Last time I posted I was going off to make some lemonade with the lemons I had been handed.....I decided against the lemonade and went with salt and Tequila instead.....hence the fog??!!
During the second half of last year I had a series of procedures which found and subsequently removed a benign "thing" ......unfortunately, a follow up procedure early in December revealed that some risk of developing bowel cancer in the affected area was still present....so on 2 January I underwent surgery to remove that piece of the bowel....a couple of pieces of good news followed....(1) I survived...and
(2) no cancer was discovered in any surrounding areas.....so no further treatment required
I came home under the care (and control!) of Rhiannon and Mark who moved in to supervise my recovery..my timing was perfect, they are both teachers and were on holidays......their teacher sides were soon revealed and I had my iPad and phone confiscated after day one at home - only to be returned for short periods each day. Phone calls were monitored and refused if I was resting or it was late! Mind you, after my excitement at being home on day four following surgery I hit the wall, and realised I could hardly string two words together, let alone answer emails, texts etc......it really was like being in a fog!
Three weeks after surgery and I still have an afternoon nap, my gnat like attention span has grown a little but is still not fantastic, I am still not allowed to drive (probably a good thing!) and find doing small tasks around the house REALLY tiring! Before I went in to hospital I prepped lots of stitching projects...Bahahahahaha.....up until a couple of days ago I hadn't even felt like stitching!! I had no idea of what this recovery would be all about......but now I do!
I am getting better each day though, and have been doing a few things in the morning when I get up (which is when I have the most energy) ....yesterday I noticed the vanity in my bathroom needed a good clean....which is great given that for the past couple of weeks I didn't even notice I HAD a vanity in the bathroom!
I have drawn an early birthday in my FIS online group so have been thinking about getting started on that gift...which I have found tiring in itself!!!......two days ago I decided which pattern I would use, yesterday I actually got the pattern out of the packet and today I chose some fabrics and even thought I might start sewing.........I got as far as taking the cover off the sewing machine before I had to go have a little rest! So you see I am making progress ...albeit slowly!
A few nights ago I decided to start one of the many projects prepped and ready to go in a bag by my chair........I managed this over the past few days/nights while watching the tennis.....
I have flicked through some magazines Rhiannon bought for me.....
Enjoyed flowers sent from friends and work colleagues .......
Stayed cool under the air con during last week's heat wave, watched lots of tennis and cricket and discovered some really, really bad TV......and I think I know all there is to know about all sorts of insurance including funeral plans....oh....and did I mention lots of phone calls from people who always say at the outset that they aren't making a sales call.....??
Last Saturday the girls in the NTFW group kidnapped me (well they sent Lorraine) and we spent the day at Shay's house...it was nice to get out of the house and catch up with everyone. I slept very well that night!
Lorraine has been busy........
I didn't get pics of the show and tell from the other girls unfortunately..
so.......... that about sums up the last few weeks......thank you to everyone who has phoned, visited, txt, emailed, FB'd, Instagrammed etc....to check on me and keep me sane - your friendship means a lot to me. ...and I couldn't have managed without my kids who have been amazing!
It has taken me all day to write this so if I stop to read it before I post it will take until tomorrow so I am just going to hit "publish"..E&OE
'Til next time...............Lorraine