“I think the discomfort that some people feel in going to the monkey cages at the zoo is a warning sign.”

This morning I have reconnected with the world. The air conditioner is off, and the windows are open. The only noise is Gracie’s annoying barking. I used to go check to see what was she was barking about but never saw a thing. I swear she barks just to drive me crazy, sort of a dog’s Gaslight. I know her intruder bark but this annoying bark has no definition; hence, the gaslight reference. When last the windows were open, my neighbor’s house was being reshingled and I could hear the nail gun. That job now seems to be finished, and I couldn’t be more delighted. My morning is back.

My sister left yesterday, and the house feels so empty. She was a great nurse but she was better company. It will take me a few days to get used to being alone again. Soon enough I’ll be back to talking out loud to no one.

Every day is better. My back has very little pain. The mornings are still the roughest, but I no longer have to grab stuff like the bureau or the table to walk from my room to the bathroom. I’m seeing the doctor this morning so he can check the incision. The nurse was a bit concerned, but that was long enough ago that the soreness is just about gone, and I probably really don’t need to see the doctor. I can already tell this surgery went better than the last. I am walking almost completely upright. I keep seeing that picture of the stages of the evolution of man. I was, for a long while, the chimp on the left, at the low point of evolution but am happy to say I am moving up the scale. That second chimp and I are far more similar than we’ve been. I’ll celebrate when I moved all the way to the right.

I have a few catalogs with dog-eared pages. I am going shopping. My psyche needs a lift. I’ve had my eye on a few things I thought too expensive and frivolous, but today I’m in a frivolous mood. Hang the expense!  I deserve a treat!!

For dessert this evening I’m going to have coconut ice cream with chocolate caramel sea salt sauce. Today I am a hedonist!!

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20 Comments on ““I think the discomfort that some people feel in going to the monkey cages at the zoo is a warning sign.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hedonism: the universal pain killer. Way to recuperate, Kat! 🙂

    Chocolate carmel sea salt sauce sounds wonderful. I think I would just run a slow drip line to my tongue.

    Enjoy being back in the world.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Yup, I’m getting good at this recuperating stuff!!

      It is delicious!!! A hose, not a drip line!!

      The day has promise.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Enjoy hedonism! I’ve just had vanilla ice cream with strawberries and first garden gooseberries and cream. I deserved it, though I don’t really need a reason. Even rainy 59°F can’t keep me away from ice cream 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      You certainly don’t need a reason!!

      I want your day. Here the humidity is thick enough to cut, and it is around 70 unpleasant degrees. The jaunt to the doctor’s office has given me a bit of pain, and now I’m grouchy. I need to get to that shopping and fast!!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I’¨m so glad to read You’re getting better 🙂 I know how bad back pain can be.

    I think one deserves a very expensive treat after surgery :-)It’s at least a good excuse I think 🙂

    It has been raining here for almost two days now, yesterday it was so cold I had to turn on the radiaotors during the night but today its warm again and almost 100% humidity, it feels like living in a steam bath 🙂

    I’ve never had coconut ice cream and I’ve never even hear about chocolat caramel seas salt sauce! I guess that’s the price one has to pay for living in a village at the outskirts of the world 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I had PT today and did well despite the humidity. I am now a sweaty mess and my leg muscles hurt. I guess that means the therapist was successful.

      I did go shopping for one thing I didn’t need and one I did but could have gotten cheaper. but I was not into cheap today. I had fun.

      The combination is remarkable! It is so good no one talks, just eats.

      Enjoy your evening!!

  4. hedley Says:

    Tebow @ TE – Discuss.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      That was the same suggestion a columnist in the Globe made. He has the body and the moves for it but talent? I’m not so sure.

    • Caryn Says:

      Hi Hedley!

      Tebow @ TE – Meh. Would he do it? Could he do it effectively? There are 3 or 4 other Patriots who have solid NFL experience in that position as part of the Patriot Offense. He doesn’t. It will be interesting to see what develops.

      • hedley Says:

        Caryn and Kat, It could be that Lennie would be more effective @ TE than Tebow. Only God knows 🙂

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        Lennie could sing and demoralize the opposing team!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, could you imagine, it’s third and long and TE Lennie starts warbling something about mercy and sisters and stuff. your gal Judy could also play LT to prevent the rush from the Stookeynator.
        Send Lennie over the middle and see if he can take the hit

  5. Ilka Normile and Richard Henderson Says:

    Glad to read that you are ( slowly) on the mend, and that this surgery seems to be successful. Keep up the good rest and ice cream treatments and soon you’ll be out bodysurfing with the best of them.

    • katry Says:

      Ilke and Richard,
      More ice cream treatments and I’ll be belly flopping into the water, no surfing about it.

      Today I did feel a bit better-my back is good. It’s my leg which causes me to swear just a bit!

      My sister is gone so I’m doing my own chores-I miss being waited on.

  6. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Dear Hedonist,
    Please have some ice cream for me. I am so glad the operation was a success. I know the feeling of when nurse/ sister leaves..I’m surprised it will take so long to talk to no one.. You deserve many treats, so go for it. I’m sure you can tell I just woke up. Simone is asleep in front of me and if she’s not careful she will fall on her head.
    Waving,
    Lori and the crew.

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      My leg seems to be worse than my back. The muscles aren’t happy. They take a while to get with the program. I took my morning pill, and my leg is beginning to feel better.

      Sleep well!!

  7. flyboybob Says:

    Glad that you are feeling better. I hope your doctor’s appointment went well. I always find a reason to celebrate with ice cream. I have never heard of chocolate carmel sea salt sauce. How could it be bad? Anything with chocolate and carmel has to be good. What does the sea salt have to do with the other two flavors?

    Hedonism is not over rated. My dad had a sign on the back of his car which read, “I am spending my children’s inheritance”. He was a phony hedonist because he tried to do it on the cheap. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the chance to write the last check to the undertaker and have it bounce.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Bob

      The doctor agrees that it may be infected due to seeing redness and some heat so I’m on an anti-biotic.

      Sea salt is the big new flavor booster this year. It cuts the caramel and the chocolate with just a tinge of the saltiness. Your mouth cheers with the different tastes.

      Luckily my parents were quite generous to all of us. WE owe them a debt of gratitude not for money but for all the things we did because we didn’t have money like days at the beach or the museums we visited.


  8. Hi Kat,

    I’m sorry to hear about your need for antibiotics. Still, they usually work very quickly and will hopefully make you feel more comfortable.

    I’ve opened my new blog and, at least for the next few days, it will be public. If you’re up to armchair visiting, please drop in sometime soon. You mentioned it might be possible to have a new link in the Coffee blogroll – if that’s still so, I’d be very grateful. 😉

    I hope you continue to improve by leaps and bounds (but don’t try leaping and bounding yet!!)

    Here’s the link:

    http://1001vintagespins.blogspot.ca/

    Marie

    • katry Says:

      Marie,
      I have bookmarked your new site and will drop by later after I do my blog. I have been very lazy this morning waiting for my leg to feel better so I am way behind my usual times.

      I too hope the anti-biotics will do the trick. The wound itself barely hurts so I am happy with that. Right now my leg is okay, pain drugs are a miracle!

      I’ll leap and bound slowly!!


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