So when you have really crappy knees….you get braces on BOTH LEGS! WOOT! Yup my very FASHINONABLE look this spring is a brace on each leg. The orthopedic is having me wear a brace on each knee for the next 6 weeks (well to start with). Of course my hamstrings are sore from wearing the braces, but its all good! I am a little more off balance than I normally am, but I am good.
I am feeling better! YAY! My beautiful niece and nephew passed on a virus of some sort to me and the wifey. I got it first and wasn’t feeling well on Monday, then the wifey got it yesterday plus a MIGRAINE! So she’s battling both…I really feel bad for her because the migraine is hanging on because of the virus. So I’m feeling better and she feels awful. Isn’t that the way it works? One spouse gets over something the other one get its.
So the doctor prescribed her a liquid diet for a few days to help her stomach get back on track and to continue the migraine regimen. We talked to my Mom and she had it today, so hoping I can get to physical therapy tomorrow. We’ll see. I loved having the kids this weekend, but I don’t love the virus they gave me as a present!
So it’s been 6 months since I started writing this and I have been enjoying the ride! I hope everyone else has too. This has definitely been an interesting ride. 6 months ago I started this thinking that I was going to be focused on life with a spinal cord stimulator which I do talk about a bit, but then one month in I got a saddle pulmonary embolism and almost died. So life has become focused on keeping my INR in range, watching foods with Vitamin K and making sure I don’t have another blood clot. Then I get another MCL (knee sprain) and I find out that my knee cap is loose and we are CAREFULLY doing physical therapy. I spot check my heart rate and oxygen levels with my pulse ox meter to make sure that I’m not getting my heart rate too high. Life is definitely a fun adventure!
I’m not where I thought I would be 6 months post op, but I am hanging in there! I keep living day one day at a time and laughing every chance I get! I really do think laughter is the best medicine, which speaking of that at 5:30am my wife woke me up and she was only half awake talking in her sleep…and I farted on her (hey gas happens) and she goes YOU FARTED ON ME! I laughed and go YES! YOU LOVE MY METHANE CUDDLES!! Yes this is why you get married, so you can annoy that special person the rest of your life!
We laugh so much even with all the pain and suffering and there is a lot of it. I try to find the jokes because I need to laugh or else I would cry. This morning I am stiff and my neck hurts. Actually about 90% of me hurts right now, but I am going to make the best of it, try to enjoy the snow that is out there before it all melts away (which I’m not really sad about) and enjoy today. I have some e-mails to write, and some phone calls to make which can be done from a sitting position which helps. Today will definitely be a sit and rest and charge my battery day and I actually mean that literally, the battery in my butt needs to be charged. I charge my spinal cord stimulator battery once a week so I will sit and watch Hulu or Netflix so I can charge it and it doesn’t feel like it takes as long. I need the distraction.
So before I end this I want to thank everyone who reads these, likes these posts and comments. I hope you laugh when you read them. I hope some of them you learn something. If you have a question please ask! I might not know everything, but I can try to answer what I do know! I am not a medical professional, which is why I always link to Mayo Clinic or another health page, I just have my own personal experience.
I usually wake up before wifey, so I usually make breakfast, but this meme always makes me laugh. My Mom has a saying that what you love the most about your partner is also what drives you the craziest! Which I think is probably very true! There are certain things that I love about wifey that drive me crazy at the same time. I know my very child-like behaviors aka flying the butterfly last night she loves, the joy of me giggling and laughing she loves, the fact it flew into her head and I laughed..well not so much! The fact that I have a very short attention span not so much!
When you marry someone you say that you are going to stay married in sickness and in health. It’s a common wedding vow. Lots of couples say it, but when it’s tested sometimes its one of the harder ones to stick through. The in health part is easy, but the in sickness YIKES! The medical bills, the hospital bills, the medications, the treatments, the debt, the hours of pain and suffering, it gets to be a lot for any couple, and sometimes the strain is too much. I do not take for granted that my medical issues puts stress on the wifey both financially, but also emotionally. She does not like to see me in pain. She does not like to see me hurting, she definitely did not like spending those days with me in the ICU. So when I am acting like the four and half year old laughing and flying a butterfly around the living room NOT in pain, not suffering for those few minutes, I think for her it’s worth it. She said the butterfly didn’t hurt.
Being a couple, being partners is about give and take, and when one has a chronic illness its hard. We try really hard to make sure that we love and support each other in lots of different ways. I do what I can around the house to pitch in so she has less to worry about here at home, but she knows that I can’t do everything. I do have physical limitations on what I can handle. We try really hard to make each other laugh, make each other smile and also remember the emotional needs/health. One of the things that chronic illness has taught me is that No is a complete sentence. I don’t have to explain myself to anybody. I have the right to say no. I used to feel like I needed to explain. I don’t anymore. I can say no. Just no.
So today my challenge is find something that makes you happy. Even if its a $1.00 toy to play with. Color for a bit, tell a knock-knock joke, just something to make yourself smile, bonus points if you make someone else smile today!