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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Getting ready for my bunion surgery on Nov. 30 is a lot of work! Being single and living by myself, I have to be prepared in order to maintain my independence. I've got plenty of help for when I need it, but want to do what I can for myself.

I'm excited that my Current order came in yesterday (except for my holiday return address labels). Now I'm finished buying Christmas gifts and can wrap the rest of them! I finished my Christmas letter and had it run off yesterday, updated my address book and printed labels for Christmas cards, pulled holiday and meal recipe ideas and made my grocery list. Being laid up for 4-6 weeks after my surgery has sure kicked me into major organizational gear!

I've been running around like a crazy lady all week and am worn out after another busy day today! I woke up to the aroma of the pulled pork I had in the crock pot over night. It's one of the meals I made to freeze for after surgery. I mixed bbq sauce with half, and broth with the other half and put in zip loc bags, and placed them in the freezer. Then I scheduled my pre-op EKG and blood work, and called the doc's office about some questions I have concerning my surgery/recovery. I ran several errands, cleaned my house, did some laundry, made a meatloaf for dinner and froze the leftovers. I also froze some taco meat and fried/froze some ground round and onions for chili. It was wonderful to have the windows open to let some fresh air in on this unseasonably warm November day!

I had a nice question / answer session with my surgeon by phone today. I had about a dozen questions since my initial visit. He is so kind and patient, and put my mind at ease on a few things I was anxious about, too. (like giving myself a daily shot in the stomach to help prevent blood clots). He said I'd have 3-5 days of pain then it'll be more of a discomfort. No working out for a while, as it will be too painful to even do leg raises from a chair for several weeks. I'm not freaking out about lack of activity though since I'm having this surgery to improve my quality of life. No more foot pain in my left foot! I don't remember what that feels like it's been so long! After 2 months, I'll be able to have my other foot done, and I'll be all set by spring!

A friend who is a physical therapist is coming over tomorrow to show me how to use crutches and a walker without putting any weight on my left leg. Even though I'll be renting a knee scooter for the 4-6 weeks of no weight-bearing, I'll need to have help getting in/out of the shower and the 2 steps into my house, and the scooter won't work for that. I'm so thankful for Julie's expertise! Her suggestions will boost my confidence in maintaining my independence as I recover!

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    Wow, so much going to to get ready for your surgery. Your organization is very impressive!!
    1899 days ago
    You make me tired just reading! WTG!
    1900 days ago
    Good work!

    Some recent experience to share...hope it helps...

    I have not been able to shower since the surgery...but I still have stitches. I do my hair in the kitchen sink with the sprayer and bathe in the tub with my leg propped up on the side in a plastic bag. I don't have a hand held sprayer in my shower which would have made things easier. I also got some dry spray saves energy and time..I was surprised how much effort it takes to do something simple like get cleaned up! Baby wipes are helpful too...

    I find my clothes with a bit of stretch work just fine with the air skinny legs though! Will you have a cast or air boot? My boot comes off and on easily...that was a concern for me.

    I know you are facing more of a challenge with your other health issues..but if I can answer any questions let me know...its very fresh for me! I agree with your doctor...pain for a few days but more discomfort later.

    It is so great you have much of the holiday crunch taken care of already..that is a plus! emoticon
    1900 days ago
    You are so organized; good for you. I'm sure you will be super ready when the time comes.
    1900 days ago
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