It’s been an interesting week here recuperating from my hip replacement surgery. Everyone had ideas of how I would “fill my time” and were helpful with suggestions…books to read, shows to watch, etc. Let me tell you “finding time” is the problem not “filling time” and as with all of life’s experiences, I am never ceased to be amazed at the rich tapestry of people and new skills that surface every day. First the people: I have met a WWII bombardier, now almost 90, who was stationed in England close to where my husband Mick’s family came from, an Egyptian Coptic Christian who came to America for asylum in the early 90’s and works in the kitchen here, an amazing 96 year old African American (my roommate for the first 3 days) who has worked with a wide variety of civil rights activists, and a woman from Haiti whose family had a large estate and servants who grew up speaking 4 languages who now works as a nurse’s aide—to mention but a few!
I have learned to use hospital equipment I never used before, to work 2 hours a day at physical therapy, to forget all vestige of modesty in dealings with medical staff, to realize how many things you can hold in your teeth, to see many sides of human nature, often from the same person within the blink of an eye, and be endlessly patient with everyone about everything but particularly with myself. I now have immense respect for anyone who uses a wheelchair on a regular basis. It’s very hard work and needs tremendous upper body strength and whenever I feel frustrated with myself (which is hourly!) I seem to meet someone 10 times worse off. Thank you to everyone who has called, sent flowers, cards or prayers—all much appreciated. I have kept in touch with school staff and enjoyed hearing the daily happenings. The food here is great and I have put on 6 pounds since I arrived! The nurse assures me it’s fluid retention from the surgery (or the fact that they weighed me immediately after I ate dinner).
I’ll be going home on Saturday and I look forward to seeing everyone at the Open House on January 26th!