Today was the day. My sutures and my stitches came out this morning, 28 days after surgery. And not a moment too soon either. Things were starting to feel tight and quite uncomfortable, especially the stitch at the base of my head and neck.
Dr. Matthews’ nurse Rosemary actually removed the sutures and the stitches from my head and back. She was quite a bit more gentle and took her time removing this set of stitchery so there was no pain and I was much more at ease. I really like Rosemary. She’s a good addition to Dr. Matthews’ posse.
Everything looks good and Dr. Matthews is pleased with my progress. She gave me the go ahead to go back to cleaning and doing laundry and I can now pick up things that are heavier than 5 pounds. (though it’s not as if I were juggling bowling balls before surgery.) She also gave me the go ahead to start physical therapy. I’m for all intents and purposes a leftie and not being able to do much with my left arm is a bit of a drag and quite a bit frustrating. We have to find out from our insurance which physical therapy locations they allow and then we’ll pick a location from there.
I have to be back in two weeks so Dr. Matthews can check my progress. All in all, a good day.
~ Carol Anne
Good evening kids. I hope your post Christmas day was filled with relaxation and enjoyment. We spent a quite day at home before venturing out to grab dinner at Outback. Apparently dozens upon dozens of people received Outback gift cards for Christmas because the wait time was 45-50 minutes. I was hungry so we took our chances and made our way to TGI Fridays instead. They had one table available and so we sat down right away to enjoy nice warm bowls of tortilla soup and boneless buffalo wings. Everything was tasty so I suppose it was a happy circumstance that we couldn’t get into Outback.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this blog and where I’m going to take it next year. I’ve decided that the 365 Days project will in fact end on December 31. I’ve also decided that my (mostly) daily posts will no longer be about me and how I’m doing. I’m going to go back to my first loves, politics, pop culture and commentary. Of course I’ll post updates when I have doctor appointments and the like but I’m going back to my first loves. Focusing so deeply on one’s self is harder than you imagine, or at least harder than I first imagined it would be. I wanted to be as honest as possible and I gotta tell you it’s eye opening to read back through the good, the bad, and the ugly.
This project has been a revelation and a Godsend and has most certainly helped me keep my sanity during this last year but it’s time to move on. God willing I’m on the mend and God willing my medical news will soon slow down. With the addition of today’s photo I will have taken 313 photos of myself over the course of 360 days. That means I posted photos 86.4% of this year. It’s not perfect but I’m pretty darn proud of sticking with this project. I’ve been more committed to this project and telling my story than I have any other blog project I’ve started.
In the coming days I’m going to publish a best of photos post and wrap up the year with a year end post on New Year’s Eve. Thank you for following me on this journey and I hope you’ll stick around to read me rant and rave about politics and offer snarky commentary about the reality (and scripted) TV programming that I love so much. I love you all. Thank you for being my faithful companions this year.
With Much Love & Great Affection,
~ Carol Anne
p.s. I promise less typos in the new year :-)
I had a beautiful Christmas; surrounded by family I was back among those celebrating at my brother’s house this year. I couldn’t be at Christmas last year. I was fresh out of surgery and my immune system was compromised. This year I am again fresh from surgery but am healing nicely, a bit more slowly than I’d like but healing all the same. It’s been a long 14+ months and it meant the world to me to be cancer free and around the table again this year.
I could not have made it through this journey without the love and support of my family. It was nice to be able to share in this good times this holiday season. To all of you who’ve followed along and offered support and love, thank you. I love you all.
~ Carol Anne