Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I’m starting to get out and about a bit, even if only for a couple of hours. The nerves in my right leg and foot are very sore and sensitive, which makes it hard to walk or stand for very long. But, that’s what the doctors expected after the surgery. With time, they also expect the pain to diminish.
In the morning, I dropped by the business office to see folks. I’ve been back on campus for some 10 days now, yet there are so many folks I haven’t seen, so I did a lot of catching up.
Our summer day camps are in full swing, and I stopped by the dining hall for lunch. For these next two weeks, the camp is for children from Lower Brule.
They ride our bus in each day for arts and crafts, cultural activities, recreation and a couple of good square meals. Several of the children are St. Joseph’s students, so I got lots of hugs as I worked my way through the tables.
In between activities, I took a few naps and didn’t do a whole lot else.
I’m still very tired and pay attention to my body when it needs rest. I’m learning to cope with the limitations. A simple task like getting dressed takes lots of extra time and effort, especially putting on my socks.
The first time I was back in chapel I genuflected out of habit but found it very difficult to get back up without the pew to lean on. My foot doesn’t work so well on the brake or gas pedal of the car, so I’m grounded for now.
Yet, I count my blessings every day, grateful they found the cancer in time to successfully remove it. This healing time just takes patience and time.