Every Day is Better

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday and I have *always* made him a carrot cake. Because we didn’t have the necessary ingredients at home and I wanted to surprise him, I made sure to stop taking all narcotic pain meds on Monday so I’d be able to drive to the store yesterday to get what I needed.

The doctor had warned me to continue to wear my sling when in public to protect myself and let others know to give me a wide berth. Have you ever tried to push a shopping cart with one hand? I ended up pulling the cart behind me and nearly ran into someone at the end of every aisle. But I did manage to get everything I needed (plus some). The hardest part was putting it all away one piece at a time because I can’t lift more than 2 lbs with my left hand.

The cake came out fine. The hardest parts were stirring the thick batter while trying not to exert my left arm and pouring the batter into the cake pans.

David's birthday cake

I’m not ashamed to say that the process wore me out and I took a nap for nearly two hours when I was done. Fortunately, I didn’t have to cook dinner because a group of friends from Texas (some of whom I’ve never met) set up an account for me at a place in town (the organicdish.com) that prepares organic meals to people who need a little help, such as those of us who have had accidents, deaths or births in the family, or just have trouble eating healthy meals. Last night we had Moroccan Chickpea and Chicken Chli with Couscous. It was delicious!

The Organic Dish

I sure hope that there are similar companies throughout the states, because I am certainly going do something similar next time one of my friends has a crisis. I can’t tell you how comforting it’s been to know that we didn’t have to think about meals when it was a struggle to jet through each day.

And on an even happier note, my incision is healing well. Here’s a selfie I took today — just 3 days after the staples were removed and 14 days after surgery.

scar Feb 20 (2 weeks)

If I keep rubbing the area around the incision, I should be able to break up the scar tissue and end up with only a faint line. Still, I don’t think I’ll be entering any beauty pageants.

13 thoughts on “Every Day is Better”

  1. You are still our beauty queen!
    Getting ‘of age’ in our small town, I sure would like to see more of those helping meals!

  2. Wow!Quite a process to make that cake! And you are healing remarkably well! Vitamin E oil will help it heal as well. Best wishes from one of your fans.

  3. Hi ann, your incision looks great. Your surgeon did a great job. After about 6 weeks, put cocoa butter lotion on it. That will help a lot. Don’t do it now because the skin is still meshing together. I had a similar incident after my surgery (partial hysterectomy ). I drove to the store to get some groceries, thinking I was okay ,

    I had troble pushing the cart and could not wait to get home. The store I went to was .25 miles away from our house. Funny thing about anaesthesia! Happy Progress

  4. It’s coming along beautifully, Ann! You are such a trooper, and what an extraordinary gift of meals for you and your husband!

  5. It looks like it’s healing nicely, the rubbing really works! And you are an animal making your hubs that cake, bet he was bowled over!

  6. So happy to hear and see you are healing so well. If ever there was a cake made with love it was the one you recently made for your hubby’s birthday. That cake was so special because of all your efforts to make it for him. I’m sure he knows that and if he doesn’t tell him I said so lol. He must be a wonderful man because he sure has a wonderful lady.

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