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Sunday Sevens – post op and enchanted convalescence

Post op

I went in to have foot reconstruction surgery two weeks ago; I suffered osteonecrosis when I was a teenager and had radical surgery, over twenty years of dancing and walking around left my foot in a very sorry state – and I am so grateful to the surgeon and hospital staff for their wonderful care. It is marvellous to live in a country where you get the health care you need without having to worry about the costs involved. So I find myself having to sit down and recover – which is harder than I imagined!

yellow gerberas in blue vase

E picked me up from hospital with the most beautiful bouquet of sunny yellow blooms, Gerberas and Yellow Roses to brighten the bedroom and here they are two weeks later still looking bright and beautiful. I love the contrast of the blue vase – and our home has the most delightful French doors that give such a great soft light for photography.

My lovely place

Recovery is so delightful – I finally had time to do a little painting – and what a beautiful spot to paint! I managed two canvasses: one was a still life of tulips I had photographed, once again the combination of cobalt and yellow the other was a fun butterfly using various shades of glitter. I managed to get most of the glitter on the canvass but was a little bit sparkly for a few days!

Sweet peas and summer hat

These delightful sweet peas were a get well soon gift and I am so humbled to receive so much kindness from friends and neighbours. Get well soon cards have overflowed from the mantle shelf to the dresser and visitors have been very frequent and welcome. It has surprised me just how hard it is to be on the receiving end of so much kindness, but it has certainly aided my recovery and made me feel appreciated.

food journal

This lovely bowl of fruit was a welcome thoughtful gift – the apricots were delicious. I am struggling with my diet at the moment – since discovering lactose is triggering my migraines I have been migraine free for a while. However, I forgot to mention it to a dear friend who invited us round for tea and cake – only to discover she had made a full afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones cream and jam! I was too embarrassed to ‘make a fuss’ I thought it would be ok, but the following day I suffered one of the worst bouts of migraine and sickness I had in years. So much so that it has made me frightened to eat a lot of things.  I now keep a food journal which has helped me track some of the foods – but I am still having digestive problems. I know that I was given strong antibiotics during my surgery so have been using probiotics.

chocolate parcel

Of course I could not live without chocolate – and the current trend for Veganism has made this a little easier as well as the food labelling laws. So my weeks of indulgence included a package from Montezuma’s – organic, dairy free chocolate. This is sublime and I find I don’t need to eat that much to satisfy the craving now and then. I’ve since discovered that there is a vegan chocolate factory not far from where I live! So it is on my ‘to visit list’ once I am mobile again.

Little embroidery

I am enjoying enchanting afternoons spent listening to radio plays while stitching – my winter embroidery is coming along – I have also found time to do some much needed hand sewing repairs to my clothes. It is such a calm, meditative practise that is fast becoming my preferred method. The sewing machine is not as accurate nor is it quite so relaxing.

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Mr Barnykins has been really enjoying his time with a wonderful local dog walker – I think she gets far more fuss when she arrives than I do, but then I am here all the time at the moment. I think he is trying to pretend it was someone else who is responsible for the inside snowstorm!

Happy Sunday.

 

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12 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens – post op and enchanted convalescence”

  1. I am glad that you are doing well after surgery. I am also glad that you found a cause for your migraines. I too have suffered with them for about 30 years and I still haven’t found a cause although I can manage them now. Best wishes to you!

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    1. You might find the diet sheet I created useful – it helped me to find the cause of mine. there is link on the site so you can download it. It is managing them – they are hard to cope with sometimes.

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  2. Wishing you a relaxing recovery. 😊
    Looks like you are being made a fuss of..
    Barney couldn’t possibly have made that mess. Teehee 😉 He’s a cutie. X

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  3. Dear Fred, I am glad to hear the surgery went well and I wish you a comfortable speedy (as possible) recovery. Good to hear you’ve found a better way of coping with your migraines – I have them too, they can be debilitating. Your sweet dog, Barnykins, reminds me of Chester our Jack Russell, although she has become kinder to her stuffed toys these past couple of years! I enjoyed your beautiful photographs.
    Love Faith xox 🙂 (( hugs))

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  4. I hope your foot heals well and you continue to find joys in your enforced rest. I, too, struggle with long drawn out and frequent migraines and, despite diaries and charts and cutting out many different things (coffee, wine, heat/humidity and stress are triggers) have not solved the problem. I may revisit dairy following your own exploration!

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    1. Oh Anne I am sorry to read you suffer too, Changing to goats milk and goats butter has greatly reduced mine and there is very little difference in taste. I hope it helps you too x

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