So when I put out a request for a little moral support to friends I was frankly overwhelmed by the response.
I didn't realize that I had started a Pity Party and I felt a little ashamed even. I mean I am not one to complain. Generally, the opposite is true; I tend to isolate myself and suffer alone.
However, recently I had a surgery that left me temporarily incapacitated and it kind of surprised me that I would feel so utterly helpless. I did in fact "reach out" to friends through e-mail and on this blog site and the response has been nothing short of amazing.
I had friends who offered condolences, comfort, empathy, encouragement and prayers. I had friends who offered to come over and visit. Friends offering help with chores and others offering ice cream. I politely said "no, I don't want to trouble you" then realized afterwards what am I? an idiot?
I've often complained that people never come to visit me. It's true but of course, I understand that we don't all live in the same neighbourhood.
Still, I've felt lonely at times and wished for visitors to come once in a while. Like back in the "old" days when people didn't text or snap chat but actually went to someone's house for a personal visit. Now here are all these lovely people who do live close enough are offering to visit me and help and bring ice cream and I say; no?
What has touched me most about this experience is that it made me realize how lucky I am. I have so many wonderful, compassionate, thoughtful and considerate friends. So many could commiserate with me being "surgery survivors" themselves. Did I just coin a phrase or does that already exist?
Admittedly this was my first ever surgery and I had no idea what I was in for. Little did I realize that when they cut your body in three different places and there are three large wounds left to heal, that that is in fact very INVASIVE and a bit of a shock to the body.
But after all, this was an elective surgery, I wanted this procedure. And believe me I am glad I got it done and that I was able to get it covered (that is a whole other story that took five years to figure out).
Praise to Canada's Health Care System. We are indeed lucky to live here. I believe a similar procedure in the U.S. would have cost close to $10,000
So to all of you who reached back when I reached out Thank You So Much for caring and for sharing your caring with me.
I am so happy that you are my friend.