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Day 2 Post Surgery

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Good evening all!

Well, I gave myself some mini goals to accomplish today and, as a result, I am pretty tired. Waiting for another hour until I can take my pain meds and go to sleep.

So, what did I do? I took a shower, which is a big deal with the bath chair and protecting the bandages from getting wet! I took part in a work meeting by phone conference. I did coach Nicole's upper body weight training chair exercise. I cooked our entire dinner. I read another chapter in Learned Optimism. So, not too bad! I miss my guitars terribly but I will wait one more day.

Tomorrow is the last day I will have to spend so much time resting and elevating the leg, so something to look forward to.

So, the key to recovery? Take each day as it comes, set your goals as you think you can accomplish them, and go for it! The spark philosophy comes to the rescue again!


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GUITARWOMAN 6/17/2012 8:43AM

    Chris, the new guitar will be a gift to self for two years of maintenance, in September.

I am looking at the Yamaha NTX 700, my local store carries it in a black finish. Oooooohhhhh! I have not played it yet, but I do gravitate to the Yamahas. I will try the Taylor as well.

Meanwhile, part of each practice session is getting the rust out of my folk fingerpicking!


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PUDLECRAZY 6/17/2012 8:30AM

    Yes, that is the perfect strategy for recovery - also remember to not over-do. That is a problem for overachievers and you, my friend, are one. Cooked dinner??? Yikes!

It IS awkward to do things like bathe after surgery. It feels so good to get completely wet and bathed, so leaving a body part out of the water is both uncomfortable and frustrating.

Your guitars are waiting for you. Did you ever get your new guitar? emoticon

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Day 1 Post Surgery

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I am doing fine!

I have got the pain under control, a mixture of regular Tylenol and Tylenol 3 and anti inflammatory. I had a bit of a scare this morning, feeling faint and nauseous when I got up, so went back to bed for a while. I read the information sheet that came with the anti inflammatory and it can cause these symptoms. No more reoccurrences today, so that part is well.

I am managing just fine with the cane, including on the stairs. For traveling small distances I don't even use it. I have done some cooking and tomorrow will tackle dinner. I have previewed some chair exercise videos from Coach Nicole and maybe will try one tomorrow.

I have been in my work emails and will do more tomorrow. I do have a doctor's note for two weeks, but I feel quite up to doing the work.

I am really glad I had the surgery done.

Starting on Friday, I will not have to elevate my leg any longer and I believe I will venture out with DH, perhaps to eat at a restaurant for lunch.

I am still taking frequent naps, but everyone is telling me that is part of healing so just go with it.

I may try and play the guitar tonight!

Have a good evening spark friends (it is around 7 PM EDT as I write this) and thanks for your support and encouragement.


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JITZUROE 6/13/2012 3:54PM

    SO GLAD you're doing ok and have your pain under control. Nothing is worse than not being able to function while in pain!
I for one am sure that your activity levels and your close attention to what you eat (wonderful healthy things) has gotten you through so far, and will help with a speedy recovery.
Bless you and keep doing wonderfully on that road back to 100%!

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DDOORN 6/13/2012 11:57AM

    Whew...! So sorry to be late to your blogs & your surgery "adventures!"

It sounds like you are doing very well in taking care of yourself and allowing your body to take time to heal. Step by step, I'm sure you'll be SPARKIN' in due time! :-)


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COBBYCAT 6/13/2012 11:23AM

    glad to hear you are doing well post-op! Take it easy and get well soon!

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ROCKMAN6797 6/13/2012 1:45AM

    Great update Bonita!
Yes, take is slow and rest when you need to. There will be plenty of time to get back into the swing of things.


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RENIESSPARKIN 6/13/2012 1:19AM

    Thanks for letting us know how you are doing, Bonita. It sounds like you've got a good grip on what needs to be done. Good luck with your plans for lunch with DH tomorrow.

Take good care of yourself.

Luv ya,

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Surgery Day, Part Two!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Well, my Sparkfriends, I am sitting here. Bored. Which is a good sign!

It's 8 PM EDT. Earlier in the day, I could not stay awake, combination of the anesthetic and those delightful Tylenol 3's (they gave me two right after the surgery, whoopee!). So I slept, and now am feeling a bit more awake and a bit bored.

A funny from the surgery, my surgeon was wearing rubber boots. Oh my.

So, I am on the other side now, the side of recovery. I do believe that the level of fitness I have achieved is helping big time. Strength to manage the cane, and balance to rely on my unoperated on foot. I have gone up and down the stairs, have put in a laundry, and even made myself a cup of coffee.

The iPad is wonderful, an almost full functioning computer you can hold in your lap. I can't get my work emails on it (I got 44 today!) so I cleared what I could on my work blackberry. I will tackle the work computer tomorrow.

I think I am rambling, but do feel pretty much in my right mind! The recovery has begun!


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PUDLECRAZY 6/17/2012 8:25AM

    I haven't been on Spark much and somehow got unsubscribed from your blogs, so I haven't gotten notifications about them. I was worrying about you.

