Well, after 8 days, I’m finally back to my own house…being loved on by my own kitty and dogs, and working on finding the best set up to relax and be comfortable for the next few days. I’ve spent the last few days in a recliner at my lovely Pastor’s house, with her family – but we don’t have a recliner here – so the creativity wheels are turning.
I took a spin on one couch – but the seat wasn’t well supported, there was no real recline to it, and my feet on the coffee table was the wrong height and angle for my hips. But I needed some down time with ice…so it gave me time to snuggle with the kitty and think.
My ride home in the car was actually pretty alright. I had my anti-nausea wrist bands on…because puking in your friends car is just bad manners…they did their job and I had no nausea on the way home. We left Pastor’s house with all my gear, and drove over to the doc’s office to pick up an Rx for more pain meds – I’ll need them later this week. And then off we went headed south. We stopped about 65% of the way home at a rest stop. I walked, went pee, walked some more, and then got situated back in the car for the last stretch home. We were quite the Laurel and Hardy pair – she walks with a cane following hip replacement this June…I have a back brace and a walker. I really only need the walker for getting up and down from places, not for support while I walk – but it was all funny just the same. Anyway, we loaded back up, and headed for my house. We got home to my big dog whining pathetically, giving me a big sniff over, and my friend unloading all my stuff (no lifting over 5 pounds). I walked, put away a few groceries I still had, put my ice packs in the freezer, and just generally enjoyed being home all while visiting with my friend. a couple nice hugs…and I was on my own, my friend headed home.
So I tried couch number one. As far as a sit up straight and ice my back spot….it worked just fine. But comfy, hang out and recoup….not so much. After my foot surgeries a few years back, I spent lots of time on couch #2 with my foot propped up on a pile of pillows….but maneuvering an ailing extremity around is worlds easier than maneuvering around a fused spine. And then I had an idea….I have a great big sleeping bag stuffed into a sleeping bag tote…firm but soft support, not as tall as the coffee table… so off I tottered to the back room with my walker…and got the sleeping bag…and back to the living room we went. Couch #2…2 pillows behind my back for most optimal positioning comfort….sleeping bag roll on the floor….fresh ice pack from the freezer…water…laptop…phone… and it’s actually not too shabby for now. I’m holding out for the bed being the best place to crash overnight…time will tell I guess.
Hubby isn’t home yet, and I’m not up for actually cooking a meal…so we’ll see how he feels about dinner when he gets home. Several things in the freezer still to choose from I think.
For now…I’m just chilling with the ice pack, and enjoying being in my own space. It’s been a big day…but I’m glad to be home.