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Post Neurosurgery Day 5

Recovering from is a slow process that fools you. When I came home Saturday, I felt better than I expected. I think the drugs were still pretty active in my system. My big plans to read a lot and write a lot aren't working out quite as anticipated. I read one book on my Kindle while still in the hospital. I read a John Grisham book yesterday. I couldn't get interested in any book today.

I've been trying to get a bit done on tsu and Persona Paper each day, but posting to Twitter is almost nil. Hubby slept late this morning and didn't leave for Templeton until afternoon. I can never get a good start on anything that takes concentration until he's gone. The big project I'd hoped to get done needed a lot of concentration, but I had what I felt like was a fire burning between my shoulder blades, and I didn't feel like computer work at all. Naturally, the project I had planned was a computer project.

There were two things on my list for today I really wanted to get done.

1. Pick some kale outside and chop it up so I could add it to the soup base I had frozen last week with some broth and tomatoes and have a new pot of soup. I did get that done before Hubby finally left the house. I picked three of those large kale leaves you see in the picture, chopped it in the food processor (the old one) and made the soup. I ate the soup for dinner.

2. Get my Apple back in working order. I had stupidly followed a suggestion while downloading Evernote back on my Mac before the surgery that allowed an extension for my browsers – all three of them—to be installed. Then I got red alerts from WOT every time I wanted to type in a web address or search. Do not ever agree when downloading something you want to let something you know nothing about on your computer. I thought I was only agreeing to let Bing be my default search, but it was working through the extension Don't let it onto your computer. I wanted off my browsers and I wanted to find my lost mail in Mac Mail so I could access it again. I anticpated a long call to Mac Apple Support.

After Hubby left, I had a snack to fortify myself and I braced myself to call Mac Support. I had left my mail problem in limbo right before surgery. To the best of my knowledge when I last talked to Carbonite support, my mail backup was on my computer and the restored mail was being imported to my mail program and I was watching its progress. And then it stopped progressing. I just couldn't begin to deal with it again until today.

By the time I called Apple I was feeling physically and emotionally weak. I didn't know exactly what to say and felt like just yelling “help” to tech support and bursting into tears. Before I called I tried to remember everything I knew about the problem. I called on my new speaker phone, but had forgotten to adjust the speaker volume and it was loud and I was afraid to try to adjust it while on hold. Naturally some very loud and jarring music played while I was waiting on hold and by the time a person picked up I was already wanting to scream from the pain the music inflicted on my ears and emotions.

I explained as best I could my computer problems and my own problem of not being able to remember or think clearly today. He was very nice. He did his best and then turned me over to a supervisor, also very nice, and we finally got a good start on getting my mail usuable again and we got rid of trovi. Then we had to wait for a very long import of mail and said goodbye until next time, should I need to call him again. He gave me his direct extension and hours so he could help me again if I need it.

After I had accomplished both things on my list for today, I was exhausted and feeling ready to collapse. I remembered I hadn't had lunch, so I had some of my fresh soup and reheated some pizza to eat with it. When I finished I turned out the light over my recliner, put ice on my back, and closed my eyes. I finally recovered enough to come back to the computer, and I hope to get some more work done now. I think I'd better rest a bit more tomorrow than I did today.

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AngelSharum wrote on December 10, 2014, 10:37 PM

Well, I'm glad you got things done but sorry it hurt so much. Maybe take it really easy tomorrow.

scheng1 wrote on December 10, 2014, 10:53 PM

I admire your very high energy level. Most people could not even read the title after their operation, yet you could finish a book.

bestwriter wrote on December 10, 2014, 11:33 PM

As long as you are within the limits of what your doctor has prescribed for you when it comes to spending your mental and physical energy go ahead and have a blast :)

BarbRad wrote on December 11, 2014, 3:47 AM

I'll have to take it one day at a time. At least I won't have to get stressed by hearing that loud music tomorrow.

BarbRad wrote on December 11, 2014, 3:48 AM

The pain level wasn't too bad immediately following the surgery. It seems to get worse each day. I'm not sure why. Maybe I'm trying to do too much.

BarbRad wrote on December 11, 2014, 3:49 AM

Don't feel like much except going to bed right now. It's been a long day.

bestwriter wrote on December 11, 2014, 4:03 AM

Post surgery is the most difficult time but you will wade through it alright.

