For a bit more than a month I stayed at my parents’ home in the suburbs of Toronto. I couldn’t go back to my apartment in Québec City to be with my husband soon after my neck surgery. I couldn’t go back to work at the mine because my broken neck needed many months to fully heal. So I didn’t have much of a choice but to just chill at home.
I did have a choice, however, over how I spent my days at home. It could have been extremely boring yet I busied myself with various activities:
- Completing insurance paperwork
- Walking for exercise
- Reading cookbooks/cooking magazines/fiction
I didn’t even have time for Netflix! Can you believe that?
I don’t think the first deserves further proof or explanation because here we all are! I have truly found immense fulfillment in sharing my story with you all during the last month and a half. I hope you have enjoyed reading it as I have enjoyed writing it. And it’s not over yet! 😊
My culinary adventures continued and really took off at this point in time:
Walks with my brother:
Three weeks post-surgery, I had a follow-up appointment with my neurosurgeon Dr. J. We took an X-ray of my neck and saw that the plate, screws, and artificial bone were still in place.
This was actually the first time I even knew about having artificial bone in my neck. LOL. I clearly wasn’t paying attention post-surgery. Though the artificial bone cannot be seen in an X-ray, it is implanted with tantalum metal that is visible in an X-ray. Therefore the presence of the tantalum implants showed that the artificial bone was still intact. Pretty cool, right?
Other great outcomes of this appointment:
- My dressings were removed! Both my neck and hip incisions healed nicely.
- I can wash my hair now! YESSSSSSSSSSSS
- I can attend cooking classes now! But Dr. J warned me that other people in the class may be wary of me and my neck brace. I told him I would go to one class and see how it goes first.
- I can take French classes now!
- I can go back to my apartment in Québec City now! I was permitted to go only by plane.
For someone living with so many restrictions for the last five months, this was quite the turning point for me. I arranged my flight to Québec City (with a wheelchair and all that good stuff) THAT SAME AFTERNOON. Talk about excited?
I was to leave Toronto in two weeks’ time. I had a lot of things I still had to complete before leaving (insurance paperwork, cleaning up my things at my parents’ home and practically MOVING, etc.).
More of me making a mess in the kitchen:
The next thing I knew, I was in the airport for my flight to finally be with my husband… to make a mess in our kitchen this time. 😉