Dear Friends and Family,
My mom and I went to Nashville for a Mother/Daughter vacation before my surgery. We had a great time and were really, really busy. We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Ryman, saw singes performance at the Grand Ole Opry. We also went to a food festival and winery. Also, we checked out Tootsies and the bars that Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and Rich from Big and Rich opened. I guess that is the new thing for country singers to do, open their own bars. We also ate at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken. We returned to Texas a day before my surgery.
My surgery was a success! My husband, mom, dad, mother-in-law, and father-in-law came to the hospital with me. Before the actual surgery, as the patient, you can talk to each person in your family one-on-one. It is always an emotional part of the surgery. The surgery was supposed to be 2 hours long, but the surgeon took his time and the surgery ended up lasting 4 hours. My mom was getting worried when she hadn’t heard anything at the 2 hour point, so my husband checked on things to ease her worries. I am given a number and when my number appears on the board, surgery is complete and recovery time begins with anesthesia wearing off. I do not remember anything after the surgery at the hospital. The physicians assistant gave my family an update as to how the surgery went and the care that I needed afterwards.
I recovered for the next few days, but this surgery wasn’t nearly as bad as my surgery in March of 2017. I could lift my arms and shower all by myself! I had a follow-up appointment with my plastic surgeon and he said that everything is healing nicely and to keep any eye on anything if I have concerns. He also said that I could start exercising again on stationary objects. I have been to the YMCA a couple times this week and rode the stationary bike.
My birthday was also during my recovery time, so my husband and I celebrated my birthday after I felt better. We celebrated my birthday several times! Like I have said in the past, birthdays have taken on a whole new meaning for me! We went out for a nice birthday dinner in Houston. We also went to Messina Hoff Winery in Bryan and stayed at their Bed and Breakfast in the Thomas Jefferson room. I have always wanted to stay there since college. We also met the wine maker and had another nice birthday dinner and wine!
Anchored in HOPE,