This is Amy. Now that you all have had the husbandly perspective of this, it's my turn again.
I really am feeling pretty good. I can only raise my left arm over my head with a lot of help from my right hand and only about once a day. It doesn't work very well on its own yet. At first my fingers were pretty useless, but that's back to normal now. Pain truly has been minimal - I haven't been being stoic. The worst part is that now that swelling has gone down and anesthesia is completely worn off, I can feel all the tubing that's still inside me. It doesn't hurt, but it's making me a little batty. The surgeon hopes to remove it on Wednesday if recovery is progressing sufficiently.
I did not go to church today. Some folks thought I was going because of Jon's comment about my being back at the keyboard soon. He wasn't talking about the musical keyboard (which I don't play very well), but about this computer keyboard. I had a relaxing day at home with my parents and a couple of friends who stopped by. I don't plan to go anywhere for quite a while, except doctors' appointments. Maybe I'll even skip those. The kids do have a play next Sunday night..... I'll be doing a lot of reading, as long as I can stay awake.
It's embarrassing to have details of my cancer and treatment spread all over through this blog, and I sure don't want to be offensive to anyone. I hope you all will understand that lots of people have the same (embarrassing) questions, and this is the best way to answer them. I guess that's the nature of my kind of cancer. As long as I'm the one posting, you can be sure I will skirt those questions as much as possible, but I can't say the same for my to-the-point husband.
So many of you have sent us cards and notes via this blog, CaringBridge, FaceBook, and email. I won't be able to respond to all of you, but I have read every note and appreciate you all so much. Thank you, thank you, for your care and concern for all of my family.