The day after surgery – November 27th
Today is the second day of my new life.
I decided to cave in to painmeds, the very light ones, to take off the edge a little. It helped putting me to sleep. I noticed I was too focused on the foot to get to sleep.
So what did I try? Listening to Brendon Burchard. Sorry Brendon, it didn’t work. His material required me to be more awake than I was. Tony, on the other hand, did work, until the ads got audible.
By that time I was able to fall asleep though, which was good.
So going back to yesterday. The people here gave me a warm welcome, which was nice. They had green lights on in the OR with some eighties music. They gave me an IV and I got to tell them about my work and then I was out. I woke up cheerful snd refreshed and then they put cast around my foot.
Pretty quickly I got ice cream, the watery substance, in the Netherlands we call this a Rocket. Then I was brought to my room where they gave me sandwiches and later on a hot meal. Of course the latter required some good reading. Almost all of them contained ingredients I’m allergic too. Anyway, I managed and got some nice chili.
The nerve blocker they put in my foot worked really well until last night. It was a challenge to not use the foot at all. Things like pushing yourself upwards on the bed, are things I cannot do with my left foot. The pain I get to feel at that moment sends off all alarm bells to be more careful, which I get to be. It’s just too scary otherwise.
Right now it’s sleepy time. I’m tired from the lack of sleep and waking up this early. So TBC…
In a little bit I’ll be getting lunch. Same as usual, two slices of light brown bread, ham, cheese, some yoghurt with apricot jam, OJ and tea. I’ll be picked up in a bit. Waiting now for food and a phone call about leg rest for on the wheelchair. I still have some questions for the physical therapist, but she’s got it in her head that she dropped by yesterday, which is true. We just didn’t get to discuss it all and we would do so today.
The pain is doable with the paracetamol. It takes off the edges. I’m beginning to think I might need a walker after all for in the bathroom, so I can sit/lean on it. Yes, it would be used next to the crutches and I still would have to hop with one foot, but I just miss certain support when it comes to leaning on stuff when trying to reach for something, brushing my teeth etc. That would mean one walker per a certain amount of square meters, since I would need to move it hopping.
Video about the day: The Day After Surgery