Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Days 4, 5 & 6

Well, several days have passed now so I thought I would update on them.

Saturday, I was able to wash my hair! Instead of sitting on a stool in the shower I just sat in the wheel chair and my grandmother washed my hair in the wash tub instead. It was much easier that way.

After getting ready for the day my aunt took me to my sister's boyfriend's graduation open house. We went and had some good food. We didn't stay too long because my feet started to get sore. It sure was nice getting back in bed and being able to elevate my feet again!

By Sunday I spoke too soon. I woke up (if I even slept at all) distressed and irritable. My feet were very sore, my stomach felt upset and my back was getting achy from lying in bed. I wanted out of bed! The whole day I felt as if I had a fever, but every time I checked my temperature the thermometer said it was normal. Sunday just seemed to drag on.

That night I couldn't get any sleep. I tossed and turned in bed until 5:00 AM! I especially felt like I was going insane when Nacho Libre songs and quotes were uncontrollably playing in my mind. It was torture! I'm sure I really did look like a lunatic. Tossing, turning, moaning, groaning, groping at my head - it was awful. Finally I paged my grandmother around 5:00 to bring down a glass of water so I could take some pain meds. I took two Tylenol 3 and shortly after drifted into a deep sleep until 1:30 PM.

"Why," you ask, "didn't she take pain meds in the beginning?" You see, they cause some unpleasant side effects that I was trying to avoid...any further. And besides, by this time my feet weren't hurting too much during the day and I thought I could get away with not taking the medication at night. Anyways, it was the first decent sleep I got since the surgery.

Since waking up so late on Monday the day seemed incredibly short. After waking up I washed my hair and...had a sponge bath. After feeling quite refreshed and much better I decided to finally start my scrapbook. I completed one whole spread. I just can't wait until it's finished. Tentatively, there are 40 pages! It seemed by the time I completed the spread it was already evening. By the time I got ready for bed you think I would have learned my lesson from the previous night that meds are essential for sleep at this point in recovery. Well...I didn't. Again, I went to bed without taking anything and tossed and turned, resulting in little to no sleep.

Now it is Tuesday, exactly one week from the surgery. The pain has gone down significantly and I can move my feet much more freely. When walking, I can apply more pressure now to both feet without too much pain. For awhile I could only put pressure on my left foot. Now I can apply pressure to my right foot with less pain. I still can't wiggle my toes though. I will have to work on that and give another update in a weeks time.

It is now 10:51 AM and I think I will watch Pride and Prejudice until I feel sleepy. I do hope I can get some sleep today.

Until next time...

5 comments:

Wayfaring Gypsy said...

wow...its almost like reading a reality tv show...one of which I'm glad I'm not a participant! Take care Meg! Feel free to call me again sometime...

Alanna said...

aw- Meg. I'm so sorry you are having a rough time. Tis no fun - especially with it being summer. Sending happy thoughts and prayers your way. Take care, hon. (and can't wait to see your scrapbook!)

Megobuddy said...

Tiff, be careful not to get addicted now...

Alanna! So nice to hear from you! It has been a bore having to sit in bed all day, but I'm glad to be having this taken care of and out of the way! I've got two spreads completed in my scrapbook so far. It is definitely a tedious job. Thanks for the prayers! Hope your summer is going well. Have you seen Lucas recently?

Alanna said...

I have - just this morning (wed.) and we went out monday night. :) It was very good to be with him since it had been three weeks! And he comes back the 16th of July ... so until then! :)

Megobuddy said...

So glad for you! The feeling of seeing each other after a long time of absence is the coolest feeling ever! Very euphoric! Have fun!