Get Well Cards

Hello again!  My writing has been a little sporadic (how is that for a good word?) lately due to a couple different things going on in my life. The Women’s retreat was one and I hope you all enjoyed hearing about what a wonderful weekend that was….(the last post I wrote.)

The other event took place this past Wednesday and involved some “lady” surgery for me. It took three hours and now I am in the recuperating phase. My sister tells me I should plan to feel “stupid”, due to anesthesia, for the next while.  (It is kind of nice to actually have a reason to feel “stupid”!) This is also the same sister who pointed out how ironic it was that I had this particular surgery on the International Women’s Day.

I was hoping the above fact was not one bit true. (The brain fog fact.)  I believed it was just hearsay till my sister-in-law heard from her uncle, an anesthesiologist, that for every hour a person is “under” it takes 1 month for tiredness and brain fog to disappear! I wonder if brain fog will make this fact sound new  each time I hear it?

I must confess to feeling nervous prior to surgery. Not so much about the surgery itself, as I don’t remember a thing, but about recovery time and all that involves. I am having way to many new experiences with the recovery from this type of surgery.  Learning about catheters was definitely never on my bucket list and after this time around will never ever be on future bucket lists!

My days have turned into a pattern of sleeping, pain meds, walking laps in my house, sleeping, pain meds… probably get the picture. I am pleasantly surprised that I feel as good as I do at this point! Maybe there is some truth to the brain fog thing after all?

My husband is an amazing private nurse. I had prepared, in advance, for this recuperating time and made freezer meals in anticipation of this event. At this point he is Chief cook (using up those freezer meals), Head housekeeper and the Chicken Grandad in charge of the girls. From where I am sitting he is doing an amazing job. We had a snowstorm yesterday and I am kind of wondering if he had figured on scooping a path for the girls as part of his job description.

The support and prayers from friends and family has been wonderful and so very much appreciated. It makes me realize how truly blessed I am and how good God really is.

And how was your week? I think I am looking to relax and recuperate…..what are your plans? If I ask you this question more than once…..please write it off to that brain fog thing………. I have a feeling I might find that excuse kind of handy.

“And my God will meet all your needs
according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19






86 thoughts on “Recuperating

  1. susieshy45 says:

    I am sorry I was so caught up in my own world that I did not even know you were going to have a surgery. I am glad you are feeling better and that Chicken Granddad is giving you all the love and care that you need at this time. I wish I had written in earlier and asked where you were, when I didn’t see a post from you for so very long.
    I know the catheter thing is really bad – I have had it myself, during my Caesarean sections. The urinary infections after its removal were something not enjoyable.
    But this is a good time for you to be in bed and reflect on all your new posts and craft ideas and plans for the new year when summer will be upon you and you may not get time to rest.
    You will be in my prayers.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Susie!!! Not to worry about not asking……I am the same way and figure when people are ready to say something they will. I might have to send Chicken Grandad to pick up some more yarn for me so I can start more projects.
      It IS so good to hear from you!

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  2. Anne Mehrling says:

    You sound great, at least on the screen. I hope your recovery will be extra fast, but do enjoy a slower pace for a while. No one told me about brain fog after surgery, so you may have done your followers a great service by talking about it. If John had read this post, he would send a pat on the back to Lar. He says he would much rather nurse me than be the one recovering. Prayers are heading northwest.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Your John sounds like my Lar! Lar had hip replacement surgery this past year and said he likes be the “nurse” rather than the patient.
      They tell me I am restricted on things for 6 weeks so I will have plenty of time to enjoy that slower pace. It does feel rather odd though after preparing for this surgery. My dad used to say “Hurry up and wait.” I think he was right.
      Thank you so much for the prayers!


  3. Tina - Invisible Illnesses Blog says:

    So glad to hear from you and that you are recuperating appropriately. I like the word sporadic. 🙂 I’m wondering if your anesthesiologist could answer my question about being put under so many times and how dangerous it is, if at all. I am going to ask the next anesthesiologist I see and that should be soon because my husband has to have his gall bladder removed.

    Stay comfy and remember to do as your doctor told you, follow those restrictions as they are very important with “lady” surgery. ~Peace

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  4. kindergartenknowledge says:

    Will Lar need to scoop a new path for the girls tomorrow? With his experience today, he should be great at it tomorrow. I hope that you are feeling better and better each day! When I had my knee surgeries, I believe that the surgeries took at least four hour each…maybe more. I know that I sometimes still sound like I am in a fog, but it went away fairly quickly! However, I was very cold…even in the Texas summer…even in the house with the heat turned on when a little cold weather came our way! It lasted for about a year each time and then I went back to my usual self…wanting to wear sandals and no coat in January!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I feel chilly all the time also. But that is okay cause the night sweats were getting kind of tiring! So far everything is going great. Will see what the surgeon says when I go back this week.
      My brain also tends to be foggy….I am just glad for an excuse now!


