Tuesday, July 15, 2008

7 Days Out

Well, today marks the one week out point.  I would like to tell you that I am ok.  But, I think that would be a lie.  Lately I have been dreaming about the surgery and then last night I couldn't fall asleep.  So, obviously it is weighing heavy on my unconscious.  How am I coping you ask, well let me tell you. . . 

First off I have the longest "to do" list ever.  It is officially two pages long now.  Mainly it is all chores and phones calls I want to get done before the surgery.  Not knowing much about my recovery, I want to be prepared.  For example, yesterday I found myself on the ground scrubbing my baseboards.  I thought heck probably will be awhile before I am able to do this again.  It is almost like "nesting".  You know, when a pregnant woman finds herself compelled to clean and prepare the house before going into labor.  Yeah, its kind of like that.  But unlike the pregnant woman, who when she leaves the hospital will be bringing home a new bundle of joy, I'll be leaving the hospital minus one major organ.  But I digress. . .  

I am also trying to remember to savor the foods that I may have to limit or avoid in my post-colon life.  I have a meal planned for every night this week.  Tonight on the menu is Steph's famous Jerk Chicken.  For those of you who haven't gotten the opportunity to experience my Jerk Chicken, it is hot.  Real hot, like 5 alarm hot.  

Now I have a project for you, my lovely blog readers.  I need book and movie recommendations (along with those FAQs I asked for a few posts back).  I am looking for things that will help keep my mind entertained as I heal.  I already have a good start to my book pile (Big thanks to Aunt Colleen and and Aunt Paula for helping out there!)  So please let me know some of your favorite light reading or comical movies.  Nothing to sad though, don't think that would help the mental part of recovery.  I thank you all in advance.  

Also another one of my coping mechanisms is to listen to music that either "picks me up" or helps my mind stay positive.  My favorite is Dancing Nancies By Dave Matthews Band.  Here's a little taste of the lyrics for your enjoyment:
Then I look up at the sky
My mouth is open wide, lick and taste
What's the use in worrying, what's the use in hurrying
Turn turn we almost become dizzy
I am who I am who I am well who am I?
Requesting some enlightenment
Could I have been anyone other than me
And then I'll
Sing and dance 
I'll play for you tonight
The thrill of it all
Dark clouds may hang on me sometimes
But I'll work it out
And then I
Look up at the sky
My mouth is open wide lick an taste
What's the use in worrying, What's the use in hurrying
Turn turn we almost become dizzy


Keri said...

I write book reviews on my blog. Check it out if you haven't already. Also, on the left sidebar of my blog, I've listed some of my favorite books. I'm not sure if any would fit your criteria, but some of them are lighter than others.

I'm not sure if Lindsay/LVila reads your blog, but I know she's been reading the Anne of Green Gables series. That would probably be a nice and relaxing series for you to dive into post-surgery.

Keri said...

And for movies, what about renting DVD's of old TV series like Friends, Seinfeld, Sex in the City, etc.

Maribeth said...

I agree with Keri on renting out TV Series. A friend of mine has has several surgeries over the past few years and has mentioned that it is hard to focus on anything for long those first few weeks. I would do some no-brainers like Scrubs, Sex and the City, etc.

I will be thinking about you this week. I can't imagine what your mind is going through right now. Good idea on the to-do list. Hopefully it will help keep you busy.

Let me know if you need help running any errands. Allison and I would love to get out of the house, especially with this heat wave coming up.

Heather said...

I too would recommend TV series. I have all 10 seasons of Friends, if you would like to borrow them :). Just let me know!

I like many of Jodi Picoult's books and find them to be pretty quick reads.

Andi said...

I think that I've got a lot of old romance novels at home that you're certainly welcome to take! I also like the Emily Giffin and Sophie Kinsella books.

Movies ... Kevin and I have been watching a bunch of old Cary Grant movies lately. They're usually pretty short (under 90 minutes), funny, and a good story line. I've got a DVD set of 5 of those if you want it, and more that I recorded but I think we can burn onto DVD. My highest recommendations would be Operation Petticoat, Father Goose, and I Was a Male War Bride (hysterical!). We just recently watched The Producers and that was good, too. I've also got a box set of the Janette Oake "Love Comes Softly" movies.

Do you guys have a Netflix subscription? That might be good to sign up for so that you've got a consistent flow of stuff coming in, and you guys won't have to worry about getting to/from the video store - just the mailbox.

Amanda said...

If you want quick, mindless reading, I love the "Shopaholic" series by Sophie something. I think it starts with a K. It's seriously mindless reading but provides a good entertainment value.

You can't go wrong with chick flicks. 27 Dresses...The Holiday...Fool's Gold, etc. I'll check my Netflix queue and see what other ones I've seen recently.

I have all 10 seasons of Friends on DVD as well if you want to borrow mine too! :)

P.S. I haven't told you this yet, but your blog is amazing. Thank you for doing this.

Aunt Paula said...

This movie recommendation is from your cousins Eric and Pat and Uncle Andy:
"Mr. Woodcock" starring Billy Bob Thorton - it is light and quite humorous I actually laughed too.

Craig said...

A great book I recently read is "Three Cups of Tea" About a mountain climber, Greg Mortensen, who misses making K2 and instead begins building schools primarily for girls in Pakistani and Afghan remote areas. May take the focus off you yourself and onto issues in other areas of the globe.