I am happy to report that I was discharged from the hospital on Friday, 8 days after brain surgery. Every day gets better.
This morning I decided to make scrambled eggs. I showed Nate how to crack an egg and I was almost overwhelmed by the joy of the moment. The look of curiosity and wonder on his face will keep me going for days. (Oh, simple pleasure, thank you for stopping by our house this morning. Please stop by often.)
I am so happy to be home. Nate gave me so many cuddles and giggles on Friday, my bruised body and soul finally felt nourished.
The last many days have been very hard. These were some of the strategies I used to keep my spirits up:
1) Lots of tasty food. This is not the time to deprive yourself, eat all the yummy stuff you want.
These cupcakes were special delivery from my favorite bakery in Montreal.
2)Cry, laugh, sing. Everything is difficult right now, and you probably feel like you’ve been dealt a really horrible hand. It’s okay to cry it out. When faced with the options of laughing or crying, I try my best to choose laughter, but sometimes it’s not possible. And of course, you need more options than that too. Yesterday, I turned to Mitchell and said, “I feel like singing. What do you think about karaoke?” He said, “Are you sure you’re up for it?” (Mitchell is, understandably, encouraging me to rest as much as possible, and discourages too much activity.)
But, question: How do you decline a request for karaoke nine days after brain surgery?
Me: “I have a song in my heart.” Answer: You don’t. Karaoke it is.
A selected playlist:
1) I will survive. (Gloria Gaynor. Sung by yours truly)
2)Wanted Dead or Alive (bon Jovi. Sung by Naomi and Mitchell)
Last song of the night: My Way (Frank sinatra, sung by the whole karaoke crew. I love my family!)
Sometimes a good sing is as cathartic as a good cry.
3) Surround yourself with good, positive people. This is a general rule for life, not just tough times. I am blessed to know so many amazing, strong people. Thank you, guys!
Friends, please treat yourself to something nice today. I plan to do the same, and it’ll be like we’re sharing a moment of decadence together, raising a glass to life!