This past Friday I had a wonderful girls’ night out with my mom, mother-in-law, big sister Beka and friend Heather. We went to see Wicked at the DPAC. It was my fourth time seeing the show and it’s just as good every time!
But what was really great about this time was just the accomplishment of getting out of the house, getting dressed up and enjoying an evening out with great company. I’ve been able to get out of the house some over the past week, but this was the first time actually getting dressed up and doing something beyond going out to dinner.
It felt good to do up my makeup and put on some high heels. By the way, I have missed heels! It’s been over a month since I’ve been able to wear them since I had the joint inflammation in my ankles and was hardly able to walk. Already, just two weeks after surgery, the inflammation is nearly gone and I’m only on a very low dose of steroids. It is amazing the things that have changed so quickly following the surgery.
I also realized at the show that it was the first time in as long as I can remember that I wasn’t worried about whether or not I might have to rush out in the middle and use the restroom. That’s a good feeling.
Although things are going very well, there are still things I’m having to get used to. The skin around my stoma is getting a little sore and irritated from the adhesive and has been bothering me today. Plus, somehow the bag I was wearing today got a small hole in it (awesome), so that meant I had to change it two days in a row, so my skin’s extra sensitive today. I’m trying out the different products I’ve been sent and figuring out that some are definitely easier to deal with than others.
I’m excited that I’m feeling like I’m getting back to my life. This coming week is going to be a bit more active, too, since I have a number of appointments and other plans to keep me busy. And I have a couple more house projects that I hope to accomplish before I have to get back to work. I was scared before this surgery that I would never be able to be “normal” again, but I think I’m already feeling more normal than I have in a very long time.