My entire life I have been told I have tough skin and a strong backbone. I had a habit of standing up for myself and anyone else I thought was being unjustly treated. I could take a lot without withering and therefore resiliency became my thing.
Well it turns out metaphorically I may have both both, physically I have neither. My back bone has created some three surgeries this year alone, and I've just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. That's a lot of crumbling backbone. I'll work on that.
The second part of this conundrum is the tough skin. Man, I wish I had tough skin. My skin tears and rips, blisters and festers when medical tapes are used. We have such a mess made of both hands, and arms from intravenous, my leg from the catheter, all the leads from the EKG's and my back well that's another story. The back is covered in a large bandage and checked daily by the surgeon, closed again and if needed replacement the nurses remove it and start over. That a lot of ripping of the skin. I have been given every consideration for sensitive skin and nothing seems to work. Theres been skincare teams in the past, doesn't help. Every person who looks at it has a different idea, without much result. All I know is it hurts. Subday there was a tape tear so bad it was seeping and the drops were hitting the open area and I wanted to scream. I'm doing better now it is starting to heal and it should heal fast. It heals when there is no more tape or glue on my skin.
We have all found it a little ironic that the two things I am known for are the two things that are taking me down physically.
Onward and upward I say.
We have been given the okay to leave the city on Sunday, provided there are no other incidents before and that I see my physical early in the week . Barry went by Toronto Western to pick up the special staple remover for my doctor.
I am feeling good about our plan. The hotel room becomes small after a while and getting out is challenging with a very full city.
I know it will be a tough four hours of driving time, but nobody said I couldn't handle it, right? I have tough skin and a strong backbone. Homeward bound on Sunday. Fingers crossed!