I’ve been away from the blog – technology actually – for the past couple of days. I have to admit that I didn’t really mind not being tied to my computer or smart phone.

Given that, this post is going to deviate from my normal posts. If you are a book review or writing junkie, bear with me on this one, please.

As I was driving home tonight, I got to thinking about the past month. Lots of changes for me… the first and foremost is the major surgery I had. Gone are the days when I could barely walk without pain, when I had no desire or energy to get off the couch. While I’m not yet 100%, I feel like I’ve finally turned the corner in my recovery. I am doing more, and my desire to be creative is back – I want to write and sketch. Was kind of scary when I felt like I couldn’t do anything but stare out the window. I’m not a person who is normally sedate; additionally, I’m usually healthy other than sinus-related issues. Being down for a month while my body healed was a major change for me.

This topic led to the thought of you really know who your friends are when you are down and in need of assistance. I have to give a huge shout-out of thanks to Cathy, Dawn, and Susan for all of the wonderful things they did to help me out. Cathy was my transportation and moral support the day of and the days following the surgery. Susan, who made a tasty pan of mac and cheese, and Dawn made countless trips to the grocery store for ginger ale, Jello, and prescriptions. I don’t know if I’ve told them in so many words, but the daily texts and visits really lightened my mood.

Then, the nicest surprise of all: one evening things were just not right with my body (I’ll spare you the details). I called my neighbor – thank you Randy – and he dropped what he was doing to take me to the emergency room. He even told me to call when I needed a ride home – no matter the time of night, he would be there. Dawn and Cathy were the next surprises of the night. I texted them both to let them know I was heading to the ER. Without me asking, they both showed up to support me and keep me company. For that, I will be forever grateful. Love you both!!

I hadn’t intended this post to be a bit of a sappy, tear-jerker, but I feel like too often we take our friends for granted and we are constantly barraged with the negatives in life. Well, I’m living proof that there are positives and good people out there willing to help others.

Thank you for letting me acknowledge my friends and their dedication. Never fear – normal blogging will resume soon!!

4 thoughts on “Reflections

  1. So glad to hear that your recovery is going well and I didn’t find your post sappy – rather a reminder that there are wonderful people who do care. I’m glad you had some there for you! 🙂


  2. It is true – when you are down you really discover how wonderful, kind and helpful people can be.

    It gives you a whole new perspective when you are healthy and see an opportunity to help someone else out.

    I’m glad you are doing better!


    1. Thanks, Michael. You are right – I look forward to helping my friends out when they’re in need. You don’t realize how much you take for granted – i.e., driving to the grocery store – until you can’t.


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