What a Week…….
What a week….
I had been having some stomach problems for quite a while. Most signs led to the fact that my gall bladder had seen better days, much like my mom and sister’s had…so it was time to get that taken care of.
Started off last Sunday heading to see the Tigers and Yankess…..still only getting by on Ensure drinks for food…but hey, the Yankees were in town so let’s make the best of it.
Got a call early Monday asking if I could be at the hospital early as they seemed to be ahead of schedule. So, off we went. In a matter of minutes I was out….last thing I remember was a gas mask going on and hearing the words. “When you wake up, we’ll be all done.” Next thing I know, I was up and being checked out…….good enough….back to work Wednesday.
Well, I guess I forgot to factor in a few things.
Pain…ya, there was a lot of it. 4 cuts into the abdominal wall seems like the “easy way” with laproscopy surgery now, but….those muscles are called “core” muscles because every single thing you do seems to revolve around those muscles. They pump you full of gas as well so they can get in there and get that little bugger out. So, that takes a few days to work it’s way thru your system. As Tuesday came and went it was time to call…same for Wednesday…Thursday…..well, you get it.
Long story short….once again, I thought I was still 10 feet tall and bullet proof, able to bounce back from anything in a single bound…but as we have seen, mid 40′s isn’t exactly the time of life to be beating your chest and full of bravado. I should have planned better, thought more and probably not had the “damn the consequences” attitude.
This is where I am lucky. Not a word from anyone at work about being put out having to cover for me….a wife 10 times more understanding than I deserve. I mean let’s be honest, she had every right to say “serves you right you idiot…..nobody heals as fast as they do in the movies, welcome to the human race” but she didn’t. Great friends and listeners sending words of care, compassion and speedy recovery…..overwhelming. It’s almost like everyone around me knows that even when I think I am Superman….it’s all my little world so they let me live it.
I just wanted to say thank you to all of you, co-workers, friends, family…..an amazing outpouring for a guy who should be a little smarter about growing older…not growing up….just older.