Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing

1. Do you tend to have a guilty conscience?
2. Do you still have your wisdom teeth?
Nope - they were all removed when I was a teenager.
3. Peanut Butter - creamy or crunchy?
Anyone who knows me knows how much I hate peanut butter.
4. Get up off your butt. Take 5 steps. Which leg did you start out on?
I don't have to get up - I start on the right leg.
5. What color is your favorite kitchen utensil?
I don't have a favorite - but they're all stainless steel.
6. Did you watch the Michael Jackson memorial/funeral? No - not my generation.
7. Do you know anyone who graduated from high school this year?Were you invited to their graduation party? Did you go? No.
8. White with black stripes or black with white stripes? Zebras? Referees?  Prison uniforms?
9. If we were to call your 6th grade teacher, what would they say about you? It'd be an interesting call, since I'm sure she's long dead.
10. Can you draw a perfect circle? Only with a compass or by tracing around a template.
11. What was your favorite scratch & sniff sticker scent?
Hate them all.  I've cancelled magazine subscriptions because I couldn't get rid of the smell.
12. What does your sibling do for a living?
She was a psychiatric social worker.
 13. How many light switches and electrical outlets are in the room that you are in right now?
Two light switches and four outlets.
14. Do you know sign language?
15. Do you step on cracks in the sidewalk?
If that's where my foot lands.
16. And the sheets on your bed look like....?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Simple pleasures

I saw the orthopedist this morning.  They took the stitches out.  Everything looks great.  They said they couldn't believe it had been only three weeks since surgery - said it looked more like six weeks out.  So I've been dismissed, unless I develop some other problem.  I can wear whatever shoes are comfortable, and basically do anything I want (and am able to do).  I can get a pedicure and get back in the pool in three weeks.  I know it'll take me a while to get used to walking, so I plan to wean myself from the walker to a cane.  Just around the apartment at first, but hopefully outside, and then with no assistance.  We'll see what happens.

And the big test this evening - I did my laundry!!  (Such simple pleasures)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Birthday Week

Happy Birthday to Alison!
Happy Birthday to Sarah!
Happy Birthday to Foster!
Happy Birthday to Roger!
Happy Birthday to Me!

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Two weeks later

Margaret came over last night so we could get an early start to the surgeon's office this morning.  Traffic was fairly light, then a wait getting a wheelchair at the medical mall to get to the doc's office.  But it was worth it!  The tech had to work extra hard, but finally got the cast and bandages off.  They got x-rays made.  All looks great!  They did NOT put a new cast on, just a light wrap on the left foot, and wear the hard-soled shoe that I'd had before on the right foot.  I can wear a regular shoe on the right foot. She (the PA) took the steri-strips off, but didn't take the stitches out.  I'm to go back next week, probably for that.  The foot looks pretty odd with no toes, and walking is going to take some getting used to, but still no pain.  And just having all the dressings off and being able to move my feet around is fabulous!   Then when we got home, Margaret stayed for a while.  She wanted to be there when I took a SHOWER!!! and washed my hair!!!  She also wanted to check me out driving the car, so I drove out so she could go in and pick up some lunch for us, and she okayed me for that, too.  Needless to say, I'm a happy camper.

This afternoon, the estate lawyer came to the apartment with a notary to get some papers signed to get those last couple of financial things transferred into my name.  I thought all that had been done, but then I found a couple of other things that needed done.  Margaret stayed until they left, so she's up to date with that stuff, too.

By 4, I'm got to finally finish working the puzzles in the paper and online, and getting to the computer stuff.  Whew! Tomorrow, I'm going to meet my swimming buddies for coffee - Hooray!

All in all - a pretty good day.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Probably TMI...

I mentioned earlier about having some surgery.  Well, that's been and done.  Over the years, my bad feet and toes have continued to worsen.  It just got to the time where something needed to be done. It was not only the pain and deformities, but I was starting to get pressure sores and there were places where there was almost bone coming through.

I finally saw the local orthopedic who specializes in feet and ankles.  After examining my feet, he said, "How aggessive do you want me to be?"  I said, "Not at all - just do do something."  He said, "OK.  Let's donate the toes to science."  And, on the other foot, with all the dislocated toes, he was just going to work on toes 4 and 5.  So the plan was, for the right foot, to fuse toes 4 and 5.  On the left foot, since the toes were beyond repair, he was just going to amputate them all.  I questioned him about needing the toes for balance, and he said I currently wasn't walking on those toes anyway.

Then the event.  Kate arrived on Tuesday to babysit with me. We were told to report to the hospital at 9 a.m. for surgery scheduled at 11-11:30.  By 10 a.m., we were told his first surgery of the day was going much longer than planned.  Obviously!  As it happened, I didn't get taken in to surgery until about 3:30.  We finally got home about 8:30!

My left foot is in a walking cast, the left in a pressure bandage/shoe.  I'm walking around the apartment, fairly steadily, using a wheeled walker, getting to the bed, bathroom, and chair without difficulty. I have huge foam wedges to put under my feet/legs at night, and keep my feet propped up fairly high when in the recliner. The pain has been manageable with a minimum of medication.  I go back to the doctor on 8 March, and (I assume) will get the cast and bandages off, and see what happens next.  Kate will be going home in a few days.  I'm planning on getting the Terrace to bring my meals to me until after I see the doc, and I have arranged for the transport here to take me for that appointment.

That about brings it up to date, and we'll have to wait to see what the next adventure brings.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Three on Thursday

1.  Cloudy and drizzly again.  When will the sun shine again?  But it got up to 70* today!
2. Today was laundry day - isn't that exciting?!
3. Surgery has been scheduled for Wednesday to do something about my toes - hopefully a permanent fix.  Kate is coming to baby sit with me.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sunday Stealing

In honor of the Olympics starting, here are some winter-related questions stolen from Bogglesworld
1. Do you prefer winter or summer? Why? Actually I prefer spring or fall, but if I have to choose, I'll take winter.  I can always get warm with more clothes, but dealing with the heat is harder (such a "first world" problem).
2. What are your favorite winter activities?
Knitting, bridge, reading, computer, TV - something indoors - pretty much the same as any other time of the year.
3. Can you tell me about a time you went skiing or skating?
4. Have you ever made a snow angel?
5. Is your house cold?
Nope, keep it set on about 68F.
6. Do you have a fireplace in your house?
Not now.  The house had one, but it had been years since John had built a fire in it.
7. What do you usually do to keep warm in the winter?
Stay inside and wear sweats.
8. Have you ever gone hiking in the snow?
Of course not!
9. Tell me about a snowball fight you had.
I grew up in Houston, TX - nothing like that there.
10. Have you ever looked at a snowflake carefully?
Only in pictures.
11. Do you have a sled? Have you been sledding?
12. What do you usually do after a big snowfall?
A "big snowfall" around here is 2".  We wait until it melts and then go on about our business.
13. What’s the best thing about winter?
No bugs, no pollen, no sweaty heat.
14. What’s the worst thing about winter?
Ice, snow, no flowers or plants on my deck.
15. Have you ever been in a blizzard?
Once - the "Blizzard of '93", when we had 23" of snow and it took a week to get even remotely near normal.
16. Can you describe ice for me?
Good to put in your glass.

17. Have you ever slipped on ice and hurt yourself? I've slipped on a snow patch, but just landed on my backside and only hurt my dignity (of which I have very little).
18.Have you ever had to shovel snow?
Certainly not.
19. Will you be watching the Olympics?
20. If yes, what are your favorite events?
I like curling, speed skating, figure skating, downhill skiing, bobsled.