Monday, March 10, 2014
Oh my dear lord...this has been really hard.
I have not blogged because I know my little foot surgery and my boring week spent mostly sitting on my increasingly larger and larger backside are small beans compared to the real trials and tribulations of many folks and I do not want to come off as an annoying whiny baby, plus, I know many of you would LOVE to be told to put your feet up and let someone else do it all (well, his best, anyway) for a bit-
probably you, like I, have fantasized about just such a thing!
So, my heel surgery went well...doc said the Plantars wart was huge but he lasered out the seeds so it should be gone for good. The foot is bandaged up well so I have not seen the actual site but I sure can feel it.
I am to stay off it, elevate and ice as much as possible until he sees me again this Thursday.
I had very little pain the first day and then...
Yowza...let the burning pain begin!
I took pain pills for a day or two but weaned off them as fast as possible-you hear so much about pain pill addiction nowadays and I am from an alcohol/drug troubled family.
Mostly I have sat and sat and sat and, when my hips/back/butt couldn't stand one more minute of it, laid on the couch for a while.
I couldn't even sit up at my computer for long so am very grateful for my new iPad (still learning- def. couldn't blog from it).
Am very grateful that I have been sleeping well (do take a pill at night).
So- my dear friends suggested I read- that has been the best part of this week!
I finished 'Doc' by Mary Doria Russell (author of The Sparrow and Children of God- both of which I loved and I am so not a sci-fi reader!)
I read 'About Alice' by Calvin Trillin- a short but sweet tribute to his late wife.
I read 'Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker' by Jennifer Chiaverini- a good read- historical fiction.
I am reading 'A Tale for the Time Being' by Ruth Ozeki- a very unique work of fiction written in the form of a teenaged Japanese girl's diary that was sort of a message in a bottle after the tsunami in Japan.
TV/films- well, I watched the last two episodes of Dowton Abbey and a few other shows I had dvr'd, and on Netlix on my iPad watched 'The Late Quartet' and 'Girl with a Dragon Tattoo' (wouldn't recommend either) and the first few episodes of House of Cards.
Also, watched Blue Jasmine (not my favorite) that I got on dvd from the library.
I'm sure I've forgotten a few things from these lists.
I finally got a shower on Saturday (the foot in layers of plastic bags/duct tape is not easy) which was wonderful, but other that that I've just been washing my hair in the sink (just like when I grew up- we only had a bathtub, no shower and only bathed about once a week).
Today was the first day I left the house (with dh driving) and ran (limped) a few short errands.
I have gotten down on the floor and done some stretching a few times but not often enough.
My poor dear man has done a good job taking care of me and I have done a good job not getting cranky on him for not doing things my way. I think he enjoys having me helpless, for a change.
Hope all is well in your worlds, my dear sparkbuds!
Monday, March 03, 2014
I'm looking to tap into the vast knowledge that exists in the Sparkaverse.
I am beginning to explore cruise options online and there are WAY too many options out there- it's so confusing!
My DD, Mimi, needs to take her first real vacation,
away from her parents,
and we all think a cruise would be perfect for her.
She doesn't drink or gamble so that would save her a lot of money.
Many decisions would be made for her (she is somewhat limited).
She already has a girlfriend lined up to go with her.
So, she thinks September would be best-
she will have time to save up $ and vacation days-
and it would be cool to celebrate her birthday that way.
We were thinking a smallish ship would be better for her so she's not too overwhelmed-
not one of those 3-4000 people deals-
she would get lost in the crowd.
She would be traveling from New England-
has flown by herself, so that's not an issue,
and would like a Bahamas or Caribbean cruise.
So, my dear friends-
any ideas, suggestions, recommendations, for us?
She was hoping to spend $7-8-900 total-
is that even feasible?
Maybe just a 5 day cruise for her first time, in case she hates it?
I understand the Disney cruises are family oriented but are single people made welcome, too?
All ideas welcome.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
NOT easy for me!
I have always been a 'wing-it' type of person-
planning was never my forte',
even when I was teaching!
I planned and I got it all done but often by the skin of my teeth
and with the help/prodding/sharing of my teammates.
Not that I didn't bring a lot to it, just not a planner.
I let my dear man make many decisions in our life (travel, financial, home improvement stuff) because he is such a good planner and a dreamer.
We never would be where we are today if not for him.
I am more of a worker bee- taking others' ideas and flying.
It's just my nature and I'm fine with it.
But, I am trying to minimize the impact of my looming surgery on DH and my other loved ones.
(Just minor foot surgery this Tuesday but not sure if I will be off my foot for a day or two or a week or two.)
I may feel ok but not be able to drive for a few weeks because the wound will be just where our right heel leans on the floor to drive.
This uncertainty is driving me crazy!
I am exercising every day-
will clean the house top to bottom Monday,
do a BIG shopping and cook a few things ahead (he can cook but...)
and having the grandkids overnight tonight.
I postponed our babysitting/preschool days to Th-Fri this week and hope that works out ok.
DH can manage the kids, especially with me sitting right there bossing everyone around.
Thank gawd for Netflix and my new iPad.
I have a stack of books I could read.
I will use my hand-weights and do some Spark chair exercise videos and get down on the floor for some yoga/stretching.
If I didn't, I would quickly become a major crankypotomous!
May March be a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat month for you, my dear Sparkpeeps!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Have you tried these?
Delish- 190 calories, 10 grams of protein, 5 g of fiber, a tad high in fat -12g- because of the nuts, I guess.
P.S. I rarely eat this sort of processed food but the protein label caught my eye and it's nice to have something in my purse or glove box for 'emergencies'.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
and I am petrified!
Not of the pain of the procedure,
but of the pain and length of the recovery period.
I have a humongous Plantar's Wart on my heel that has just gotten bigger and BIGGER for almost 3 years now.
I'll spare you any pics but it is the size of a large coin and just looks like a huge callous/bump.
I had tried every over-the-counter and home remedy and holistic remedy for a few years before going to a podiatrist
(a former third grade student which is sort of a kick- he blushes when I call him doctor and when I insist that he call me Elizabeth)
and getting it scraped down, burned and frozen about 3-4 times,
also involving painful recovery.
But the disgusting thing is still there.
It is always tender, sometimes painful, with a burning sensation, and is obviously not going away without a major battle.
So, next Tuesday it will die.
I have declared war on a part of my body.
I want/hope/need for it to be healed by my trip to Europe on April 6th as we walk for miles and miles over there. Also, a few days after we come back, my wonderful DIL returns to work from her maternity leave and we will have 3 kidlets to care for, with an extra one on Wednesdays, all under the age of 5.
My DH is good with the kids but not THAT good!
The internet is full of horrific pictures and gory stories of this surgery gone bad but I am choosing to go with the best outcome, which is stay off it for a few days and keep the wound (a gaping hole) clean for a few weeks and I will be left with a hideous but painless scar in an unobtrusive place and the wart is gone FOREVER.
As usual, I must look at the bright side and really have no choice to get this done as the nasty blob is just continuing to grow bigger and deeper.
I am so NOT looking forward to this!
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