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Monday, March 15th, 2010

Difficulty, and Progress

Thursday was a rough day. I had more foot pain than on any other day … my foot just really hurt badly all day. I had to run a few errands in the evening and that made things worse. Friday morning I called the doctor to see about a refill on pain meds, which he was able to arrange, even though he was out of town. However, oddly enough, my foot was feeling quite a bit better on Friday. Better enough that I didn’t take any pain meds all day. I probably could’ve used them, but I was being stubborn.

Saturday I took more pain meds, after a particularly difficult time cleaning/bandaging the wound. But later in the day I realized my foot was feeling pretty good. I couldn’t tell if it was genuinely better of if the meds were just masking the pain. So Sunday it was no meds once again, and even so, my foot felt a lot better than it had in a while.

Today, things are pretty good, too. Don’t get me wrong … there’s still pain, and I’m still hobbling around. But, I can hobble a little faster and more comfortably than before. And while the doctor said I could wear any shoes that felt comfortable after my appointment last Tuesday, I haven’t been able to wear anything other than my surgical boot. I suppose if I had shoes two sizes too big, they’d work, but for now my shoes are too tight and the pressure hurts. I don’t mind the boot, so it’s not a big deal.

Great Weekend

Sarah’s sister Rachel and her boyfriend Bill came down from Fort Wayne to visit us this weekend. It was great to see them, we didn’t really do much, other than a lot of hanging out and talking. I sort of figured we’d watch a movie at some point or something, but we didn’t … we really spent the time catching up. Good times.

Last night, my family went out for dinner to celebrate my nephew Avery’s 12th birthday.  We had a steak dinner followed by presents and swordfighting competitions on the Wii, followed by cake. What’s not to like about that?

Stitches Out?

Tomorrow, I’m supposed to get my stitches out. Initially, the doctor said the stitches would come out after two weeks, and once they did, I could do anything I feel comfortable with, in terms of walking, biking, etc. It hasn’t quite been two weeks, so I’ll be curious to see if the stitches are really ready to come out.

Bicycle Thoughts

Given the amount of pain I’m still feeling, I don’t think I’ll be jumping back on the bike right away, even though not riding has been driving me nuts. I hate that I’m missing the very first warm, springlike riding days of the year. Some of my fellow bike bloggers are already doing epic rides and camping trips, and I’m insanely jealous.

However, I don’t expect to be off the bike for too long. If everything is healing properly I may even get the green light tomorrow from my doctor. Then I just have to see just how painful it is. I’m sort of thinking that I can do some short jaunts around the neighborhood this week, and some longer rides next week might be realistic. Time will tell.

I picked up my bike from the bike shop over the weekend. It got a tune-up, and some new brake pads on the front. I still had the Kool Stop black pads on the front, which I had put on the bike when I bought it. They lasted for over 3100 miles, some of that in the mountains in Pennsylvania, and that includes a lot of mixed-terrain rides, rain, and show, which are harsh on brake pads. I’m pretty impressed they lasted that long. This time, salmon Kool Stops are  on there. They probably won’t last as long, but since the Trucker is now my main commuter, I really need better wet weather performance. I also had the shop order a couple more pairs of Panaracer Paselas, so I have a nice stock of tires for the Trucker for a while. I examined the drivetrain and it looks great, I am hoping things will be running quite smoothly.

I have some ideas for some phenomenal rides. Hmm, maybe I should use some of this downtime to map some rides so I can just pick one and go, once I am able to ride again. I have been using my time productively so far, working on some side projects, and some improvements to this blog that I hope I can make happen sooner, rather than later.

Frustrated

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Recovering from my foot surgery has been weird so far. For the first several days, the pain wasn’t too bad. In fact, I was shocked at how little pain I felt. I got my big bandage off on Tuesday and it got a little worse, for some reason. But it’s gotten worse since then. Today especially, my foot has really been hurting.

And, it’s frustrating in other ways. Obviously, missing out on the first spring weather of the year is not fun. Plus, while we’ve moved most of our stuff to our new house now, we still have a lot of moving-related tasks that need to be done. My wife has been wonderful, taking care of business while I’m sitting around with my foot up in the air (I have to keep it elevated above heart level as much as possible). And I’m very grateful to her for that, but I hate that I can’t be more helpful.

On a positive note, work has been going well. I’ve done some extra side work as well, so at least I’m using my downtime productively. I’m also working on some changes for this blog, which I am excited about. And, Sarah’s sister and her boyfriend are coming to visit us this weekend, I’m very much looking forward to seeing them.

I’m trying to keep a positive attitude, and generally succeeding. Today has been the hardest day so far, and I’ve definitely been feeling down. I’m almost out of pain meds, so I think I’ll see if I can get a refill tomorrow. I think I may have a couple of harder days before things start looking up.

I get my stitches out next Tuesday, which is sort of hard to believe. It doesn’t seem like my foot will be ready by then. But I assume the doctor knows better than I do.

Sorry for the negative post. I’m trying to keep my chin up. I know it won’t be long before I can help get the house set up, and before I’m out riding again. I can’t wait!

Surgery update

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

I had my surgery on my foot yesterday morning. I’m told it went well, although I can’t even see how it looks, as it’s bandaged and will stay that way until at least Tuesday, when I go in for a follow-up visit. I had  a good experience at Surgicare, the facility where my doctor performed the surgery.  The only mishap was a nurse stepping on my IV. This was disconcerting, but an honest mistake. I was a little disturbed, a little amused, and a little reassured that everyone I spoke with asked me what foot they were operating on and what they were doing to it. I’m glad they double, triple, and quadruple-checked, but it got me thinking about what would happen if they performed a procedure on the wrong patient. Scary to think about.I was also a little reassured by the fact that the doctor I’ve been seeing was the one performing the surgery, as he knew exactly what needed to be done.

For the procedure, I had an IV, plus electrodes on my chest and I’m told they put in a breathing tube after they knocked me out. I must’ve looked like some kind of freakish cyborg. They cut out a bad section of skin and shaved off part of a bone in my little toe, and sent in the skin for testing to make sure it’s not something serious. The doctor said there’s no reason to think it’s more than an abscess, but they always send it in for testing, just to be sure.

After the procedure, I woke up feeling quite well. I didn’t even realize it was over until I looked down at my foot and saw it was bandaged. They used a local AND a general anesthetic, and my foot is STILL somewhat numb, and I’ve got meds on top of that, so there’s really been little pain so far, for the most part. I expect things to get worse before they get better, as my foot numbness wears off, but time will tell. From what I understand, some people wake up from the general anesthetic feeling horrible, and this has not happened to me this time, nor when I had my wisdom teeth out. I guess I handle the general anesthetic well.

I’ve been prescribed hydrocodone for the pain. Some people love the way this stuff makes them feel, but I don’t. I don’t hate it either, but I can’t see why people do this stuff recreationally. I’ve found that some caffeine makes it more tolerable by keeping my from feeling so lethargic.

So … so far, so good. It was a beautiful day today and I would’ve loved to go for a bike ride, but I am just glad not to be in excruciating pain. I did get out for a while, we managed to get out for lunch and we went for a drive, with Sarah driving. It was great to get some fresh air. We also dropped my bike off at the bike shop for a tune-up. When I’m ready to ride again, my bike will be in top form. I also had them order a couple more Pasela tires for me, they had a good price, and I really like the one I’ve been testing.

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