Ahhhh... yeap.. when one lives in Buffalo you expect snow by mid November... but honestly we've gotten a very little bit. A dusting here and there but not much to write about. Those of you that have heard on the national news that we have 2-3 feet. Well.... they lie. LMAO It's south of here, in ski country, where they want it, and several miles away from the city and me.
The snowed I'm talking about is the ability to fool someone, you know, snowed? ::giggle:: I went to the Dr yesterday. The surgeon who did the actual bypass. Well, I saw the practitioner, very nice girl. I had my trusty list of questions and concerns and she answered all of them. Telling me I was normal? Me? Normal? Ahhh you're snowed!!
One concern was my left foot. It's been off and on numb/asleep. I first noticed it after they took the balloon pump out and I was able to stand for the first time. I could not feel my foot on the floor. The more I moved the better it felt, but it still is not completely right. I was told it could take several weeks, maybe months.
Since they found high blood sugar while I was in there I was afraid it might have something to do with that. You regularly hear about issues with the feet, fingers, etc. At this point they are not even sure my sugar will stay this way or if it will bounce back after my body heals from the trauma. Currently every evening I give myself a shot. Three times during the day I test my sugar levels and if they are higher (based on a chart I follow) I give myself a booster shot. Not fun, and not something I ever thought I'd be able to do, but when push comes to shove......... Besides that whole air bubble thing when it comes to insulin is a farce. If there is air in the chamber/needle it won't kill you.. you just don't get the right amount of medicine. Do I mean it's always a farce? Hell no. But in this case it is putting myself at ease.
Speaking of pushing and shoving. I am still not allowed. No stretching hands/arms over head. Pulling, pushing, lifting more then 10 pounds. I can manage that. No driving for 8 weeks. GRRRRRRRRR about 4 more to go at this point. No work for at least 3 months, maybe the beginning of Feb. Though that could change. We'll see. I have 3 more doctors to see in the next couple weeks.
The staples are out of my chest and that feels great. I lost count, maybe 40? Next time I'm standing in front of a mirror looking at myself and how attractive that scare is going to be in all my V-Neck tops I'll count the holes.
The five staples in my leg are also gone. A snip below my knee and then one at the top of my thigh to pull the vein out for the repairs.
I did ask about damage to my heart itself and I was told it's all been fixed. The little aches and pains I feel are normal. Again, normal. ME? Apparently slicing you open, cutting thru your sternum, and then clamping you open to allow the surgeon inside does take a bit of a toll and some time to move back into place. The pain is really minimal, but it plays with your head. Am I having another heart attack? Why does this hurt today? Tears have been plentiful and I was told to feel free to take the Valium, that is what it's for.
After the Dr's. I did go for a bit of a ride with my son. Trusty bear in hand. If you aren't familiar, most hospitals (in this area anyway) give a harder pillow to patients. This allows you to hug and cough with the hopes of limited pain and discomfort. Mine is a bit of a deformed teddy, but he comes with me every where. He's the love of my life these days. The sun was shining even though it was cold, and the ride was wonderful. No place special. He put gas in my parents car. He's been using their car to take me places because his is a bit sporty and the seats are lower to the ground. I don't think I'd ever be able to get out. After the gas stop we went to the drug store. We both went in. I moved a bit slow but I was able to shop just a bit. Let me tell you it was wonderful!!
All in all we were out about 2 hours. We got home just in time for lunch. As I sat at my parents kitchen table with a bowl of soup in front of me all that went through my head was the video's that get sent to 'Funniest Home Video's', where the babies fall asleep right in their food. My head was bobbing. LOL I went and took a nap. A nice nap! Two hour long nap!
Last evening I also went out for a bit. My boss and co-worker took me to a little coffee shop around the corner from my parent's. No I did not have coffee but we were able to have nice sandwiches and salad for dinner. Sugar free drinks as well ;) Yes, teddy joined me there as well. Better safe then sorry, ya know? It was a marvelous time even if it lasted only an hour or so. It was nice to be in a different surrounding. This morning my legs hurt a bit. A good hurt.. I did something hurt. Not painful, just moving and feeling good knowing I did something.
Speaking of different surroundings. I'm thinking I might go home this weekend. I am getting around pretty good and I can lay at my house as well as I can lay around here. Every body is pretty close by and my sister offered to stop in on her lunch, my other sister who lives with me can come home on hers, my niece doesn't work until 3, and my son. My brother, Cabana Boy, even offered to come stay at my house for a few days with me. That won't be needed, but the visits should about cover it. I just need to get to the store to get low/no sodium and no sugar items to eat. Ok, so it won't be me doing the shopping but you get my drift :)
Besides I need to get home. My boys are sucking big time. I mean big time!! They are giving up leads and look to be sucking wind by the middle of each game. Congrats on the win last night Brit!! I think I need to get back to my routine so they can get back to theirs. LMAO The Bills have been stinking up the joint too. Ahhhh to have such control over the sports teams. LMAO!!
I also need to get all my goodies home. I've completely over taken any empty table top here at my parent's. Flowers, plants, cards. Linda, Martha, thank you for the care packages, both arrived yesterday. I so appreciate the beautiful thoughts they carry.
Wow! I knew I had some energy today, but didn't expect this entry to be so long. I'm trying to visit but I'm having a hard time keeping the energy for long. I will get to you, I promise! Hugs to all of you and I so appreciate your good thoughts and positive vibes.