Overall, the surgery itself wasn't too bad. They give you a heaping dose of anesthesia, tell you to imagine yourself on a warm, sandy beach sipping on something with an umbrella in it, and then seconds later (or so it seems), you're back awake and the whole thing is over, tropical vacay included. Piece of cake!
But then to add insult to injury, they tell me that for the next two weeks I will need to use it for 8 hours a day... yes EIGHT! Like a full time job eight hours a day- or actually more than that because normal 9-5 people don't work on the weekends. So a full time job, plus overtime with no pay, holidays, or benefits! Oh and go ahead and keep up your day job as a full time, stay at home mom, as well. No. Big. Deal.
How would I possibly even conceive of being able to do this? I'm a mom. Moms don't have time to be sick, much less strap themselves to sliding metal contraptions all day long! But really, what choice do I have? The goal is to get back to normal as quickly as possible and if thats what it takes, then I guess I better act like a big girl and get on with it.
Now that we are settled in H-town, Gigi has gone back to work (doing half days for now), so I've had to figure out how to take care of Miss Hadley in the mornings as a handicapped mommy.
Even still, with as many obstacles as I have encountered since my ski accident, things are still mostly the same. Everything just takes lots longer. We still start our day playing dress up with mommy's box of bracelets.
On the bright side, I've almost finished week one of my at home physical therapy sentence. We've got one more week to go and then we'll head back to Dallas to meet with my doctor next Friday to see how my knee is healing.
All of this has been such a challenge, yet I really feel like having gone through this, I can do anything. I mean what can possibly be worse than fracturing your knee, having surgery, and having to maintain a full days worth of physical therapy all while caring for a baby who is still nursing and who is completely dependent on you? I'm sure there are plenty of worse things, but none that I personally have gone through.
I truly believe that if God leads you to it, he will bring you through it. And so despite it all, we will carry on and get through these next few weeks as best we can. Luckily, I have the best unprescribed medicine that helps me get by on even the worst of days.