Recovering From Surgery

Today is the very first day after major cancer surgery Wednesday. I had a large basal cell carcinoma removed next to my nose. A team of 5-6 medical staff in Dermatology worked on me for nearly 5 hours. It took that long to remove all the cancer, have it checked under a microscope & then removed a bit more to get it all out of me. Then the reconstructive surgery began. A piece of cartilage was removed from my left ear lobe along with a strip of skin from my cheek to plug a hole resulting from the cancer removal. I received a bunch of Novocaine throughout the afternoon.

The whole procedure took so much longer than originally expected that the staff released the VA shuttle bus I’d arrived in and provided an independent contractor to take me to my car for my return drive home. I must have looked like the Mummy with all the dressings covering my face, nose and ear. I’m glad the Novocaine didn’t wear off until I managed to get home. It was nearly 8:00 p.m. by that time.

The doctors were pleased that they were able to remove all the cancerous parts. It will take awhile for the skin graft I received to heal properly. I have a post op appointment one week from the original surgery date. They will cut all the stitches and do some cleanup work.

I’m still going to take it really easy the next 4-5 days, doctor’s orders. I don’t want to tear any stitches shoveling snow or carrying anything over 5 pounds. My main goal is to get enough sleep as my nose doesn’t allow me to breathe yet. I’ve never been able to get to sleep easily breathing through my mouth.

So know that all went well and I look forward to watching the New England Patriots win yet another Super Bowl. Go Pats!!!!

3 Degrees With A High of 6

Me thinks Winter has arrived! Living in New England has its advantages, such as the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, but Winter weather isn’t the best this time of year.

I’m grateful for my housing community with its brand new boilers and hot water heaters. I’m thankful for the new roofs they put on every building 3 years ago and the 4 new entrance/storm door we all got. We need all these wonderful heat saving things to survive these Winters.

We’ve only had one major storm and that happened just yesterday as the area is covered in snow, sleet, and ice with outside temperatures plummeting until we’ve all become hermits. Still, life goes on for my senior housing community. Nobody living here must shovel snow or scrape ice off the sidewalks. The maintenance staff was out all day and night staying ahead to that chore. I heard them scraping the parking lots at 2:00 a.m. in the morning yesterday.

So, I stayed home and watched the “lucky” Patriots win the championship that sends them, yet again, to the Superbowl in February. Never doubt that the road there runs through New England. 🙂 Go Pats!

A Picture Is NOT Worth 1,000 Words

I’m sure you’ve heard that old saying, “A picture is worth 1,000 words”. I’m here to declare that’s not always true. I just received an order from Amazon for oval shaped bandaids that look just the right size for my nickel sized growth on the bottom of my left foot. I’m not sure what I’ll do with 100 bandaids that won’t cover a small zit. LOL Oh well, $6 wasted. I ordered another box with 100 oval shaped 2″x4″ bandages.

oval bandage

Looks big enough to do the job! Actual size of the pad is 1/2″x1″. 😦

Chores For The New Year

January is always a month that requires attention. My car inspection is due. My prescription drug reimbursement program must be renewed, requiring proof of income, rent and medical prescription costs. It’s worth the time it takes to cough up all this paperwork because the program, run by my tiny town for resident veterans, puts over $1,000 a year back in my pocket. I’ve lived here 3 years now so I know the routine. The last paperwork I need must come from Boeing Aircraft showing what my two pension checks are each month for life. I try to light a fire under them as this paperwork is due in 10 days on the 14th.

My first Social Security check of 2019 arrives this coming Wednesday, Jan 09. In that check I’ll get my 2.8% COLA adjustment bringing me up to $1538 a month. Added to my $268 pension checks I’m now over $1800 a month. Woo Hoo! In full disclosure I do live in Senior Subsidized government housing that includes utilities all for $531 a month, a bargain for sure. I can actually survive living on Social Security and my small pension. I know a lot of folks living on a lot less! 😦

So the new year starts anew, fresh. The sun is shining and there’s no snow like we had this time last year. We had 5 Nor’Easter blizzards in a one month period last Winter. We’re due for a MILD Winter!

New Year’s = A Non-Day

I define a Non-Day as one where I have no reason to leave my apartment. It’s a BIG holiday so nothing is open anyway. I certainly don’t have any money as my pension check which normally comes on the first of the month will be delayed by 24 hours due to the holiday landing on the 1st of the month.

So, what does one do on a Non-Day? I started mine late as I had no alarm set and decided to start by sleeping in later than normal. In this case I waited for the sun to rise before stirring. I hit the bathroom, showered, shaved and made myself pretty for nobody in particular. I just didn’t want to smell bad or scare myself or anyone else. LOL

Next comes food! Normally I join my friend, Eddie, at one of two restaurants that we frequent. Both are closed on New Year’s Day so I’m again on my own. I’m actually quite a good cook so I made two fried eggs over easy on toasted, buttered Canadian white bread. I also prepared a huge cup of Lipton hot tea with Splenda and lemon juice. I consider hot tea in the morning as important as others think of their morning coffee. I’m a tea guy!

Now that I’m clean, shaved and fed I look around for what I will do with myself to pass the day. I started by washing the breakfast dishes and picked up my living room. Next I pulled my clothes hamper, still full of clean socks & underwear over next to my bed where I could begin the process of sorting and folding both my white socks and underwear. I neatly then moved to my underwear shelf where I laid them all out for easy access. Chores done!

All this didn’t take very long as it was still just after 9:00 a.m. when I finished. Time for a nap! Yes, I said nap! Can’t put out all that work and not recharge my ancient battery! I checked online for fresh email which, as expected, drew a blank. Living in a government subsidized housing community has its advantages as this neighborhood is tucked into the corner of a wooded area of town. There’s not a sound to be heard outside. Perfect napping conditions. To be continued……