It is with a heavy heart I write this blog as Mom went home to be with our Lord on Feb 13. I am finding peace in knowing that she did not suffer an exceptionally long time with the cancer and am especially comforted to know that she passed away peacefully at home with Dad by her side. It was a humbling experience for me to be by Dad's side last week. I am very thankful that my brother and sister-in-law were able to be there with us to help comfort Dad. There has been a tremendous outpouring of love and support from friends, family and neighbors; THANK YOU! I pray that God continues to give Dad strength and peace and that He helps all of us heal. It amazes me that Mom found the strength to be here for our family postop in December and that we managed to have an early Christmas dinner including my brother and sister-in-law. We hadn't been together like that in many years.
The drive to Dad's is about 8 hours plus a little extra for a gas stop and lunch. I discovered that after about 1.5 hours in the car, I needed to sit on a pillow. We stopped 1/2 way in Valdosta which is 4 hours from home. I don't think we could have pressed on beyond 4 hours as my back was tensing up from stress. We stopped at the 2 hour mark so I could get out and walk. It was chilly outside so we found a Kroger where I walked inside. It was incredibly refreshing to be in sunny, warm Florida where I was able to walk outside on flat ground. I'm restricted at the moment from walking inclines and since we live in a hilly neighborhood, Dr. Lenke doesn't want me walking my neighborhood yet.
Since I wasn't able to make it to St. Louis last week, Dr. Lenke will accept local xrays to be sent to him. I'm back to walking 2.5+ miles a day. It is interesting to realize how walking actually feels good now compared to preop. I will try to remind Jeremy to take 12 week post op photos today and post a slew of pics from day 2 postop to present. I'm eager to see the changes.