Yesterday I let pain and confusion cloud and take over my judgment and mood. I was so focused on what I couldn’t do that I forgot to use all the powerful tools I have at my disposal…..the biggest of which is the ability to laugh at myself.
I want to share some things with you that I hope will make you laugh, smile, or at the very least shake your head.
I wrote before about all the prep work you should do before surgery, While I was getting groceries …….. a woman walked up to me and said, “Excuse me ma’am. I hate to tell you this, but your boots don’t match.” She was right. I have no fashion sense. It made me laugh. Thank you random friendly stranger. 🙂
I was also racing around to make sure my house was clean, nothing to impede my movements in a wheelchair, etc. I lost my balance, tripped, or something and came down hard ON MY GOOD leg….smh
When I was trying to pull myself up (very difficult with the stupid boot on) I again lost my balance and hit my eye on the counter giving myself a black eye. I swear you can’t make this shit up!!!! I can only imagine what I looked like when I walked into the surgery center.
After surgery, when my dad was telling me what the doctor said and did, he told me and I quote, “So the doctor took off your big toe, reamed holes in your foot and then your toe, they put in a stud and then screwed your big toe back on”. I was horrified, but I believed him. That is SO NOT what they did!!!!! The sad thing is, when I was explaining to a couple of friends what the surgery was for, I told them exactly what my dad had said. If they were laughing at me they didn’t let it show…..SMH….. I hope my father remembers he will be having his other shoulder replaced next year and karma is a bitch! 😛
Before I continue, I THINK this is what they DID do to my foot. Again, I won’t really know for sure until I follow up on Thursday. I will try to take a picture also, but I have a tendency to pass out or get sick when I see or feel pain.
Ok so now let’s talk about hindsight being 20/20. Before surgery, I wrote about “practicing” for recovery. I went through my entire house with the wheelchair making sure it fight everywhere I would need to go. I FORGOT that I would have a leg support on the right side of the wheelchair which adds almost 3 feet to your turning radius. DOH!
This has come in handy though for getting my dogs to move out of the way. Poor things haven’t left my side since surgery.
There was also this ONE time, I forgot the catheter bag was hanging under the wheelchair when I was trying to transfer back to my bed. I only forgot ONE time, and I don’t know if I will ever find it funny, but I don’t mind if you do.
I’d like to share a couple more pictures, but first I need to thank everyone for all your thoughts, well wishes, moral support and encouragement, and a special thanks to my dear friend Jeri for the 4 containers of ice cream you delivered!!!!!!!
This picture is from this morning, and although, it looks kind of gross, the swelling has gone down tremendously from the first couple days, and I do have faith that there are better days ahead. BABY STEPS!!! literally with my GIANT boot.
Chris and Tom commented earlier about signing my cast. I am not that technologically oriented to figure out how, but if you can feel free…. It’s a great reminder that I am not alone 🙂
My best friend Gary virtually signed my cast from my wrist surgery a couple years ago.
I hope you all have a great weekend!!!!!!