Un-Fun Stuff

Yesterday we took the bandage off my leg - the one that has been on since my surgery on Saturday. I finally felt the blood flowing through my leg again (I can hear the Hallelujah chorus now), but my leg was orange. I'm not sure what that orange stuff is that they put on you for surgery, but it looks so weird.

I then took my first full shower since surgery, using a small plastic table as a chair. There is no way I can stand on one leg in a wet shower stall for ten minutes without toppling over. Gracious, it was enough of an ordeal just getting myself into the shower without being able to use both legs. You never realize how much you need a complete set of functioning body parts until you don't have it.

The shower was wonderful though. Absolutely heavenly. It feels so good to be fresh and clean - thank you, honeysuckle body wash.

And can I just say that Vicodin stinks? Because it does. It makes your brain fuzzy and the room wobbles. It boggles my mind to think that some people get addicted to it on purpose. I hate, (loathe, despise, dread) the way it makes me feel. And I'm scared to take it at night, because I have a hard time waking myself up when I'm under it's influence. Maybe I'm just a control freak, but I'd rather deal with a little pain than feel that way.

I also get the horrifying educational experience of giving myself shots of Levonox, i.e. blood thinner. First I have to disinfect my skin with a handy-dandy alcohol wipe. Then I yank the cap off of one of my syringes of medication, pinch some of the fat on my stomach, and insert the needle (which is about 3/4 of an inch long). That's not the bad part though - the bad part is injecting the medication. It burns.

On a positive note, I am so thankful for my husband and family! They have been amazing, and they're so cheerful about helping me. I feel like a really annoying person, because I have to ask people to bring me things or carry stuff for me, since I can't walk on crutches and carry things myself - but they've been so sweet about everything.

And Wyatt is adorable. He falls asleep in the funniest positions. Case in point:



Doesn't look too comfortable to me, but then, I've never tried it.

I haven't slept in my own bed since this happened, because I'm trying to avoid trips up and down the stairs. I'm not terribly stable on my crutches yet, and I just don't want to deal with a staircase, so I've been sleeping in the upstairs spare bedroom. Maybe I'll try sleeping in our room again tonight. We'll see.

Which reminds me, I owe you all some pictures of our new room in the basement! Maybe I'll work on that post now. It's more fun to think about that, I think. Probably more fun to read about too.


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Ria @ Life as a Wife! said...

Oh, feel better soon! :)

Anne said...

Oh goodness - hang in there friend! Sounds like quite an ordeal. Hope your knee heals fast!

Rachel and John said...

We have that outfit for little Henry. It looks SO comfy!!

Glad things are looking up for you. I hope you continue to recover quickly!!

LeAnna said...

You poor thing! I'm glad you're getting back into a somewhat normal routine (like showers, ha) - love the picture of Wyatt! My Hubby always jokes that men lack the...pillows...to soothe babies to sleep. Hence why mine always want their Daddy for laughs and giggles, and Mama for food and snuggles. :P

Amanda said...

i'm so glad you're feeling a bit better! i bet that did feel amazing to get the blood flowing again and have some feedom! wyatt is so sweet. :) keep feeling better callie!!!!

Emily P. said...

yuck...all of that just stinks! I guess since you work in the medical field giving yourself a shot isn't bad. I just couldn't...the hubs would have to do it for me!

Diana Hill said...

Callie, I am so sorry about your knee, but I am glad to hear you are slowly healing! The orange stuff is betadine, it helps disenfect the area before they start the surgery.
Here's wishing you a speedy recovery!

Melanie said...

Wyatt looks so funny sleeping like that!! I know what you mean about pain meds..I HATE the way they make me feel too and I dont know why anyone would want to intentionally get hooked on such a thing. Get well soon girl!

cait said...

what a precious pic of you and your sweet little guy! Hope you feel better soon..I'm sure it's so frustrating!! :)

Jessica and Stephan said...

I can understand how you feel about not wanting to take the Vicoden (not sure I spelled that right!). I was on percs once before, and I stopped taking them because of how they made me feel.

wow, that is quite the funny position he feel asleep in! Just adorable.

Amber said...

Ugh! Don't envy you on the shot thing AT ALL. I don't know if I could give myself shots. I'd have to make Corey do them. And aren't babies funny? They're so flexible! Eden loves the oddest positions too. It's rather adorable though :)

Lyndsey said...

That picture is too cute! So glad you got a nice shower - it really is the little things like that that can make your day so much better!

Ashley said...

Aw, I'm so sorry you have to go through all this yucky stuff - sounds like no fun at all! I hope you keep healing up quickly! Thinking of you! And praying, too!

Mandie said...

I'm with you, I'd rather deal with the pain than take the meds they give you for it {I still have most of the pain meds I was given after my c-section in the medicine closet. I wonder what the street value of that is? LOL}
LOVE the picture of Wyatt sleeping. Sleeping newborns are so precious :)

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