Post-surgery zooming along

bowel back where it belongs

The surgical team surprised us by discharging me this morning. Actually, they told us yesterday that I was doing really well — having eaten and walked the evening of the surgery — and could go home today. So I’m back at Generosity House with Doug McGill.

resting & fooling around

Ellyn moved me back — I’m not allowed to lift more than 10 pounds for 6 weeks — and then hit the road to Minneapolis. She has a flight to Chicago this afternoon and then returns to Holland on Sunday. It was great having her here in person, as it’s been almost two years since I last saw her over there. Both of us and our spouses have been through a lot since then, making the reconnecting more poignant. Also, her being here freed Jo to organize plumbing for the cabin and get some rest even, plus Ell switched this blog over to a new theme (notice the banner at top & other more subtle changes).

brother & sister

I’ll stick around Rochester for the weekend to make sure the returned parts are functioning more or less normally, then visit with the surgeon Monday morning. If no complications arise, Jo & I will be back in Norwalk that afternoon. I’ll have a couple weeks of R&R there.

I’m experiencing a new kind of freedom. No tubes or IVs are hooked up to me and none of me is hanging out in a bizarre feeling way. Feel more whole without the stoma; less stressed and more energetic, too. It’s easy to bend over to pick up things dropped on the floor and can sleep on my side for more than 30 minutes. I’m rediscovering little freedoms & pleasures that previously were easy to take for granted. Folks, when you’re relatively healthy — appreciate it, be grateful, be wise & use it well.

May all beings be free, may all beings be well.

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