10 Days post surgery

By Alison Pignolet

Me and my healing assistant – purr vibrations are excellent therapy!

This patience thing is HARD! I don’t know what I expected to be able to do 10 days out, but I think I imagined I’d be awake, energetic and comfortable enough to treat this like a stay-cation. Maybe that will come but not now. Now I need several naps a day and still occasionally have the foggiest of heads.

There’s been a lot of progress in the last week. We took the bandage off on Thursday and I got my first look at the incision. I’m sure most of you are grateful that I’m not posting a picture (but I’ll gladly share with any of you who ask to see one). They used glue to close it, so it looks quite neat and clean. It’s a relief to have the dressing gone – moving is freer now. AND I could take a shower. Best feeling ever.

My movement is improving steadily. I can comfortably walk (slowly) without the walker but keep it close by for security. I can use the leg to help me maneuver in bed a little. The hip flexors are still mostly off line. They took the brunt of the shock of the surgery, so I expect they need more coddling.

Jerry and I took our first outing yesterday – to Costco. Woo hoo? Our 25-year-old blender smelled like smoke when we blended. I love my morning green smoothie, so we set out to replace it. Rode the little cart and all. It was a little nerve wracking, but people were very polite about making way. Riding in the car was a bit uncomfortable, but it felt good to get out of the house and see forsythia and azaleas and lots of signs of spring.

If you’re reading this, thanks for your interest. I’m happy to receive phone calls and visitors! I’ll check back in next week.