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Catching up

I'm doing what I can to stay busy. With out, you know, hurting myself.

I've caught up entirely on Dollhouse (I was four episodes behind), and I've finished The Golden Compass. As soon as this post is over, I'll take a shower and then start The Subtle Knife. I suspect I'll be caught up on Fringe by tonight. Heroes maybe tomorrow. I'll probably have the Golden Compass series done tomorrow also. I have a lot of books around to help me through my convalescence, and my mother and her friends keep bringing me food.

I'm also trying to keep up with work e-mail, and I ended up on the phone for half an hour this morning with a colleague discussing work stuff.

I feel a little better, and it's a little easier to get around, but I still feel like I've been stabbed in the gut a few times. Probably because I was stabbed in the gut a few times.

The hardest part is my garden. I have been really focused on it for the last month or so, and there are still a lot of things I want to do to it. But there's no way I can do any sort of physical activity yet, so I just point and say "I'm going to extend the irrigation system there" and "I'll pull the weeds from those beds there" and "I think it'd be cool to erect a trellis there." It's somewhat frustrating. My mother and Graham were apparently talking about what they'd do with me while I was recovering, and gardening came up. My mother apparently said, "but she's like me, there's no such thing as 'light gardening' for us."

It's really pretty outside. I go out with the dogs sometimes, but I haven't ventured beyond the house much. Graham and I are planning taking the dogs on a walk tonight to see how far I can go. We probably won't make it around the block, but maybe to the corner and back.

Ok, off to my shower, and then bed and a book.


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Apr. 21st, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Glad you're hanging in there! Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Abdominal surgery is NO FUN, but it sure beats agonizing pain.

Could you not lie in a nice chaise longue and direct your serfs to do your bidding in the garden? I mean, I know it's not quite the same as doing it yourself, but...
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
Since I'll be getting this exact surgery shortly, how hard will it be to cook and sit at a desktop computer, get around in general? I'm pretty much going to be on my own during my recovery.
Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
It will be very hard in the first few days. I can move around, but not very far and I get tired very easily. This is very painful, and they tell me I'm out of commission for two weeks.

Still, I was on a laptop while I was in the hospital, and I was doing work related stuff on the phone as early as Monday.
Apr. 29th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
I think yesterday was the beginning of my dealing with things well days. I spent too long out of the house trying to deal with stuff. I never got the gauze and stuff they thought they were giving me to redress the drain wound. I just wanted to go back to my old floor and ask one of my ex-nurses what to do, but the hospital wouldn't let me and sent me into the emergency room. I was there for three hours with almost zero help. But it was a sadly busy day for them. Eventually I went to CVS and in five minutes got supplies and instructions. I was also able to hit the post office and a liquor store for money orders. I wasn;'t really tired so much, but I did want pain meds when I got home.

Oddly, I'm getting more pain form the bottom of my tailbone and the top of my shoulder than from my surgery areas. I thought the top of the shoulder thing might be soreness from me previously trying to move around solely under arm power (stick arms aren't good for that) but it just started hurting again today for no good reason. My sister says she tends to get these temp cysts down on her tailbone and that's probably what that is. Probably fro lying in one position too long.

According to one of my nurses who also had the surgery (but the bigger open version) the reason we are out of action for so long as it we are currently extreme high hernia risks. That you need to brace yourself if you even need to cough.
Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Hey, 'stina. I fell a little behind in my feed-reading, so I'm just now seeing this. I'm so glad to hear you're recovering nicely from the surgery. Take all the time you need to get back on your feet. Hope to see you at the Art Car Parade - we bought the VIP tickets this year. Take care and be well.

-- Charles Kuffner
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