The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines grateful as: “Feeling or showing thanks to someone for some helpful act.”
My heart overflows with gratitude for so many beautiful people who have been a part of this journey with me. Two years and three months of needing so much help from so many. “Thank you” doesn’t seem adequate enough. I am very blessed and it is not lost on me.
I have now met with my Orthopedic surgeon, and I am ready to move ahead with the aspiration. The aspiration procedure is fairly straightforward: they remove fluid or tissue from the hip and femur to ensure there is no bacteria or infection. It takes about 7-14 days for the results to come back.
If those results come back clear, we can move ahead with the big surgery! Infectious Disease (ID) requested to see me as well during this visit, which always makes me nervous. I hear “Infectious Disease” and I cringe!
Generally, ID doctors help manage difficult, unusual, or complicated infections. Previously, my conversations with ID had consisted of needing a PICC line, so I braced myself to hear those dreaded words… for the third time in two years!
Guess what, folks? I was pleasantly surprised! My conversation was quite different this time. The expectation is that I will NOT need another PICC line! The ID doctor just wanted to check in so that we are all on the same page for the surgery, as to what antibiotics I will need during my surgery and throughout my hospital stay. PHEW!!
Of course, if I do need another PICC line, I am prepared for it! Whatever it takes to make this surgery a success, I am in!
It’s getting closer, friends. The big surgery is right around the corner. Walking again after almost two and a half years… what will that feel like?!
Wearing a shoe?! Driving… oh, driving – how I have missed you so! FREEDOM. Going back to work! Living my life again…
There have been many lessons learned throughout this journey. One thing that I will say to you is this: Stay positive during a trying time in your life. Don’t ever give up hope!
There will be long and dark days where you want to scream that it’s too much. That’s normal and it’s OK. Scream and cry because it’s good to get it out.
Always remember that tomorrow is a new day filled with new hope. Hang in there and rely on your family and friends to get you through the tough days.
As I have said before, life is a beautiful journey. Embrace it. Find the lessons in the darkest of days.
Tell me, what one word describes you at this moment? Grateful, that’s my word.
Until next time, be well and go out and do a random act of kindness.
Photo – my own. In case you couldn’t tell.