It has been a month since my surgery. I've learned a lot as I've been in a healing drugged haze. Let me share a few of the things:
1. Eat the cherries. I had to throw out a bag I'd forgotten were in the crisper because they were moldy. *sigh*
2. Do the preparation. There were a few things we didn't get done before the surgery that irritate the hell out of me. Oh well.
3. Sleep the sleep. It's the only way to heal and I sometimes have to force myself to turn off the TV or the computer to get some sleep.
4. Do the exercises. I have physical therapy twice a week and I have to do a set of exercises three times a day.
5. Take the painkillers. I was playing martyr at first trying to withdraw, but the doctor said he wanted me to keep taking them.
6. Accept the help. I have terrific friends and an amazing husband who have toted me around and catered to my whims. I'm a lucky girl.
7. Say the "Thank yous" and "I love yous." Absolutely essential. A former co-worker was killed in a car accident yesterday and it broke my heart for her family.
8. Remember the past. This was written on September 11th. On the fateful 9-11-01, I had both parents in the hospital and all I knew about my brother's job was he worked security at a warehouse "across the road" from The Pentagon. We all need to remember.
9. Push the limits. While in many ways my life has contracted to the main floor of our house, I am amazed at the things I've been able to do after only one month.
10. Learn the Lessons. Listen and observe all the little gifts and coincidences thrown at me every day.
I have to believe I'm exactly where I need to be.