Sunday, January 30, 2011
Prop your foot on a pillow and eat cookies.
January 26, 2011:
I had surgery to correct three hammertoes on my right foot.
January 30, 2011:
My neighbor made sure I had a biscuit and gravy from Hardee's for breakfast. She's good to me like that.
It is Sunday and I have missed going to church but will watch something on the Internet to help me 'feel' like I've been there.
I'm tired of sitting in a chair and keeping my foot level with my heart (and sometimes I must keep it above my heart). There aren't too many positions one can get in to do this sort of thing. Last night I got inventive and laid on my stomach for about an hour with my right foot in the air, which was a nice change.
I have to walk on the heel of my right foot...for how long, I don't know...but it's annoying.
My bandages aren't supposed to be changed until I go back to see the surgeon...another thing I don't know because I was on drugs when the nurse told me. It must be written down somewhere though. But I don't know how much longer I can stand it because they keep working their way beyond my toes and I'm ready to cut them off and put on new ones. (Not the toes...the bandages.)
Do I seem to have issues today? Am I complaining enough? I think so.
For all my griping, I have to tell you that I'm sure the outcome of this surgery will be well worth the frustrations right now. You see, I've had this done before and it enabled me to wear shoes without ending up with raw places on tops of my toes. I'm looking forward to that again. Last time I had it done though, I caught one of the pins (that stick out from the tips of my toes) on the fringe of a bedspread and fell, bending the pin in the process. Yes, it hurt. Yes, I probably said something that my mother would have washed my mouth with soap for saying. (Dove soap is like the worst soap ever to wash a kid's mouth out with...just sayin') And a few weeks later when the pin was removed, it had a nice curve in it, which that toe now has. Oh well...live and learn. I have NO fringe anywhere in sight this time, so there should be no problem!
My husband has been a wonderful nurse! He even loaded and ran the dishwasher last night!!! He's been very patient with his patient. Plus, he helped me make cookies for medicinal purposes. 'Medicinal purposes' you ask? Yes! These cookies will make you regular! (smile) Pain medicine has a tendency to cause something called constipation. To avoid that, one should take something called a stool softener. When that doesn't work, one should whip out the cookies! I've made these things since I was 16...and not always for medicinal purposes. (That was just a happy benefit.) The recipe is in my head because I've made them so many times.
The cookies have several descriptive names: Cow Patties - because that's what they sort of look like; Chocolate No-Bakes - because they are made on the stove top and not in the oven; Boiled Cookies - because (duh!) they're boiled; Preacher Cookies - because it is something quick to fix when the preacher comes for an unexpected visit. Whatever they are called, they are good, so I'll share the recipe. You can use them for whatever you like - medicinal, chocolate fix, or otherwise. Just promise you'll enjoy them.
Over medium-high heat, melt one stick of margarine (butter will burn too easily) in a large saucepan
1/4 cup Hershey's powdered cocoa
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
Stir these together well and bring to a rolling boil. Once the rolling boil is reached, boil and stir for exactly one minute. (more than a minute will make them hard and grainy...less than a minute will cause them to be too soft)
After exactly one minute of that rolling boil, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the following:
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (I sometimes add a little more than that)
3 cups Quaker Quick-Cooking Oats
Beat together well, then quickly drop by spoonfuls onto aluminum foil. Allow to set up before serving. (unless you're like me and start scooping them up with a spoon while they're still setting up!)
I hope you'll enjoy using this recipe for whatever reason you make it! I always like to close with this reminder: If you have a pulse, you have a purpose...so make your life count!