SOLSC Day 6
I can’t let this day pass without taking time to remember. This is an anniversary for me, but not one that I will go out and make a big deal about it. I am not going to get together with friends over a meal to share laughs and stories. I am just going to sit quietly for a few minutes in thankful silence.
Although it is not the date, that would be tomorrow, it is the day. Exactly one year ago today at 6:30 A.M. I was being prepped for the OR in the Reading Hospital. I had showered with a strong antibacterial body wash. My chest, arms, and legs were shaved, I was cocooned in blankets and wheeled to the operating room. It was the day of my triple bypass.
It was an eight hour procedure so this day was basically lost to me.I vaguely remember waking up briefly following the surgery to find Kathy and my sister-in-law, Carol, at by bedside. If I said anything I didn’t make much sense. Tubes were sticking out of my arm, chest, and neck. I fell back to sleep. The road to recovery had begun.
Breathing treatments and exercises were a routine part of my days in the hospital. Taking supervised walks in the hallway were exhausting at the beginning. Bland tasteless food was the norm. I had to learn the correct way to get out of bed and how to dress myself. I even had to learn how to get into a car.
When I came home I couldn’t drive. It was still winter so I couldn’t help Kathy shovel snow when it fell. Luckily there wasn’t much last year. For the entire summer I hired someone to mow the lawn because I was not allowed to push anything or lift anything weighing more than five pounds.
Yes, one year ago today there was much I could not do. Now, I am pretty much cleared for anything.
So, today I will take a few extra moments to sit quietly, reflect on the past year, and thank God for my health. His guidance led me to Dr. Hafiz who through testing discovered I had a problem. He gave Dr. Gluhovsky steady hands to perform the surgery. Yes, I truly believe without God’s intervention I would not be posting today.