Whew! That was a whirlwind of activity. It felt great to get plugged into the outside world for a bit but it was more taxing than anticipated. Let's just say it was a reality check. At the last minute, my mom was unable to pick me up and drop me off so Christie, bless her heart, zipped on over at the last minute. Christie told me she saw Katrina at school earlier in the day, and Katrina told her with great excitement not once, but three times, "my mom is coming to school this afternoon!" So Christie made that happen. When I walked into Katrina's classroom, her smile made any pain I had in my chest at that moment melt away. I've always told my kids I'd run around the world for them, and the physical act of getting ready and then walking into the school and to the classroom felt like I had done just that. But, oh, it was so worth it. Christie--you were my angel this afternoon. Thank you, my friend! By the way, let's just say that I headed straight for the couch after the Clark family (thanks, Sonja, Jim, Caitlin & Brooke) dropped us off at home and I haven't budged since!
My PT (Jeff) used a terrific analogy this morning during our walk. He said the majority of his patients are discharged at the point I was at when he initially began services with me one week post-surgery. He said I'm used to going 60 mph and now I'm only going 10 mph but am at least moving with the speed limit.
I'm still planning on venturing to the kid's school today for the last 30 minutes or so of the final day of school. I cringe when I think about the hundreds of students darting into the halls when that bell rings for the final time. I'm going to have to duck inside a classroom where I'll be well protected. Other than doctor's appointments, it'll be my initial public appearance post-surgery. Stay tuned for a follow-up report :)