It’s hard to believe an entire week has gone by since my release from hospital! Just wanted to send out a quick update for everyone.
First I really need to say a huge “thank you” to the folks who have prayed, sent cards, called, visited, cooked, provided transportation, etc. I couldn’t have made it even this far without you!!
Second, for those who haven’t seen me yet – I am very grateful to my surgeons for doing their work in such a way that I can do “comb-overs” of the incision areas. Even though I can’t quite get a comb through all my hair yet, I can arrange it to look just about normal (minus conditioner, which is on the do-not-do list… overall my hair looks a bit straggly) and I can hide all signs of incisions, scars, etc. People who have visited have been surprised at how good I look compared to what they were expecting, and I have to agree. It does wonders for my mental outlook to know hair-shaving has been kept to a minimum and I’m not walking around looking like the bride of Frankenstein. Truth be told, I haven’t even actually seen the incisions much myself… I can feel them with my fingers but getting a glimpse in the mirror is not easy.
Physically each day brings a little improvement. I’ve been off the pain meds for *almost* a week so I’m now officially OK to drive, tho I’m not driving very much or very far yet. I’ve made it to the local ATM and back, and to the local Market District and back (Curbside Express is fantastic!) It feels good to be out and about but I get tired quickly and need to rest when I get home. The sutures from the first surgery came out this week… the second set will come out this coming Tuesday. The rest of the stuff on the docs’ do-not-do list (bending over, lifting, vacuuming, doing laundry, blowing nose, etc) is still in effect for another 10 days.
Mentally my focus is beginning to return. Conversation is much easier now than it was a week ago. I have gotten back into daily Bible reading and prayer, and have started reading magazines and newspapers again. I’m just about feeling like starting on my new Nicholas Sparks book… maybe this week! I have also been able to do a wee bit of work from the tax office here at home and will be gradually adding to that over the next couple weeks. Overall I still feel a bit fuzz-brained but breaking through the fuzz is becoming easier than it was.
Food-wise I’m doing great – eating just about everything in sight! At this rate I will need to get back on an exercise program A.S.A.P.! And spiritually I have a number of things to contemplate and evaluate and work into daily life. It’s good to have time to reflect while the physical healing continues.
That’s about the latest… more to come soon…!