Archives for February 2008

Feb 20

Recovery, Day 3


Finally! Sleep. Yes, I slept last night for the first time in days. Thank you Jesus! I haven’t been this tired since I had my last baby 6 yrs ago. Melissa in pain, sleepy, and grumpy is not a good combo! And as if being in pain, sleepy, and grumpy isn’t enough…I have a new zit too!!! Just look at it!

Today I am still keeping my foot elevated. No real change from yesterday. Still hurts. Still hangin’ out on the couch. I have a new caregiver today however. My mom is here. I’m thrilled to be able to spend so much time with her. She doesn’t live that far away, but we rarely get to spend time together…especially this much time. She is staying here for 2 days. I may be 41 years old, but having my mommy here to take care of me takes me back. It’s like I’m a little girl again. There is nothing quite like a mother’s touch. I’ve already mentioned in a previous blog what a big baby I am, so having my mom here is just what I need! I’m her baby after all. The kids were so excited to have their Mamaw spend the night. She had the honor this afternoon of helping Hayley Grace with her homework. Aren’t they so cute (in the picture)? I love my mama!

My good friend Angie stopped by this morning. She brought Lunchables. Yes, you know, Lunchables. She knew that many people brought us meals so she brought lunch for the kids. My kids do not buy school lunch, so this is a huge help! And they are going to be so excited when they find out that they get Lunchables for the next 2 days. She also stayed for a little while so we could visit. It lifted my spirits way up. I’m social and I miss being around people. Bless your sweet heart Angie! I needed some girlfriend time.

Girlfriends. I need them and I love them. My work girlfriends have called me 3 times today. Just to talk and be sweet. They knew I was sad, so they called. They heard I was in pain, so they prayed. They were having fun opening the mail at the office, so they called to share the fun. Oh I miss them!!!!!

As I reflect on Day 3, once again, I am reminded of my blessings. God’s goodness has been so evident and clear. The physical pain is dull in comparison to the great blessings I have in my friends and family. Love really is the greatest gift of all. I pray that a day never passes that I don’t realize just that. Well, look who just walked in? He worked hard all day long. Welcome Home Honey!
Feeling the Love,

Melissa

Melissa
20

Recovery, Day 2


Well, this time yesterday all was great! My foot was numb and I was thinking, “Wow, this bunion surgery really wasn’t that bad at all.” I couldn’t walk very well with my crutches and I was kind of groggy, but there was no pain after the surgery. I was relieved to say the least. (Look at my best recovery pal right here…ain’t she so cute???? Ooh, I love my Princess!)

So much for no pain. Today plenty made up for yesterday’s pain free bliss. OMGsh WOWZEE ZOWEE WHOOPA YOW YOW!!!!! (That’s whatcha say when you are hurtin’ like I was today.) Boo Hoo Sniff Sniff, I didn’t feel so good. I didn’t sleep at all last night and my foot was in pain. The pain meds make my head feel loopy but my foot still hurts.
I was stuck on the couch all day. I can’t put any weight on my left foot. I need help getting to and from the bathroom. I’m a little off balance. But…..oh I am feeling sooooooo blessed. (Book end prayers as Micca said in her blog post today http://www.miccacampbell.com/2008/02/book-end-prayer.html.) Why bookend prayers? Bookend prayers are prayers where you remember to thank God for answered prayer. I prayed and so did many of my friends that my surgery would be successful and that I would be protected and feel God’s presence through this trial. I was scared and nervous. Well, God answered. He did protect me. Although I am in pain, the blessings and His presence were all around. Thank You Jesus…You did not leave me and You loved me through people today (and fried chicken:) Just like no book is complete without an end, our prayers aren’t complete withouth an answer and then thanking God for that answer, no matter what that answer is (yes, no, maybe, wait, etc.)
Pat Taylor, my beautiful mother in law, gave up her day to care for me. She served me in so many ways…it almost makes me cry. She cleaned my house, did laundry, spent time with me, cleaned my refrigerator (if you only knew…wow), kept coolant on my foot, kept me medicated, picked up the kids from school, served me breakfast, lunch and supper, went to the store for me, and tried her best to keep my mind off my pain. She is such a treasure. I felt like I was in a 5 star hotel in my own home! I don’t know what I would’ve done today without her. Can you believe she’s my mother in law? Looks more like my sister! She puts her love in action. I am so grateful for her. Jesus with skin on…she’s a lovely example of just that.
And another thing I’m grateful for. Chicken with skin on….that’s right I said chicken. My sweet friend, LaGena, brought me a meal I will not soon forget. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni/cheese, biscuits, cheese grits(from Cajun Yard Dog)…..thank You Lord for comfort food. A funny side note here. When LaGena told another friend of mine, Denise, that she was bringing all that soul food, Denise (well meaning and all) said, “ooh LaGena, Melissa is trying to watch what she eats, maybe you should bring something else.” Well, thank you Denise for looking out for my health….but I’m thankful LaGena was looking out for my comfort! It was heavenly and worth every calorie! Yummy! (I have a lot of explaining to do over on my “I Am Beautiful” blog:) http://www.beautifulp31.blogspot.com/ Really though, in all seriousness, what a blessing. My mind was off the pain as I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. She also brought me a few other goodies, as I have never known LaGena to show up without a gift. She is so thoughtful. Again, I am brought to tears when I think about it. I am truly thankful. She’s another “Jesus with skin on”. I wish I had a picture of LaGena here, but I have the next best thing…the food she brought!

