Saturday, November 28, 2015

My friends are the best


Good morning :)

I got to go home from the hospital yesterday. Surgery was on tuesday and it went very well. Dr. Laliberte was talking to J and I prior to surgery and marking out areas for cutting and building on my front and back and he commented that it was nice to work on someone healthy and in shape. He said it makes his job so much easier and it really makes rebuilding things simpler because there isn't excess fat or other things in the way to complicate things.  He was confident it should go well for me as far as healing goes. As a bonus I managed to convince him to not give me a catheter and was the perfect obedient patient in recovery....and I have been really pleased so far with the results. J was able to talk to him and ask him questions and liked him as well. Being my usual lightweight self I didn't even get to the counting down part before I was out and was in recovery before I knew it.

I am happy to report that I feel pretty good and can rest up here at home now. With my insurance I could have a private room which was nice. I'm not gonna lie - the first night and day after were pretty rough, but things have settled down now and I'm reasonably comfy. It turns out that I do much better on Advil + a bit of delaudid than I do on lots of more hard core pain killers and once we found what worked for me things went much better. I also convinced them to replace a few bandages on my back held in place by the most itchy and annoying adhesive ever made (I react to that kinda thing badly) I was light years comfier and much happier. I have 3 drains to look after but I'm hoping 1 or 2 will come out in a few days. The main one in my back will likely be in the longest, but when I see the doc in a week and a half any drains left will come out, so I just have to be patient. They're uncomfortable but not the end of the world. It's not like I'm going out anywhere in the next while, so it'll be fine. I am stiff but still fee like I have normal movement in my arm and shoulder so it all seems OK.

Before I went home yesterday I got to look at everything when they changed the bandages and's crazy amazing. Yes I will have some interesting scars, but those will fade...hopefully my back and the skin flap will heal up quickly. Overall I have gone from literally nothing on my chest AT ALL to having a nice little breast there. It's amazing. Seriously people - if I hadn't seen it myself I wouldn't believe it were possible- I have a breast again. AND it looks natural and wonderful. It smaller yet and it still needs to be expanded - it only has about 50 mL of the total 200mL that the doc would like to put in before the implant is swapped out but I cannot even describe how great it looks. It doesn't look fake or bulgey or weird...just like a young healthy breast.

*My* breast.


They will definitely need to alter my left to make it match when they put the implant in, since the new one is perky and the old one is deflated and droopy, but that should be simpler. I believe they can do it after all this.

I am happy. I'm still rather sore and it's currently impossible to sit in any way that is comfortable with the incision right across my right upper back, but that'll get better. It was definitely all worth it. Once my drains are out i can do some physio...but for now it's just rest up and get better. J has been pampering me and bringing me everything I need. His dragon onesie came in the mail a few days ago so I was served supper and tea yesterday by Spyro. I love that man.
the cats missed me

I must go vegetate with the cats and rest up. All is well.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Bathroom renos: before and after

Well...things are coming together. Here's some original bathroom shots from when we bought the house 13 years ago...

Then in 2007 we painted the walls grey and tried to make it less awfully pink...and hide the pink faux marble monstrosity and ugly yellow plastic shower door behind a curtain. It was better...but still not a place to have a bath in. It had wooden floors that were impossible to clean. The first photo has Geek in it though so it's not all bad. He loved to sit on the toilet seat. I miss that fizzgig...:)

And now...dun dun DUUUUUUUN!
 I present for your viewing pleasure, my new bathroom:

Ta Dah! :)
I still have to caulk the window in the bathroom and caulk down the sink still since the drain was leaking on it on friday and I had to take it apart to fix that. I didn't want to attach it to the counter until I'd fixed that since it's a helluva lot easier to fiddle with drains when you can lift the sink out too (and I totally forgot about the window until I saw it in the shower this morning). Thankfully it appears I have fixed the sink and it no longer seems like a weird design flaw in the pop up drain that came with the faucet since it's designed for a different style of sink with an overflow, but I made it work. I gots skills. The bathroom is pretty much complete. Thank frog. Let there be rejoicing from all of the land.

