I can't say life's very exciting at the moment. I'm slowly gaining strength back and adding a little more to each day. Yesterday I drove for the first time since my surgery a little over two weeks ago. I bought a pretty kalenchoe plant and birthday card for a very special aunt of ours and went over to her house to drop it off. Visited for a little while and came home, then spent most of the afternoon resting on the couch. It amazes me how little can wipe me out. I went and saw the doctor on Monday and everything came back clear. I see her again in a month and then hopefully I'm done with this chapter in my life.
I've been doing a lot of reading. I finished Maeve Binchy's "Whitethorn Woods" and enjoyed it so much! I've read every book the woman has ever written...and she's written quite a few of them...and never read a bad one. Why can't other writers follow her example and leave out the profanity and graphic sex? Her American counterpart, in my opinion, is Anne Tyler. Another very talented writer. Both of them write amazingly good books with wonderful story lines and great characters...people you feel you know in real life. Their ear for dialogue, their ability to describe the quirkiness of their characters, their ability to tell you enough but not too much so you can fill in the gaps with your own imagination...now that is great writing! I was really looking forward to reading Jodi Picoult's "Change of Heart" but I started it yesterday and could not get in to it at all. Very disappointing to me, as usually I really enjoy her books. So I picked up the copy of "Leeway Cottage" by Beth Gutcheon that I bought recently at a Goodwill and started that one instead. So far it's keeping my attention and I think I'm going to enjoy it.
The medical bills are beginning to show up in the mail box. I'm not too concerned...we were told our out-of-pocket responsibility to the hospital would be $1,000 which is bad enough but not like being responsible for the entire thing, thank goodness. How on earth do people face a medical catastrophe or debilitating illness with no insurance? Our neighbors told me they'll probably have to file medical bankruptcy for the costs that have accumulated over the past several months. The husband had an abdominal hernia that had strangulated his small intestine and all the complications and peritonitis that developed from it almost killed him. He was in the hospital for a month and a half, in a coma for three weeks, undergone several surgeries, went to rehab for a couple of months, and still faces another surgery in June. His wife told me his bills total up to over $400,000 so far and, even with the good medical insurance they have, they're still liable for about $40,000 of it.
I've got a big pot of homemade chili simmering on the stove. After a couple weeks of Hungry Man dinners and Stouffer's meals, Dear Hubby is back to eating 'real' food again. He's lost 5 pounds...I don't want him shrinking away on me! And he's so lean and in good shape as it is that he can't afford to lose much weight. I haven't weighed myself recently but the last time I did I'd lost 17 pounds. My clothes are becoming increasingly baggy on me. But I can afford to lose 17 pounds, ha! One of my nurses at the hospital had told me it can take a while after being under general anesthesia to get my appetite back. Boy, was she right. Between that and not being able to taste on top of it, food is right at the bottom of my priority list.
I was reading a blog this morning and one of the topics covered in today's entry was about disappearing forks in her family's household. Mine, too! And I left her a comment and told her to go to a Dollar Tree store and buy some there...4 for a $1! What a bargain! Especially if you're like me and you don't care about what anyone thinks, anyway. I can't even remember the last time we've had anyone over for dinner at our house so impressing friends ranks even further down my list than food does.
I'm getting stiff. Time to take Chloe dog for a walk, I'm thinkin', tho when I look outside I'm not too inspired. It's gray and cold but at least it isn't raining so I guess we'll take our chances. See if we can't make it a couple more blocks today than we did yesterday. Recuperating stinks.