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.
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!!