Thursday, March 04, 2010

not going so well here

On Tuesday I geared myself up to drive for the first time since my surgery, successfully cutting back my meds so I'd be safe to drive. On my first attempt to reenter the world, I spent six hours out and about doing things. None of this was too strenuous -- drive Iris down to her appointment, find somewhere in Millbrae to kill time with a good book, meet Iris, drive her to Golden Gate Park, watch Iris at the playground, walk over to Lola's art class and meet my friend Joyce, who'd kindly picked up Lola at school and watched her until her art class, chat in the art studio with my collage teacher and another artist/teacher during the girls' class -- but the end result was huge. By the time I got home, I was in a lot of pain.

Throughout the night the pain kept waking me up, and I was back on pain meds. To make the night even more special, Lola threw up. The Sober Husband cleaned her up, stripped her bed, and installed her in our bed, and I, unable to sleep due to feeling so awful, moved to a chair for the night.

Yesterday was a truly awful day. I felt weak and terrible and in pain, and Lola was watching non-stop "iCarly" videos [in our household, children are not allowed to watch videos before six at night, but a sick child is allowed the special privilege of daytime videos]. At one point I insisted we have silence for a nap. I did manage to microwave some frozen food for us around two o'clock, for our only meal. Across town the Sober Husband, despite pathetic emails from me telling him how bad I felt and to make it a short day, forgot to leave work and to pick up Iris at school. About two hours after she'd expected to get picked up, Iris managed to use a school computer to send him a text message, and he raced across town to get her before the school's extended care closed.

To make it up to Iris that he'd forgotten her, for dinner the Sober Husband gave her a big bowl of fudge cookies. As far as cooking goes, he's over it.

On top of this, my favorite cat, Ray Charles, had been keeping a low profile for days. I thought it was because he was shy around my friend, Kim I, who came to town for a few days to save us all from our post-surgical sloth, but yesterday we discovered that one of his eyes is hugely dilated and won't undilate. He has also lost weight as well. "Don't make a vet appointment before the weekend," begged the Sober Husband. "I can't do it before the weekend."

10 comments:

GodsKid said...

Hey, take it easy there! I've been reading up, preparatory to having the same surgery in 3 weeks. I'm not supposed to go back to work for 6 weeks after the operation.

So you probably aren't supposed to do "full days" for a few weeks yet either!

Hope the pain eases soon....

hughman said...

don't you have take-out there? i mean it's SF. c'mon.

Marketeer said...

I'm sorry to hear about Ray Charles. I hope he's ok, and I hope you feel better too.

the Drunken Housewife said...

Oh, honey, there's takeout here, but we can never agree on it. Iris loves Indian food and Chinese food; Lola abhors everything but rice from those cuisines. the children want pizza with extra cheese and olives and nothing else; the husband and I get sick of that.

hughman said...

lola doesn't like just the steamed vegetables or pot stickers? i'd think veg food from a chinese place would be an easy get. i'd also think even her just eating rice would be better than brownie soup or whatever it is.

the Drunken Housewife said...

that was Iris who got a bowl of fudgestick cookies for her dinner, ha, and it was a blatant suck-up on the SH's part to compensate for forgetting to pick her up.

Amy, a commenter on this blog, very kindly drove me & Ray to the vet today. The vet was very pessimistic. Ray is staying there for the afternoon, getting iv fluids and antibiotics, and he's having bloodwork & xrays done. He's a very sick cat, sigh. i probably missed the signs of him getting ill bec. of my own surgery & limited health. Poor cat.

Missy said...

Poor Ray Charles! But cats can fool you until they're really obviously sick. I'm sorry to hear about him and about you feeling the pain again.

Take it easy and I hope you feel better soon!

Joyce said...

LOL yes kids are notorious lovers of steamed vegetables. : )

hughman said...

now joyce... lola is an infamous vegetarian! it's not that out of the question!

Joyce said...

Being vegetarian doesn't mean she eats vegetables!