Everyone asks how I’m doing post-surgery and I just say that I feel just about as congested as before surgery, but now I’m not supposed to blow my nose! The doctor says that’s pretty normal, that full recovery will take from 4 to 7 weeks, so I’d say I’m seeing improvement. I do pretty consistently breathe through my nose, a really substantial change. I haven’t had pain or even headaches to speak of. I have a checkup tomorrow afternoon and we’ll see what they say then.
Baby Rae is growing and making pretty steady improvement in the breathing department with just a few hiccups. She is gaining weight and is now able to get skin-to-skin time with her parents. She has a bruise on her jawline from the breathing apparatus they had on her earlier but now she is using a cpap.
There’s an interesting (to me, at least) story about the two tiny blankets that are covering her in the picture. Several years ago I started knitting prayer shawls and gave them to friends who were needing a special touch. The only problem was that each one took a long time to make and I tended to lose interest. Then my sister Mary Jo lost her hair due to chemotherapy and I started knitting chemo caps. They are lots quicker, but pretty need-specific. At about the same time, I found something on the internet that said hospitals are always begging for preemie blankets, so I tried a couple of different patterns. The first one was just so small, I couldn’t believe it would be useful. The second was a little larger. After they were finished, I didn’t know what to do with them. Do I take them to the front desk of a hospital? What if they really didn’t want them after all? So I just stuck them in a ziploc bag and put them away. Then Rae arrived! Marc took them to the NICU to ask if she could use them and they said as soon as she was ready for skin-to-skin time, they could use them to cover her. Who knew when I started knitting them that they would be for my own great-granddaughter? It was a precious moment when the nurse put them over her on her mommy’s chest! Granne almost cried!
Youngest granddaughter Jadelyn is a 7th grader and plays both the flute and the bassoon in the band. She took a flute solo to one contest and a bassoon solo to another and got I ratings (superior) on both. Friday this past week, May 4th, was the 5th through 8th grade band concert at Sedgwick. The date was Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you!) and the last song the junior high band played was Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. I remember early band concerts as being squawky and pretty elementary, but even the 5th grade band was quite enjoyable. One more year and we’ll be attending high school concerts!
Remember when school groups and bands had bake sales and car washes to raise money? Today the music program at Sedgwick had a mattress sale!
There were more than 20 mattresses set up in the old gym to be tried out, everything from top of the line adjustable beds down to basic twin mattresses. We have really liked our memory foam one but it was needing to be replaced, so we tried out several varieties and ended up with this. I hope we will like it as well as the old one. I know it will be easier to put sheets on because it is lighter weight. We’ll know for sure when it is delivered!
We saw a sure indicator today that spring is well underway and summer is coming. The pool in town is being cleaned and painted, in preparation for water later in the month! Seniors Ben and Bailey will graduate this coming Saturday and high school will be over for them. Congratulations!