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!
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.
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!
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!
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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