Monday, December 22, 2014

Ten Days Post Op Hop Hop Hop

Family care and self-care trump blogging these days. Here is a quick update.

First and foremost: I am gratefully maintaining physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. My food sobriety is whole and healthy. I know I have to keep this first in order to have an optimum connection with the spiritual Being and be of service to anyone in a kind and loving manner.

My daughter's care routine is fairly continuous but less stressful and gratefully we have developed a routine that is working for us today. She is already almost completely off the pain medication and has not suffered any side affects from the drugs at all. She is hoping around on one foot and a walker when she is not working from a wheelchair with one leg high in the air, or in bed with a leg elevated high in the air.

Each day she becomes more adapt at doing something else for herself from a safe position. She has a device that she can hold on one end and the other can hook, grab and even magnetically pull things to her. It is a cool tool for the physically challenged. She has another that is a shoe horn on one end and a hook on the other for getting hangers of clothes down from the rack in the closet. She has a pair of finger-less, leather gloves for wheeling and walker grasping. We have risers under the sofa to keep it at her level for when she wants to transfer to other seating during the day. We have rails in the bathroom that help her manage her own needs now that she can balance easier on one leg.

Our dog was very stressed out by my daughter's pain and the expression of it in tears or moans. He is much happier now.

My therapist has me concentrating on acts of self-care of my own during this time so I do not become burnt out or lose sight of my own needs. I had the chance to do some retail therapy yesterday and it was fun. I got to the stores at opening and was out before the crowds jammed in. I even had the joy of directing someone to follow me to my lovely and well positioned parking spot for their use.

The little things can mean a lot.

Jane~

6 comments:

Vickie said...

8 weeks is a long time for no weight on it, but actually not as long as I would have guessed from xray.

Consider massage if she starts to have pain from immobility. I have taken my middle a couple times and it really helped.

If she is doing this well, in another week I suspect she will not need a lot and you will be able to catch up on your own life even more.

Vickie said...

Don't know if both girls were already planning to be home, or if circumstances arranged it. But very nice Christmas in the end.

Merry Christmas!

Sean Anderson said...

"I am gratefully maintaining physical, emotional and spiritual recovery. My food sobriety is whole and healthy. I know I have to keep this first in order to have an optimum connection with the spiritual Being and be of service to anyone in a kind and loving manner." Absolutely LOVE this.
I'm so glad things are improving quickly! The emotional connection felt and expressed by your dog is fascinating!
I smiled bigtime when I read the phrase "retail therapy."
You're wonderful. Thank you for this post!

Vickie said...

Hoppin' New Year?

Vickie said...

Update?

E. Jane said...

You are wise to take care of yourself during this time. Best to you and family, and may your daughter's recovery be as uneventful as possible.