“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3
Recovery is a beast. You know that though, because everyone at some point in their life enters into a period of recovery; after babies, after a bike accident, after a hard week at work, after a Jillian Michael’s workout video. Gatorade even has a drink line called “03-Recover.” This recover thing is quite popular, even with our economy. But everyone’s recovery process is different, and here are some things I’m learning about the R-process:
#1 Write down what you swallow.
Yeah, no one wants to overdose on stool softener, right?
#2 Don’t buy a $40 pharmaceutical pillow from Walgreens. Save the cash and practice pillow origami.
#3 Don’t rent movies of books you are reading. . .you will never finish the book.. . .Farewell the remaining 243 pages of The Help
#4 Write thank you notes to nurses before you forget their names. . .even if you write under a drug induced haze.
#5 Sleep in. Take naps. . .anywhere. Favorite nap spot is in a borrowed recliner.
#6 Let someone else put new band-aides on. Looking at your own wounds may cause dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, hopelessness, bad dreams, asthma?
#7 Take walks. Even circuits in the parking lot counts. Avoid snow.
#8 Be true to all “Sternal Precautions” see pdf for fun ways to participate in the precautions I am taking: Sternal Precuations: Get someone to carry your groceries!
#9 Remember the 10,000 reasons to be thankful to God (see 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman)
#10 Eat cake.
Walk with Mom and Dad across the street to the Littleton Historical Museum on Thursday (8 days post-op).