My mouth got extremely dry, partially due to the anesthesia still in my body and also from the meds I was on, but that was an awful feeling. Of course they were working on the ice machine while I was in there re-hab gym so I had to wait a bit to get some water.
He had me try to walk, with a walker, back to my room, that's when I figured out why my room was all the way in the back of the floor, followed closely by a nurse with a wheelchair. I began shaking, my mouth again became very dry and my teeth started to clack together. Terrified the @#$^* outa me. I couldn't make it more than half-way down the hall. I did have to sit down in the wheelchair & be taken to my room. Once there, they sat me in a chair, where upon my teeth started chattering so hard. I couldn't control it. They said my body was so exhausted from the surgery, drugs, anesthesia, workout, etc. that it has to release somewhere. G. said the same thing happened to her when she had her son. It was strange to her too.
A little later on when I tried to have some broth, it came back up with a vengeance along with 1 little green bean from the night before. Sorry, I know that's gross. Just sayin' though.
Later that afternoon, he (Christopher) made me walk again down the hallway a bit. I asked him how long it typically takes to start to see an improvement and he said "tomorrow."
Wednesday arrived and I'll be damned, he was right. I walked down to the gym & back, did my exercises much quicker, not necessarily less painful and we even added a few to make me home ready. Stepping up & down a small step. Whew, it does make a difference.
I've always said, "We're an amazing machine." This human body is capable of so much more than we give it credit for. Don't take it for granted, people, but don't put so many restrictions on it either.
G. & I got out on Monday morning. My 1st outdoor excursion since coming home last week and I feel so much better. Tues. morning, H. my PT & I walked from my house all the way up to the top of my block & back. Boy, did that feel great. I'm also doing standing exercises rather than lying down ones now. Things are progressing nicely. More & more, I'm gaining my independence back. G. went home last night so I had my 1st night alone with the 3 boys, Putney, Rowdy & Cray-ray. Everyone were wonderful. They all got along so well.
Part of my therapy homework now is to go out for some walks everyday. I can't tell you how happy I am now. 1) Just to be able to get outside for a while and 2) to move on my own. But, if I go out to shop somewhere & walk, I still use the walker 'cuz I need something to put my purchase in/on. I went to Big Lots & Ace Hardware for some goods.
Now Rowdy is here "cuz G. is gonna be going out of town for the weekend with her son, so we figured he could just stay here. He's so cute. He fell in love with an Aflac duck keychain I had so we had to wash it each night it got so gross. G. accidentally took it home so she bought him a Spongebob Squarepants starfish character.to leave at my house. Rowdy'll be going home next Mon. I think but he'll be back in a couple of weeks when she heads out with her daughter for a few nights. She deserves it. She's really been such an incredible help to me. Yes, at times over-protective, but that's her & I wouldn't have her any other way. She's been a gift indeed. I would've had a hard time of it without her and I can never be thankful enough.
Thank you, sis. I love you so very much.
I'd had quite a hankering for marinated beef sandwiches lately so before my lock-down, I went to Costco and bought a roast, thin sliced it and made a marinade. I cooked it all up, separated it into 4 baggies, stuck them all in a freezer bag and placed them in the freezer. G. & I had a couple yesterday for lunch. Man oh man, were they delicious. I'd bought some sourdough rolls that we hallowed out and that was that. Nothing else needed condiment wise. G. told me a great tip to thin slicing meat is to partially freeze the meat and you can thin slice it much easier. I'll have to try it next time. No matter though, the sandwiches were yummy.
I had a couple of visitors yesterday, both of whom brought me food. OMG! My fridge hasn't been so stocked since my last house party last year. I just don't shop for months on end, but it's so full now I have no idea as to what's in there. I'm going by memory and with the drugs I'm on and the anesthesia probably still in me to some extent, this could be scarey. I do now have a fridge outside on the patio so I think some items are gonna go out there. I am so appreciative of my sis & friends though. The foods are quite tasty. The good news is,...my appetite is less than before. So I've got enough food for another week, easy.
OMG, I almost forgot to say "thank you" to the gals who came by to visit. How rude! I hope they realize just how much I appreciate the visits & time they took on my behalf. It's really been a crazy time for me. I was thrilled to welcome them to the house and have some conversation besides my leg.
I'm prevented from having my salads that I love so much though. That's due to one of the drugs I have to take. Warfarin. It's a blood thinner to prevent my blood from clotting and creating a scab. so I have to limit, severely, my intake of vitamin K. Ugh! I love my salads. It's been tough but I should be able to add them back in bit by bit after next Mon. That's when I see my Doc again and get the staples out of my knee.
Now, people you have to get yourself enrolled in the healthcare program. I can tell you, if I didn't have insurance, this surgery would've been financially impossible for me. You have until March 31st. That's only a few days away. Actually only until Monday. Get to it. It may be expensive now but in the long run it will be better. Be proactive about your health. https://www.healthcare.gov/ DO IT!
Off to do my exercises set forth by my PT.
Dance for me people, let me dance through you 'til I can dance on my own.
Peace out and thank you for all of the well-wishes, thoughts & prayers.