The past week has been a good time of rehab. I have been resting, reading, getting out for walks, stretching my right side, and remembering that healing is work in and of itself. Overall there has been very little pain, with the exception of a cramp that keeps appearing in the middle of my back a few times a day. I have also moved from the recliner back to the bed, and that was a true joy, being able to sleep in my bed once again.
More than anything, I have a strange sensation where they did the incision. It isn't pain or even discomfort, it is just an odd sensation, esp. when I move that side of my body.
Tonight I will be easing back into work. I will be doing a wedding rehearsal tonight and a wedding tomorrow morning. I will be taking Sunday off, then next week I will be back for half days. I plan on presiding the first weekend in May and preaching the second weekend in May.
We have set up our follow up appointments as well. Next Wednesday we go back to Madison for a post-op with the surgeon. On the following Monday, May 3, I will meet with the oncologist in town and get the chemo and radiation schedule in place.
Overall healing could not be going any better. I keep reminding myself that having the larger incision is a true blessing, because they were able to find the tumor on my heart and remove it, and the chemo and radiation are the treatments that need to be done so that this will not come back.
Thanks again for all of your thoughts, prayers, and support. They mean the world to me.