Sunday, April 4, 2010

I’m Walking on Sunshine

Leo’s heart surgery went well on Thursday and the surgeon is very pleased with his recovery. He was in a lot of pain on Friday, but yesterday he was up and walking and his pain was minimal. They are hoping he can come home on Tuesday. To say I’m relieved would be the understatement of the year.

This surgery has been hanging over our heads since January and I think I was dreading it even more than Leo as I remembered what we went through with his last surgery almost two years ago to the day.

It’s onwards and upwards from now on. My Mum is settled into her new residential care facility and soon Leo will be home and get stronger every day. I feel like the weight of the world has finally been lifted from my shoulders.

I couldn’t have got through this last six months without the help of my family and friends – one friend in particular. Lee has been with me every step of the way and I don’t know what I’d have done without her. Being an only child, I’ve learned to try and handle most things by myself and I’ve never been one to ask for help. Lee never asked if I needed help, she could just sense it and was always there for me.

When we got home from Leo’s angiogram at almost midnight in the freezing cold, she was sitting in our driveway ready to give me a hug. She walked into the waiting room on Thursday and sat with Sandra and I until we got news that things were O.K. She listened to me moan and cry almost daily when I was trying to deal with my Mum.

I’ll be honest – I’ve never had a friend like this before. Most people (myself included) tend to say if you need anything, anything at all, just say the word. I never did say the word – I guess I considered it a weakness if I couldn’t manage myself. This has given me a whole new perspective on friendship and I will no longer just offer – I’ll look for a need and I’ll try and fill it. Thank you Lee for not only being my friend but for teaching me the true meaning of friendship.

If you’re still hanging in here with me, I do have some cute pictures to share with you. Here are my grandkitties enjoying their dinner.

Darren & Sandra's Bunny Left to right we have Lucy, Miles and Abby – and notice none of them have their elbows on the table – I have such well behaved grandkitties!

Darren also got this great shot of one of the bunnies in their backyard.

Miles, Abby & Lucy

Do you think this is the Easter Bunny?

7 comments:

Jackie said...

I'm so glad to hear such wonderful news! I'm so happy for you!

SandyQuilts said...

Yahooooooo

I wish I could have been there in person with you instead of over 500 miles away.

Kisses for Leo, Hugs for you.

Deb Levy said...

I'm so happy for you Irene that things are finally beginning to settle down for you, goodness knows you deserve it.

I'm glad Leo is progressing well and that your Mom is settled.

And I just LOVE the photo of your kitty dinner! That looks just like my house at mealtime...glad I'm not the only one who feed them at the table, lol!

Rian said...

So happy to hear that Leo is through his surgery successfully. I know how hard that is for YOU! Trust me. I think it is harder on the spouse than the patient. Oh, and to be dealing with your mother at the same time! Poor girl. May all this badness be behind you and now you can do the cake walk the rest of the way!

Hugs and more hugs.

Joan said...

We should all be so lucky to have a friend like Lee...she sounds like a gem! So glad Leo is on the mend, your mom is settled in and things are looking up! Happy Easter! That definitely looks like the Easter Bunny..too cute!

quiltmom said...

We all need friends like Lee- so glad she was able to be there for you. So thrilled to hear that Leo is doing so well and that your mom has settled into her new home.
What a great bunny- May April continue to bring sunshine to you and yours.
Warmest regards,
Anna

quiltmom said...

We all need friends like Lee- so glad she was able to be there for you. So thrilled to hear that Leo is doing so well and that your mom has settled into her new home.
What a great bunny- May April continue to bring sunshine to you and yours.
Warmest regards,
Anna