Thursday, January 26, 2012

Eighteen month old Izzy came to visit this week. She's a rambunctious English Bull with a lot of puppy still in her. Jessica has been taking care of her for us while hubby recuperates from his stroke.

She certainly made Rick's day. She's calmed down a lot and we're hoping to bring her back home this summer. We'll need to fence in a portion of the yard though for her to run in. Not the brightest when it comes to watching out for cars and we live on a corner lot. And look at those paws. She can easily knock you down, but is as gentle as they come.

I just got back from the doctor's office a few minutes ago. According the the surgeon, everything looks great. Had the staples removed and am now sporting several butterfly bandages.  Removing them wasn't nearly as painful as I thought it would be.  As the incision heals though, the skin and tissue around it pulls. My movements are still very restricted—can’t lift anything heavier than a half gallon of milk and I can’t bend over (it pulls the incision terribly).     

I did, however, find a handy tool my mother-in-law, who used to live with us, left in the closet.

I didn't realize how clumsy I was until the moment I couldn't bend over to pick things up. The old "claw" has been a life saver! LOL



Susan Whitfield said...

Izzy is almost as cute as hubby. I hope your recovery and his are going well. Hugs!

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Awwww, what a cutie Izzy is! I'm so glad she got to visit with Rick!!! Good luck with those butterflies on your chest, I hope they don't tickle too much when their wings flutter. ;o)

Marta Stephens said...

Susan, nothing but good news and great improvement for both of us. Sometimes it feels like baby steps, but each step gets us there!

Aaron, yeah, Izzy's a cutie. And those butterflies? They're telling me the worst is over. Chemo's going to be a bad trip (me thinks), but hey. I have too many things to do, too many plans to complete and a wedding to plan to let this keep me down! :)

Thank you both for stopping by.

Joylene said...

You've had a lot of your plate, Marta. I'm so in awe of your strength and commit to getting better. You handle your life with such grace. You're one of my favourite heroes. Thanks for being you.

Very adorable puppy. She looks like a cuddlier.

Marta Stephens said...

Hi Joylene! You're such a sweetie. I've just never allowed things to get the better of me or get me down. Now more than ever I feel that as long as we (both Rick and I)have options with respect to our health, there is hope.

I don't have any illusions that the next several weeks will be easy, but the great thing about a bad day is that it always comes to an end.

I'm thinking by June things will be just dandy. ;)