My favorite quote of the year (so far): “You are seriously in danger of becoming normal.” Isn’t that awesome??? My SURGEON said that. And he would know. He was right in there looking at things up close and personal.
Wheeee!!! I never thought that the idea of being normal could be so exciting.
I seem to be recovering from this surgery almost alarmingly fast — there are three largish incisions across my belly, but they don’t seem so bad. Yes, there is some pain. Quite a lot actually. And some tiredness. But still I feel goodish for someone who just had surgery. Plus, I have almost a whole month before I have to start chemo again. Woo hoo! If I can just do some quick healing and get over the pain, this could be an exceptionally fun month.
For those of you worried about us being well fed during all of this turmoil, my dad and Diana made us a freezer full of dinners and Barrett’s parents sent us cookies from our favorite cookie company Pacific Cookies. Yum. I was sort of worried that I would lose weight with all of this fasting around surgery time, but I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.
The hospital wasn’t too bad either. I had a nice view of northwest Portland which you can sort of see behind Barrett. If you squint really hard. And use your imagination.
I had the perfect socks and shoes for sneaking out and ended up down in the gift shop in my hospital gown where I found this hedge hog pen that needed to come home with me and that I was sure I would want to use to write my next novel and even imagined him whispering advice in my ear. I was quite sure that Hedgey the hedge hog would be quite brilliant when given half a chance.
I was on a lot of morphine.
Shaina Noll’s CD Songs for the Inner Child is lovely and soothing. Perfect if you’re looking for something nice to listen to while you rest.
Relax Into Healing has great meditation CD’s. I’ve used the chemo one and the cancer one and liked them both quite a bit so I decided to try the surgery one and I think it’s helped me convince my brain to convince my body that healing is fun.
The wedge pillow. This thing is awesome. Barrett ran all over to find one for me when I got home from the hospital and I’m so glad he did. Upright it’s great for sitting in bed and reading, laid down it’s perfect for sleeping and getting up without hurting the old tummy muscles.
Thanks everyone who came to visit me in the hospital and everyone who wrote to me online. It’s highly distracting and wonderful to hear from you all.
A blurry photo of Hedgey, my new muse: