Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Gratitude


  1. He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus




The surgery to remove the bump around my left eye was a success yesterday. The tumor was benign--called a granuloma. Since the eye doctor was also a plastic surgeon there were minimal stitches around my eye. Today my eye is swollen and black and blue but I know eventually it will heal.

As they rolled me into the operating room, tears started rolling down my eyes. The nurses quickly kicked up the drugs running through the IV bag to sedate me.  I have a vague memory of a mask going over my face, and hearing a voice say: Just breathe.

As I felt myself being rolled out of the operating room in an unconscious state I heard Doctor Silverman's voice speak to me. He said: Marcy, it's benign. Everything is okay. By the time I woke up in the recovery room and the nurse exclaimed, the tumor is benign! I told her I already knew.

I expected a patch on my eye and was surprised I could see so clearly. The nurse just said: "Dr. Silverman does fine work. Take a look at your eye on the bathroom." I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.

Today I feel as though I have dodged yet another bullet. I could tell Dr. Silverman was concerned as he felt the bump under my eye and marked my face up pre-surgery.

I feel overwhelmed with gratitude that cancer did not rear its ugly head into my life once again. I know others have not been that lucky. This morning with the woozy feeling from anesthesia gone, I took my usual walk and even got in some running.

My blood pressure has finally fallen into the normal range and now I want to tackle other health issues as well. I used to love running. I finally found a large, flat expanse of a parking lot nestled in these valley hills that I can run around just like a track. I've been doing it for a week now.  I've got marks that help me identify my progress.

 To express my gratitude towards God for saving me from the clutches of cancer again, I have re-commited to taking care of my health. I got a good start at the beginning of the summer. With this health scare behind me I will keep running and carry on!





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