Good news and progress
It’s been 24 days since the first surgery to insert the brain probe and 17 days since the battery pack insertion surgery.
Following the second surgery, I made promises to Alan, my physicians and family/friends that I would take it easy – make an effort to rest and relax. I’ve mastered the art of sleeping a full eight hours, napping and reading. There’s a very good chance I will complete my pre-surgery reading list.
The “big news” is that we’ll switch “on” the battery pack this coming Thursday, March 21. I had earlier believed that we would have to wait until early April – so getting a jumpstart on walking better – sooner – is thrilling.
Lastly, there is no doubt I am blessed. When the kids were little, they would ask me if we were rich. I would quickly reply, “Yes! Of course! We are rich in friends and family.” Nothing in recent memory has proved that more accurate than the outpouring of calls, texts, cards and flowers in the past four weeks.
For as “aghast” as I was at the thought of having my head shaved before the first surgery…I’m now not so sure I won’t keep the ultra short look. The big earrings and the head wraps are working for me. I even had my friend Julie, Calotype Photography, take a head/shoulder shot so we can remember this time. It feels pivotal.
Side note: I’ve began a series of abstract paintings. I’m referring to them as the “Wonky Series”; 20 abstracts painted entirely with my “wonky” left hand. Currently I’m on painting 7/20. They’ve been fun, frustrating, surprising and oddly colorful. I currently lack a great deal of fine motor control in my left hand but I think this daily engagement of my creative right brain, which wonderfully, ironically and beautifully controls my left side will continue to unveil surprises.
Thank you for caring. Thank you for asking questions. Thank you for discovering, along with me, the fascinating impact of modern medicine.