OBSERVATIONS: When you have foot surgery, apparently taking photos drops way off your list of things to do. For Week 33, I decided to create one 12 x 12 page and call it good. I suppose I could have stretched it out, filled it in with a lot of journal cards, but they would have all said the same thing: this week kind of sucked.
And really, does that need to be overstated?
It wasn't just me who had an eventful week. My sweet daughter tweaked her neck somethin' awful and was on her back for two days. Maybe life was trying to tell a few Zielskes to slow down.
Or maybe it was just life.
But while I have you…
I went in for my one-week post-op follow-up appointment yesterday. They took x-rays and removed the bandages, you know, to have a look-see. The verdict? Everything looks exactly like its supposed to. My verdict? I have a Frankenfoot with two large pins protruding from either side of my big toe. No, I don't plan to share the actual photos (and yes, even my nurse said, "Oh, you should take photos!"), but I will show you this sanitized x-ray image that I like to call "X Marks the Spot."
Throw in a little top hat and my big toe is ready for a bit of song and dance, yes?
Of course, what she pointed out was the nice new space created just at the bottom of where the pins cross. Now it looks like the other toes. And apparently over time, my toe will get better and I will be able to bend it and do all sorts of things with greater ease.
But that wasn't my focus as it took me nearly 5 minutes to walk—hanging onto my daughter's arm—from my car, across the parking lot and into the clinic.
Keep in mind, I'm not in pain. I just can't really move all that well. Apparently, it will be like this until the pins come out, three weeks from now.
I've had a few little blips of self-pity here and there, but thanks to therapy teaching me to act like an adult, I'm handling it with never-before-seen levels of dignity and resolve. Remind me one of these days to post more about what I've learned about myself in therapy. It saved a lot more things than just my marriage.
And yes, the x-ray will appear in this week's one-page version of project life.