Friday, April 24, 2015

Don't Take The Little Things For Granted

As you're reading this, I am more than likely fast asleep in the operating room with my chest cracked and heart exposed. I left my last blog post stating that this week would be much of the same; filled with family and friends before my surgery on Monday. That was until I received a call from the Pediatric CT Surgery office on Tuesday. They said they were able to move my surgery up to today. I was back and forth on the phone with them for about an hour, and it was decided that I would go in for my procedure today.

That being said, I now had 3 less days to get everything in order - which I think I covered all my bases. As for the rest of this week... Tuesday at work (before I talked to surgery), my friend Melissa came back to our work area with a box. It was our t-shirts for the heart walk this Saturday! I was so excited, though I had no idea what they looked like. To my surprise...


(#TeamStacey)

They ordered them with our team hashtag: #TeamStacey, in support of my surgery on Monday!

...And then I got the call from surgery that afternoon. Surgery was moved to today, and pre op was moved to yesterday. Wednesday evening I went to Nita and Matt's for dinner, Young and Hungry and to catch up. Nita and Mel also put together a nice little care package for me for when I'm in the hospital, with things to make my stay a little easer. Kleenex, lotions, etc.

Yesterday was a big day for me. It was my last (half) day at work and I had my pre surgery appointment. I got to work and met up with Doreen and Martha for coffee one last time. When I went to clock, in a few of my coworkers came around the corner and they were wearing our heart walk shirts!

(Natalie, me and Maureen!)

(Natalie organized a lot of this - she's the best!)

I had decided to wear mine because I was now unable to walk on Saturday. Must be they had all coordinated to wear them too, which was so sweet! The morning flew by pretty quickly, and before I knew it I was on my way to lunch. The group had lunch catered at Aladdin's (one of my favorites), and they had all put together a huge gift/care basket for me. I can't even put into words how grateful I am for everyone's kindness and support throughout this entire process.


(This picture doesn't do it justice)

(Natalie, Braintwin {Angie}, and me)

I left for my pre-op, and Martha was so kind to give me a ride to the ramp garage so I wouldn't be late. I think I walked in 3 minutes late. When the nurse brought me back, my heart rate was sky high and my blood pressure was elevated. Oops! We gave it a minute to regulate, and we were good to go. My pre surgical appointment went well, then I had to head to the lab for blood draws, and radiology for a chest X-ray. After my appointment, I went back to work to hang out for a bit and say my final goodbyes. A few of my coworkers so kindly helped me carry my goodies to my car, and I gave them all a ride to the ramp garage, and then headed home.

Yesterday evening I spent with my parents, and prepared for today. I packed a few bags for my parents to bring to the hospital for when I am able to get up, get dressed, and move. Which brings me to the point of this post. Not taking the small things for granted. There are many things I was able to do last night that I will not be able to do for days, weeks and even months after my surgery. From little things like getting up out of a chair on my own to driving. I've been very mindful these past few weeks of enjoying the little things I am able to do on a daily basis. Yes, I may not be able to do them for a while, but I will eventually. However, these are also things that some people may never be able to do. I'm very fortunate that things have turned out for me in life the way they have. I may currently be going through open heart surgery, but in the end, it was a blessing in disguise. On that note, I will post more about my surgery and recovery when I am feeling up to it. At this point, I honestly have no idea how I'm going to feel.

QOTD: What are some things that you may take for granted on a daily basis? Always be thankful! <3 

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