Yes, being fit is such an advantage for recovery.

When did you get the iPad? It is a great tool for using when you are laid up.

I am so far behind - I'm off to catch up on your other blogs.

Keep up the speedy recovery!

~ Chris

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/12/2012 4:01PM

    Very happy to read that you are doing so well.

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GUITARWOMAN 6/12/2012 10:13AM

    Raul, I am wearing an incredibly fashionable (not!) navy blue boot, that shifts my weight onto my heel. It has a stunning white sole and two high tech velcro straps to hold it on.

Oh dear, I feel another nap coming on! When I get some energy I will attempt to take and upload some pictures.


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JOL1KEY2BOL3 6/11/2012 11:43PM

    Good to hear from you and so soon after surgery! Your fitness level is certainly helping, I'm sure. Hope you can play the guitar again soon. emoticon

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GRANDMAPATTYV 6/11/2012 10:44PM

    Great to hear everything is going well! Keep us posted! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 6/11/2012 10:38PM

    So good to hear that you are on the road to recovery Bonita! I agree, your great fitness will be extremely beneficial in your recovery.
Tell us, are you wearing a boot of some sort or perhaps a cast?


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Surgery Day Part One!

Monday, June 11, 2012

It has arrived!

Posting this at 7 AM EDT, and thank you all my Sparkfriends for your support and kind words.

I got up at my usual early hour this morning and as I could not work out, or eat, or drink anything, I went to work and finished up my last few activities.

The porch is swept and the outdoor chairs cleaned; I have set up the computer equipment and it fits, more or less, and now after blogging I will get my guitar playing in for the day.

Have to be at the hospital at 9 AM, it is quite close to where we live, and then surgery around 10:30.

I am going to do my best to blog this evening, please stay tuned!


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PUDLECRAZY 6/11/2012 8:31AM

    Sending you lots of positive and healing thoughts!

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ROCKMAN6797 6/11/2012 7:48AM

    My very best to you Bonita!
Can't wait to read this evening's blog!


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Day 1 Pre Surgery

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The countdown is almost done!

Being a numbers kind of person, I was thinking about my sparkpeople numbers today, and thought I would post them as a legacy of my pre-surgery journey. Watch out for post-surgery--it will knock your socks off!

so, I've been a SP member since August 11 2011.

As of today, right now, I have 19,460 sparkpoints (0n level 12) and 26,157 fitness minutes.

I weighed in at 118 this morning, a weight that I seem to have landed on with a thump! It is higher than my WW goal, but I feel well, my smallest clothes fit fine (the size 4 skirts and the size small blouses) and I think some of it is muscle--I certainly did not have the muscle I have now when I joined SP.

I have achieved 55 minutes each morning five days a week on the treadmill, with warm up and cool down at 3.1 mph and walking speed 3.6 mph. Half of the 3.6 intervals are on the incline. Now this is something, as I used to do 3.1 as my exercise speed, not the warmup speed! I do 6 pound dumbells at 8 reps for my upper body 3 times a week, and hoop for 5 minutes 3 days a week. The hooping is not as much "fun" as I thought it would be, but boy does it do wonders for my waist! So I keep it up.

And, thanks to Chris and the Music Maker challenge, I have played guitar (with warm-up) for at least 15 minutes every single darn day since January 1, 2012. It is true, habits grow on you. I now feel that I can legitimately call myself an amateur musician!

So, today was grocery shopping and housecleaning and paying off my Visa. I did not mention it before, but I have a will and a living will and a power of attorney all completed. I am not being morbid, this is important.

Still have to set up my desk, and I want to sweep my porch!

Have to play guitar today as well.

I think the desk set up and porch sweep may happen tomorrow morning. I do believe I will be up in plenty of time....after all, can't work out, can't eat, can't drink anything, sigh.....

I will blog tomorrow, maybe pre-surgery and post surgery. The post surgery blog will be interesting, I think. Stay tuned!


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ROCKMAN6797 6/10/2012 7:08PM

    Bonita you ought to be proud of what you have accomplished! You will be in my thoughts tomorrow and I look forward to your medicated blog!!


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COBBYCAT 6/10/2012 6:58PM

    Will be thinking of you tomorrow! Take care! And look forward to the post-op blogs!


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PUDLECRAZY 6/10/2012 6:06PM

    emoticonWoohoooo! Great on the guitar goal! emoticon

And of course, the other goals too. emoticon

emoticonIsn't it great to regain that muscle? emoticon

LOL! I look forward to that codeine enhanced post surgery blog. Now the countdown can go the other way. Countdown to when you can be on your feet again.

I see my new podiatrist this Tuesday. I'll report what he has to say about my bunions, Morton's neuroma, and metatarsal capsulitis. I may be doing a similar countdown when I return from China.

Best of luck tomorrow! May your surgery be routine, not too hard, and leave you with more comfort and mobility.



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