After 3 whole days at Rochester general, I am finally home. I came home this morning around 10 am, sufficiently drugged and a little groggy, but I was happy to be heading home. Today has been a somewhat tough day emotionally, mostly because I have to be separated from my dog-we don’t want to take the chance of her jumping on me and potentially hurting me. For those of you that don’t know, my dog is like my child. Actually, she is my child. Riley is my best friend on the whole planet. So it’s been hard for both of us to be separated from one another.
I’m hoping that we can resume our normal bonding relatively quickly, because it feels like torture to have her so close and yet so far. She has been whining in her crate too, which just breaks my heart. 😢
The pain from the surgery is becoming more manageable, but it’s still pretty uncomfortable, especially getting in and out of bed. It’s amazing how much we use our arm and chest muscles for simple tasks like this and we don’t even realize it until those muscles have been compromised in some way. I wish the road to recovery was quicker and that I could resume normal activity like.. yesterday, but if nothing else, this experience is a great opportunity to develop my patience and gratitude “muscles”, while my physical muscles heal.
Thank you all so much for your love and support. I know I could not get through this trying time if I didn’t have your kindness. I feel very blessed. A special thank you to my friends and family who took the time out of their busy lives to be with me at the hospital, and/or sent me beautiful flowers, made special juice and magazine deliveries, and distracted me from my discomfort and pain. I love you all tremendously.
Also, my mother is the most kick ass woman I’ve ever known. Judith Kim Schnitzler, you’re my hero. Thank you for walking this hellish journey with me. I know this is taking its toll on you, and I appreciate your undying support, day after grueling day. I love you more than anything.
I expect to be feeling more like myself in the next week or so, but until then, you will have to just deal with my not-so-eloquent writing. Healing the body takes physical and mental energy, and I’m certainly low on both right now….
Thank you all again for your presence in my life. 💙👼🏼🕊✨