This week it would be very hard for me to limit my gratitude to just five items. It has been an amazing week so here goes:
- For my sister who left her family on their major holiday to come and help me get through my surgery
- About to be wheeled in to the operating room, the nurse who said "I believe in good luck kisses." My sister kissed me, then Martha kissed me, and then the nurse kissed me too, which made me laugh.
- The nurse in the recovery room holding my hand and asking if I was Beanie's mom. Seems her daughter and mine were basketball rivals for years. She brought me back to the present by sharing some of her memories of Beanie on the court.
- Ice chips. Amazing how such a simple thing can be so wonderful.
- To all those folks who work in the medical profession. I am in awe of their knowledge, patience and compassion.
- On my first night home my sister thought my bandages were leaking. Martha called a friend who is a doctor who came immediately, with his supplies in a Build-A-Bear bag, and checked me out. He changed some of the dressing and all was okay. Do any doctors make house calls anymore?
- Martha's niece's daughter who made me a whole tin of their secret recipe xmas cookies, knowing I would miss the xmas eve celebration.
- Peachie who has changed my drains, washed my hair, and has been an incredible caretaker.
- Beanie, who can't do medical stuff at all, has kept me laughing and entertained.
- Martha who has anticipated every need and made sure it was in my reach. And has let me cry without question.
- Friends who arranged for food to be constantly delivered so that my family had one less thing to worry about, filled my house with flowers and have kept me smiling with loving emails, well wishes and gifts.
I generally try to go through life with an attitude of gratitude because I understand how very blessed I am. But when something happens that reduces me to helplessness, I realize that I have not begun to scratch the surface of how abundant my life is. My heart is overflowing with appreciation and love for you all.