So, I (Jodi) have decided that as much as I can, I am now taking over the blog. There are so many things I cannot do yet, but this is one thing I can do, and it feels a bit empowering. :) Plus, this will give me the chance to record my own perspective on what is happening with my recovery. There will likely still be posts from Tolan, my dad or sister from time to time, but I think this is something I can actually do for a while and that excites me!
I have decided that life is pretty darn wonderful. I didn't say it is perfect, but it is wonderful. This weekend I was sick again and couldn't keep any food down, clearly another "little" setback, but we all know that setbacks are part of life. But today, my mom and I were able to take the kids to the park and I walked 2 laps around the track (with a rest in between). That is 1 mile I walked, which in comparison to my "former" self, may not sound like much, but considering that 2 weeks ago today I was trying to walk 2 laps around the nurses station to convince them I was healthy enough to come home, it is HUGE progress. And, it is only 3 weeks ago that I was literally on death's door in the critical care unit at the hospital and had major surgery the next day. When I look how far I've come, how can I not feel blessed?? :) Again, it is truly a wonderful life!
Plus, both of my big kids told me today that my eye is looking better. It is still not perfect, I can't really see out of it yet, nor I can keep it open and it is still swollen, but it is getting better. Isn't life great??
I am feeling so blessed and so grateful and much of this is thanks to all of you...for your prayers, your love and support. Tears and emotions well up inside of me when I think of all of you and how much love I have felt from you. Thank you.
My friend, Shea, sent me a link to another blog that is amazing. http://www.jasonslifeisgood.blogspot.com/ is the site of a man who nearly died a few years ago when his surgery went terribly wrong. To see his outlook on life now and see the struggles he faces daily, I truly realized that no matter the challenge, we can always be strengthened by God and decide our own attitude toward life. Jason is still facing life-threatening health complications, yet he loves and cherishes each day. May we each do the same, regardless of our current situation, is my hope and prayer.
Love to all. Jodi