On Friday July 11th I was discharged a little after 1pm and could not wait to get home into my own bed and see my children! The nurse showed Jim how to clear the 4 drains (2 on each side) we got our prescriptions and were off. It was another beautiful sunny day. I walked into the kitchen to find someone had cleaned it and it had several bouquets of fresh cut flowers. Stacey had brought Kendra by for me to hug and they had welcome home balloons and a poster board with messages from David and Jamie also:) I felt relieved to be home, and felt some tightness in my chest and some pain under my arm pits. Noticed I could not twist or lift my arms very high, but fortunately my legs worked and did not seem to fail me when I needed them. I felt bad but I needed my kids to be away for another day to have peace and quiet. They understood and seemed to be having fun with their friends. Mindy and Roberta quietly popped in and said they were working out on the back deck on a project from several of my friends. I later went out to see beautiful potted plants, a couple of umbrellas, an outdoor rug and new chair cushions that were placed there...my own island oasis:)
It was too much, the generosity of my friends continued to overflow. Donna came over to give me a back rub and dropped off a couple button down shirts to assist with my ability to get in and out of my shirts and deal with the drains. That night, I listened to a meditation that describes the body strengthening and all abnormal cells withering away, The next day my friend Robyn helped me wash my hair and do some laundry, to give Jim a break for a few hours. We shared some laughs and I remembered the days when I was a little girl and realized it had been such an long time since the days of doing hair with my friends:) What continues to get me through my days are belief that God is with me and I pray for clarity in every decision. My affirmations are: "Only healthy cells can thrive here. I am getting stronger every day. I release myself of all doubt and fear. I am surrounded by love"...and so it is!