As everyone knows, I shop at Whole Foods a lot - too much actually. Change the lyrics in the video below to parking garage, and that, is our Whole Foods.
It's been a productive week. Recovery wise, I am doing super well! I stopped wearing anything covering my scar. If people think the back of my head looks weird, they can deal with it. It's better for my scar to get air so that is what I am doing. (Take that whole foods lady!) I've stopped taking my prescription pain killers too! I'm down to just a few Advil a day which means I can drive and have wine again.
They are gone! On Thursday, Dr W said they were ready to come out. Given that this is the first time I have ever had surgery and stitches, having them removed was rather nerve wracking. Dr W did a fantastic job. My mom held my hand and watched Dr W remove the stitches. It took about a minute for him to get them out. Joel had to sit in a chair on the other side of the room at the request of the Doctor. (This is what happens when you pass out on him) Having the stitches removed was a funky feeling. It kinda hurt but it wasn't terrible. I also took a super pain killer about 45 minutes prior to the appointment; I'm a planner, what can I say.
I've got my walk back! I can stand up straight and basically walk like a normal person! Though, I still can't turn my head very well. Joel said on the way to Hopkins on Thursday, I reminded him of Bernie in Weekend at Bernie's. When I turn, I have to rotate from the waist, it is rather "interesting". Dr W gave me some exercises so I can start getting more motion back. Now, I just have to do them.
More from Dr W
Dr W said I am doing fantastic job on getting well. We started talking about a back to work date and have a timeframe in mind. I am not going to jinx myself by saying what that date is yet. He likes how my scar looks and said it is healing beautifully! I don't have to see him in-person again for 6 weeks! This will be the longest I have gone since November without seeing a Neurologist. I'll take it.
Today is mom's last day in DC :-( She is heading back home in the morning. I was hoping recovery would take a bit longer and I would get her for a full month, but I am doing great so I guess this is a good thing. This is the longest mom and I have been together since I was in High School. It has been great having her here. I haven't had to worry about anything. Now that I am almost fully mobile, it is time for her to head back home to Indiana.
The Next Tests
I've been trying to come up with things to do over the next month as I start feeling like getting out more. Basically, I want to push myself but not over do it. I've signed up for a knitting class that meets once a week for three weeks. This will be challenging because A- I have no domestic skills (ask Joel) B- I have to do something I am not familiar with and C- I am going to try to walk there. The class starts on Wednesday evening and I hope I can do it! I tried to teach myself how to knit, but I can't figure out how to get a second row.
I'm allowed to only walk 'till the 21st and after that I am allowed to try other forms of exercise! I'm thinking of trying running to see how it feels. If it doesn't hurt, I am going to try to get back to being able to run at least a 5K. If it does hurt, I will give it a few more weeks to heal and try again.
So other than my mom leaving, it has been a great week! I can't believe surgery happened almost two weeks ago.
This is a bit of a rant; I just need to let it go. Monday night my mom and I went to Whole Foods (or as she calls it Whole Food). I was getting a bit of cabin fever and we ran out of small items for me to eat before taking my meds. We waited till later in the evening when it is less crowded and you can actually find a parking space in the garage. I thought it would be a good trip to the store. I was expecting to be embarrassed by my mom - that comes with the territory - but I wasn't expecting this. To Whole Foods I wore my typical outfit of stretchy black pants that I have been living in. (I love these pants because I don't need help putting them on or taking them off. It's the little things.) I had a tanktop on with a zip-up cashmere sweater too. My Uggs were on my feet. To cover my head I strayed from my white hat and used a Coach scarf that Amy (maid of honor) gave me over 5 years ago when I moved to DC. The scarf had been an accessory for one of my handbags till tonight. The hat makes you standout more when you are as dressed down as I was. But, I guess it doesn't really matter anyways.
I was doing ok with the first few stares. I know I walk like Ozzy Osbourne. I get that that makes me stand out. I am just not as mobile as I was because surgery was just over a week ago and I still have stitches up my skull and down my neck. It is a little odd when I find something I want and have to grab my mother to grab the bananas hanging from the banana tree in the store. I can't look up and grab the bananas at the same time. Heck, I can't even look up! What got to me was when we were checking out. I was standing there, putting the items that weigh under 3 pounds on the counter. Then, I walked to the end where the bagger normally stands. As I was heading that direction, albeit slowly, I noticed a lady sitting at a table. She had on a nice Burberry all-weather coat and she was bluntly starring at me! I turned around, started talking to my mom and tried to ignore her. As we were leaving she started pointing to the back of my head!
OK folks - this is NOT kosher. At all.
If you're 5, I get it. When I was little I embarrassed my parents at a restaurant by pointing and screaming "look mom a clown!" at lady in a polka-dot dress. When you're in your 50's-60's it is beyond inappropriate.
I am not self-conscious about the stitches but I am about being sick. I hate looking sick but I had to get over that as much as possible if I wanted to leave the apartment. It's my Catch-22. My need to leave outweighs how bad I look. But, could everyone do me the favor and not point it out to me? I'm just trying to blend in for now, I promise.