So now both of my legs are trussed up like turkeys! I am wrapped in compression bandages and to complete 'the ensemble' - compression stockings - lovely! Somehow, they just remind me so much of my grandmother! My liver has not enjoyed all of the commotion - especially being squished, but I'm sure things will calm down as soon as it kicks all the chemicals out of my system. Each procedure lasted about 2 hours, so I had lots of time to pray. And study the water sprinkler spigot. Fascinating! Other than answering the occasional 'how are we doing?' I just had to try to be absolutely still and not fall off the
torture rack table, which was somewhat less comfy then I'd hoped!
In 5 days we take off the compression bandages and hopefully by that point I will be able to recognize my legs - right now they resemble black,purple and blue stovepipes. They've never been so friendly with one another! The worst is over - I hope! At my next appointment the Doctor will form a plan to deal with the varicose veins and then I'll be ready for swimsuit weather without little kids pointing at my legs and saying "ooh, Mommy what's wrong with the lady's legs? Why does she have grapes on the back of her knees? Is that a spider tattoo?"
My compression stockings and I are going to be good friends for at least two weeks after these bandages are removed, but at least I'll be able to sleep without them! My dear husband has comforted me with the comfort only a woman who has struggled for 20 minutes can fully appreciate "Look at it this way Hon, after this, tights and pantyhose will be a breeze!" It didn't exactly tickle my funny bone as I lay panting on the bed having done battle with the stockings (and won) - but I'm sure I'll find it funny another day!
In other news, our children are loving the snow - loving it! They have been out in it for hours and hours getting rosy cheeks and building the most interesting 'fort'. They asked Grammy to send a couple of truckloads of her snow to our house, but she didn't have to since God had it in the plans to give us a little bit of white, naturally. I'm glad we have some here, since they had their hearts set on sliding down Thompson Hill with their cousins over Christmas, and that isn't very likely, now. We would have to stop often - every hour - making a 10 hour drive into a three day excursion. We would just have time to say 'hello', open gifts and turn around for home. We haven't broken the news to them yet - we need to get plan B in order first, and make it sound really exciting! Nothing is more exciting than a trip to North Bay though, and possibly seeing their cousins was the real clincher, so we're praying they'll be understanding.
And for the final tidbit of fascinating family happenings, we now have high speed Internet!!! Yeah! The cable guy came today and we are up and running - without a hitch! It's so nice when things go smoothly - since it almost never happens, it makes it even more delightful!
Now, I have sat enough and I need to 'take to my couch' and recline at a more comfortable angle. Up and walking is not too uncomfortable, but since my legs have to wrestle one another to get anywhere, the novelty wears off quickly. I refuse to walk like I just got off a horse after an all day trail ride! Sitting with my feet up is the very best - just sitting or laying down is torture.
It is good to be back though - and with our Internet connection zipping right along, I'm excited about all of the fun possibilities!