October 24, 2014 by Beth Hess
When my son was born via unplanned C-section, I didn’t have the luxury of advanced planning to know what to expect from the surgery recovery. The nurses told me if I felt up to it that I should walk the halls of the maternity ward while pushing the bassinet.
I felt up to it, and I went for walks.
What I didn’t realize at the time was how much pain the hospital-grade medication was masking.
I wasn’t ready. But I was brave enough to think I was.
And maybe that’s how recovery starts anyway. Because if we knew in advance the pitfalls, the pain, the temptations, the disappointments. All the ways things wouldn’t go as planned. The two steps forward, one step back-ness of it all. Well, we’d probably never start walking.
The challenges have shown themselves in unexpected ways over the last three weeks.
* There is one gas station I can’t go to any more. Can’t even pull in the lot to pay at the pump. Because that corner store was my donut and sweet tea supplier. The lure is too strong, so I have to avoid it altogether.
* My body is actually rebelling. Many people have told me about how great they feel after even just a few days of being sugar-free. But I got dizzy spells and headaches. And less-than-optimal intestinal issues.
We will adjust, I know. My mind, and my body, and I.
And the pain will recede until only the scar of it remains.
But today I think I’m kind of glad I didn’t really know these things on October 1. Or I might not have picked up that first small stone of change. And I can already see enough of the landscape changing that dare not give up even the little progress made.
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” (Confucius)
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