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Day 7 Pre-Surgery

Monday, June 04, 2012

Good evening Sparkfriends....

I feel very optimistic about my upcoming surgery today, atta girl, Bonita, get that darned foot fixed!

More preparation today. Went grocery shopping and stocked up aon healthy non-perishables, plus some greek yogurt with a REALLY GOOD expirty date.

At work, I started packing up some hard copy material for the project I will be working on at home, not too much, I have most of what I need on line in my agency's servers which I can access at home through Citrix. I plan to take it home on Wednesday along with the computer equipment I will need.

I truly believe I will rock this event!


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ROCKMAN6797 6/5/2012 11:26AM

    Yes, you will Bonita!!!

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PUDLECRAZY 6/4/2012 9:19PM

    You will!

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Day 8 pre-surgery

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Hello everyone.

Thanks all who have replied and offered encouragement.

Aside from my usual Sunday activities, including a thorough housecleaning, I have been looking into the BMR (basal metabolic rate).

Thank you Calllika for bringing this to my attention.

The basal metabolic rate gives us the number of calories we need to burn each day just to stay alive. I have calculated mine, conservatively (entered an older age and a lower weight) to be 1,146 calories. Imagine, just to stay in this world. Now, I can then calculate how many calories I need to eat each day to maintain that weight given a sedentary lifestyle (which wil be mine for a while :-)).

Again, I was surprised to see that according to this calculator I can eat 1,375 calories a day to maintain my current weight. This is a bit of a relief, certainly not a starvation diet, in fact a bit more than I am eating now to lose some weight up to the surgery.

I do not intend to sit around for two months! I will start chair exercises as soon as I can, and will be moving around the house (slowly) trying to do my regular housework.

So, a piece of good news. No need to gain from where I land on my June 10 weigh in, although I certainly will not be looking at losing during my recovery.

Have a good day everyone, take care!


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ROCKMAN6797 6/3/2012 10:45PM

    Knowledge is such a powerful tool Bonita. I continue to be impressed with your pre-operation preparations!

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Day 8 pre-surgery

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Hello everyone.

Thanks all who have replied and offered encouragement.

Aside from my usual Sunday activities, including a thorough housecleaning, I have been looking into the BMR (basal metabolic rate).

Thank you Calllika for bringing this to my attention.

The basal metabolic rate gives us the number of calories we need to burn each day just to stay alive. I have calculated mine, conservatively (entered an older age and a lower weight) to be 1,146 calories. Imagine, just to stay in this world. Now, I can then calculate how many calories I need to eat each day to maintain that weight given a sedentary lifestyle (which wil be mine for a while :-)).

Again, I was surprised to see that according to this calculator I can eat 1,375 calories a day to maintain my current weight. This is a bit of a relief, certainly not a starvation diet, in fact a bit more than I am eating now to lose some weight up to the surgery.

I do not intend to sit around for two months! I will start chair exercises as soon as I can, and will be moving around the house (slowly) trying to do my regular housework.

So, a piece of good news. No need to gain from where I land on my June 10 weigh in, although I certainly will not be looking at losing during my recovery.

Have a good day everyone, take care!


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Day 9 Pre Surgery

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!


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ROCKMAN6797 6/3/2012 12:04PM

    I think the one factor in your favor Bonita is your good health. The body is a wonderful machine and it rebounds so nicely, especially when it is treated well. Follow your doctor's advice and I am sure you will recover quicker rather than later!

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PUDLECRAZY 6/2/2012 9:34PM

    Bunion surgery IS major surgery, but I'm sure you know that. Different from knee replacement, but it involves breaking and resetting bones. Yes, they have changed how long you stay in the hospital over the last decade. I have had a couple of surgeries that in the past would have been a couple day stays but they were done out patient. I think there are several factors, not the least of which it costs them a lot of money to keep you there. There is also a less likely chance of contracting an antibiotic resistant bacteria.

On the upside, I think we heal better out of the hospital than in. Home tends to be more restful and a better place for recovery. Hopefully, your DH will help out a lot.

It is very hard to let go of independence, but keep your focus on the healed and functioning foot as the end result. Your time of lost independence will be inconsequential in the long run; just a bother for the short term.

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Day 10 Pre Surgery

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!


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ROCKMAN6797 6/1/2012 5:21PM

    Thanks for sharing...will you be put under for this surgery or will you be awake? (I hope this is not too personal. If it is, I apologize.)

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PUDLECRAZY 6/1/2012 4:55PM

    You seem to be getting everything in order. What an ordeal! I have been putting off the bunion surgery because the recovery is so long and I can't work from home. Unless, of course, I had all of my students come to my house for classes. I hope your full recovery is 4 months, rather than the 6 months. You have been staying fit and healthy, so you have every probability of having a shorter recovery time.



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