It was a busy and fun weekend. Got to spend time with my bestie Heather and get a haircut and have a great evening off with my J. Yesterday I slept in and then spent the afternoon drinking coffee and prepping food for when I'm home healing. I now have 10 calzones, meatbuns and a pan of cheesy potato chicken casserole and along with the lasagna, pizza and shepherd's pie I picked up at costco I think we'll have food for at least a few weeks and by then I'll be able to cook a bit of something I'm sure. It's not all the healthiest stuff, but it's easy to prepare for my food challenged partner who will be looking after me. We have lots of soups and bread and fruit as well and I have vanilla protein powder to have as breakfasts to help me heal. It'll do.I weigh less than I ever have (literally, I think I'm 115 on my home scale) so I have some expansion room. It'll all even out in the end. Patience grasshopper.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't terrified of tomorrow. But in a good way...if that can be said to be so. I'm excited to go forward with the next step of all this, but frightened at the unknowns of how much it will hurt and just how damn long it will take for me to recover. The fact that I have been able to recover back to my old strength and fitness from the previous surgery gives me great hope...I just have to be diligent.
I had grand plans for a big sweaty epic workout this morning but I slept in by hitting snooze when I didn't mean to and so I did some sets of lunges and squats and upper arm work with dumbbells along with some deadlifts. I then planned to walk to work, but after getting 10 minutes out realized I forgot my keys and had to come back and then wake up J to drive me to work because there was no way in hell I'd make it on time otherwise. So's been that sorta day so far and it 's only 8 AM. But it's my last day at work and we're going out for lunch. Tonight I have some prep to do and have an amazing meal planned. It'll get better I'm sure.

Friday, November 20, 2015

tiniest paint pot ever

Last night the wind died down so I could walk home. It was so nice :)
As a bonus we nearly finished the renos. I did the last of the fiddly painting and trim touch ups. I had to make one last trip to Home Depot to buy a tiny sample size tin of colour matched paint for the downstairs bathroom walls to do a few touch ups. I literally needed about 2 teaspoons of paint and the stuff left from previous paint jobs had dried up. Thankfully they make "tester" size little jars that hold about 1 cup of paint for $3. It was just the perfect size :). We even tried to put on the vanity handles when J got home. Turns out the drawer fronts are too thick so we need special longer screws that we'll have to get on the weekend some time, but the holes are there at least. The handles are on the doors so I can put stuff back in there thankfully. Tonight I just have the caulking to do...and some tidying. Then I can put the shower curtain back and be done. It's funny, everyone I know with a house that we've mentioned that we're doing the bathroom reno to has said "make sure you finish all the little things! Don't leave them or you'll never get back to them" and I believe it. If I didn't do something now I don't think I'd care to get back to it. It's like the cupboard handles for our kitchen cupboards that we painted 5 years ago...that are still not on the doors...ahem. Yeah. It's like that. *whistle*
J is working at a fundraiser tonight and altho it would be a fun party to stop in at I may just stay in and do the last of my reno stuff and then clean up and put a bunch of tools and crap away and watch a chick flick with the cats with a nice glass of wine and a bubble bath. I need a bit of decompression to psych myself up for tuesday. I do have some plans for the weekend to prep some food for the week to come that's easy to heat up. I'm also getting a haircut and having lunch with my friend Heather so it'll be a nice full weekend. I'm looking forward to a few days at home not involving renovations. My lovely J has been slowly cleaning up the house and it looks quite nice in the regular living spaces so I think we just may recover our house back from the reno demons after all! :)
Best of all - only 2 days of work left. I think I can round everything up and be ready to take a break.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

snow eh? well meh

Winter is here. I can't say I'm all that pleased.

