Musings

Progress

White birch stumps

My current recovery focus is on returning my foot to be an active part of my body…even though I can’t put weight on the front of the foot for a while longer.

The front of the foot—arch, ball, toes—is still easing back, still some prickles, especially late in the day. Who knew?

So, through judicious rubbing and massage, I’m trying to bring my lower right limb back from being rather a stump…haha. And I see considerable progress over the last two days. Yippee.

Millimeter-stones

Inside ankle

Inside of ankle…no tips from surgical team on skin care….

Today is seven weeks from surgery.

Two days ago I began to get my toes prepared to walk again…toes are important to walking/the gait, especially the hallux (aka big toe). My toe awakening is beginning with mostly manual manipulation, and a teensy bit of me actively moving them—teensy because the brain is slow to catch on.

I see the surgeon next in two weeks.

BTW, the bill for the surgery/followup is already in excess of $30K, almost all of which (so far), insurance is paying. BIG yay for the ACA.

Also, millimeter-stones are metric milestones.

Dreaming

Jan2017 snow

January 2017 snow, in ATL.

Thinking for a moment about snow today, one of those unpredictable mental wanders…. Our temps did climb out of the “high in the 60s” of the last few days to creep into the 70s. This is a slower than predicted pace toward the “normal” 80s we may well see tomorrow.

No snow, however.

Seasoned

Autumn color

Maple tree from the archives….

Yesterday’s cool weather continued today…high only in the mid-60s…tomorrow, too, I think. Then, back to the normal 80s. The cool temps have me thinking of autumn.

So, what season is it? Hmmm. No longer Irma season….

Do not ask me about today’s reveal of the dingle arm. Hint: it’s an X thing.

TS Irma fading

Azaleas window

This morning it was rather light out, but still very overcast. Nice azalea blooms, no?

Candles reading

Then, about noon the winds kicked up and about 3pm our power went out…it was kinda dark and the Guru rounded up candles so we could read dead-tree books.

I’m wrapped in a blanket in both photos because the high today was about 2am, 63°F according to the report I heard, and I’m wearing leetle shorts because foot. So, brr.

Power back on about 9:35pm, earlier than I’d let myself hope. Summary: sigh of relief.

Trying for intrepid

Brushed sand

We’ve been watching some of the hurricane coverage, in periodic batches when there might be news. We certainly are concerned for the people, critters, and plants down on the palm peninsula, and are braced for the economic impact this Beast-called-Irma is generating.

We will get winds overnight and we are told here the worst will be from 8am tomorrow to 8am Tues, approximately. Still, the winds will come in in the lantern hours, so we are hoping we’ll be intrepid.

Better!

Hot n cold

Another clue that things are getting better with the foot-pain and recovery-prickles: I didn’t feel compelled to ice it today….

Encompassing?

Ceiling view

When I’m doing one of my exercises, I’m on my back and this is my view. I like to peer up at the flange at the ceiling, in which I can see all the very rectangular windows and doors distorted into flaring shapes.

As I concentrate on rocking my hips up and down, left and right, and then circle through all those positions “like a compass,” my instructor said. Does that make this somewhat spidery chandelier-view a kind of compass rose?

Oh, my

Esc key

The latest Hurricane Irma path predictions indicate that we’ll get up to 60mph winds here HERE, and that it’ll begin arriving sometime Sunday. While most (all? but panhandle?) of Florida will be covered up but the spinning bands of high winds, so my guess is that those Hollywood-types doing the Harvey/TX fundraising evening will be doing a second event, or making the Harvey one a combo with Irma….

The big Speedway south of ATL has opened to FL’s evacuees to set up their campers and hunker down through the coming storm in their camper parking area. [Tax write-off? Still generous.]

Pier peering

Jacksonville Beach FL pier

Yesterday I was thinking about the Gulf Coast of Florida…today, it’s the Atlantic Coast, a pier at Jacksonville Beach last January. Pretty placid then…Irma’s gonna be stirring things up in this area by Saturday…time to prepare! Traffic is solid coming out of the Keys already….