Sunday (I’m told)
Each day kind of blends together when one is either a parent of a newborn or is a patient recovering from surgery. My sleeping/resting to being awake ratio seems to be at least 3:1. Sometimes, the sleep is of a deep nature, but more often I’ve one foot in the door, the other one out – out far enough that I can answer my mom’s question about how often the flowers on the deck should be watered or how much cheese goes in the lentil casserole.
On all accounts, I’m doing quite well. The pain I have is quite tolerable – mostly rubbing or pulling – related to the drains. I’m allowed to take two oxycodone tablets every 4-6 hours and have taken only one total today and am allowed to take two Valium pills every 6 hours and I’ve taken none today. If things proceed as they are, I will be off narcotics and muscle relaxers and back to good ol’ Tylenol again very soon.
The doctor called the first two-three weeks post surgery, the putzing stage. I’m definitely putzing. Putzing to the bathroom, putzing clearing light items from the dish dryer, putzing around in circles around my courtyard and even climbing the stairs and changing my clothes tonight. Clean (or at least clean-er) feels great. On Tuesday, I will see Dr. Kulkarni to make sure things are healing on that front and I’m waiting on bated breath for Thursday to hear from Dr. Magnant (prayers please) that there are no errant cancer cells.
I am grateful for what seems a very on track recovery and believe strongly that all the kindness and expertise that surrounded me in the hospital went a long way. I’ve no complaints about the service here at home either: homemade eggplant parmesan, homemade pesto, lentil rice casserole, the best asparagus egg asserole, and scones to surpass no other. Thank you also to all the dear friends who have brought/sent me something: Andy and Janice, Gordon and Farrah, Judy and Kate, Nicole and Jackson, Hope and Bob, my fellow learning specialists, Linda and Klyde, Jessica, Lucia, Cheryl, Cliff and Barb, Mary Alice, Robin, Linda and Bill, Andrea, Jeannie and Pat, and Carolyn. Beautiful, heartfelt cards too!