I just need to dig out all my winter gear really. The Norwegians have a saying - "there is no bad weather only bad clothing" and it's true. If you're dressed for it, it's alright. It's the running shivering from building to building without proper gear that gets annoying and I'm at that stage at the moment. Add in the having to take the bus again (at least until I have better gear and the wind is less than 30 kph) and I'm a bit cranky...I prefer the outdoors. I like my walks home.

Ah well, only 3 workdays until I'm off for a while so I can deal. I couldn't sleep well last night and was up for about 2 hours from 2-4, but thankfully J was too so we just hung out and talked instead of me staring at the ceiling. I'm a bit tired today as a result but what can ya do? I didn't workout because I wanted to get all the sleep I could. I plan to workout tonight after I finish up painting tonight instead. I had another bath last am so happy to have a bathtub. It made the crazy last few weeks worth it.

My coworkers are sweet - they gave me a good luck card with an Indigo gift card so I can go pick out a book or two for recovery time. Think I'll get the new Jenny Lawson book I've been meaning to pick up. I just need to get through a few more days...then I'll get to meet my new frankenboob and start healing up. I plan to call it Frankie. It just suits...
Time for a coffee I think. Have a great day.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

the devil is in the details

Last night I spent hours trying to finish up all the little trimmy painty things to my picky standards. Argh- if painter's tape actually worked I'd be a lot further along. I got the baseboards and trim done and one coat on the wall colour areas that needed patching. I just have to finish the second coat of the wall colour upstairs as well as touch up any parts of the downstairs wall colour that needs attention too. With any luck then I can caulk the countertop and around the outside of the tub and surround in the next day or so and the project will be finished completely. These little details are so diddley and they can drive me crazy...because by this point in some ways I just don't care, but in others I know I'll look at certain details and they'll bug me if they aren't done right, so I'll just make sure I take the time to do what I need to do. We will try and go tonight to get handles for the bathroom vanity so we can put things in it, which will be nice. J works the next few nights so I'll have time to be as picky as I need to to get it all finished up by the weekend.

It's finally officially winter. Last night wa the first snowfall that has stuck. Only a few inches and who is to say if we'll get more, but it sorta feels like instant winter right now. This time of year is always a challenge to get around because people somehow forget how to drive in the winter (even tho it happens every year!!) so you have to give yourself extra time. I am the queen of getting stuck in the snow so it'll take me a little while to get  comfortable driving around in the snow too. But since it's November 17 we did really well to last this long without snow. I know it made our renos a lot easier to be able to do a lot of things outside.It would be too wet and squishy for that now.

I am in an hour early to diagnose a defective vacuum concentrator so no workout today. With the snow and wind I got a ride in to work so no walk either. I may workout when I get home tonight. We'll see...but for now I think I'm going to go get a coffee and see what I can figure out. Have a great day!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


I had a bath last night. It was glorious. Lavender bubble bath, a few candles and some Prosecco.
 Lovely. The tub fills up nicely and covers to my shoulders. I was led to believe that the drain actually closed and you could manually override it but you can't...although it still lets the tub fill up to a decent height. J said he'd like it deeper even, but I am very happy with it. It's a nice soaking bath and this was the first of many many baths. The tub really holds the heat, so the bath stayed nice and hot for a long time. I just have to rig up a bluetooth speaker in the bathroom and life will be perfect...

I took a break from reno madness last night and just relaxed with J for the evening. Dad is on his way home for his surgery and the house is quiet again. We ignored the mess, made a nice supper and we just relaxed. This morning I just couldn't wake up at 530 so I slept in an extra hour. Maybe it was the Prosecco...maybe just the relaxing and needing a bit of rest. Either way, I walked in to work today and it was chilly, but I think it'll be a good day.

I get to go to the dentist today (boo) but when I get home from work J is working so I can putter away and do a bunch of painting and finishing up in the bathrooms to finish up the little details. Hope you all had a lovely evening too. :)