Back in November 2018 I wrote about the gift of healing after undergoing back surgery. Little did I know then that that surgery wouldn’t work, and that I would have to go in for a second, more extensive surgery this month.
When healing from that first surgery, I found that I didn’t need much help except for lifting things. But this time around was different. I was going to need lots of help and support to get through 4-6 weeks of recovery with no bending, twisting, lifting, or driving. After having two discs removed, my body would need a lot of downtime in order to get well.
What I’ve learned is that when there’s a need, everyone pitches in. Like making stone soup, everyone has contributed an ingredient to my healing process so that I can direct my energy to mending my body.
What are the ingredients for helping someone heal? Here’s what family and friends have contributed to my healing over the past 3 weeks:
- Food delivery — soup, bread, casseroles, salads, desserts, and more, all made with love and hand delivered
- A breath of fresh air — flowers, plants, and bulbs to brighten the house
- Driving time — to doctor’s appointments, the pharmacy, the grocery store
- Listening time — to hear how I’m doing with open ears and an open heart
- Books, magazines, crossword and jigsaw puzzles — things to keep the mind occupied
- Housework — my husband has taken over all the laundry, lifting, dishes, and chores that need doing every day
- Words of love — cards, notes, texts, emails, facebook posts, all meant to shore me up when my spirits are low
- Prescribed walks — as was the case after the last surgery, I have prescribed daily walks, which are the best part of my day — time for reflection, quiet, and soaking up the sunshine
- Springtime — someone scheduled springtime to coincidence with my recovery, and nothing could be more energizing and heart-lifting than watching the world turn green, and watching the flowers and blooms POP in a confusion of color and light. How could I not get well while spring is cheering me on?
- Rainy days — though it sounds conterintuitive, rainy days make for great naps. And naps are good medicine.
All my love and thanks to everyone who contributed ingredients to my healing. I am so grateful.