Surgery, Setbacks …
Well hello there! You may have noticed my absence on the blog for a couple of weeks. I had some surgery, spent some time in hospital, and have been home recovering. I won’t go into details on the surgery but apart from a couple of little setbacks like a) GP concerns for a blood clot on my lungs requiring a CT scan to be sure (all clear for clots thankfully), b) collapsed lungs and fluid on the lungs; and c) an infected IV site on my arm, things are improving day by day now! Just need to rebuild my strength and energy levels and I’ll be right as rain!
During my recovery time at home there has also been the need to prepare my son (Twin2) for a trip overseas (his first). Thankfully, much of what needed to be done I had seen to prior to surgery. So off flew Twin2 to the UK on Saturday night. Thank goodness for flight trackers. I knew where he was and when he landed before he probably did!! For anyone not in the know or for parents of young adults of the future – you’re gonna want to download this Flight Aware app onto your phone! You can track where your baby is in the sky – no one need know!! haha
Sunshine feels so beautiful to lie in at this time of year does it not? I have found it one of the most pleasant things I can do for myself during this period of recovery. I’m like a cat and every day I watch for when the sun is in just the right spot so that I can lie on the sun lounge by the pool and soak it up! Ahhhh … heaven!!
So it’s time for another Taking Stock post. During 2017, I am doing a Taking Stock post quarterly. The last one I did was in March 2017. The next one after this one will be in late September 2017.
Making: Lots of lists lately – what to pack for hospital – what son should pack for overseas – what meals to cook – ugh my middle-aged brain needs lots of lists to remember stuff!
Cooking: Lots of gentle, healing foods to help me recover post operatively.
Drinking: Lots of water and daily shots of Yakult.
Reading: Not much, though I have loads of books I want to read!
Trawling: Netflix looking for something gentle to watch. I am so sick of drama, trauma, horror and such things. I want gentle easy viewing! Any suggestions?
Wanting: A holiday. Haven’t been anywhere at all since the 8 day cruise!
Looking: Forward to a weekend away. Need a mountain cottage getaway so much!
Deciding: Which shoes/boots to buy from Frankie4 with the birthday money given to me from my parents and sisters. I’ve wanted a pair of Frankie4 shoes for such a long time. Which ones would you buy?
Wishing: My son a fun and safe holiday overseas!
Enjoying: The mild and beautiful climate we have here in Brisbane during winter.
Waiting: To get my strength and stamina back again post surgery.
Liking: The fact that having an operation gave me permission to buy new pj’s (2 sets), slippers and a really soft and cosy new robe!
Wondering: What my purpose in this life is. I still don’t know.
Loving: People who deserve my loving. It’s as simple as that.
Pondering: Life, the universe and all that stuff. I never stop pondering.
Listening: To the birds a lot lately. Are there more of them these days? Perhaps they’re more noticeable in winter? I enjoy their morning songs very much these days.
Considering: Starting to see a PT (a friend told me about) at their home gym for strength training.
Buying: New Frankie4 shoes or boots soon! Refer to ‘Deciding’!!
Watching: My friend recommended Chesapeake Shores which I watched on Netflix. It was lovely gentle, easy viewing that she knew I needed and I really enjoyed it. I think I got through 1 whole season but I’ve seen articles that it has been removed from Netflix. Please explain Netflix?!! I want to see more of it!
Hoping: My energy levels are back to normal soon. So much to do!
Marvelling: At the get up and go my daughter has. So many exciting trips and opportunities she finds and organises for herself!
Cringing: Over how they got access to me to ‘operate’ once I was anesthetized in the OR. Last I knew I had a ‘paper’ gown on! Um! Noooo – stop the visions!
Needing: A holiday away! Also mentioned under ‘wanting’.
Questioning: Nothing in particular but anything and everything all the time!
Smelling: Oh dear – I can’t smell. So this prompt will not be coming back next time. It’s getting a bit boring. Yawn!
Wearing: Aside from cute new PJ’s – loose, comfy clothing while my wounds are healing.
Noticing: That at the moment I only have one of my kidults living at home. One is overseas, the other has moved out. It feels weird!
Knowing: That once I’m feeling better I need to get more organised with my emails. They are in chaos!!
Thinking: Of my son all the way over in the UK, experiencing new things for the very first time. Today he saw his very first castle – in Wales. It was this one.
Admiring: So many artistic and creative people I am discovering on Instagram!
Getting: Tired of being housebound!
Bookmarking: Lots of recipes. I’ve been seeing so many delicious and healthy recipes lately. Yum!
Opening: Facebook and Instagram probably a tad too much – looking for photo’s of my son’s overseas adventures.
Closing: My phone down at night should be done MUCH earlier than I do it!
Feeling: Hopeful that post surgery life will be awesome saucesome!
Hearing: At the time of typing this it is quite late at night and all I can hear is Ava snoring!
Celebrating: The fact that I am on the flip side of my operation! Yes!
Pretending: That I’m not anxious about my son being over in the UK considering recent events. He WILL return safely.
Embracing: The slow cooker! Gee I love that device for making lovely soups, stews, casseroles and more during these cooler months!
If you’d like to have a go at ‘Taking Stock’ – pop on over to Pip’s (the brain behind the Taking Stock concept) for the list of prompt words.
Ciao for now,
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