Family and friends. When times are tough and I’m down and out, they are the ones who remind me that I’m valued and actually worth something…I forget that sometimes. As I lie here on my den couch and write, I realize that although the pain is great, my God is greater. And His gifts come in many different packages. Day 2 of my recovery is a gift.

Thank You my Lord for placing people in my life who take the time to care for me and show me so much love. You give me way more than I deserve. It gives purpose to the pain. Please give me opportunities to do the same for others and I pray I don’t miss them when they arise. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Melissa
Feb 18

Bye Bye Bunion!


Goodbye Bunion…….>>>>>>>>>>>> (Notice the big bump below my big toe..that’s my beautiful bunion, which is gone. You may also notice my beautiful twin toes…one day I’ll write about them too.)

The surgery itself went real good. It was pre-surgery when I was so anxious. I knew everything would be okay, in fact, I surprised myself with my nerves. I just wanted to get on with it and have it done! Here is pretty much the steps which made up my day:

1. Lab work. Needle in the arm.

2. I wrote the word, “yes” on my left foot. (so the surgeon wouldn’t get mixed up and operate on the wrong foot. (that’s a scary thought!)

3. Change into a lovely hospital gown. Hooked up to I.V.

4. Antibiotic injected into I.V. + sleepy feel good stuff begins to take effect which is a good thing because…..

5. Dr comes in and injects my foot 10 times with a 6 inch needle to numb it (a block they called it)…..OUCH!!!!!! Foot goes totally numb.

6. Kiss my husband and tell him how much I love him and am so grateful to have him as my husband. I tell him how incredible he is and that he is the most amazing man I’ve ever known. And take good care of the children. (in case I die on the table)

7. Surgery begins without me….or at least I don’t remember it! I woke up in the operating room and couldn’t believe it was over!

8. Phase 1 Recovery I finally can drink for the first time in 13 hours! “Diet Coke, come to Mama!”

9. Phase 2 Recovery. My husband and sweet mom in law come back. I get a quick “crutches” lesson, instructions for the week, and the doctor informs me that he broke my big toe, shaved and sliced my bone, and inserted a screw to pull the separated bones together. Lovely. I just want you to fix it doctor, I don’t need the details. I knew about the screw, but I did not know about the broken toe….something else to feel sorry for me about:(

10. Arrive home to assume my place on the couch with my “toes above my nose”.




My thoughtful husband knows me well. He goes to Red Robin and picks me up onion rings, Whiskey BBQ Burger, and a regular Pepsi!!!! Maybe I did die, because this is heaven to me! I wish I had thought to photograph this meal. It was sooooooo delish!
Right now, my foot is still numb and there is no pain. I’m taking my meds and keeping hooked up to my cooler…really a cooler. It’s filled with ice and water and pumps coolant to my foot to reduce swelling!

Well, that’s it. Pray that when this numbness wears off, I’ll still feel okay. I’m not much for sitting still. And I’m a big baby when it comes to pain. Thanks for the prayer so far.

Bunionless and Blessed,

Melissa

Melissa