I have a million thoughts swirling through my head about this surgery. In an effort to keep the last post I do pre surgery not completely miserable I decided to start out with a bunch of pictures from a cooking class Bren and I took Saturday. Then we can chat about what in the world is swirling through my head read now.
For Christmas Brennan got me a cooking class at Sur la Table – we had yet to do it and I decided that A) We are procrastinators and B) I wanted to do the class before getting surgery. We landed on the “Date Night in Tuscany” class and I thought everything came out quite yummy! Our menu consisted of grilled baby artichokes with basil aioli, Tuscan grilled chicken with lemon and rosemary, Tuscan kale salad with parmesan vinaigrette, and a lemon tart. My favorite thing to make was the lemon tart. We made filling AND a lemon curd, which I thought was really cool. Our tart crust was having some depth issues and I wanted lots of filling so I just filled it up any ways. Our tart made a mess and when I was snapping pictures the instructor told me to just take a picture of a differenttart and I let him know that ugly tarts need love too. It’s a fact.As you can see there was little to no room for tart filling, so I just slathered on the lemon curd instead. It was still fricken awesomeeee. The only really new to me thing was cooking artichokes and making aioli, that made me feel prettay cool. The class was supposed to be about 2 hours long but ran for 3 hours. My feet / knee started to act up and I found a chair to plop down towards the end. All in all I would say it was a success. After the class we went out for a bit to celebrate a friend graduating from grad school (BTW – congrats to all the grads who completed a degree this weekend!) and called it a night.
Sunday started out incredibly rainy and muggy and I retreated to my house to do lots of cleaning and housework. I had a special guest joining me… MY MOM! I scooped her from the airport around 3:30pm and we caught the tail end of the Taste of Arlington festival. I had bought our food / drink tickets ahead of time and it only went until 5pm so we had to hustle. All the booze tents did a last call at 4pm (what the french guys) so by the time we got there we were able to just sample food. A lot of the stations were doing 2 for 1 specials because the event was ending, bonus! My favorite tasting was from Sushi Rock – it is a sushi restaurant that is actually right around the corner from my office! So delicious and it was plated beautifully, unfortunately when you have only 2 hands and 30 minutes to use up 10 tasting tickets the priority of taking pictures goes out the window! So I have nothing for you : )
My mom is in town because… ACL surgery tomorrow. Wooooo (jk). I am starting to have some less than pleasant thoughts about this whole ordeal. I have been able to keep myself really positive so far and just distract myself with working out and pretending everything is fine. My knee / calf are really sore right now and I am not allowed any anti inflammatory meds (thin your blood = bad for surgery) so I am done with working out until, well I am not sure when. Now for the pain part – I just have no idea what to expect and that is terrifying. Even with what feels like a pulled muscle in my calf I can at least stretch and go “ahhhh” it feels unfriendly but the stretching is a good kind of hurt, I have a feeling my knee on the other hand is going to feel like a thousand angry fire ants crawling all over my knee / leg / hamstring wearing tap shoes with bone piercing spikes. IT SOUNDS HORRIBLE. I am hoping I don’t just fall apart and get sad and whiny and crying all the time. BUT in the event that does happen that is why my Mom is here until Saturday.
I am also concerned that I will get a little depressed. Not being able to leave my house with out assistance for a month is going to be mentally taxing. So will being hooked up to an ice machine and a continuous movement contraption for 8 hours a day EACH. I don’t even know how that will work. I know that right off the bat my leg will be wrapped in an ace bandage for three days so you can bet your bottom I will be taking the worlds longest shower on Tuesday morning and shaving myself head to toe. I am Italian so if you take away my razor for too long I start to look like a woolly mammoth. It is not a good look for me. Good thing my mom loves me just the way I am and that Brennan and I have been dating for so long because hairy legs are going to be the least of his concern (me calling him weeping begging for snuggles and to put my out of my misery may lose the cute factor real quick…) On top of everything I will be working from home and typically contractors are not allowed to work from home but since this is a medical situation I am being given an exception. That exception comes with a spreadsheet though to document what I am doing for 8 hours a day… oye.
So yes, I am feeling slightly overwhelmed today. I have decided to focus my energy on the fact that I can’t drink water after midnight tonight. My surgery is at 10:45am. That is SO MANY hours going with out water. I hope I don’t get a headache or something, talk about icing on the cake.
When Sasha is waiting for her dinner she will sit by her crate (where she eats) and nod her head back and forth listening to her food get put in the bowl. The head nodding goes on the entire time, simple joys in life : )
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