This time last week I was hanging out with friends, drinking wine, planning for a shower with special soap, and an early morning wake up alarm with time for another shower with special soap. A lot has happened since then obviously, more than just your everyday week – but all in all I think I’m actually right where I need to be healing wise.
So let’s just start out by saying I slept like crap last night. And I got a little angry and frustrated because of the sleep deprivation. There is a stretch from 10:30pm to 6:30am where I take some sort of pill every two hours. I’m also supposed to switch out my ice every two hours…so I reasoned that I would just get up…get the pill, switch the ice, and go right back to sleep. Stupid plan. It doesn’t work like that at all actually.
Here…let’s just do a walk through of how Heidi gets up to do anything…
- remove blanket from lap
- set phone on table
- put on glasses
- reach far to the right to reach the recliner arm that controls the foot rest – lower foot rest
- remove pillow/s from under knees
- begin leaning forward
- shimmy/lift/scoot to the front edge of the recliner using mostly just my arms
- set on edge of recliner and put on back brace
- reach behind and grab now melted ice pack and put in basket of the walker
- take a drink of water and place cup in basket of walker too
- tuck phone into the front of the back brace
- position walker in front of chair
- take deep breath (or 2)
- position feet carefully, grab handle of walker, take deep breath
- stand up
- breath out adjust back brace
- start walking toward bathroom
- leave walker in bathroom doorway
- keep walking the loop a couple times to loosen up and get the blood flowing
- go into bathroom
- drop drawers, sit carefully, do business, stand carefully, pull up pants, flush, wash
- walk loop a couple more times
- fill up water
- exchange ice for frozen one
- retrieve pill the phone told me I needed
- load walker back up
- head for recliner.
- carefully back up and position feet
- take a deep breath
- use walker to carefully lower down to edge of recliner
- begin preparing ice pack
- remove back brace
- Shimmy/lift/scoot back to secure ice pack in place
- position pillow under knees
- reach for recliner arm and slowly raise feet
- carefully shift weight and recline more
- tip backwards a few notches
- drink water
- adjust pillow
- float blanket over lap
- remove glasses
- fall back asleep.
So…more or less every time I have to get out of the chair – that is what happens. So it was stupid to think that I could just get up every 2 hours and take my pill. Tonight I will do what I did the night before and get up for every OTHER pill. That at least goes faster – because the pill waits on the table next to me, and I plan for the ice pack that actually lasts longer – I just reach over and take the pill and go back to sleep.
Last night I got frustrated with the fact that I didn’t plan ahead better and think it through – and so what little bits of sleep I did get were not good. The 6:30am pills are both pain and muscle relaxers, and steroids all at the same time, so I doped up well, put good fresh ice down and crashed for the next 4 hours without skipping a beat. That sort of made up for the crappy sleep overnight – but admittedly had my day schedule all messed up too.
Oh well, a late breakfast, late coffee, late lunch….late afternoon shower, and I’m mostly over it all. Dinner smells amazing (German style goulash with rice) I’ve got all my jewelry back on and blue toenails courtesy of the resident teenagers!
Tomorrow afternoon I head home. I’m anxious to get home and see my own kitties and doggies…and my husband and I’m guessing more friends too. I don’t have a recliner, so I’m hopeful that I’ll find some comfortable positions on my couch and in my own bed where I can still ice my back and sleep. My pain is well managed, and with the addition of the steroids it seems like the ticked off nerves are in a better mood too. I’m hopeful my journey home will be uneventful… 2 hours in a car shouldn’t be too much worse than a few hours in a recliner.
I seem to be right on track for progress in the healing. I get a little stronger every day, walk a little farther, and do a little bit more. I just have to be patient and let my body heal.
1 Week down….many more to go!