The focal point of my life,
for the past 4-1/2 months,
has been my surgery:
I had survived the six rounds of chemo,
enjoyed a four week reprieve,
with two beach vacations snuck in
for good measure,
and now it was time to dance with
Here I was in the surgical admitting area
on Thursday January 9th,
ready to head for radiology
for the sentinel node radioactive dye injection.
I hadn't had any meds yet,
but I was so relieved and excited
to finally be reaching the next leg
of my journey.
As soon as I returned from the
sentinel node procedure,
I was told that my operating room
had opened up early
and they were ready for me!
I was pretty glad about that,
as waiting around is not one of my strong points.
Next thing I knew,
I was in the recovery room,
and then it seemed like moments later
when I was in my hospital room
Apparently the surgery took less time than
either of my surgeons had anticipated.
I'd like to think that my extended workout sessions
at the gym had something to do with it.
Tami, my personal trainer,
was a God-send.
She was a real cheerleader, but also a taskmaster.
I will forever be indebted to her!
So, I spent Thursday night in the hospital,
and then was discharged bright and early
Kristin and Charlie brought us lunch
Boy was it good to be with this little man once again!
The Amaryllis I had babied,
in hopes of it blooming on Christmas Day,
opened on Friday!
It had better plans than I did!
Craig brought me beautiful roses
while I was in the hospital
I have a new blog reader, Amalia,
and she mentioned to me that she loves
my Snowdrop pictures.
So, I just snapped this one out in my garden.
The very cold weather that we had last week
did a number on these poor babies.
However, they have survived,
and each year the clump grows a bit larger.
They remind me of my wonderful grandmother
One of the most difficult parts of recovering
from a mastectomy is the drain or drains.
I had heard this,
and now I understand it.
So, I have kept busy over the past two days,
modifying a few old t-shirts of mine and Craig's.
Since it is impossible to put anything on
that does not button down the front,
I have cut several tees down the center,
and then added buttons and buttonholes.
(The lovely buttons are courtesy of Jeannie,
and I will remove them and reuse them
when the tees are no longer necessary.)
Then I cut off the short sleeves,
cut the sleeves in half,
and added them as pockets along the lower front.
Now they hold my drains.
It takes a while to do this modification,
but I do have all day with nothing much else to do!
And of course there is always knitting:
I started this sock the night before we
left the beach,
and knitted on it almost the entire drive home.
I've now finished it,
except for the afterthought heel,
which I will complete soon.
The yarn is lovely:
Classic Elite Yarns
It feels very nice while knitting on it
and promises to baby my feet.
So, that is it!
This hurdle is behind me
and I'm looking forward to a couple of weeks
of R&R here at home!
thanks for dropping by
Peace to you!