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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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Day 11 Pre-Surgery

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!


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PUDLECRAZY 6/1/2012 4:51PM

    These plans sound great. Especially the music. I find that it helps healing and positive attitude, once able to resume playing.
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ROCKMAN6797 5/31/2012 2:53PM

    It sounds like you are more than ready Bonita for your upcoming surgery. You have excellent support and are prepared to keep your mind occupied for the multitude of down time you will need to recover. I really don't have a suggestion except keep a positive attitude and blog when necessary!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/31/2012 1:57PM

    Now this is a great plan! You are on your way of making the best choices, especially the chair exercises. Maybe you won't need to be a non-driver for 2 months, realize the "boot" won't let you feel the gas & brake pedal but as you heal, maybe a walking/tennis shoe couple of sizes larger might let you protect your foot and drive.

The only other suggestion is getting upper body exercises and easy lower body, on the bed. I believe that when you work the good foot/leg the bad foot/leg still gains something, think it has to do with "mental" stuff.

Carol

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CHEERFUL-ALT-3 5/31/2012 1:19PM

    Wow, great plan! I bet you will feel so much better after it is all over. And you have us...we will try to keep you entertained :)

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MOSTMOM1 5/31/2012 12:07PM

    I love your positive attitude and the fact that you are thinking ahead and planning on what y CAN and will be able to do. What a great way to stay focused. I bet that kind of attitude even speeds up your recovery time. Sorry you have to go through this, but I hope the results are super beneficial. Will be thinking of you today.

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Sparkpeople and Gas Powered Water Heaters

Monday, April 23, 2012

Huh?

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?

Thanks, Sparkpeople!


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THE_NEW_MELISSA 4/24/2012 12:50PM

    Awesome! Just like on spark, you have to get out of your comfort level to make a difference!

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ROCKMAN6797 4/24/2012 12:41PM

    Nicely done Bonita!
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SWEETSADDICTION 4/24/2012 8:57AM

    those heaters can be intimidating. we replaced our water heater with a tankless unit. we never run out of hot water. they dont work for everyone but for us it is great.

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WILDFLOWERMA 4/24/2012 8:54AM

    I thought of you yesterday - the mammouth must have known I was mocking it. Darn thing overfilled again. Had the plumber out here & he has no idea what is going on, so just ordered a few parts. No heat for a few days :(

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PUDLECRAZY 4/23/2012 5:08PM

    I certainly can understand this! I have an electric water heater in the house, but the one in my travel trailer is gas. I am paranoid about leaving the pilot light on over night lest it leaks and I quietly die of CO poisoning in my sleep. But in the morning, I hate to light the darn thing. Doesn't matter how many times I light it, I worry about it blowing up.

Good for you for just getting the job done!

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WILDFLOWERMA 4/23/2012 3:22PM

    I have a mammoth, spaceship looking gas boiler furnace that I am terrified of! It has overfilled a few times dumping gallons onto the basement floor. I have a 24 hour plumber on speed dial. They've had to talk me off the ledge several times. You are a brave, brave woman :)

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MOSTMOM1 4/23/2012 1:48PM

    Good for you! I would've been nervous too...
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DDOORN 4/23/2012 12:36PM

    Your SPARK spilleth over! :-)

Don

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100 Calorie Treat?

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.

Observations:

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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PUDLECRAZY 4/17/2012 8:53PM

    I have tasted some pretty bad protein bars. I like the Kashi bars; but my favorite snack in a bag is almonds in the 100 calorie pack. They are not too sweet, and pack protein, calcium, and fiber.

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ROCKMAN6797 4/17/2012 7:41PM

    Not all 100 calorie snacks are alike!

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FEZZA11 4/17/2012 6:32PM

  those 100-calorie packs are often loaded with sodium, and they taste like cardboard too. Good for YOU, giving things a try and making wise conclusions and decisions!

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