Sunday, September 27, 2015

PROGRESS, SLOW BUT SURE

OK.  I think I have this pain management thing under control.

I don't have to be a brave, stoic widow lady, I can be dependent on some chemical help for a month or two.  Yesterday, I took oxy and tylenol every four hours.  By evening, the medicine had caught up to the pain so it was easier to get in my exercise.  Last night, I even stretched it to five hours once.


(Geez ... the title to this says Level I ... ugh!  
I wonder how high the levels go?)

And I slept so great!  Part of that could be the chilly evenings.  When the alarm said 7:30am I took a potty break and the pain relief and thought I would just snuggle down for another hour.  THREE HOURS later I had to make myself get up!  The thermostat said 52 degrees.  Indoors!  I broke down and turned on the heat, made some hot coffee and am icing the knee.

On a more fun note, the guest suite here at the condos is in a great location for people watching.  The weather is sunny and crisp and lots of folks are out and about.  My besties were all very busy this weekend so I nominated myself Gladys Kravitz on their behalf.

My suite is at the back of our Clubhouse and I have to say I'm impressed with how often people come and go from there!  We have free wifi as well as a beautiful sitting area with a big screen TV.  Yesterday I had it reserved for Happy Hour for my Village People (and I couldn't even expend the energy to shower, dress and smile). Fortunately my friend Carrie had partnered up with me for a few other events held here so she figured it all out.  (The BAD news ... only five people showed up).

My little family visited twice yesterday, once with the Dadda and once with the Momma.  Bringing treats as well.  Picking up my dirty laundry and dishes on their way out.  While I hate being helpless, they have done above and beyond without any begrudging.  I love them immensely for that.  I was feeling so poorly that one "sigh" at a request would have brought me to tears!  

I move back to the condo on Wednesday.  Hopefully the weather will continue to cooperate so I can walk outside several times a day.  I can roll my laptop over to the Clubhouse and intersperse my online living and my physical therapy.

Thanks for listening to all the whining!  "They" keep saying the first two weeks are the toughest!


7 comments:

  1. Family support is such a blessing, isn't it. The guess apartment sounds like a great place to be right now.

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    1. GOOD NEWS! The Guest Suite is available for me through Oct 10. I know it is harder on my kidlets to have to haul things over and back ... but it makes it easier for me to get up and walk around whenever I want. And lots of room to do the exercises!

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  2. I'm not hearing a bit of whining. You're a very brave, in fact, AW. Hang in there!

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    1. I think tomorrow is going to be a WHINE blog. You won't believe how hard it is to get pain relief .... when you are not buying it on the streets!

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  3. "They" tole me not to try and be brave and TO TAKE the pain meds every 4 hours--you gotta keep on top of the pain or it will be more severe and will take longer to get it back under control!!

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    1. Thank you for this good advice! I need to listen to my body!

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  4. The nights are getting cooler here, too. It's good sleeping weather. It's wonderful that your kids are so helpful. The guest suite sounds perfect for you.

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