Sunday, June 13, 2010
I cannot sit with my legs hanging down for a whole hour as of yet. So even though I could drive there I don't plan to go to church yet as I might have to get up to move around in the middle of the sermon and that would be considered very rude....or worse yet, during the meditation time.....
I managed to go 10 hours without a pain pill yesterday and drove 10 miles round trip and took my husband and me out for early dinner at Culver's where I had a cod sandwich and a small chocolate cone.
However, we made one top on the way home to buy ice (for my knee) and a lottery ticket (I didn't check to see if I won anything yet) and I was extremely uncomfortable by the time I got home and immediately took a pain pill and iced my knee and elevated my legs.
I definitely am not ready to return to work even half time yet (I have 3 more weeks until then) and so I am in agreement with the doctor that I am not ready for work yet. Today I have been icing the knee and warm packing the upper thigh (a painful spider vein popped up) and generally just taking it easy. I am working up to getting on the recumbent bike and doing a few bed exercises for my legs. I am really Jonesing for a dip in the whirlpool at the gym and that probably will be another 3 weeks before I can do that.
As for driving, the main hangup aside from having my legs down is weaning off the pain meds. I checked with the pharmacist and he said 4 to 6 hours and feeling well and not under the influence would be safe for driving. I do need the pain meds for sleep however and tried to sleep through it when awakened at 3:00 a.m. this morn but broke down and had one and a warm pack on my upper leg. I am getting a bit nervous as my supply is very low....definitely will be running out in a few days even if I take only 2 per day. I will have to risk asking for more and wonder what substitute I'll be offered, if any.