      • kindergartenknowledge says:

        I am always glad when I have an excuse for being in a mental zone not occupied by the majority! Such as…there is a restaurant not five minutes from us that we like. I can never, ever remember the name of the place! It has been open for at least eight years. I just say…”Oh…we will just go to the place next to Target”. Yes, the chilly feeling is better than that sudden really hot feeling!!!

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        Your restaurant name dilemma made me laugh! I have a few things like that also. For the life of me I cannot figure out why I can’t remember some of those things. Maybe we only can hold so much info in our brains and those are not important items???


  5. Jen Kudrapali says:

    I am so grateful to have read this – despite my so busy schedule. I’ve never heard of anyone as positive and as “cheerful” as you are in the midst of a surgical recovery. Remember I had one last December? If in case you happened to stumble upon that story of mine. It was just my middle finger but I was such a baby the whole time! Lols Ohh. Wish I had more of your strength, courage and high spirits.

    Your blog has always been a fun read for me. Never failed to make me feel home. You are always in my deepest prayers Chicken Grandma. God Bless and just take it easy 🙂


    • thechickengrandma says:

      I do remember your surgery Jen! I think you had it worse than me. I knew what to expect. You had no idea how long your recovery would last and your experience with the doctors was not as good as mine. I had a great surgeon who even called me the day after I got home to see how it was going.
      How did your finger turn out?
      About the high spirits. I have always been an optimist and try to find the “funny” in situations. I think it might be my coping mechanism :).


  6. GrammaT says:

    Hey there friend. Prayers for recovery. I believe we share the same memories now. Catheters are not fun but his too shall pass” no pun intended! Was good to see your always smiling face.

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  7. bcparkison says:

    Bless your heart. At least you now have an excuse for the fog.. Hang in there and do be careful and not jump into life to fast. It will back fire. Yea for really good husbands….I really miss mine. They are rare these days.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      It is so good to have a valid excuse! It does feel weird to just recuperate. I was busy before this time and now here I sit! I guess that is why I was busy earlier.
      Yep good husbands are hard to find. I am so grateful for Lar. My prayers with you Beverly.

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  8. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Dearest Chicken…
    You never told us!!! tsk tsk. We could have sent cards, and you would have had a mountain of happy mail to come home to, just to make you smile.

    Don’t try to rush the ‘getting better’ stage. It’s important to follow instructions – which is something us gals are terrible at doing. So do as you’re told and SIT!

    The girls will be flirting with Chicken Grandad so they’ll be fine and happy to have a young man about the place …. for a while anyway. But they’ll be cock-a-hoop to see you back on the job again.

    Sending gentle squidges and hugs, with lots of love mixed in there ~ Cobs. xxx

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      • thechickengrandma says:

        Well that Chicken Grandad is a keeper. He even went into my appointment with me today to learn how to cath myself. (A skill I had hoped to get through life without knowing.) Good for me he takes the “for better or worse, in sickness and in health” part of the vows seriously :).

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      • thecobweboriumemporium says:

        God Bless him. What a totally fabulous chap.

        I have no idea how to cath myself or anyone else, and quite frankly I think I’d be scared witless to do it.
        So I think you’re amazing. Both of you.

        I hope that this situation doesn’t last for long, my beautiful friend, and that everything is back to normal very soon. I want my Chicken back to the strong, fabulous woman she is!
        Sending love and saying prayers ~ Cobs. xxx

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  9. whitneyibeblog says:

    Saying am sorry would not be enough to make up for how i feel but i will still say it. Am truly sorry Ma’am for not being able to check up on you all these while. Your thoughts never left my mind and today I said to myself “you have to reach out to her Whitney”. How are you fairing now? Am happy to know you are getting well. I missed hearing from you so much and not being able to reach out to you in such a long time really broke my heart. Get well soon Ma’am, my prayers will continue to be with you. You are the healed of the Lord, there is still a balm in Gilead for you.

    With much love, Whitney.

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  10. goldenbrodie says:

    Can be so challenging not to be ourselves. Dear Chicken Grandma, I’m holding you in my heart and praying for all good things to come your way. The fog will lift and back you will be with all. Take golden care of yourself.

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  11. carentaylor says:

    When at last I am catching up…. I suddenly read you have been through surgery…I’m so happy to read from the comments that you are doing just fine 🙂 Quiet relaxing and being a good patient patient to give things time to heal. You sound like you have a real trooper looking after you, Chicken Grandpa sounds wonderful!! Speedy recovery!!

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