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100 Happy Days – Day 68

This has been a rather stressful day for me, as we’ve been wrapping up the final preparations for Peter’s upcoming hip replacement surgery and the recovery time to follow. I’ve been pretty calm and together about it up until now, and have managed to keep myself distracted with other things, but it all suddenly hit me with a rush and I began to panic a little as I thought and worried about all that still needed to be done, the surgery itself, everything I’d have to do on my own for the next while as he’s healing, and so on. And to top it all off it started snowing this morning and continued at various times throughout the day, adding one more thing – shoveling the walk – to the already full “To Do” list.

Grump, grump, grump.

So I’m thinking it’s time for an emergency gratitude fix to bring things back into proper focus.

  • I’m grateful that hip surgery is possible, that Peter has an excellent surgeon, and that the surgery was scheduled so quickly with minimal wait time.
  • I’m grateful that this time we’re “just” dealing with a regular hip replacement instead of the rather nightmarish experience we went through previously.
  • I’m grateful for our country’s health care system which will cover all of the costs of this surgery.
  • I’m grateful for my company-paid extended medical plan which gives us the opportunity to upgrade Peter to a private or semi-private room (if one is available during his stay).
  • I’m grateful that Peter will soon be pain-free and on the mend.
  • I’m grateful that I am able to take a couple of days off work to be with and help him.
  • I’m grateful that we’ve been there, done that, and therefore know what to expect from the surgery and recovery time.
  • I’m grateful that we only got a little bit of snow in our part of the world. (So far!)
  • I’m grateful for the opportunity to breathe the crisp, fresh air and burn some calories (229, to be exact!) by getting out and shoveling the walk.
  • I’m grateful that I was able to pay back both sets of kind neighbours by shoveling their walk this time.

And now I’m grateful that I can don some warm slippers and crash on the couch with today’s happiness-bringer, my “Life is Good” (a timely reminder) mug filled with rich Nutella hot chocolate.

100 Happy Days - Day 68

100 Happy Days – Day 68

I think I’ve earned it.

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NaBloPoMo November 2014

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Myke Todd November 19, 2014

    I have never had to shovel snow, for which I am most grateful. If it snows here, we just step over it. It will be gone in a day or two, anyway.
    Good luck with the surgery. I hope he has a swift and full recovery.
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    • Laurel Regan
      November 19, 2014

      Snow shoveling isn’t so bad – until March or thereabouts when you’re sick to death of the stuff. At this time of the year it’s still enough of a novelty that it doesn’t totally get on my nerves!
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  • Marika November 19, 2014

    I have shoveled snow. It sucks… treat yourself and pay a neighbor kid to do that for you!
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    • Laurel Regan
      November 19, 2014

      I’m just thankful we don’t have much to do! It’s really just our front walk and the sidewalk along the front of our house. Took me around 20 minutes tonight, and that included doing the sidewalk in front of two neighbours’ houses.
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  • obsessivemom
    November 19, 2014

    What a great idea this gratitude fix is. Beat of luck for Peter’s surgery. With so many good wishes coming your way all will certainly be well.

  • nabanita
    November 19, 2014

    A surgery in the family is always nerve wrecking and I so understand what you feel…But like your list said it will all be fine…Don’t worry and don’t panic Laurel 🙂 Sending lots of good wishes your way
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  • Joslyn November 20, 2014

    It is nerve racking the final days leading up to a major surgery. As you say, we have incredible health care. Everything will work out just fine. Soon hubby will be home and on the mend. All the best.
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  • Shilpa Garg
    November 20, 2014

    Wishing the best to Peter for his surgery! Am sure with all the positive vibes around you, he will be fit and fine real soon! Take care, Laurel and God bless! ♥
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  • Rajlakshmi November 20, 2014

    A visit to the hospital is enough for me to press the panic button. I can understand how stressful it would be, waiting for the surgery to be over.
    I wish Peter a successful surgery and hope he recovers quickly.
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  • Vinitha
    November 20, 2014

    Gratitude fix is a real good way to give a positive perception. 🙂 sending wishes for the surgery, Laurel. Stay blessed! 🙂

  • Pixie November 20, 2014

    Sending loads of positive vibes and strength your way Laurel. Hope Peter’s surgery goes fine and he recovers well.

  • ElaineLK November 20, 2014

    I had surgery on my wrist this summer, and though I was restricted for a while, everything is fine now. So it will be with Peter. And I so envy your health care system. I ended up paying of thousands of dollars for my surgery even on top of our health plan. I always say Canada does things right. Best wishes and peace of mind to you and Peter.

  • elly stornebrink
    November 20, 2014

    Life sure is good when you have all those ‘things’ behind you: your partner’s upcoming surgery, sidewalk shovellling etc. You can now put up your feet and relax: you deserve it Laurel! 😉 <3
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