Today is my last day in the big black cast. As I anticipate my next phase of recovery, I want to make note of all of the things that I am grateful for during this past phase.
A top-notch surgeon
If you’re going to have somebody take your foot apart and put it back together again, hire a pro. I was incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Dane Wukich as my surgeon. He is highly trained, incredibly skilled and to top it off, he’s a war hero. My kind of guy. Read about Dr. Wukich here.
A top-notch mother-in-law
When I married Jim, I got a bonus. I got Barbara, my mother-in-law. Under normal circumstances, Barbara is a kind, generous and loving soul. Throughout my recovery, she was a dedicated nurse, cook, housekeeper, laundress, counselor and confidant. She is a gem for whom I am truly grateful.
Better than top-notch friends
You know how sometimes people say, “Call me if you need anything” and then either you don’t call or they don’t answer? Well, that did not happen in my case. My friends were on board in a major way and I would have lost my sanity without them. They brought me meals, they ran errands, and most importantly, they came to see me regularly. We laughed, we gossiped, we talked about CrossFit. And they encouraged me daily. My friends have been my lifeline.
Thank God for Apple. My iPad has been my constant companion during my convalescence. I write this blog on my WordPress app. I communicate via my email, Facebook and Twitter apps. I conduct my business using my Evernote, Dropbox and Things apps. I keep myself informed and entertained with Flipboard. Not to mention my iPhone and smart TV. It is certainly easier to be confined and immobile when you have little boxes willing to transport you to the outside world.
a top-notch environment
I’ve come to find out that after surgery like mine, many folks end up in a nursing home or rehab facility. I was fortunate enough to come home to my beautiful little house where I was able to feel comfortable and secure. Everything I needed was set up on one floor, and it was a cushy set-up indeed. But the best part was something I never anticipated – the wonderful windows. All day, every day, I had a view that kept me company. In the early weeks, I watched the snow come down and the squirrels frolic. Lately, I’ve seen the trees come to life and the springtime birds return. But mostly, I spent hours gazing out of my windows alone with my thoughts. The process was enlightening and wholly therapeutic. I shed a few tears, reflected on some fond memories and produced a few moments of revelation. The room where I spent the last 46 days has windows that have shown me both wildlife and my life. Truly a room with a view.