Lent Day 14: 2 Weeks Down…


I didn’t get out today to take photographs.  Not that I felt badly, but it was because I need CPR certification to update my personal training certifications.  I had my CPR class today.  I spent half of the day in class, and now just sitting at home waiting until it’s time to get the kids from school.  This week, my days are full.  Yesterday I had a doctor’s appointment.  Today was CPR certification class.  Tomorrow is PT.  Thursday is early release for my daughter and a haircut appointment.

I was going to run today, but I don’t think that’s going to happen, I only had 60 minutes to get everything done.  So I came home ate lunch, wrote a little bit, and am watching Law and Order Special Victims’ Unit.  I think that I will do a workout after the kids come home from school.  I hope to restart running tomorrow after PT.  This will be my first post-surgery run.  I know it’s been a week, but it feels like forever.

I also haven’t been writing as much as I should.  I didn’t feel up to it while on pain medication.  I hope to be off of pain medication completely by Thursday.

Lent Day 13: Day of Miracles!


It’s another rainy day in the Sunshine State during the “dry season.”

I am SLOWLY recovering from the surgery.  I ended up with gastritis from Ibuprofin use :(, which means in layman’s terms, my stomach lining is getting eaten by acid from the amount of pain medication I had been taking the last 5 days.  Last night I was really really sick.  I texted one of my close friends, who sells DoTerra, and asked if she had any extra Clove Oil.  I was desperate for relief.  Miracle number one:  she kindly gave me some Clove oil (no charge :)) today.  I tried it, and despite the truly awful taste, and burning on my mouth and lips– the pain is gone.  Miracle Two:  The pain is GONE!  No PAIN MEDICATIONS :)….

Finally, Miracle Three.  I went to Walmart today.  I was still in agony, I hadn’t tried the clove oil yet.  I needed to pick up a few items for supper tonight.  Anyway, I filled up my cart, and went to pay for my food.  I realized that I left my debit card back at home.  I asked the lady if I could take everything but the milk and Tylenol PM (that was one pain medication I hadn’t tried, and was planning on taking it tonight, it Tylenol does not destroy my tummy).  The lady behind me heard me talking to the checkout lady, and I was telling her that I had my wisdom teeth out last week, that I was having a bad day.  The kind woman paid my groceries.  I promised her I would pay it forward.  It is a testament that there are people out there who are good and kind!  So I am writing a letter to the editor of my local paper to thank the woman.

Lent Day 11-12


The last few days have been very rough.  I didn’t realize this until well after the surgery that days 3-5 are the roughest days of recovery when it comes to the wisdom tooth extraction.  I was in so much pain that I thought that I had a dry socket.  The pain was making me nauseous and unable to sleep.  The medication increased the nausea and made me sleepy.  Not only that, but my husband is going away for a few weeks on a business trip, so I’m here by myself, very sick, and with two kids.  Luckily, I have my daughter, who even though she is only nine, steps up and is amazing especially with my son.

We did the Seaside School’s 5K today.  It is a race where the proceeds go towards a one-room school house in South Walton County.  I didn’t run it at all.  Instead I walked with my mom and daughter.  It was cool walking with three different generations of women.  At the end of the race we get a Vera Bradley shopping bag.  I love going down to Scenic 30-A.  It’s one of the quieter beaches, and there are a lot of boutique stores and things to see down there.  So between naps, nausea and walking, it was a rough weekend.  I am hoping that next weekend, I’ll be able to run again.

Lent Day 10: Much better


This picture was taken at the bird sanctuary at Busch Gardens.  He was eating popcorn out of other peoples’ hands.  A very nice bird.

I’m starting to feel better.  I’m still feeling some pain, but not too much.  This part is gross, but I’m starting have to clean the wound, because there is food stuck in the extraction sight.  It’s kind of uncomfortable doing this, and really, really gross.  I’ve stopped taking the pain medication, and am only doing the Motrin.

My mom and dad are arriving today.  I had planned on running today, but I think I will take a few more days off from running.  I plan on running Monday or Tuesday next week.  I just have a major headache and am having some sinus issues.  I can walk around, but anything more significant causes the head ache.  I haven’t gotten much running, writing, or anything else done.  On a positive note, I’m down about 4 more pounds :).

Lent Day Nine: Through The Ringer


One of my favorite things to photograph is textures.  I haven’t gotten out much the last few weeks because of weather, and now I am modified bed rest until Friday.

I slept most of the day yesterday after the surgery.  I was awake enough to write on the blog, but other than that I slept.  I slept too much actually.  I didn’t sleep much last night.  I just took a pain pill, so I might fall asleep again.  It’s funny though, I was looking at the mirror, and it looks like I was in a street fight.  My right sinus is swollen.  I have the beginnings of another sinus infection– this is par for the course for me.  I normally get 3-4 of them a year.  I was told that I could have my sinuses fixed, but I was told that the surgery is only 40-50% effective.  They cut my lip during the extraction, so I have a huge bottom lip.  After a morning nap, I might shower and try to clean.  My parents are coming for a visit.  My mom, daughter, and I are walking the Seaside 5K.  I mostly do it for the Vera Bradley coupon you get at the end of the race.  I hope to snag both mine and my daughter’s coupon.  I am eyeing a wallet and purse.  I have done this race every single year for awhile.

I plan on walking tomorrow as long as I am feeling better.  The doctor told me that I could run as soon as I was off pain medication and the swelling is down.  Which should be Monday or Tuesday.  I’m up to running 6 miles or so now, and I feel great.  Next week I’ll be running 6-7 miles this next week.  I am trying to get a free entry to the Destin Marathon, which is debuting next April 2016, it’ll be the perfect warm up race for Grandma’s 2016.  After I am cleared from Physical Therapy (next week), I’ll start going to the gym 1-2 times a week to work out.  I’m looking forward to being buff…

P.S. If you have managed to read this blog, I applaud you.  The Percocet has taken effect, and I’m not 100% sure that I’m coherent…  I don’t plan on working on the novel today, as I don’t know how I will be writing…