More Blessings, More Challenges

As I am recovering from January 12th heart surgery, I have been so blessed.  We were able to move home the middle of April.  We made some home improvements, to have a fresh start.  We brought our Barney the Beagle home…when his nails were clicking on the floor, I cried. I was so happy to have my beagle back.  the kids were so happy to see him too. 

I have been learning how to grocery shop & cook with low sodium.  I attended 2 nutrition classes at Greer Hospital & learned about sodium, how often to eat, fats & oils,  eating out (which is not recommended), how to grocery shop (stay at the perimeter of the store – nothing in a box or can). 

I have been able to do more around the house, run some errands, & take the kids to school & child care.  I finally have my freedom & mobility back. 

I rejoined the gym & have worked out  to my capacity.  My walking mile is 30 minutes & that’s the best I can do. I am doing back & lower weights & belonging to the gym has really made me happy.  Not up to taking the classes yet, waiting another month.

I have been so blessed with good health care & doctors who listen to me. I have been so blessed with a terrific church family still providing meals & praying for us so much. 

I am blessed with a husband who has carried the load completely, takes care of the children, taking care of keeping medications straight & getting refills on time.

My Challenges – it’s difficult to talk about specifics of my surgery.  It feels like I am reliving the trauma of January & February.  It’s frightening & sends flashbacks.  My therapist talked to me about Post Trauma Stress Disorder & says I have elements of it. But that already happened, it’s not happening now, & control my brain thinking about the trauma & suffering. 

I am not sleeping well & am trying to stick to strict evening schedule, trying a new medication, and controlling stress (ha, ha, ha on that last one). 




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