Good morning again! As promised, I am back! Had a nice breakfast with my bride and now have my coffee in hand and ready to type. The picture above is one that was taken nine days after I got home from surgery with Marcy and my Grandson Alan. He had Grandparents Day that day and surgery or not I was determined to be there. Love these two so much and it go me thinking about the topic for today; don’t take it for granted…..
As I said, this picture was taken nine days after coming home from my hip replacement surgery. Thinking back it is amazing the things I couldn’t do that I did take for granted such as:
1. Peeing!- Not sure if you all have been under or not but one of the things that happens is EVERYTHING shuts down. So the day of surgery after I woke up, I felt like I had to pee but could not! That has to be one of the most frustrating things I have ever experienced. Especially when the threat of them sticking a catheter up there if you don’t pee in time….Then once I did I had zero control over it which was so embarrassing I can’t even describe it…….
2. Walking!- Because they literally removed my leg from my hip I had to learn how to walk again. I mean my brain knew how but my legs had to be “re-trained”. Still seven weeks later I’m not 100 percent but its another thing I feel most of us take for granted.
3. Taking a Shower!- Especially at first this was an awful experience. I needed help to get into the tub, was scared of falling and messing up my incision, and I really couldn’t bend my leg so it was a long, hard road back from that. Today I jumped for joy as I needed no help from any device, turned around in the shower, and was able to bend my legs up so I could dry them. Seems like something small but when you can’t do it, it’s HUGE!
4. Sleep!- Until just a couple of days ago I was getting no more than 5 hours of sleep a night and even that was only 2 hours at a time or so. It’s hard to function in life much less heal from a major surgery when you can’t sleep. Two days ago though I had a breakthrough and slept for EIGHT HOURS! Eight hours of heavenly bliss and only up a couple of times to pee which was amazing. I had so much energy, I did some housework which I haven’t been able to do in two months (hopefully my wife was happy) 🙂
There are so many more thing I could get into but these are the main ones. Today, learn from me and don’t take anything for granted. If you got up this morning and was able to shower and walk around, you have been blessed beyond imagination! That is reason enough to SMILE and LAUGH!! Love you all and continued prayers as I get ever closer to a full recovery. 🙂
Grace and Love,