It's been a rough week for the dogs and cats of the menagerie. As I mentioned in last week's Sunday Selfie post, I broke my leg while on an icy walk with little Liam and I spent several days in the hospital trying to get the pain and swelling under control. This week, I came home for a few days to recuperate yet more and get the swelling down yet more.
The only real way to get a leg to stop swelling to gargantuan proportions is to raise it above the level of your heart. That meant I had to spend long days in bed with my foot on a five-layer tower of pillows. The pain medication made me sleepy, so I spent most of that time snoozing. Sinead the Boston terrier never left my side during my entire bed rest stay. She curled up near my right hip and slept, but she slept very lightly. Whenever I moved or made any kind of noise, she'd bolt upright and run up to my face to see if I needed help.
When I wasn't asleep, I tried to work on calming and soothing tasks that would help to keep my mind occupied (so I wouldn't think so much about the pain). My Secret Paws partner, Broken Teepee, gave me The Cat Coloring Book by Charlotte Fraser. It's filled with very complicated coloring designs that are a whole lot of fun to work through. I colored so many of them, and every time, I felt so much better. And they're so pretty!
On Tuesday, I went in and had surgery. My orthopedic surgeon specializes in traumatic injuries like mine, so I felt as though I was in good hands. I had a spinal anesthetic and a general anesthetic, and all in all, the procedure took a little more than 2 hours. But he did so much during that time.
My fibula was in several tiny little pieces, and much of it couldn't be tacked back together. So the surgeon pulled the fragments and replaced that bone with a plate. That plate bends and then extends up over my tibia. There are multiple screws holding this thing in place.
I felt miserable in the hospital and even worse when I came home. Cramping and aching and bleeding and itching. At times, all I could do was just cry. Many of my little ones were up to the task of helping me, and I had a little crowd of rotating characters who would leap onto and off of the bed when I needed them. And that crowd would follow me when I used my knee walker to get to the bathroom.
But some of my critters are just frightened of all of the noise and commotion and new things. Maggie is taking this all especially hard. I haven't seen her at all since this episode began. She runs from me.
But, this is very much a temporary situation. Already, my pain level has dipped precipitously, which allows me to move better and think clearly. On Monday, I'll head back to work in my little writing studio. And in about 5 weeks, I'll start with physical therapy.
Thanks to all of you, from the bottom of my heart, for your kind words and well wishes this week. I needed you, and you were there.
And thanks to The Cat On My Head for hosting this hop. It allowed me to make so many friends in the blogosphere, and I couldn't be happier about that.
And on that note, here's Fergus posing for his selfie. He encourages you to leave a comment and tell him how handsome he is.
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