Hello 2017!

Hello, hello!

I hope everyone had a nice holiday season.

Most of my family and guests departed yesterday.

I’m one week out from Surgery #12.

I’m so glad I got the surgery over with in 2016, because it just feels better going into a new year knowing it’s over and done with.

I think (?) I’m six days away from my post-op visit when I should be cleared to re-enter real life.

(That means I’m about eight days away from returning to PT.)

I have a three inch incision in my elbow and what looks to be a zillion stitches putting me back together.

My surgeon confirmed I had a really messed up elbow.

(It’s amazing how I knew that without ever seeing inside my arm???)

I’m not taking any pain pills but yes, it does hurt.

My life is fairly boring right now …

I drove my car yesterday for the first time since my surgery.

I only took pain meds for the first two days so I figured it was safe to drive.

But, the vibration/jostling of the car hurt quite a bit, so I’ll probably try to drive as little as possible for as long as possible.

The day prior to my surgery I went to see Cavalia.

I went in with an expectation of what I thought the show would be like, and it was very different from what I expected.

I enjoyed it, it was beautiful … but, I think making the show a bit shorter would enhance it.

(I felt like a few parts were redundant and/or a bit too slow paced.)

Overall, however, I was glad I had the opportunity to go.

I’ve been very busy with a house full of people.

I did SO MUCH cooking prior to my surgery.

(I can’t even express how much I love my Instant Pot.  It has made life so much easier!)

In fact, I’ve already returned to cooking in it post-surgery …. but, so far I’ve just made very easy not-arm-intensive stuff …. two minute hard boiled eggs, seven minute steel cut oats, a whole chicken in 24 minutes, etc., etc.

Like most people, I fell off the healthy-eating-bandwagon for a few days over the holidays.

But, I’m back to eating very healthy foods with the hope good nutrition will help me heal faster.

I’ve watched several movies at home in the evenings lately … if you have any movie suggestions I’d love to hear them.

(Most recently I’ve watched Boyhood, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (my son had never seen it), Sully, The Accountant, all episodes of West World.)

I also read A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron – a gift I received for Christmas.

(It made me cry … more than once.  My family laughed at me!)

One night, a friend brought over a board game called Secret Hitler.

I did my best to stay awake until Hitler had been assassinated.

(I’ve been sleeping a lot since Surgery #12 …!)

We’re having an unusually cold winter here.

It’s been in the 50-60’s F.   (12-20C)

I guess it was a good time to have surgery …. I can just hunker down until I get cleared for a little more activity.

I’ve signed up for a few online art classes so I don’t lose my mind from boredom.

I’m not sure how long it will be until I’m allowed to hold my camera again ….?

Thank goodness my twelfth surgery is my last.

(I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence?  My life is so not normal!!)

I can’t wait to get a semblance of a real life back again!!

10 Responses to “Hello 2017!”

  1. Denise

    The road to healing has begun and that’s a good thing. On your suggestion I bought an Instant Pot. I’m watching videos on YouTube for recipe ideas. I have to learn how to cook in smaller portions because I get very very tired of all the leftovers I’ve created. It’s cold here too and now the rains have begun. What to do, what to do. Take care of yourself!

    • Suzanne

      Yay – an Instant Pot! What have you made? You can always halve recipes or do small quantities … one chicken breast, two eggs, etc. If you have rain, that most likely means I’ll have rain by tomorrow. Sigh!
      My daughter made tortilla soup last night. I made yogurt before my surgery and it was so much better than store bought. I also made a 6 inch cheesecake and my family devoured it. I should probably do a few blog posts on recipe ideas/tips/etc.

      Also, there’s a great Facebook group with over a quarter million people – lots of tips and recipes. I sometimes go to the group page, enter a food into the “search” bar at the top, and get cooking time or recipe ideas from it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/InstantPotCommunity/

      Lastly, there’s a couple blogs with great recipes. One is called This Old Gal and the other is Hip Pressure Cooking. I’ve used This Old Gal more so far, but they both have lots of great recipes!

  2. Missy Stalcup

    I am reading A Dog’s Purpose and gave it to everyone in my family since we all have dogs! A few show recommendations: The Crown and American Odessy on Netflix and Transparent on Amazon Prime.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you for the show ideas!

      Let me know if the book makes you cry.
      I might be more emotional post-surgery?
      Not to mention, I was reading it with Big Fred next to me on the couch – resting his head in my lap!

  3. Judi

    Glad the surgery went well and the recovery is well underway!

  4. Julie J

    Hi Suzanne and Happy New Year! Glad you’re on your way to healing post surgery.

  5. Linda Tustin

    In the past few months I have seen Passenger, Sully, Fantastic Beasts, Trolls (don’t ask), Hell or High Water, Arrival, Doctor Strange, Jason Bourne, Free State of Jones. It’s become a thing- we are trying to get out of the house and find our own space and sometimes that is a movie theatre. I’m sure I missed a few. some were good some not so much. Passenger was a fun sci-fi romance. I actually loved that movie. How was Boyhood?

    I’m so glad you are getting all this surgery stuff behind you. I just completed a divorce that was 2 1/2 years of separation and seeming to never be ending. 2014, 2015 and 2016 were very turbulent years for me but I feel like 2017 might just have some magic in it. Hope it is the same for you my friend.

    • Suzanne

      I’m so sorry to hear about your divorce. It is so hard to stay married … I almost think it’s a miracle when a marriage does last. (Cynical, much?) : )
      I enjoyed Boyhood. It’s kind of a slow-pace ramble, but I didn’t get bored or feel restless. I thought it was interesting.

      I’m glad this was the last surgery. I can’t wait to heal and move on with my life!

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