The first few days at home were rough, but everyday since has been better than the last. I'm walking over a mile a day (almost 2 miles), but spending most of my time napping, knitting, or visiting with friends. Our bodies are very resilient and mine amazes me daily.
The man on the right is one of my favorite people in the world. He is Dr. Doty, a very skilled heart surgeon, all around great doctor and man. He would show up, unexpectedly, at all my tests or procedures (as long as he wasn't in surgery). He is kind, gentle and very caring. On the left is Dr. Shane, one member of the large team of PAs (most of whom I met) who monitored my care and progress. Both men came to see me the afternoon of my release and stayed to visit for several minutes. Dr. Doty even signed the pillow, seen in the picture below, above the valve he replaced.
Torg was the only CNA who washed my hair and bathed me while I was flat in bed. He rigged an ingenious way of making a shower head out of a glove finger so he could wet my hair, then wash and rinse it. He also created a dam of sorts that went directly into a waste basket and kept the water out of my bed. He wore bunnies or fairies on his scrubs and his shoes never matched (crocks: one salmon, one green). He made me laugh often and was as gentle as anyone I've ever met. Every nurse who cared for me was gentle, knowledgeable, caring and always walked in with a smile.
Knitting has been accomplished and one project, in particular, I am very, very excited to share. I'll be back soon.