They say that the key to having successful social media posts is being able to reach out to people with professional information or topics that they can relate to while tying in personal experiences that connect you with others or an audience.
Being a beauty pro, women are interested in my pro tips and tricks; gosh-golly-gee, who isn't interested in hearing shortcuts to looking fabulous! What else? An enabling shopaholic. A natural redhead, and then of course, being a mom of three; two young women (20 & 18) and the entertaining #stuffZoiesays… that's clearly a lot for someone who is not a blogger with a blog…
My main career focus has never been 'writer' – I'm sure that's very clear to many of my journo-friends and also why this outlet has random postings… I'd rather be working on a supermodel than writing* about it… but here I lay, practically bedridden; day 6 of 60 of my medical leave post hip replacement.
Bored? Where to buy.
First time here?? My medical drama recap…
Before my slice and dice, I started the #hipreplacement research. I needed to find others whom I could relate to since hip replacement, although not common in 43 year old women, it's not uncommon either. So I write this for those like me, who are tired of helpful grandfathered anecdotes.
I know that personally, (especially the past two years) I've had days where I've had extreme physical pain that has affected how I look (tired) and also my attitude. Let's call it 'pangry' - not unlike its cousin 'hangry'.
Pangry: pain that affects your mood where you're just crabby for no other particular reason. I also suffer hangry issues, so on days with excess pain and hunger anyone near me was pretty much facked.
"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."
You see that #QOTD often. Everyone has something to deal with.
"My mommy is having surgery and my daddy doesn't know how to do manicures."
#stuffZoiesays (6) went to the nurse's office while I was in hospital because she broke a nail... Resourceful child.
Whether a devastating broken nail, an illness, your jeans shrunk, debt, death of a hamster etc etc... what does not kill you makes you stronger…
I returned home on January 27th after 4 days in the hospital.
Getting into the taxi at the hospital was a bit of a gong show which included me leaning on my walker, yelling in a morphine rage at the lineup of cars beginning to honk as my husband, hospital staff and driver stared at my forth attempt to get in.
Yes, I was cursing. No. I'm not exaggerating.
Before you leave the hospital I would suggest you research a clear way of getting in and out of a vehicle. It's not fun. Glad that's over for now.
Home supplies checklist
- toilet seat raiser
- walker (perhaps if granny** is done with hers you can borrow it)
- grabber thingy
- ice packs
- white board I've listed all my painkillers and medications with times that I check off as I take them. I refresh the times as I go – ie if I nap. Generally I'm not clueless but a drug hazed memory is a tad unsafe.
- support system whether virtual strangers ['sup Cleveland!!] or FaceTiming friends... oh, ya - I do have a husband. Our relationship hit a new level as he regularly lowers me to the toilet... he leaves. I can't cross that line.
- tequila nope... just checking if you're paying attention
- scar therapy
I know that I said I hate talking about this but… I highly recommend a high fibre diet and any stool softening whatevers that they recommend; don't poo-poo them. Another gong show. That's all I'm gonna say…
Have a story to share? Link or comment below, that's ok with me.
And, for those who think I'm sharing too much… www.getalife.com
Bell Let's Talk. I know some people tell you to keep silent about ailments; but strength comes in numbers. Don't go it alone.
*FYI -I do like writing. It's just another creative outlet for me. If you like my writing and want to pay me for it, I'd happily accept; your money is good here.
**I'm allowed to make the granny jokes. You cannot unless you've had this surgery under 45 too. I don't make the rules. I just play by them... Actually... I made that rule.