I SEE THE LIGHT!
Friday, October 11, 2019
This has been a long, slow journey of recovery. I typically recover quickly from surgery, but this one has been different. I think my body was so run down from the 2 months with the spleen dying inside me that it just couldn't recover as quickly. The bright spot is that a few days ago, I noticed that each day the pain was significantly less! I also realized that my legs (yep, those thunder thighs which aren't so thunder anymore) were really week. But as I was able to get off the pain meds, the recovery has just bounced forward! Oxygen level doesn't drop when I exercise, and I'm pretty sure I might not even need it at night anymore. I placed a call to the pulmonologist this morning to see if he can more my next appt up and/or maybe monitor my sleep oxygen. The surgeon has already cleared me--don't even have to go back.
FINALLY I can turn my heart towards home in Mexico. It looks like it could still be another month before I can go, but it's SO WONDERFUL to be sure at some point that I can go back!!! Hubby will go on ahead of me, and I'll fly down to join him when the pulmonologist clears me (AND when I can get a flight. Day of the Dead is a huge deal in Mexico and is affecting price and availability--bummer).
I will make this observation. During this whole ordeal, my weight crept up, but I was sure it was the swelling and fluid build-up as the spleen died together with constipation from pain meds. I just kept telling myself not to let it get higher because of poor choices. A few days after surgery it started dropping off. I'm absolutely convinced it has more to do with me just hanging in there when the trauma in my body was working against me. Here's to being faithful in the small stuff even when things look bad.
I LOVE SEEING LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!!! It's sure been a long one this time! Thanks to all of you who've built me up with words of enouragement.