I'm 6 days late in making this post. No, I certainly didn't forget.
|Head covering from Kendra. These pretty little butterflies recently fluttered into my mail box!|
The kids have been home full days this week (so weird not to have fall break near Thanksgiving!) but Rick is back home so I have gotten more rest. Yet, I've still avoided posting for reasons I can't fully sort out.
|My lack of mobility had us living like an episode of Horders.|
|Same corner, early this week. It has driven me crazy for a long time, but I finally had the physical ability to do something about it!|
|My old doll house with old paint job and needing repairs.|
|Repaired, repainted and refurbished for our girl! :D|
Four years. I really don't think my physical exhaustion truly accounts for my avoidance of this post, even if I have fallen into bed too exhausted to care to even open my computer each night this week. It is something more to do with the fact that "three years" and "four years" were my mental benchmarks those first many months, the seemingly "too-far-away" and "never-to-be-realized" goals I held in awe, reverence even, to think that there were really people that had survived this long.
|Another before shot in my room.|
What I did not know then, what I have been so thankful to discover, is that each year has been easier than the one before. I have not lived four solid years of tortured anguish like I did those first several months, even first couple of years. For this I am ever-so-thankful!
|Same spot after. I've cleaned about 75% of my bedroom and still have a way to go in reclaiming our bedroom.|
|From the gift box Andrea and Lisa brought me in the rehab hospital. I love it.|
|My roses are still blooming prolifically.|
|We have our first freeze warning for tonight so this is likely the end of the garden for the year.|
I have Oct. 25 marked as my birthday on Facebook. Here is what I replied to each person who sent me a happy birthday wish that day:
Thank you for the very many, kind birthday wishes. As you likely know, I am a stroke survivor. Today is actually my "re-birthday" or "stroke-a-versary," the day I have chosen to celebrate God's sustaining grace to keep me alive and going these past 4 years. Thank you for rejoicing with me!
Please feel free to follow my continually unfolding recovery journey atwww.StrokeOfGrace.blogspot.com or search here on FaceBook for "Stroke Of Grace by Jennifer Saake". Thanks!
For personal record keeping: I'm down to 157 pounds. I was nearly up to (just shy of) 170 at my post-op check two weeks after surgery, 5 1/2 weeks ago. 169 is my record high ever, pre- or post-stroke. I'm sure part of that likely was still post-op fluid retention, but about 6 pounds of that is down from pre-surgery weight! I don't think an ovary, a cervix, an appendix, and a few spots of endo account for all of that and for better fitting clothes too. This no-wheat, low-sugar thing actually seems to be working. Now, to see if I can get break the 150 threshold that has held stubbornly in place since post-stroke weight gain! I'm so very tired of loosing, then regaining, the same 20 pounds over and over again. If I can get under 150, my next plateau (pre-stoke) barrier will be 143. My goal (where I feel best, where I had JUST reached a week before strokes when I went out and bought a brand new jacket that I was only able to wear that one week) is 120 (so nearly 50 pounds of total loss, around 35 more to go) but anything even around the 130 mark would feel so much healthier than where I've been hanging out the past few years!
|Our daughter is a "social butterfly" this year. :D|
|Same wings I've worn every year for about 7 years. I'm so excited this shirt fits again finally!|