May 28th, 2021

Adventure, food, Just things, Outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

The healing continues, and I am feeling pretty good. Still fighting neck and back issues but my chest incisions are doing pretty good and I had a check on the healing this morning with my regular doctor. She said it was the best incision for this surgery she had ever seen and said there will probably be very little scarring. I have a post-op appointment with my surgeon next few week to remove stitches, get another check-up and, fingers crossed, get released to drive again.

The biggest part of the healing is obviously where they split my chest open. They saw your breastbone down the center and spread your chest apart, do what needs done, then they wire your breastbone back together. Then they glue/stitch/staple (one of those things) your skin back together. There is some pain at the beginning, but not as much as I thought there would be. The biggest thing is that there are a lot of weight and movement restrictions that make life difficult for a while. I can only lift five pounds per arm/ten pounds total between them. Arms must stay in front of the body and hands do not cross the chest so getting dressed and personal hygiene can be quite challenging so they teach you how to adapt until you are recovered. I still have a little chest pain, but it is tolerable without any meds. The absolute worst thing, though, is sneezing. That will put literally put tears in your eyes. It hurts so bad.

I am now down 37 lbs. so that is a real mental boost and definitely helps with my overall health. I still have a few more pounds to go to get where I want to be and that should be attainable with my diet and continuing exercise. I will have a lot of questions next week for the post-op visit with the surgeon. I am trying to keep myself from doing too much but it’s hard to do when I feel like I am doing so well and healing fast. I am back up to walking nearly 3 miles a day and I am increasing it a bit each day. One day it was 3.5 miles!

My truck was towed over today to get fixed and I was hoping it wouldn’t be too expensive. They were able to get it in for a look today and it was pretty much what I suspected – bad fuel pump. Not very cheap to fix but nearly half the price was the parts. This repair should last the life of the truck and I think I should be in pretty good shape now. The fuel/emissions systems have been a pain in my ass and by now there’s not much left to replace.

But, I will be driving soon and that is really important. I cannot wait to do something as simple as walking someplace other than in front of the house. The highway can get really busy and crowded on weekends. I really want to be in the trees walking, maybe a few little hills to build up my stamina once again. I want to go walk with some friends in different places. I have plenty of people offering to help but I am so ready to do things on my own again – get groceries, go to appointments…typical things we take for granted until we cannot do those things.

It’s a holiday weekend here in the States so I don’t think I would be going anyplace other than the store even if I was able to drive. Too many people out and about and I don’t enjoy being in crowds at all. But, the weather is going to be nice and at least I can grill some up salmon burgers and some diced potatoes with peppers, onion, and olive oil. A fairly healthy meal and delicious. I’ll probably make up another ciabatta panini with grilled chicken. I do love to grill and it never matters the time of day; one time a party broke out at my house in Colorado (as was often the case weekly at least once) and we got hungry so we ended up grilling burgers at 3:00 A.M. Bodies were strewn everywhere and we had a great time.

Anyway, hope everyone has a great weekend – holiday or not.

July 5th, 2017

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, Scotty Hilander, Travel

A day off today and I took great advantage of it – I slept until 10. Okay, I could not get to sleep until 2 AM after going to a cookout last night and hanging with friends. Good food and friends – it doesn’t really get too much better than that. Well, okay, booze too but I have been sick lately and trying to recover so no drinking for me. I don’t drink too often anymore anyhoo.

Some of the people there spent some serious money on some serious firepower. There were some pretty big aerial shells going off. It was mostly guys blowing stuff up (surprise) but one woman was tearing it up too. It was a lot of fun and you could see the inner kid in all of us coming out. One shirt said “I Cannot Hear You Over the Sound of Freedom!”, and another had a picture of a cat that said “Meowica” under it. The spirit was there!

I hated to leave when I did but I needed to get home and rest. Today is pretty much my only day off this week. I was scheduled off tomorrow but it ends up that have to do some administrative stuff for work that will take most of the day unfortunately. Cannot even sleep in since I have a doctor appointment early morning so I’ll be driving all over the place.

Today I have been busy doing some more things to the trailer. I got some drawers that screw up under the table so I now have three drawers for extra storage space. Those are now installed and I got all the stuff stashed in them that I got them for. This freed up other drawer space for other things and more organization. I also got a tissue holder installed to hold the box up out of the way yet still convenient. When you have such a small space you need to be creative with how you have things stored and these items are really some of the handiest that I have gotten. Plastic tubs are next along with measuring and figuring out some shelving for smarter storage in the cupboard.

I need to get out for another adventure very soon. Perhaps in two weeks I can take a long weekend and go someplace (maybe visit friends in Sequim again). That will still give me time to also work on the small leak I still have, but now that we are headed into the dry part of the year it will not be AS critical but still needs to be done. The window removals and re-seal project on those will be time-consuming but won ‘t be too tough and with the weather being drier and warmer that will definitely help (along with video tutorials I have found online!).

I have gotten my blog name changed over now and have removed the Twitter link so they are now separate. Again, I don’t even now if I will keep the Twitter account so that remains to be seen. It is just one more thing to deal with, but not as important to keep updated as this blog.

That’s about all there is for now.