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.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Five for Friday

1. Today was lovely - for any day - but especially for February.  The high was 68F, and I had my sliding glass door open all afternoon.
2. It's supposed to rain hard all weekend.
3. I finished knitting the current baby sweater.  Now to put it together.
4. I played hooky from swimming today.  I can't let this become another bad habit.  Back on Monday.
5. The broadcast of the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Olympics is tonight.

Friday, February 02, 2018


Amazing! Came in
FIRST at duplicate today!
Wonders never cease!