I felt like some giant had reached down and hit the pause button on my life. My daughter did not even know what happened to me until the next day. My mom was there, she was the one who dropped me off at the ER and she was with me for a few hours that evening. But I was alone for 90 percent of the time, yet I didn't feel alone. In the recovery room the nurse was great. Checking on me, answering all of my questions, commenting on how well I was doing and how strong and healthy I am. Then in the observation room I did what they told me. Rest and walk, rest and walk. Every half hour. Just hours after surgery I walked down the hall, pulling my IV stand with one hand, holding the gown shut with the other, a determined look on my face. Rest and walk, rest and walk. Hmmm. When did life get broken down to these things? Rest and walk. Wait for your bowels to wake up. Can you eat yet? Yes, time to leave the hospital...11 hours after surgery. Carefully I pulled my burnt orange sweat pants back on, gasping in wonder at the laproscopic surgery that allows for my stomach muscles to function still. Able to walk, sit up, lift my legs into my pants with ease. Wow, this was not like my C-Section almost 15 years ago!
So I'm home. Phone is fixed, friends and family all contacted and still resting and walking, resting and walking. I'm grateful that Bikram yoga gave me such a strong core. The nurses all commented on how strong I was to be sitting up and moving around with such ease. They were also shocked because I wasn't bugging them for any pain meds. It was a dull ache, sure. I could feel it, but I wanted to feel it. Because it told me when to rest, and when I could walk. Pain is not always a bad thing, it's our body, telling us when to go, when to stop, when something is wrong.
I don't know when I'll be able to go back to yoga. I miss it. I crave that hot room, my friends, my life. I even want to go back to work. I can't wait to go from "rest and walk" to stretch and kick and breathe and move. I can't wait to get back in there, look into my own two eyes in the mirror and thank God for my health. For my body that can normally do more than rest and walk. I chuckle to myself now thinking about my 30 day challenge I was going to do. I'll be grateful to make it through 30 minutes! I'm nervous and anxious and scared about getting back in that room. Will I be starting over? My body, after just one week of missing yoga feels softer, looser, less defined. Will I even be able to bend over? Put my foot in my hand?
None of that matters, I'll just be grateful to be back. Meanwhile, I'm trying to soak in the quiet that this pause button has afforded me. I was forced to be quiet and still in that ER all night, I was forced to listen and appreciate the sounds around me. No distractions, just life, happening all around me. I did not sleep at all that night, and it was OK. It wasn't a bad night after all. It was peaceful.....it was life.