First of all, if you’re about to have surgery, it’s probably best to avoid other people’s horror stories. I made the mistake of googling my particular surgery and finding all kinds of stories of horrible pain and difficult recovery. That’s not exciting. But I’m hopeful that I will not have the same problems that others have had and I also realize that rather than a full blown rupture, I have a small tear. A tear that didn’t even require immediate surgery–which is why I could wait to have it at a more convenient time. I’m going to choose to be optomistic, I think.
As I prepare for surgery on Tuesday afternoon, there are a few things I’m getting ready. First, I had to get a surgical boot and a pair of crutches. My boot is so ugly and seems like it’s going to be pretty uncomfortable after awhile. I’m not excited about wearing it at all. But I’m determined to do what I have to do to be well again. It’s likely that I’m going to break my other foot while using the crutches. I’m neither that graceful or coordinated, but I’ll just go slow and hopefully get the hang of it eventually.
I’m also stacking up books and DVDs to read and watch. I’ll be watching episodes of “Six Feet Under,” “Criminal Minds,” “Glee,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Northern Exposure.”
I’ll be reading “Alex Cross’ Trial” by James Patterson, “Same Kind of Different As Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks, “Searching for God Knows What” by Donald Miller, “A Generous Orthodoxy” by Brian McLaren and “Best Friends Forever” by Jennifer Weiner.
I’m hoping my painkillers are awesome. I’m hoping my loved ones will spend time with me and call me and keep me entertained. I’m hoping my facebook and blog friends lead some interesting lives and post lots of updates.
Thanks to all of you for your kind words and prayers! I’m touched by how many people have taken the time to let me know that they are praying and to ask about how they will know when I’m done and everything is okay. I’m sure it’s going to be fine and there will be nothing interesting to report, but I’ll have Jason post an update on facebook Tuesday evening if I’m not able to post one immediately. I’m so grateful to all of the people at the church who are taking on my full time job and those who have offered to come by the house and help out after the surgery. Hopefully we’ll be able to stick to the time schedule the doctor gave me and I’ll be back at work (although restricted) after MLK, Jr. Day!