I mentioned in my last post that I went back for my first post-op appointment. The surgeon says I am recovering well, and he thinks I'm doing just fine with my opioid consumption. My x-rays look good, too.
The other part of my visit was getting a new cast. That was really enjoyable. The two techs who work in the cast room clearly enjoy their jobs and each other, and their positive energy was infectious. One of them did my post-surgery cast. The other apologized for not being able to get to me before surgery to ask what color I wanted. (I went home with a white cast.) I was told I was going home in a splint, not a cast, so I can't imagine that I would have been on their radar screen. Maybe to make it up, maybe because we were having fun, maybe some other reason, but they offered to make me a fancy cast. I spent almost two hours in the cast room, and I was the only person who got something so fancy. Here it is:
Navy blue, with glow in the dark stripes! How cool is that?
My next cast will not be so fancy, as I'm going to a different facility for it due to the fact that they need to remove the staples from my knee. But I hope to be back at the first cast room again.
There's a not a lot of positives to be said about having a full length cast on one's leg, but the cast room techs have made it as fun as possible. My own little contribution to is related more to the fact that I cannot take a proper shower or bath for six weeks. I have found soap to be more difficult to use under these circumstances than shower gel, and the only shower gel in the shower right now is the Axe body wash that El Esposo bought for both of the boys. (Let's be clear, El Esposo is not an Axe kind of guy. However, he felt the boys needed an incentive to eliminate their pubescent funk.) So, I smell like an attractive young man, no?
After I've gotten myself all fancy smelling and clean, I do watch a lot of tv. I can only manage about a half hour or so at a time, so watching things On Demand or on Netflix works best. Here's what I've been loving lately:
- The Middle - started watching last year (also in syndication and On Demand)
- The Goldbergs - also added to my watch list last year (also On Demand)
- Speechless - it's real and it's unreal, and it breaks disability barriers down
- Mars - on Nat Geo - loving the mix of fact and fiction
- The Durrells in Corfu -- brilliant Masterpiece Theater treat
- Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - BBC America - it's weird, it's wonderful, it's Douglas Adams
- Blunt Talk - Patrick Stewart is just fantastic, love, love, love this!
- The Fall - love it, love Belfast.
- Happy Valley - really addictive, I love the characters so much
- Hinterland - haven't finished this yet, sometimes it seems like a Volvo commercial
- Marcella - good story, but I was distracted by weird plastic surgery effects on the face of the lead actress
- The Crown - almost done with this one, which I discovered through Mason Dixon Knitting
- Roman Empire - next on the list, recommended by Nancy, a bit like Mars, with the fact/fiction
And while I watch, I do knit. I ran out of yarn for the squares I've been knitting, so I've started a project from Stripes, the first Mason Dixon Knitting field guide. I have to confess, I'm going to knit all three patterns in this guide. I've started with the Station Wagon Blanket by Mary Jane Mucklestone. This project is going to go on hiatus soon for a pair of Christmas knitting socks, but here's what I've completed so far:
Stripes - my new thing!