So, I have posted myself a little reminder and will stick to the facts of this my first week of recovery since today we hit the one week mark.
I have trouble with pain meds. The faster I take them, the faster they are gone. I always have this fear that I will need more if I take them too fast. Every single time (not excluding this week) I hit about Wednesday and think that I should try a stint with ibuprofen and see how I do. Then, at the end of said stint I find myself frustrated and sad because my body still needs help with the pain so that my mind doesn't go crazy. But I am THANKFUL...
Thankful to my mom who offered to drive the girls and I to church so we could attend our Philippians bible study. That was a highlight of my week. I can't say that we thoroughly worked through our homework this week, but just getting out of the house and finding encouragement in God's word was a huge boost.
Thankful to a few friends and family who provided food for us to eat that I didn't have to think about. What a blessing to be able to rest and know that food was on its way.
Thankful for my kids keeping up with the kitchen work so that when I walked into the room my bare feet didn't pick up crumbs from yesterday's dinner that were still on the floor. Tomorrow we will focus on how to add laundry in the mix.
Thankful that my husband suggested going against what we were told at the hospital and change out my surgical vest and wrap to the clean new one we were sent home with so that I could stand being with myself after five days of recovery in the middle of the summer. A sponge bath was a huge morale booster!
Thankful for the cards and words of encouragement from friends and family members and even the special gifts from people I don't even know to remind me that I can do this...all of this!
Thankful for hands that knit and a great project to work on that sends my energy to a different part of my brain that isn't constantly thinking about all that is starting to become my life. (The hat will be ready to show pretty soon so stay tuned!)
Thankful for doctor appointments coming up so that my list of questions can stop getting longer and instead get answered.
Thankful that my sister has a hair salon in her home a block behind our house and has been sweet to let me come and get my hair washed and styled a couple of times this week.
Nothing huge or earthshaking this week but if you would like some specific things to pray, her is what I would say:
- Patience with my body as I heal and contentment with rest.
- Pain to get less in my right shoulder and arm area where the lymph nodes were removed.
- Peace with the fact that I am healing from surgery to start chemo.
- That we will see successful healing of the main incision when the doctor looks at it at our appointment on Monday.
- Iron numbers up significantly after the two infusions.
Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. I am truly blessed!