Hooray, hooray – It’s Friday! Thank goodness. I for one am ready for this long weekend. Plus this means it’s officially one week after my surgery, which hopefully means I just have about three more to go before I can walk again. #GimpLife
As usual, here’s a look at some of the things I’ve been loving this week. Most of them are surgery related because that’s my life right now. Sorry!
For Fabio’s birthday I gave him a goodie bag filled with some of his favorite little treats as part of his birthday present. One item I put in his gift bag was Sleepytime tea, which I had heard a lot about but never tried before. Although Fabio is still too stubborn to really embrace the tea, I’ve been loving it this week in my favorite mug that Jess got me for Christmas.
The evenings are when my foot is most painful – probably because I have nothing to keep my mind off the pain – and I have found that this tea really calms me down and gets me ready for bed. I’m loving it!
This week I got two awesome deliveries. First, on Monday an edible arrangement showed up at my door from my work. The people I work with are the BEST!
Not only are they letting me work from home while I’m on crutches, but my coworkers have been sending me texts and emails all week to check on my progress. This edible arrangement was just the icing on the cake (the chocolate on the fruit?). Yum.
Then on Wednesday I got this awesome delivery from Catrina – a 10 lb. kettlebell! The note said to use the kettlebell for strengthening my arms and abs. She knows me so well.
What a great gift!
Honestly these two deliveries on top of all the flowers, cards, and snacks I got over the weekend have just shown me how truly blessed I am. I’m so lucky to have so many caring people in my life.
Jack is just the best little companion. He has been keeping me company all week, and has been doing a great job of keeping me happy. He definitely knows I’m hurt – he has been sniffing my foot and gently licking my ankle and other areas near the bandage – but he’s been very gentle and is careful not to hurt me. How do dogs know these things??
Favorite Gadgets for Injuries
After my surgery my dad dropped off a bunch of gadgets to help me recover, but there have been two that stand out to me as the most effective. First, I just have to proclaim my love (once again) for the iWalk 2.0 Hands-free crutch.
This thing is truly amazing, and allows me to walk around using both hands, almost as if I wasn’t injured. Of course you do have to be super careful to make sure you don’t trip, slip, or fall, but regular crutches have that hazard too. It’s pretty expensive, but if you know you’re going to be on crutches for a while due to a lower leg injury, I think this is 100% worth it. I call the iWalk my “peg leg” and I don’t know what I’d do without it.
My other favorite gadget is my shower chair! My dad got me this too, and although I’m not sure where he bought it, it looks like they’re available from a bunch of places online.
This chair allows me to sit in the shower with my leg outside of the tub (since it can’t get wet) and that way I don’t have to worry about standing dangerously on one leg in the shower. Win! This thing is amazing.
Favorite Problem Solver
You guys – my mom is the queen of solving problems this week. So remember that beautiful Lilly dress I got for our trip to Jamaica?
Well wouldn’t you know it – it got totally ruined in my suitcase on the way home. I won’t go too much into the details, but it had something to do with some MALE person asking me to put a bottle of Jamaican rum in some FEMALE person’s suitcase (his was too heavy, naturally) despite some FEMALE warning him that the bottle would probably break and ruin clothes in said FEMALE person’s suitcase. Mmmhmm. He told me a plastic bag would solve the problem but – unfortunately – he was wrong and two of my dresses were ruined. 🙁 I took them to the dry cleaner, but no dice.
My mom felt really bad for me since she had just bought me this dress, so she bought me a replacement one. ISN’T SHE THE BEST?!
Then she came over on Monday to take care of me, and baked me a delicious batch of brownies. Unfortunately Jack ATE ALL THE BROWNIES while we were at my doctor’s appointment (I’m pretty sure I asked that MALE person to put them away carefully…hello I’m on crutches or I’d do it myself) so my mom made me a second batch when we got home from the doctor. Phew.
I’m tellin’ ya’, my mom is probably the best problem solver there is. THANKS MOM!!
Alright guys, that’s all I have for you today. Happy Friday!
Question of the day: What fun weekend plans do you have?
I for one am looking forward to getting out of this house!! Yep, I guess I’m starting to get just a little stir-crazy.