The Road to Recovery
Friday, May 22, 2015
Well, my friends, I'm at the surgeon's office at the hospital right now, waiting to see him for a follow-up. I'm still dealing with pain, though it's been a little easier, now that they've provided me with the proper medication. I'm also going through physical rehab over at the nursing home in Queens, which has been going slowly, but consistently better.
I've also been doing something that I've been unable to focus on previously: revising one of my stories. It feels so good to be able to put my mind to work at something that I love; it's been too long since I've been able to think about anything but my convalescence. The fact that I'm progressing on my work is such a healing feeling. And yes, I promise that once it's done, I'll share it with all of you!
I'm also happy to say that, pain medication excluded (for the obvious reason), I've been clean now for 267 days. I hope that painkillers aren't going to have to be a constant companion in my life (I'm still concerned with the fact that I have this pain in my left arm that didn't exist before the surgery), but I know that with the support that I have through family and friends, I can overcome anything that may come my way.
Regardless, though I still have a ways to go to recover my physical strength, I can say that I feel stronger mentally and emotionally than I've felt in a long time. I know that I need to give myself credit in that regard--after all, regaining that strength has to start with me, or it won't start at all--I owe you all so much for being behind me, and supporting me emotionally and spiritually, with all your well-wishes and prayers. God bless you all, and I'm so glad that I found this family!
Joel a.k.a. Jaded