Slow and steady!

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Literally and figuratively, this is the truth.

It doesn’t matter what you are going through in life-health issues, self-improvement, etc. – just keep going.

Every morning as I walk the long hallway to the hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy room, someone will stop me and ask what happened. Whether it’s the crutches or the slowness of my walk, people are curious. I appreciate the concern but my story is such a long one, I just smile and say, “It’s a long story but things are better and I am on the mend, so life is good!”

One gentleman who was walking behind me into the grocery store said, “Excuse me, I am in a rush, if you don’t mind” and motioned that the store has motorized carts. I gather I was moving too slow and he really needed to get into the store and make that purchase of (“fill in the blank!”)

While I have used the motorized carts in the past, it is uncomfortable for me to sit in the hard seats with my incision. More than that, I prefer to slowly walk through the store to gain my strength back and keep the blood flowing.

People such as the “grocery getter” don’t upset me. They have no idea what I have gone through and what I have survived. Life is a beautiful journey and I am OK with taking my time as I go through this phase of my life. I have to remind myself that it will be a slow process!

Each day is a gift. I get up every morning and believe I can conquer whatever comes my way. Mark Wahlberg has a brand of tee-shirts, “TICDA” – Today I Can Do Anything. I wore this tee-shirt the morning of my big surgery. ***Disclaimer – it was 4:30 in the morning and there is nothing fancy about this picture! HA!

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Even though I was terrified of the surgery, I purposely wore this shirt to provide a sense of, “Heck yeah, I am going to get through this surgery and thrive!” 

The events that take place in our lives don’t have to define us. It’s how we handle them that matters. People tell me all of the time that they don’t think they could be as strong or positive as I have been for so long. I disagree. When we are faced with struggles, we rise to the occasion. What choice do we have?

I met with my plastic surgeon again. He is pleased with the healing and was able to remove more staples and stitches. While the fluid in the hip is still present, it has improved so no drain was needed!!!

After seeing my plastic surgeon, I went to the brace shop and have a new boot to wear. This boot will allow me to bear weight and will hopefully protect my foot so I don’t develop any pressure sores.

Next Friday will be my last hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy session! I will end with 26 sessions in and I do believe it has helped to heal my incision. The sores on my foot that I developed after wearing my initial brace are healed as well.

Next up is getting back to physical therapy. I am nervous about not being in a rehab facility for PT. As mentioned in an earlier post, my friend Sarah said it perfectly – I don’t need a PT standing next to me to do the work, I need self-discipline to be able to work on my own as well as with the PT.

I-got-this-100%!!! Slow and steady. One foot in front of the other. One day at a time.

Until next time, be well and go out and do a random act of kindness.

Jewels

 

Be thankful for small improvements and cherish moments spent with your loved ones.

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Greetings, friends!

I hope this post finds you well.

In some of my previous posts I have mentioned my daughter, Julie, or “Rory” and my granddaughter, Olivia, or “Goosey” or “Liv.” They came to visit over the long holiday weekend and it meant the world to me. Having them here just makes my heart smile! It is truly the best medicine.

It was sad not to be able to snuggle with Goosey but I can’t have the weight on my leg. While we were changing my bandage, she was very interested in helping and wanted to see my boo boo! I may have mentioned that her Daddy is a neurosurgery resident and Liv loves to watch brain surgery videos with her Daddy. And she is only 3 1/2!

Liv kissed my leg and said she would make it better. I mean, what is better than that?! Her little voice saying, “JuJu, it’s “otay” I’ll make it all better… Heart.Bursting.With.Love!

My daughter, as per usual, did so much while she was here to get me unpacked and organized. (I had packed for the hospital and rehab but that didn’t work out as we know…) Julie took me everywhere I needed to go and made sure I had everything I needed. She is an amazing, kind, thoughtful, and beautiful soul. I hit the jackpot with her and I know how blessed I am to have her as my daughter. I love you, Rory!

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments are going well so far. Thankfully, I haven’t had any issues this go around. Last December when I had treatment, I couldn’t hear out of my right ear for three weeks as I wasn’t able to equalize the first day! Everyone at the wound center is extremely nice and very kind. I am thankful for the small improvements!

There is still fluid in my hip! If it doesn’t drain on its own or absorb, I may need to have a drain put in on the 15th when I go back to Boston to see my surgeon. I had three drains after my free flap surgery and I really don’t want another one! But…if that’s what I need, than that’s what will be done.

I need to bear weight so the bone will heal around the prosthesis, however I walk the fine line of needing to bear weight, yet not bear too much until the incision heals.

It is extremely frustrating that my insurance will not cover a physical therapist until I finish hyperbaric treatment. Same thing with a visiting nurse. How do I know how much weight to bear and how to increase it?

I will be livid if the bone doesn’t heal around the prosthesis after everything I have been through!

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It may take a while, but I will get to where I need to be. I need to stay positive, appreciate the healing that is taking place and remain patient. Things could always be worse!

Until next time, be well and go out and do a random act of kindness.

Do YOU do random acts of kindness? I hope so! 

Jewels