Saturday, April 7, 2012

Be careful when mixing Percocet with knitting...

Once again reporting from my bed...I'm now 48 hours post surgery and am feeling really good, actually!

The first night, I woke up with excruciating pain around 2am and yesterday was pretty bad pain-wise but last night I had finally figured out (with the help of Dr. Lewis) the correct meds to take and when. So, when I woke up at 2am this morning, I felt fine and went right back to sleep.

This morning, I even took a spin around the house on my crutches! I let Nittany out, fed her and the cats, made some coffee...until Sean figured out what I was up to and sent me back to bed. I did manage to get a shower in before settling back on my pillows for the day. The shower seal thingie works really well!

I don't want to overdo anything today since tomorrow is Easter (oh yeah, and my b-day) and we're venturing over to Lakeland to have Easter dinner with our Florida family. I'm so looking forward to gathering together! I love how over the years we've gotten into a pattern of who hosts which holiday. Mark's Mom and Bill get Easter, Mari and Dave host Thanksgiving, Sean and I host Christmas Eve, and then my folks have Christmas Day. Easter is the first holiday without Dad...and my first birthday without him...AND it marks the one year anniversary of his stem cell transplant. It's going to be a rough day all round but being with my family will definitely help.

So, on the agenda for today - more TV, more knitting, some reading, some cross-stitch. I had to rip all the way back to the ribbing on my Honey Badgers last night. I thought that I remembered the pattern repeat so I wasn't looking at the pattern as I knit. Well, I remembered the actual pattern row but it was the number of plain rows of stockinette that I failed to recall...and suddenly 3 rows between pattern rows became 5 rows and my cuffs became much longer than they were supposed to be. If it was the first sock, I'd call it a "design element" and move on but since it's the second sock, I was stuck ripping it out. So kids - Percocet and knitting do not mix. If you must knit while trying to numb pain - at least read the PATTERN.

I was hoping for some progress pictures today but alas...that'll have to wait until later or tomorrow...

The journey continues...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

On the road to recovery...but in the breakdown lane for now

Note: this post was actually written last night but I was so hopped up on pain meds that I couldn't publish it out there. Trying to post before the meds make me fall asleep again - it's a small window of opportunity.

5am came quickly this morning. I didn't sleep a whole lot not because I was anxious but more because I was concerned about waking up and getting there on time. By the time I was sleeping soundly, it was time for the alarm.

Sean and I got to the surgery center right on time and they got me registered. They brought be back around 7:30 or 7:45 to get me all prepped. Dr. Lewis popped by just before his first surgery to say hello. The rolled me into surgery around 8:30 to get me hooked up to oxygen and my conscious sedation. Conscious nothing - I was out! I had a moment of internal panic as the anesthesiologist put the oxygen on me - visions of my dad passed through my mind. Hit a little too close to home and I got a little teary.

Next thing I knew, I was back in my bay in recovery! I was super groggy and my foot was aching. The nurses let Sean back to see me and apparently I was already babbling to Sean about a timeline for recovery and when I could reach each milestone...and Dr. Lewis was there the whole time listening. I feel so silly - he told Sean (and me but I have no recall) that let's just focus on this first week. I'm very focused on getting back on the road - can you tell?


We were home by 11 and I immediately crashed (anesthesia and two percocets...) while Sean went to grab my prescriptions. I woke up when he got back and soon after Courtney stopped by for a nice visit during her lunch break. Mom came over after school to hang out and make me chicken soup for dinner (soooooo yummy) and then our friend Jenn swung by with a present for me - notice the bandage on his paw, just like mine!

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So I just had a huge bowl of chicken soup and two percocets and am getting super sleepy. Might have to turn Amazing Race off for a bit and nap. It'll be a nice and quiet evening of knitting once I wake up. Speaking of knitting...progress today on my second Honey Badger is below. It's a great knit and goes fast!

Mom's homemade chicken soup with pastina!
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Wow, I better sign off before I fall asleep on my keyboard.

The journey continues...

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

T-minus 10 hours...

So, I've finally bit the bullet and scheduled foot surgery that I've been putting off for YEARS for tomorrow morning. People ask if I'm anxious about it and Sean doesn't think I'm taking it seriously enough...honestly, I'm just relieved that I'm finally getting it done. My biggest fear is the whole yucky feeling of coming out of the anesthesia. Oh yeah, and the intense pain I'll likely be in for awhile. Beats running another marathon with shooting pain through my foot though!

I'm hoping to track my progress here as I start the road to recovery - my milestones are driving, swimming, biking, walking, and running. I'm hoping to reach all of those within 8 weeks. The doctor seems to think that's about the timeline. I'll take it because that'll put me at June-ish to start the running season.

In the meantime, I've got projects to work on, books to read, and TV to catch up on! On the knitting front, I just started my second Honey Badger sock out of Yarn Pirate superwash merino. I also just received a counted cross-stitch sampler kit in the mail from Posie Gets Cozy. I'm really looking forward to starting that! On the book front, I'm waiting to come off the library waiting list for Clash of Kings (second Game of Thrones book) as well as the third book in the Maze Runner Series (Death Cure) to which I am SERIOUSLY addicted. If you liked Hunger Games, try it out!

So, hopefully more to share tomorrow - if I'm not too drugged up after the surgery. It's scheduled for 8am and the doctor thinks I'll be out of there by 10:30.

The journey begins...