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Hanging in There

January 10th, 2011 at 03:28 pm

Did I mention I am sick of hospitals?

For any new/casual readers:

2009 - My dad narrowly survived both a stroke and a heart attack (a few months apart).

That was a hard year.

Of course, then my dh was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

2010 - dh's surgery - we are on wait and watch to see if it grows back.

2011 - I am having my thyroid removed (partially) this week because it has a large mass on it. They can't tell if it is cancer or not - will have to biopsy the mass once it is taken out.

Meanwhile, I have very healthy kids, and I know so many people dealing with so much worse at the moment (young fathers who have passed, lots of brain cancer going around, etc.) I feel blessed that it hasn't been worse, that I Still have both my father and my husband, but at the same time I am kind of emotionally exhausted with everything!

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To limit the stress (as much as possible) upon my return to work, I have just been working every day up to my surgery.

I think this is an extra fine strategy. I hadn't thought much about it because I simply I have so much work to do. That is my sole motivating factor. I suppose that and trying to make up time off so I get paid the entire 2 weeks I am expected to be out.

Meanwhile, where there is MIL, there is drama. Of course there has been drama. I don't know much about it - I am blissfully unaware. Everyone else can deal with the drama - I have other stuff to worry about. I am thinking this work work work strategy is pretty nice. I've hardly given a thought to the actual surgery. Suppose will cross that bridge when I come to it. Certainly no time to stress about it!

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We haven't bought anything all month but food. Just, groceries. & Dh and I had a lunch date last week.

I told dh I Was in the mood to just go out last night, for dinner. Since I won't be driving to work for almost 2 weeks, we splurged the cost of a tank of gas on a meal out. It was very nice!

Of course, dh had planned to take me to lunch today, too. I will eat well before surgery. Big Grin

Besides working all weekend we had friends over Saturday and found some time to play tennis yesterday. We are all getting much better. We have 2 tennis courts in a small space, and have never seen anyone else there. Yesterday, someone was playing doubles in the other court. Being terrible players ourselves, I wasn't sure we would stick around long - didn't want to bother them with all our stray balls. In the end we did pretty darn good. Personally, I had extra motivation to aim better, but BM is getting REALLY good. He is simply a natural. I think we only hit 2 balls their way, but they hit a couple our way too. Big Grin

I probably would have gone to the gym too, but it closed at 6. I think we finished playing tennis around 5:15. (Part of the reason why the membership is so cheap - no frills, not terribly long hours. Closes early on Sunday).

So, tonight I would like to hit the gym, one last time before surgery. (& yes, I HATE this time of year - they gym has been so freaking crowded as it is every January. I can only hope I get a machine!)

Tuesday night BM has piano lessons. I suppose I will spend the evening with my family.

& Wednesday it's surgery for me.

I've been working a hell of a lot, but will just be winding down everything today and tomorrow. I think the worst is over. Phew!

6 Responses to “Hanging in There”

  1. laura Says:

    We will all be thinking of you and wishing you well. May you breeze through surgery and may recovery be swift. Stock up on books that you'd like to read and the DVDs that you'd like to watch. Please have MonkeyDad drop us a line to let us know that all is well!

    ((HUGS)) Laura
    (Momcents)

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Indeed we will be thinking of you! Sending thoughts, prayers, and lots of positive energy your way.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Praying for a successful surgery and quick recovery!

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    Laura - I think I got the books and shows covered! (I've got a 4000-page series to read - about 300 pages in. Dh got me some HBO? series from blockbuster and has gotten a few more on our netflix streaming). Plus there is a ton of movies on netflix I never have had time to watch.

    I might be released day of surgery, or day after, so will update later in the week.

  5. patientsaver Says:

    I'm wishing you the best for your surgery. When I felt stressed leading up the my surgery, I asked the doc if i could bring my portable CD player with earphones to listen to some relaxing meditation tapes specifically designed to help people recover from surgery faster, and i listened to it til they put me out.

    Practice your positive visualization, choosing a location where you feel supremely relaxed, content and happy. This could be a certain place in your home or the beach or whatever.

    I also read that when you're coming out of anesthesia, you may appear to still be "out," but often you can hear first before anything else. I made my bf promise me that if my cyst was benign, he would tell me so in my ear, over and over again, so that i wouldn't have to worry one minute longer, and just on the off chance when you come to no one's there.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    I admire your calm attitude. Best of luck to you.

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