Alive!

Yes, you knew that. Em was good to let you all know. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have all been wonderful. You did your job well on Monday and I came through surgery just fine. I knew you could do it! I'm taking the lazy way out and just thanking you all 'lump sum', instead of my normal individual reply and hope you will be understanding for a bit at my laziness.

I think she pretty well hit the high points. I'm tucked inside the house after a rather bumpy ride home Tuesday afternoon. I think the wind chill this morning was -25. Glad I didn't have to be out in it. I'm managing to get around okay, although there have been no sack races or games of twister, the days are going by slowly drifting in and out of sleep. I found two more drugs that apparently my system doesn't think I need – Valium and Fentanyl (sp?). They ended up giving me Skelaxin and sticking with the Tylenol 3. The nurses really, really wanted to give me Oxycontin, and seemed more disappointed than I when I reported it didn't work for me.

I will admit to being a bit depressed, but am sure it will pass. I think I'm feeling somewhat disappointed that I didn't have the dramatic improvement this time that I had the last time I went through this. I came out of surgery with (still) very sore shoulders and neck and now a lovely brace to go with it. I can tell there is some improvement in that I can move my arms without the sharp pains I had and the doctor tells me probably a lot of that shoulder pain is from the extreme position they have to put the body in to do the surgery. I'm going to hold that thought and remember it has only been a couple of days and will just assume it will get better as it heals.

I was able to take a bath today, which was nice, although no showers until Saturday. I'll be looking forward to that a lot!

My kids have been the best – and Emily has been a rock star. She hung out with her dad all day while I was in surgery, then went to work late in the afternoon, went to a class project meeting, and came back out to the hospital to sit in an uncomfortable chair until the wee hours watching over me. She's been back and forth and wearing herself out being my helper and she deserves a huge pat on the back. Hubs and youngest son just took off for Texas this morning and will be gone until Sunday. It's a class tied in with son's racing, so she's been put in charge of my well-being. Son's fiance' is a nurse, too, so that helps and she's only a couple of miles away.

Thank you again everyone for all your kind words and well wishes. It really means more than you know.