Tenderfoot, I'm going to say this again...a BIG THANK YOU for starting this thread. It is so reassuring to know that we aren't alone. I'm actually starting to feel a bit better thanks to you all!
ddill - if you feel up to visitors, try calling one of two friends and inviting them over for tea or lunch. I found that once I reached out, to a couple of close friends, they jumped on the opportunity to visit. The first visit though, right after surgery, was like intense therapy for me. I couldn't stop talking. I was starved for conversation and for people to understand what I've been through. Thankfully, these were very close friends who are doctors but I learned quickly to try to listen more and complain less.
Frozen pizzas....it is what my wonderful husband knows how to make best. I had to beg him to buy healthy, lower calorie versions. I think we broke a family record for eating pizza - 15 days in a row. We also decided to use our grill after the blizzard. It was fun and it felt like something just a little crazy to do. Not sure what the neighbors thought...if they could see over the drifts.
Last night I decided to tackle those pesky 3 threads in my foot leftover from suture removal. I took a very long hot shower making sure my foot got a very thorough soaking. Afterward, with hydrogen peroxide, clean hands and a sterilized tweezers, I managed to gently loosen the skin enough in the scar to remove all 3. There was no blood, they were just embedded in the scar.
I had a really bad night sleeping. I'm just in pain all night. I don't want to take Norco but not sure what to do. Does anyone else have this problem? I actually moan when I turn from side to side. My hip, where the bone graft was harvested from, still hurts too. I'm going to try icing tonight. I'm open to ideas/suggestions.
This morning I noticed that my big toe and the toe next to it definitely were less swollen. Thank heavens for little things! It's given me hope.
Pesher, I have an overactive nerve near my pinky that bothers me quite a bit. It's one of the nerves that had the block. My pinky doesn't hurt though it is definitely the nerve.
Air travel - it's actually easier than you might think. The airports have wheelchairs that you can order so you can use at curbside upon arrival at the airport. They provide you with someone to help you pass through security (a breeze) and then to the gate. Use your walker/crutches/cane to board the flight (or wheelchair if needed). If you are connecting to Santa Barbara through LA/Burbank, order the wheelchair again through the airline you are using. I fly quite a bit to LA (our old home) and internationally. Due to my foot problems the past 2 years, I've actually used wheel chairs on all my international flights. I knew I wouldn't be able to walk too far without having pain. Wheelchair was a breeze through customs not to mention some great stories. In Valencia, Spain I had the most wonderful person helping me. In Paris, I had a male model look-alike assisting me. You'll do fine. Book your trip!
I just booked two trips, the latest one yesterday, and it felt great to do the things I would normally do (plan our trips).
Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day.