Okay, so I’ve been mildly chastised for my failure to continue posting here. As I explained to my friend, with my surgery recovery reaching a sort of plateau, and other life going on blandly, I just didn’t feel compelled to post just to be posting.
First off, this is my Facebook profile picture I put up just a few days ago.
See? Still here, still smiling. Or smirking. Or whatever. 🙂
Anyway, my recovery seems to be continuing, although due to the heat around here I stopped taking my daily walks and my body suffered for that. I’m grateful the weather is supposed to cool off this coming week and I can resume taking my little walks. Also, since I had begun trying to work, I counted any motion or action as “exercise”, and the days I was standing up working I didn’t feel compelled to also go take a walk. For the last couple of weeks I’ve had to deal with some incredible nerve pain, usually running from the inguinal crease, down my inner thigh and into my calf area. It’s weird (to me) that I’ve learned to mostly distinguish joint pain, muscle pain, and nerve pain.
The pain was really acting up when I was at my daughter’s a couple weeks ago for Hurricane Laura. At first it looked like it would be no threat at all, but then it kept moving more and more toward the Houston area, and I didn’t want to hunker down in a mobile home during a massive storm overhead, so I went to my daughter’s place out in Crosby. We sat on the back porch sucking beer and waiting for the storm to hit. Then we got the alert that it had made landfall near Cameron, LA, and we barely got a breeze and no rain to speak of at all. I could have stayed home and been just fine, but you never know where a storm’s going to actually hit, and I enjoyed being with my daughter and her family.
Today things are feeling mostly okay – a bit of joint pain but I can work with that and the celecoxib is helping manage that. I’m seeing the doctor tomorrow about a different (new) problem, and might ask about increasing the dose, but maybe not since I’ve read that doubling the dose isn’t particularly more effective. I’m pretty sure I need to focus on mobility and exercise before leaning too much on drugs.
One thing I am particularly sort of grateful for, as far as my health recovery goes, is that I have landed upon a breakfast that I enjoy AND allows me to skip the fast-acting mid-day shot of insulin. I start the day with Lantus anyway, but if my blood sugar is below 130 at lunch and dinner I can skip the Novolog insulin. So for breakfast I have been having a small container of yogurt, 2 hard boiled eggs, and 2 Medjool dates. I’m not sure what the combination does, but my numbers are usually pretty good, and I rarely feel hungry like I need a snack before lunch I’ve also seriously limited grain-based carbs like pasta and rice and so forth during the day. I still have some, but not a lot, and I do occasionally have to get a shot of the Novolog. Oh well…. learning as I go. And I’m free to explore other foods for lunch, snack, and dinner, so it’s all good.
A friend recently sent me a Brother sewing machine that she never used, so I can start tackling the bundles of fat quarters I got last month. I saw them and couldn’t resist buying them (almost $300 worth of fat quarters), so now I have to use them into a quilt or two or three. I’m also building up a Quilting Wish List on Amazon so I can start buying the various tools and templates I will need, since there are a few particular designs I want to try, and the easiest way to do them is to use specific templates for easy cutting.
Not a lot else happening at the moment. I’ll give a report back after I see the doctor tomorrow, since I’m pretty sure there will be some new adventures in my future. UGH!