Self-Isolation Diaries – Week 106

Greetings, Internet! I hope everyone’s staying as safe and sane as can be. This week, I got very disappointing news from my surgeon, watched my bracket burn, and worked on a lesson plan. Daily summaries below!

Day Seven Hundred and Thirty-Six (3/18/22)

  • That feeling when the drainage has slowed, but instead now there’s swelling. It hurts like hell.
  • And my surgeon wants me to come in on Monday.
  • UGH.
  • WHY.
  • Measurements were taken for the fridge. It should fit. Huzzah!
  • My boyfriend’s coming over to keep me company.
  • Wordle: Whoops.
  • Currently looping: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Julien

Day Seven Hundred and Thirty-Seven (3/19/22)

  • Well, the swelling has exploded (ruptured?). There is an alarming amount of blood and pus. Well, alarming for me. Most medical professionals would be like, “Eh, that’s NBD.”
  • Called the surgeon. He gave pretty basic site cleaning instructions and was like, “I’ll see you on Monday.”
  • My boyfriend cheered me up with a binge watch of “Is It Cake?” on Netflix, which is a delightfully ridiculous show.
  • Movie night! Except two people couldn’t make it, so we ended up watching more “Is It Cake?” with everyone else.
  • Wordle: Whoops
  • Currently feeling: Well, the pain has subsided, but things are not looking good post-op.
  • Currently looping: “Is It Cake?” I suppose?

Day Seven Hundred and Thirty-Eight (3/20/22)

  • Well, the pain has continued to subside, but stuff is still draining out. Alas.
  • Finished watching “Is It Cake?”
  • Oh, lazy Sunday. Went outside with the boyfriend and watched dogs in the nearby dog park. Then got dinner.
  • I don’t think I opened my laptop all day?
  • Wordle: In three!
  • Currently feeling: It was really nice to go outside! But also, drainage sadness.
  • Currently looping: The “Ratatouille” soundtrack.

Day Seven Hundred and Thirty-Nine (3/21/22)

  • My boyfriend accompanied me to the surgeon’s office, where I was told exactly what I was worried about: the procedure was not successful. It was a false positive earlier, I guess. My options are to redo the surgery or go with a permanent temporary solution. In the meantime, I need antibiotics. I cried in the bathroom.
  • And then my boyfriend accompanied me to the giant water fountain at Lincoln Center and we wandered around midtown while he tried to cheer me up.
  • Then he cooked me dinner.
  • I don’t think I deserve this boy.
  • Oh, and I got my period. You know, because that’s how my life is.
  • Wordle: Whoops.
  • Currently feeling: It was really nice to go outside, but ugh, that post-op stuff really took a lot out of me. I know the success rate of the procedure was only 65%, but I don’t know, it’s like my body doesn’t want to heal.
  • Currently looping: Didn’t listen to much music today, so, er, the sounds of the city?

Day Seven Hundred and Fourty (3/22/22)

  • Did the FES cycle.
  • Worked on something for the class I’m taking over in a couple of weeks. Amidst all the chaos, I have a deadline in a couple of days. Yikes!
  • My boyfriend introduced me to “Hot Ones.” ‘Tis amusing.
  • Wordle: Whoops.
  • Currently feeling: It’s hitting me that after basically two months, I have to go back to square one with procedure-related stuff. <massive sigh> I mean, not much I can do about it. It was the best decision at the time. I just wish it turned out better.
  • Currently looping: Lorde’s “Solar Power” album.

Day Seven Hundred and Forty-One (3/23/22)

  • Doctor’s appointment. (It wasn’t post-op related.)
  • Hung out with the boyfriend in SoHo (he’s on vacation (well, staycation), that’s why he keeps showing up in these posts).
  • Worked on my lesson plan things. There’s this one passage of Latin that is far dirtier than I remember it being, so that should be fun for these students to read in my botched English translation.
  • Wordle: Whoops.
  • Currently feeling: Bit sleepy, but I’m almost done with this lesson plan!
  • Currently looping: The “Amélie” soundtrack by Yann Tiersen.

Day Seven Hundred and Forty-Two (3/24/22)

  • My boyfriend met my parents.  Has it even been three months? No. Did it seem like a perfectly natural thing to do? Yup.
  • Of course they liked him. He’s sweet AF.
  • The boyfriend and I have been watching  “Hot Ones” so often that we just ordered wings.
  • Aaaand Gonzaga’s out. Goodbye, bracket.
  • Finished this lesson plan and handout! I’ll review them tomorrow and then send them to the postdoc.
  • Wordle: In five!
  • Currently feeling: I still have to email my advisor to give him a chapter update. Oof.
  • Currently looping: My VALentine playlist.

Thanks so much for reading! Stay safe, go outside, and check in on your friends who foolishly made brackets.

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