"You can't keep a good man / woman down." I think that is true, but we can definitely be brought low by our immune systems. We do get back up, again (until the next time).
This is my x-ray prior to surgery two years ago.
This City Girl will be going in for another foot surgery next week. This time, to correct deformities in the first and second toes of her right foot. My big toe is dislocated and my second toe is overly long and a hammer toe. I suppose it seems strange to be glad for a good relationship with one's podiatrist, but I really am. Two years ago, Dr. A and I spent Valentine's Day together for a bilateral bunionectomy. My husband tells folks I was screwed by the doctor on Valentine's Day. It's true. I have titanium screws in my feet. This time, I will get pins, too. Although my left foot is exhibiting the same signs, I may not need surgery for this corrrection for one to two more years.
Here, you can see the two screws, my Valentine's Day jewelry from Dr. A.
I feel less nervous about this procedure, but can tell my immune system is responding to the small bit of stress I am having. This is partly due to the comfort food free-for-all I indulged in over the weekend. I feel physically lousy after eating these food that are not good for me. My joints hurt, my stomach is upset, I feel more fatigued than usual, I don't sleep well and then my positive self talk turns ugly. Do you do this, too? Today, I feel better.
Here is the good news. My recovery time at home will be one week (instead of the month-long recovery after the last surgery). I don't like to take any pain medication, but find the sleep it brings very helpful for healing. I should be back to a semi-regular schedule (only slower) after that.
Things that help being trapped on the couch more bearable:
1. My wonderful husband;
3. Soft pillows; &
4. Chuck Bass, our cat who never wants to get off my lap, stomach, chest or shoulders (depending on how I am sitting and the availability of the other body parts).
I will be well taken care of, but prayers are always appreciated. Until next week.