MegL wrote on December 11, 2014, 4:06 AM

After an operation under general anaesthetic, your body still has lots of anaesthetic circulating. It can take up to 3 months for it all to go and you WILL feel more tired than usual. You also need to give your body rest to heal. Take it easy. Hope you feel better soon and that's good advice about not downloading those extensions, they are a PIB (pain in the butt).

sapthewriter wrote on December 11, 2014, 6:08 AM

It is also very surprising that you are writing and doing the things with your feeble conditions.I have less energy than you.Hats off to you maam..

inertia4 wrote on December 11, 2014, 6:17 AM

BarbRad You better get that rest that you need. Recover completely. We don't want you to be in pain when you're on the computer. Apple is cool with their tech support. They help out very well. I always have a good experience with them. Don't push yourself to be online if you are not feeling good. In time you will feel like a million bucks.

scheng1 wrote on December 11, 2014, 6:49 AM

Perhaps you are not getting your full dose of painkillers. I think it is good to have painkiller so that you can get on with your normal life.

nbaquero wrote on December 11, 2014, 7:30 AM

Barbrad Recovery is a slow process, which is not easy to deal with, I know you are trying to do your regular stuff but taking it easy a couple of days might work wonders. Anyway, I am glad you have the energy to complete those tasks.

motrojam wrote on December 11, 2014, 7:33 AM

Have adequate rest. It would do more good to your body. It is good to know that you have done a lot for today.

Feisty56 wrote on December 11, 2014, 2:59 PM

I understand you are a motivated lady, but you do have to remember you just underwent neurosurgery. I see you have the good nutrition under control; now just adequate rest needs to be addressed. I have your best interests at heart. : )

LoudMan wrote on December 11, 2014, 3:40 PM

e patient with yourself. take it easy. Drink wine. :)

BarbRad wrote on December 11, 2014, 4:43 PM

So far today I'm feeling better and skipping the Soma that really knocks me out except at bedtime. I slept for ten hours last night, and I needed it.

BarbRad wrote on December 11, 2014, 4:44 PM

I'm not wearing a hat, but I'd sure like to get rid of this hard collar I'm wearing. I'm not used to taking it easy, so I am doing as much as I can handle.

maxeen wrote on December 11, 2014, 4:53 PM

That is so naughty ! You should just rest and not bother with complicated things for a day or so.keep relaxing.

BarbRad wrote on December 12, 2014, 12:12 AM

I'm feeling much better today while I've been pacing myself and resting at regular intervals. At least my pain has been under control today and I haven't had any noise stressing me out.

BarbRad wrote on December 12, 2014, 12:13 AM

I didn't push myself today to do more than I feel comfortable with.

BarbRad wrote on December 12, 2014, 12:14 AM

i slept until 10 AM today, and that surprised even me. I must really have needed that rest, since I normally can't sleep that late.

BarbRad wrote on December 12, 2014, 12:18 AM

I've pretty much done that today, taking rest and snack breaks whenever I begin to feel stressed. The most strenuous thing I did was fix a frozen salmon fillet and some frozen Brussels Sprouts for lunch -- the first real meal I've eaten besides soup or pizza since I came home.

BarbRad wrote on December 12, 2014, 12:19 AM

Thank you, Deb. I have been working on the rest today. So far no real pain or stress has afflicted me. So it seems to help.

BarbRad wrote on December 12, 2014, 12:20 AM

I don't like wine, but it's not compatible with my medications anyway. I am taking it easier now.

BarbRad wrote on December 12, 2014, 12:22 AM

I'm a lot less stressed since i got the nastiest off my iMac. I have rested at regular intervals today.

motrojam wrote on December 12, 2014, 6:55 AM

And now you are fully recharged and ready to take on more challenges. Have fun!

maxeen wrote on December 12, 2014, 8:40 AM

I'll help with that drink !

SLGarcia wrote on December 12, 2014, 12:57 PM

You need to keep resting whenever you are tired and not push yourself. You'll recover faster that way.

BarbRad wrote on December 12, 2014, 3:43 PM

You're right. Maybe it's time to return to my current book now.

inertia4 wrote on December 13, 2014, 1:10 PM

barbRad I am glad to hear that. I enjoy your posts and we need you around here posting. Also on the other site. Nice!!!

MariaMontgomery wrote on December 21, 2014, 10:04 PM

Barbara, I only recently learned you had had surgery. Take care, girl -- I know you will. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

BarbRad wrote on December 23, 2014, 1:34 AM

Thank you. I'm recovering well so far.