I had surgery on December 8th. The next day I googled robotic surgery. It’s pretty cool but I’m glad I waited until it was done to look it up. There’s something a little disconcerting about letting someone cut into you from across the room. Anyway the surgery went well and I am on post-op day 5 today.
I am not allowed to lift anything over five or ten pounds (so basically nothing), or overexert myself in any way. I am taking narcotic pain medication and I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love the way it takes the pain away, obviously, and I also love that it takes away my anxiety about sitting on my butt doing nothing. It allows me to nap here and there, and I know that my body needs that. On the other hand, I hate that I NEED it, that without it I can’t focus on anything but the status of my innards, and that it makes me stupid. I suppose it sounds funny to anyone else, but I have occasionally given up on following a thought from beginning to end it is just too much work. Every day I try to sub Ibuprofen as much as possible and I am looking forward to the day that I feel back to normal. And ohmygoodness, Christmas is less than two weeks away!
In the last couple of days I have wrapped up some Christmas projects. Maddie and I finished up some chalkboard tags for our stockings.
These are just little wood cutouts shaped like mittens and tree ornaments. I think I got them at JoAnn Fabrics last year and never finished them. Prior to my surgery, I spray painted them with a semi-gloss white paint. Then yesterday Maddie and I painted the fronts with chalkboard paint.
My paint was a little watery, so I did several coats, sanding off the brushstrokes between the last two coats.
To attach them to the stockings, I threaded thin twine through the precut holes and knotted it several times. I trimmed off the ends, but you could definitely leave them dangling, or even add more decorations to them!
I “seasoned” the chalk paint by rubbing white chalk all over them, then wiping it off and using chalk board markers to write our names. I will probably fidget with them a bit more, but I am very pleased with the simple, seasonal cuteness. And the kids won’t have to look in each others stockings to figure out which one is theirs.
God has really blessed us this year, even in the midst of stress and illness. I can’t wait to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus on Christmas with all of our family around us.