Onto post-op day 8! I now have to think about what day it is after surgery, so I guess that’s a good thing. I slept terribly the night before, but overall I felt pretty good. Took some Tylenol when I woke up. I didn’t get started with my CPM machine until 11am since everyone wanted to sleep in, so I had a long day ahead of me. Not the most exciting day – just more CPM and icing, but at least college football started! Gives me something to watch on TV and is definitely more entertaining than whatever I’ve been doing the past week.
The Fifth Avenue Mile was yesterday, and I actually got invited to be a part of the Media Mile, which I thought was a cool opportunity! Obviously I had to turn it down, but I stalked the results and could have done well in it assuming I could whip out a fast mile haha. (In my dreams right now, but the last time I raced a mile, I did drop a 5:43, just saying. I also had a smoker’s cough for the rest of the day.) For some reason I thought the Fifth Avenue Mile was at the end of September, so I was surprised it was so early. I had hoped to be well enough to be able to spectate, assuming it was three weeks later, but obviously that was not the case. However, the elite races were live streamed on the USATF website, so I got to yell at my computer as Jenny Simpson tore it up. Small highlights.
Maryland (GO TERPS!) played at noon, but we don’t get the Big Ten Network, so I just followed the score online. Oddly enough, I got the Big Ten Network when I lived on the Upper East Side, but when I moved to the Upper West Side, Time Warner said it was never part of the package I had. So that was odd. I fought that fight for awhile when we first moved over here since Maryland doesn’t always get on the networks, but Time Warner kept telling me I needed to buy a sports package or something. However, we do get the SEC Network, which makes Eric happy. Maryland beat Howard by a landslide, so that was good.
My mom flew back to Chicago in the afternoon. Her flight was around 5:30, so she left around 2:30. It’s just see you later since we decided it was a wise choice for her to come back next week, so she’ll be here Monday-Friday next week. Yes, she’s going home for less than 48 hours. She wanted to go home to see my Dad (and the dogs) and be home for a day before coming back to the cave of my apartment for another week, haha. She decided to come back in the middle of one of my breakdowns last week, and I’ll definitely need her since I’m not allowed to lift my legs myself and really still need a lot of help. (Especially since I start school on Tuesday and will need helping getting there and back, yikes.) Hopefully by the end of week two I’ll be better to care for myself, but we’ll see.
After my mom left, Eric helped me switch up my legs in the CPM and then proceeded to nap. I didn’t want to wake him, so I got all four hours in on my right leg at one time, haha. I guess he was extra tired after I woke him up in the middle of the night since he had trouble going back to sleep. Oops? I got up to 110 degrees on my left leg and 100 (maybe 105?) on my right leg. I have no pain in my hips with the CPM, although sometimes I feel a pinching in my hip (which would be bad). After adjusting the Game Ready Wrap and my shorts, I can tell the pinching is just coming from that and it’s all good.
I came out of the CPM around 7pm, just in time for the Gator game to start at 7:30. (Took some Tylenol, I was a little achy. The hip that is not in the CPM tends to get a little sore – not sure if that’s because of some stretching when my other hip bends or what.) We watched the game and ate some dinner, and during the third quarter I was really uncomfortable and wanted to get off my butt for bit. Eric helped me lay on my stomach, which is like heaven these days. I laid on my stomach and did some reading for school next week. SO GOOD. (Well, the reading wasn’t the most exciting – basic chemistry and physics in a very condensed manner. Building blocks!) I sat up again to watch the last six minutes of the game. By then, it was on the later side, and I really didn’t feel like doing more time in the CPM. (Still needed another hour on my left leg.) I decided against it, and it’s not like three hours is too shabby. I’d done my physical therapy exercises through the day, so check those off the list.
Got ready for bed and dreaded having to sleep since last night was so bad. Pondered laying on my stomach again, but then I’d have to wake up Eric later to help me flip over, so I laid on my back. We wedged the pillow more under my knees/thighs instead of my calves, and it helped take some of the pressure off my butt. I slept through the night, which was amazing…for everyone involved, I’m sure.
Highlights: College football!
Pain meds: Two rounds of Tylenol.