It’s crunch time… I’ve enjoyed my time off…

A little update…

It’s been 7 weeks that I’ve been off work, although recuperating and still not fully healed… I’ve enjoyed it entirely. I’ve baked, taken care of my sick kiddo 24/7, my older kids who were sick, I delivered food to them in bed… I’ve spoiled my husband with a clean house, cooked meals, laundry done….it’s been wonderful. But, I’m ready … more than ready to get back in the saddle. I will begin working again soon! I forgot what having time feels like! It’s amazing and I’ve taken it for granted in the past…

For those of you that didn’t know, I had to say goodbye to my friends and family at Ashley Homestore in Pineville. I took a new position with ADL Delivery out of Florida… they needed a sales executive for NC/SC and I was the woman for the job. I start November 30th and I could not be more excited for this new chapter in my life! I will train in Florida…. so I’ll leave the 30th to begin my training.

During this 7 weeks, I’ve needed every bit of it to heal… I’m still not fully healed. I still have a dime size hole in my backside that we’re packing, that leaks  continuously, that I keep bandaged… I’ll get it checked on Friday to see what the verdict is…. I imagine he may try to sew it up…. I’m not quite sure.

I have a rare issue with my left foob…. 1st my rib keeps popping out, so Dr. Gotro and his fabulous massage therapist Danielle Helms in Indian Trail have been helping me with that…. 2nd… when they removed cartilage from my rib to attach the artery, it caused a nerve to be exposed, so whenever I laid back… or my side, or my other side…. it caused pain. Sleeping was impossible. For 6 weeks, I have not slept well…. scattered sleep, first because of my pain meds and then later, just purely because of pain…. My doctor gave me some muscle relaxers and I’ve been taking ibuprofen around the clock. It seems to be the only thing that helps…. Again, Dr. Gotro used a device that kind of did a jack hammer on this radiated, tissue and it did something….. I feel a good bit better… and just in time! I was really worried about beginning work and being in so much pain. I’d say…  I’m at least 75% better. It still hurts… but it’s tolerable. I think I honestly live with a level of pain that I don’t even recognize anymore.

My healing of my actual flaps are doing great… my right breast is amazing, it feels like a boob… it shakes like a boob…. when I have my nipples done… it will look real. I wish my doctor had told me to tan my backside however, because they are remarkably lighter and it looks stupid…. lol My left foob… it’s another story, it’s tight…. it’s higher than the right…. so they’ll actually lift my right breast on the 2nd phase of this…. to match the left. I’m happy with the size, they look great in a shirt… and I guess that’s the goal. I will never look normal naked. My backside looks great, I do have some indentations where they took the flaps… straight on it looks great… to the side you can tell a bit. I no longer have a bubble butt….  I don’t recognize my body anyway, so it doesn’t matter. I’m just happy to be here and be alive…

Mr. G had RSV and I ended up with a throat infection…. both of us on antibiotics… but both of us are starting to feel better now! Just in the nick of time…

Darrell will be a single father for 2 weeks, but thankfully…. they are flying me home on the weekends!

On a real positive note, I’ve been crafty and we now have two elderly neighbors on each side…. one is widowed.. his wife died of breast cancer 😦 And, the other side… they live with their daughter and they bring us chicken salad and things…. so while I’ve had this time, I did a pinterest project, when I made cookies, I didn’t want to just deliver them on a plate…. so I did this project 🙂 Same color ribbon because it’s my favorite…. I feel so crafty. I’m so not… but even I could do this!

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