As is typical of me, I do a lot of online research about EVERYTHING. When it comes to something that directly effects my health, you can multiply that research infinitely. I even found an amazing online community to join at http://breastcancer.org/ where you can join in message board type chats, as well as search for answers.
I noticed a lot of folks on there who were driving themselves around, even though they had a JP drain (or multiples) in place. This piqued my curiosity, so I emailed my handy-dandy PS nurse Terri to ask. The only restriction on my driving is the pain pills. What??? I could have been driving for two weeks! As soon as she answered, I jumped in the car and left.
My poor car has been parked under the neighbor's trees for a while, and was so covered in bird dookie that it was hideous. The girls and I laughed pretty hard about it and made the car wash my first stop. Due to a very generous donation, my windshield has been replaced (from the deer damage-no more duct tape) and getting it clean felt great.
From there, we hit Sonic's Happy Hour for drinks, and then to WalMart. It wasn't long before I realized it may have been a bit too soon to run errands on an afternoon in which I had not napped. Seriously? The first day in weeks that I don't nap, and I decide to run around driving? DUH!
I really thought it would be OK, even though I have a standard transmission, since that uses my right arm, and my left arm is the one that doesn't work. WRONG! I guess I actually use my left arm quite a bit. Part of the reason for that is that NOTHING in my car is automatic. Windows, locks, etc all need to be worked manually. With a non-working air conditioner, that meant rolling the windows up and down a few times.
Anyway, I drove. I can drive. I'll be careful not to overdo it, and to maybe go earlier in the day, so I still have time to nap when I get home. In other news: Jaxson only gave up 10cc this morning (after nearly 12 hours) so it's looking like we might have an improvement there, too! Fingers crossed!