Happy Friday, Friends…the boob saga continues! For those of you that have asked, I thought I’d give you an update on my little adventure this week. This was the surgery I postponed back in April when I literally ran away from it to San Diego to run the La Jolla half marathon. As the rescheduled surgery approached, I can’t tell you how badly I wanted to run again!
Wednesday morning I had a lumpectomy to remove a benign tumor from my breast. But not before some strategic planning to make things go the way I intended; I was going to control as much of this situation as I could to make it as positive as possible.
Last week Eric and I bought a ridiculously awesome new bed. Our last one was (gasp) 22 years old, providing zero support and moderate discomfort. The bummer was that it was out of stock and had to be ordered. I had a feeling it might come in time…wink!
I spent the weekend very active with a cycling class, a mile swim and a great walk, all aimed to reduce the anxiety that kept attempting to take me down.
Monday evening I took advantage of a great opportunity provided by massage therapist-in-training Matt at anewbeginning.life. A 60-minute complimentary massage to relax my body and quiet my nerves…worked like a charm. Stop by the website to score your own free massage before it’s too late, Rochester peeps!
Tuesday I had a tough workout with my trainer Kasi. The “tough” is exactly what I needed. It was my goal to put my apprehension, stress, anxiety and worry to rest by kicking the daylights out of it in the gym!
I put one of my favorite bible verses into action…Philippians 4:6, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” So that’s just what I did and combined mine with the help of the prayer chain peeps at both the churches I work at…what a great perk!
I’ve been through minor surgeries before, but always with raw emotions. This time was different.
I was ready to get the thing over with and out of me! Had to laugh when my surgeon stopped in to initial me with his sharpee. I guess it’s a Minnesota law aimed at fewer errors. Thanks, Dr. C.!
When he asked if I had any questions, all I wanted to know was how soon could I run after surgery. At that point he knew I was trouble. As they wheeled me into the OR and had me climb off the gurney, I told them I wanted to be one of those ladies you see who dance in the OR before their surgeries. No go…it was a tough crowd. They were way too serious, but I respect them wanting to get the job done, and with that I was out.
Next thing I knew, I was awake and looking for the coffee I needed several hours before. Dr. C. stopped by to tell me things went great, margins were clear and I was good to go…AMEN! I recovered for a bit with some family along for the fun and soon I was headed home.
I was tripping on Vicodin and felt nothing but content. But when the call came that our mattress had arrived and would be delivered yet that night, I was on cloud 9. Here’s a blurry look at that miracle…kind of how I saw it too. Impeccable timing!
Between the narcotics and that pillow top I slept like a baby…yup, wide awake at 3 am! The drugs wore off and I had no pain, so no need for more. I was raring to go! By 9 am I was stir crazy sitting home doing nothing. I figured if I could sit around home, I could sit at the gym too, so that’s what I did…
I may have gotten a minor scolding or two, but got a couple affirmations that more than made up for it. Hey, what can I say…my body craved the activity! I promise I took it easy for the rest of the day.
This morning I underwent the final piece of my strategy puzzle, a reiki session with Cody at anewbeginning.life. I arrived with an irritated, angry airway from the breathing tube. When I left, I was breathing easy and felt renewed balance inside and out.
I had the best possible experience this week by putting my Best Foot Forward. I know if the outcome had been different, I’d likely not be quite where I am right now. But regardless, Friends, thanks for all the well wishes, thoughts and prayers!