Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Daybook...post surgery

Outside my window...
...partly cloudy and warm. I would call this Indian Summer season, but my mother told me that Indian Summer is, officially, the warm spell after the first frost and we've had no frost yet. But it looks, feels and smells like Indian Summer.

I am thinking...
...not perfectly clearly. I have fuzzy post anesthesia/pain med head. Yesterday I had radiofrequency vein ablation to help resolve the vein problems I've had in my left leg since I had all that clotting three years ago. I had hoped to have the procedure done under light sedation, but the anesthesiologist informed me that the procedure is too painful, and they (anesthesiology) would end up giving me more drugs to keep me "in twilight" than if they used a general anesthesia. So today I have a sore throat and sore leg but hopefully tomorrow after they remove the dressing (it's wrapped tightly from ankle to groin -- think "mummy mommy") I'll feel like a new woman. Or something like that.

I am thankful for....
...modern medical procedures -- years ago I would have had vein stripping. Sounds awful.

...family and friends


...hot, (strong) black coffee, always

From the lesson plans...
...Faith had fever last Thursday and Friday, and thus no school, and no school yesterday or today. I think tomorrow we had better get some school done.

From the kitchen...
...lasagna from the freezer for dinner. I'm glad I doubled a batch.

I am wearing...
...a white nightgown and cotton sweater. The wrapping on my leg makes it too hot to wear clothes.

I am creating...
...many things...a sweater, a Seven Sorrows chaplet, a baby quilt, some corduroy jumpers...and now Faith informs me she needs a Halloween costume.

I am reading...
...nothing at the moment. Just finished The Year of Pleasures, and mostly enjoyed it.

I am hoping...
...for a quick recovery.

I am hearing...
...Faith playing outdoors with Maggie.

Around the house...
...I'm pretty caught up on cleaning and laundry for at least a day or two.

I am going...
...no where until tomorrow. I have an appointment for an ultrasound to see of the veins closed.

One of my favorite things...
...candy corn

I am praying for...
...my children, especially Noah and Josh who are adjusting to school, new subjects and big tests.

...our next door neighbors' little baby girl who finally came home.

...our priests and all religious

...several soldiers

...all of the babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion this week

Plans for the rest of the week...
...taking it easy for the most part.

Picture thought of the day...



  1. Happy healing!

    I am very near asking my doc to hook me up with a vein doc to rid my left leg (thigh down) of some nasty veins that are starting to ache/hurt now and again . . . not pretty.

    I like your picture thought. Yum, indeed!

  2. Glad to hear that you are recovering! I've been wondering how you were doing.
    Hooray for your neighbor's daughter who is finally home!
    I can't buy candy corn. I will just eat it until I'm sick. I am powerless over the candy corn (and circus peanuts).

  3. I'll be praying for you!! Hope you are yourself again soon!

    That candy looks very tempting!!

  4. I'll pray my next rosary for you in a few minutes! Hoping recovery is speeeedy!

  5. Nope, not pretty, Sarah. My ankle would swell every day and by bedtime it was three inches larger than the other. Foot too. Like I said -- hoping to be a new woman.

  6. Oh Barb. I finally had to move it (jar of candy corn) back to the kitchen. I make myself sick too. And don't even dare mix it with roasted peanuts. Oh my. Candy peanuts, too -- can't buy those! Too funny. We'd be a pair together!

  7. Thanks, Jamie. I'm hoping to be better than myself. Like the bionic woman! ;-)

  8. Thanks, Sara. When I first decided to have the procedure done, the surgeon said "It's easy -- you'll be back on your feet the next day." I left the hospital with a prescription for 40 pain pills which made me very suspicious that I would be "back on my feet" today. Well, sort of I am -- just dragging my leg around! Thanks for the prayers!

  9. Barbara, I hope you are feeling better soon. Hope you are not in too much pain.

  10. Hi Barbara,

    Oh! I had no idea you were going to have surgery. I hope that it was a complete success, and that you are feeling better VERY soon!! I will pray for your recovery.

    Have a blessed, quiet day!
    From one candy-corn lover to another!!!


  11. Hi Barb,

    I hope your recovery is swift and uncomplicated and that you are feeling great soon.

    I will keep you in my prayers,


  12. Hope you're back up and running...or walking nicely this morning. Take it easy! :)

  13. Sending you prayers for a speedy recovery!

  14. Prayers for a speedy, uneventful recovery! (with candy corn)

  15. Praying for your speedy, uncomplicated recovery from both the surgery nad the medications' side-effects. (And, I must confess that both candy corn and candy circus peanuts are not safe in the same room with me!) --- Rosemary

  16. Praying for a quick and painless recovery!! For both you and Faith!

    And I *love* candy corn! :)

  17. Barbara, I'm just seeing this. I haven't been on the computer too much lately. I'm keeping you in prayer for a speedy recovery. Hope you are feeling better today.
    God bless!

  18. I'm so sorry to hear that you have been unwell. I'll be saying some prayers for your quick recovery. I'm so sorry for just seeing this and not reading it sooner. I've been a little out of sorts/under the weather and haven't been online much at all.

    God bless you, Barbara!

  19. Barbara you are in my prayers! Hopefully each day will be better than the last and you will have great relief!

  20. Thought of you at the store today and dropped a box of pumpkin-flavored poptarts into the cart in your honor. :)

    (Because, of course, I would never be guilty of an impulse purchase on my OWN.)

    Continued prayers for a speedy recovery!


I appreciate your comments -- sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself!