Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Everything is gross

I know I'm a bit of a germaphobe about certain things. The first thing I do when I get to work and when I get home is wash my hands. People are not good at washing their hands and the T is gross. The basement in our apartment building is disgusting. The trash barrels are down there along with two very old washings machines and dryers. The rats rip open the garbage bags and drag the trash everywhere. I was down there moving my laundry from the washer to the dryer when I see a woman walk into the basement to throw out her trash and she is barefoot. I almost gagged but I held it together. At least she put her trash in the actual barrel rather than just throwing it across the room out of laziness.

Other gross things that happened today: making a pb&j for lunch only to realize there was mold on the bread that I just bought the day before. Thanks Wholefoods. I got new bread today that has preservatives and should be mold free tomorrow morning.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cheese, cheese and a little more cheese

I actually stayed in both Friday and Saturday night which is very rare for me. I tend to be a bit of a social butterfly but I can actually stay home once in a while. I did get out of the house on Sunday for a fashion swap brunch.

I try to be good and leave with less items than I brought but it's not always easy. I came with a box and left with two shirts, one dress and a purse. Not bad.

My brunch contribution was a broccoli and cheddar quiche. The crust was store bought but the filling and baking was done by me. I admit that I always make something I want to eat when bringing food to a gathering.

I wasn't done with Sunday Funday yet. Fiona and I reunited from the earlier fashion swap for our Walking Dead night and she brought along her roommate for the fun. This weeks food offerings were a cheese plate (this is a requirement) nachos and some garlic cheese knots. I think tomorrow might need to be a cheese free day...

Fiona with her garlic cheese knots

The weekend flew by! I have a pretty busy week of trial prep at work but at least that will make the work day go by faster.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Day trip to Salem

I didn't end up taking as many pictures as I would have liked but Salem was very crowded and I had to watch where I was going with my still recovering foot (those brick and cobblestone streets are precarious). We visited the Peabody Essex Museum and had some really good Indian food for lunch. The last three photos are from the end of the Empresses of China's Forbidden City exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum. The scroll was full of responses from women and I thought it was a great way to end the exhibit.

Friday, October 5, 2018


The sun is (finally) shining and the long weekend is almost here! Tomorrow we're heading to Salem. Pro tip: Do not drive to Salem in October. Take the ferry, the train or hop on your broom.

In toe news, my foot is recovering well. I might even try wearing work appropriate dress shoes next week.

More updates to come. I know I've been a terrible blogger lately.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Cheilectomy update Day 9

It's been a little over a week since my cheilectomy and I'm feeling pretty good. Wednesday I had my first follow up with my doctor. I took an Uber and brought one crutch with me. It was slow going getting up to my doctor's office and if I stepped the wrong way or moved too fast I got a sharp pain at the incision site but I was doing ok just going slow. Some random guy kept telling me I should ask for a wheelchair. I told him I was all set. He insisted again. I again told him I'm fine and don't need it. After a cheilectomy you want to be back on your feet as soon as the pain allows so you don't get scar tissue in the joint. So you can screw off buddy, I don't need your unsolicited advice.

My doctor's visit listed about 5 minutes. My foot was unwrapped for the first time since surgery and oh boy did that feel amazing. FREEEEEEDOM! *William Wallace voice*.  I was nervous about how bad it would look but it wasn't as bad as I thought. It's still swollen and there was some bruising but that's normal. The incision looks to be about two inches long. She told me that everything looked really good and to keep on doing what I've been doing. I think constantly keeping an ice pack around my ankle (cools the blood going into the foot) and elevating as much as possible has really helped. She moved my toe around which hurt like a bitch but it was tolerable. My upward range is good but bending the toe down is tighter and painful. I think that's from the stitches though. She tells me to do some toe bending a couple times a day. The stitches are dissolvable, which was news to me. No painful stitch removal. My next post-op appointment she will trim down the two stitches on the ends. There's also some steri-strips on there. I got the ok to get my foot wet in the shower, I just have to make sure not to scrub the incision site and to make sure it's dry before I re-wrap my foot. She wraps my foot back up but leaves the toes uncovered. She also gives me some extra bandages to take home. I decided to still wash up with my foot sticking out of the tub but I did clean off my foot around the site. It's still bad spray tan orange due to antiseptic stuff used before the surgery. I ditch the crutch when I'm just around the house.

Thursday I used Door Dash to order Dunkin Donuts because I wanted an iced coffee and a donut. Absolutely worth it.

Friday I decided I would finally go back into the office. The office was closing at 2:30 so I figured I could last until then. I took an Uber in to work but it's still a bit of a walk to get into my office building. I definitely had some moments where I went too fast or moved wrong and felt some pain. It was not coming from my joint though but near the top part of the incision site. I took an Aleve and propped my foot up on a recycling bin in the office. I continued icing but my foot was feeling tight (probably from swelling). I made it until 2:30 and iced it once I got home. Since I've been cooped up I wanted to go out for dinner. Around 5:30 I took an Uber to Washington Square Tavern to meet Derek and when I got out of the Uber my big toe (still in the boot but the front open) grazed something and I felt a really bad sharp pain in my toe. My own stupid fault. It was pretty painful but finally calmed down during dinner.

This morning I woke up and realized I'm feeling really good. My last Aleve was yesterday morning. I'm able to move around crutch free and have not had any sharp pain from moving the wrong way. The biggest change is that I don't have the aching in the ball of my foot and side of my big toe which is where I felt the arthritis pain the most and why I had the surgery in the first place. Any aching I do have is the top of the foot around the incision site. I'm very happy about that. I'm hoping after the long weekend I'll be moving much easier around the office.

Well that was a long post about my foot but hopefully it will be helpful to someone planning on having this surgery and as a reminder to myself when I eventually have my left toe done (probably not until next year).

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cheilectomy recovery updates Days 1 - 3

I'm now three days out from the cheilectomy on my right big toe. I thought I would give a little update on how things are going.

Surgery day: Pain was minimal as I had a nerve block in my foot and they gave me a dose of pain medication in the recovery room before I left the hospital. I did take some percocet before I went to bed as I was starting to feel a bit of pain.

Day 1 post surgery: Pain was much worse the day after surgery. I felt like my foot got ran over by a truck. I tried to just get by on Aleve but it wasn't cutting it. I took some percocet. Icing around my ankle seems to help the pain.

Day 2 post surgery: Pain is better but I felt like my foot kept falling asleep when I was trying to sleep with my foot raised. Sleeping on my back all night is not comfortable for me and I kept waking up. I finally gave up and went to the couch. My foot is feeling a little better so I decide to try just taking Aleve. I seem to do ok with that and did not have to take percocet. I also took a bath with my foot sticking out of the tub with a plastic bag. I ordered a proper cast protector from Amazon to put over my boot.

Day 3 post surgery: Still not sleeping well and moved to the couch again. I cut back on the Aleve and just took one in the morning. I'm still icing but the pain is much better. I'm bored and antsy and want to get outside but I'm stuck on the couch. That has been the hardest part, not being able to get up and go about. I would kill to walk to the grocery store. I feel like I can "feel" the stitches today if I move my foot a certain way. My foot feels less swollen though.

So that's where I am right now. I'm still using the crutches to get around to help keep my weight on my heel when I walk. It's slow going but I can't rush it. I'm working from home for the week and have my first follow up appointment Wednesday. I really hope I can get back into the office by Friday. I hate being stuck in the house.

Thursday, August 23, 2018