Monday, June 25, 2012

(What I Pray Will Be) My Last Post About Surgery...

...for a long, long time!

Today was my post-surgical follow-up. Somewhere between last week and today I got a gust of energy and did everything that I needed to do -- the doctor, the bank and the drugstore -- without exhaustion. I'm still not very peppy, but for someone who could barely get out of bed a week ago, to be up and dressed, in a taxi and walking through New York City was nothing short of a miracle. I even got to add lunch with a friend who met me at the bank.

My doctor's visit went very well. My stitches are gone and the incision is healing very well. I can now lift twenty pounds, -- which means I can do light grocery shopping alone -- and will start physical therapy in the middle of July. The pain has definitely lessened and I can really foresee being off all medication in the near future. The only thing I can't do is lift a suitcase and he would prefer I not to do any flying trips for the next four to five months. I do have a trip planned for November -- no tickets ordered yet -- and barring anything unforeseen, he thinks that should be fine. Best of all, the biopsy results are back and they are benign. 

I'm not planning to go back to work until after Fourth of July weekend and will take the next two weeks to rest, build up strength and endurance and relax. I'm hoping to visit with friends I didn't get to see in the last week and spend some time outside just enjoying New York City. It's time for some new, fun pictures!

For all of you who prayed, sent me your loving thoughts and good wishes, for the my kind and talented surgeon and for the gift of Infinite Grace, I am so thankful.

21 comments:

Lynda said...

PRAISE GOD! Those are the reports we will welcome anytime and as often as you want to give them! It is amazing the difference just one week will make in recovery.

Maple Lane said...

I'm so thankful! I hope you continue to gain strength and enjoy this time away from work with friends and your lovely surroundings.

Kerin said...

What a blessing that you are on the mend.

Keep taking care of you, and gaining your strength so that come November...you can have a blast on your trip!!


Sending prayers, and hugs :)

Kerin

Ms Sparrow said...

Woohoo! So glad to hear it's smooth sailing! Enjoy your recuperation.

Melissa said...

Take care of yourself, dear Buttercup.

Shell said...

"Benign!" That is a beautiful word! I hope you Enjoy your time off and get better Every Day!

Hugs and Love,
Shell

TARYTERRE said...

What wonderful news that the biopsy results are benign. Such a weight lifted. I am so happy for you Buttercup. Sounds like your recovery is progressing nicely. Remember not to overdo, though. Positive energy is surrounding you. Take care.

Mevely317 said...

This is such WONDERFUL news, Carol! Just hearing that word, "benign", must have felt incredibly delicious!

Can't wait to hear what's happening in Buttercup-land in the coming weeks!

Sweet dreams tonight,
Myra

Nellie said...

Wonderful news! Continued healing thoughts and prayers coming your way as you regain your strength. Take care!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That is what a call WONDERFUL news. That the dear Lord for his many blessings.

Grammy Staffy said...

I am so happy to get the good news. my prayers are answered. I can't believe that you did all of that running around. You are a miracle gal. Keep getting better dear. Hugs, Lura

Ps...thanks for your encouragement about my blog....you are a sweetheart

We are: clamco said...

That's good news! I'm sure every day will be a little better from here on as you continue to heal.

LDH said...

Such good news! Sounds like you are well on the road to recovery :)

Sharon said...

What a great report. Continue to be patient, complete recovery will take time!

Country Dreaming said...

This is GREAT news!! I am so happy for you.
Take it easy but enjoy your new found ability(s).

melinda

Grammy Staffy said...

I lost my phone with your number in it so I have not been able to call you. Please give me a call when you are up to it. I've been wanting to talk to you and find out more about how you are doing. Hugs and prayers, Lura

Terra said...

Oh Buttercup, I can tell you are enjoying life again. Just be sure to get plenty of rest, and not overdo walking and having excursions. Though lunch with friends is always a spirit lifter.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

So glad to hear all went well for you post op, Carol! I hope you continue to recover quickly.

A good friend of mine went through major abdominal surgery recently and things have not been good for her, and it made me appreciate that we can't take good outcomes and healing for granted.

Catherine said...

I am with tears of joy for you! God Bless you dearest. Your friend. Catherine xo

Neabear said...

What good news for you! I am thankful too that the surgery went well and that you are healing and slowly getting back to normal!

~Linnea

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