treat, a bar made by Thi************ations. It was peanut butter flavor, had a couple of grams of protein, it fit into my eating plan, so I said okay.
It was tiny.
It was way too sweet.
It gave me an unpleasant sugar rush that lasted about 15 minutes.
Moral of the story? Trying a different treat is fine, if we assess it and draw our own conclusions!
Manufacturers out there, use less sugar, put in more protein and fibre, and I may become your fan!
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