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Sue3 : Week 5-6
Diary entry posted Tue 3:23pm 22 April 2014

I researched a lot of things on Amazon. Iím ordering what I can off the internet: Laundry Detergent, Flea and Tick stuff for the dog, medical supplies for my leg.

I am still experimenting with the best way to cushion the incision sites and still get a compression sock over them without causing bunching or rolling. Fortunately the sites donít hurt acutely, theyíre just very tender. About 10 years ago I had laproscopy, and those little incisions were sore (like a bruise) for several months. I suspect this will be the same.

Itís ďspringĒ in the upper Midwest now (HAHAHAHAHA sorry) which means intervals of sun, rain, sleet and occasionally, snow. I have the luxury of not having to go out in sleet or snow, but I will for sun and rain. I am starting to plan for the needs of walking again. For example, the bottom of my boot is going to get dirty, but I know Iíll still have to wear it to bed. I figured surgical shoe covers http://www.amazon.com/Medical-Booties-Shoe-Covers-Package/dp/B000CDG7EI/ref=sr_1_13?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1397423958&sr=1-13&keywords=medical+booties in the house or in bed will be the cheapest way to go. And if it rains, who cares if I wear these incredibly attractive surgical boot covers http://www.amazon.com/Sloan-Sta-Dri%C2%AE-Knee-High-Waterproof-Covers/dp/B00FFBOMXU/ref=sr_1_9?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1397423958&sr=1-9&keywords=medical+booties ! There is a plethora http://www.castcoverz.com/weatherproof-covers-orthotic-walking-boot/ of stuff http://www.myrecovers.com/Walking-Boot-Covers-s/1545.htm online to help you ďdressĒ your Aircast - if you want to.

Iím also looking into home help for some of the larger household chores - like clean bathrooms. I was planning to get the windows washed anyway, so if I can afford to get some assistance with chores and errands I think itís a good spend. I want to help out my DH and lessen his stress, so Angieís List has come in very useful for research. Now that the weather has warmed up I may also look into a grocery delivery service. I miss Alice.com and havenít really found a suitable replacement.

Humor is helping me get through these next two weeks of immobility. I am dreaming of walking, or forgetting to wear my cast and walking around, or forgetting Iím non-weight bearing on my air cast and walking around. I take it as a good sign, a sign of healing. I wiggle my toes a lot, I gently rotate my ankle, and this morning, my ankle ďpoppedĒ!!!! And it DIDNíT HURT! It felt WONDERFUL!

I choose to concentrate on these signs of improvement and be mindful that with prudence, caution and awareness I can make it through the next few weeks until I am given the go-ahead to put weight on my leg again, and start PT. Once that happens I intend to work hard to make sure I have a full recovery.

In the meantime I read a lot, write a lot, work a lot, cuddle my dog a lot, take lots of calcium and Vitamin D along with magnesium, zinc, C and B-vitamins. I sleep when Iím tired, I rest when I get shaky, I take my pain meds on a regular basis. I wear my compression sock day and night, I wiggle my toes and move my ankle around. I try not to succumb to fear. I try to do as much as I can myself. I accept help when offered. I try to retain a positive attitude and sense of humor whenever possible. I keep in mind that this is not forever, and every day I get a little better. I thank my DH for every tiny thing he does that helps me.

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