I've been home from the hospital for a few days. Recovery is what I imagined it would be. Frustrating. :) I always think after surgery I'll read all those magazines or catch up on Pinterest and blogs. In reality, I'm usually sleeping. Every time I pull up Pinterest to start pinning, I doze off.
I've had some emails with questions about my surgery and recovery. I'm thankful the surgery went well and I was able to keep my cervix, so it wasn't a total hysterectomy. I'm dealing with the normal post-surgery stuff. Pain, nausea, etc. Things are just difficult at first for many reasons. I'll start hormone replacement in 6 weeks. We're praying I feel amazing after all of this is over!
It's hard to see my baby cry and reach for me and I'm not able to pick her up. She doesn't understand. I'm just hoping she still likes me after this 6 week recovery is over.
I'm beyond thankful for my husband. He's a rock star. He knows the next 6 weeks will = more work and less sleep for him but he's up for it and doesn't complain. He even goes as far as to tell me he's happy to do it. That's love.
I'm thankful for my parents. They're willing to drive back and forth (6 hrs) to help take care of us. Studying for Sunday's message between snuggles with the grandbabies. My Mama is even willing to come back tonight, despite the fact that her two granddaughters shared their runny noses and colds with her last week. That's love.
I'm thankful for my daughters. They've been patient with their Mama while she heals. They snuggle up and take a nap with me and let me comfort them even though I can't hold and carry them. That's love.
I'm thankful for my sister, Joy. She stops by and checks on us every day. She goes to the grocery store, cleans my house, changes diapers, bakes cookies, does a load of laundry. Anything that needs to be done - she's willing. That's love.
I'm thankful for my Aunt and Uncle who have brought two meals to us already. They offer to go to the store, watch the girls, anything they can do to make it easier for us. That's love.
I'm thankful for my in-laws. They've sent flowers and offer to watch our babies. That's love.
I'm thankful for my local friends. They email and text and call and pray and are offering to help in any way. That's love.
I'm thankful for my friends who live in other states that check on me every day. They pray, send a text, send an email, send a card in the mail, send gift cards for the girls, send gift cards for meals. Their thoughtfulness...that's love.
I'm thankful for the emails that I've received from people I've never met. Your concern and kindness...that's love.
So many have reached out and are helping my family during this recovery period. We could do it without you but it sure would be difficult. We're thankful we don't have to do it without you.
Thank you for showering us with love in so many ways. We're blessed to have you in our lives.
"Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God." - Philippians 1:3
Love to all,