1. I am thankful that the surgeon operated on the correct leg. I was quite surprised when the nurse handed me a marker and had me mark the injured knee with the word "yes". (I guess one too many doctors fixed something that wasn't broken one too many times.) The surgery went well, and my knee seems to be healing according to plan.
2. I am thankful for the outpouring of well wishes and check-ins. So many people have been calling/texting/and writing to make sure we are OK and offering to do whatever we need. While we haven't had to take too many people up on their offers, it is calming to know that I have people to call on if needed.
3. I am thankful that bloggers are blogging. Daytime TV is horrible, and focusing on a book is way too taxing for my drugged brain. Blog posts are much easier to read. And I do mean easier, not easy. It takes me up to 20 minutes to read one post. If you read Wednesday's post, you won't be surprised to hear that I have frequently been awoken by my iPad hitting me on the forehead after I have fallen asleep while reading a post. Commenting on the posts can be even more trying. So, if you have written a post this week, I promise you I've read it, whether I've left a comment or not. If I left a comment that makes no sense, I'm sorry. Or you're welcome, depending on how funny it is.
4. I am thankful for a good old fashioned sponge bath. I'm not allowed to take a shower for at least three days after surgery, and that is just way too long for me to lie about in my own stench. My hair is still as slick as a Parisian pickpocketer, but my armpits are mostly clean.
5. I am thankful that my feet are OK. I'm pretty sure. When I took my socks off last night, I noticed something very odd about my piggies and went into a bit of a panic.
Bad photo, but perhaps you can tell...
They are vastly different colors. The left foot has a spooky, pale, almost ghostly-white tint. The one on the right has an Oompah Loompah hue. After closer inspection, I've decided they simply rubbed my whole leg down with iodine or some such thing before surgery. I know, one would assume I'd have been able to figure this out when I gave myself a sponge bath, but I can't bend my leg that far. I can't actually wash my foot, and the kids weren't about to do it. (They've had to do much worse. You'll see. I couldn't ask them to wash my feet, too.) Bryan hasn't been home before 9:30 each night, so it stays for now. But I'm pretty sure I figured it out. I'm fine.
6. I am thankful for the kids' low expectations for dinner. I planned easy, easy meals for the big kids to put together this week, but even those aren't getting completely made. Last night, they had Kraft Mac and Cheese. That's it. Tonight, leftover tortellini. Without sauce. We ran out on Tuesday when we originally had it. They're not eating well, but they're eating. And nobody is complaining. Yet.
7. I'm thankful that Buttercup left a plastic laundry basket next to the couch. Almost as thankful as Star is. I had cereal for the first time since surgery this morning. The moment I took a bite, the milk didn't taste right. (It wasn't the milk. It was the meds. Several things don't taste right.) After a few more bites, my stomach was feeling exceptionally unwell. I stopped eating, but that didn't solve the problem. Soon enough, that plastic laundry basket held what used to be the contents of my stomach. Guess I'm not quite ready for dairy yet.
8. I'm thankful that Star didn't put up a single bit of fuss when he was the first one awake and was promptly asked to take the vomit-filled basket outside and wash it out with the hose.
|Cuckoo was nice enough to snag the photo for me.|
9. I am thankful for Buttercup's baking ability. Without any help from us, our first-ever planting of zucchini is thriving in the garden. We have a mountain of zucchini on our kitchen counter. Buttercup has been making bread as fast as she can. Each person that comes to take one of our kids somewhere gets a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs, and a zucchini as a thank you.
10. I am thankful for cuddles. Turken is taking full advantage of my recovery time and lays on top of me as often as possible. Today, we cuddled on the couch for 2 hours. It's been marvelous.
Thank you again for your prayers, your well wishes, and your calls of concern. I very much appreciate them.
Before you go, let me know what has made you smile this week. (I'll even be OK if all you can come up with is that horrible photo Bryan took of me that was posted here on Wednesday.)
Have a lovely day!
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