Things seem to be settling into a new sort of normal. My kids aren’t being as good at keeping the living areas as clean as they were in the beginning. I guess that’s probably my fault for not enforcing it. I’ve been able to get a little bit more done around the house, most noticeably in the kitchen. I’ve managed to do dishes, bake cookies, and cook dinner. It has definitely required modification (like carrying all the vegetables to the table on my lap and then chopping them there and then bringing them back. Repeat Ad Nauseam) but I’ve been getting through it. I’m surprised at how good it feels to be productive. I don’t think my outcome would have been anywhere as successful without the wheelchair. Caring for a baby and a large family requires a lot of movement and let’s be honest here, I’m not a good housekeeper! My days involve sitting on the couch, cuddling with the baby when she needs it, sleeping when she sleeps, and doing my schoolwork when I’m in the mood, which I’m usually not. I pulled the steri-strips off because they were annoying me. Plus, I thought the doctor said they only needed to stay on for a week and it has almost been two. Most of them came off easily, but the few that were stuck I left for a few more days.
My scars look like they are healing well. I’m not a picker, so I’m not messing with my scabs at all. The weirdest thing is how much my foot is peeling. Like, after a shower, if I set my foot down on the carpet, my carpet is covered in wet, white skin flakes. I’ve been using a dry washcloth to wipe off what I can and then a little lotion on my foot to try to curb this. What is it? I think it has something to do with not using the foot, but it’s definitely creepy. I’ve also started using a few oils on my scars and the surrounding area. I have a roller-ball with copaiba, lavender, and frankincense mixed with a carrier oil that I’ve been rolling on every day. Those oils are supposed to be good for inflammation, skin, and healing. I’m not sure how much I believe about oils, but I figure they aren’t likely to hurt, since my skin is (mostly) closed at this point. The bruising is still awful and it seems like it is a continuous process. I have some areas that are greener (recovering) and other areas that are redder or darker. It is obvious when I take off the ace bandage that my foot is swollen since the ace bandage leaves marks. I assume this is all normal since my doctor told me it’d be a year before my foot would stop being swollen.
I caught a cold from my baby (what’s with all these illnesses?) and it started and is stuck in my chest. I feel terrible. The upside is that, for once, I can actually take cold medicine! So, here’s a big wahoo for not breastfeeding. I’m making an effort to eat more calcium, mostly in dairy products, which doesn’t come very naturally to me.
What happened next? Week 5