Second surgery today…Movin’ right along…April Fool’s Day…

We howled when these baby helmeted guineafowl became frightened when a warthog entered the garden, and they flew into the tree, each pair facing a different direction.

“Sighting of the Day in the Bush”

Male kudus, Big Daddies, often hang around together.

A year ago, today was Easter, and we attended the Marloth Park Easter Fair; while we ran into many locals, we’ve come to know and enjoyed checking out all the booths with the variety of wares from vendors from nearby afar.  

Of course, it was April Fool’s Day, as it is again today, an occasion for which we have little interest in participating. At this point, neither of us is interested in any surprises! We’ve had our share.

Today is the third day I’ve spent in a hospital while the infections in my legs are treated by various means, along with a few surgeries to debride the dead flesh and work on the wounds by a competent plastic surgeon.Later today, I went to the “theatre” (as they say here in South Africa) for my second surgery. Fortunately, based on what the doctor told us this morning, this will be the last surgery on my legs. Once I recover for a few days, we’ll be heading back to Marloth Park.

Many of our loyal readers have kindly written with the warmest of wishes and prayers. Many are asking how we’re holding up. Tom has been doing better than I expected. This is undoubtedly difficult for him. We both have been under stress over all of these surgeries, their outcomes, and their costs.

The insurance company has yet to pay for the angiogram and bypass surgery or this current hospitalization. We wait with bated breath hoping they will come through. No doubt, this has been a significant stressor for both of us.

Guineafowls often gather near the clothesline. Go figure.

If ever there was a time a couple could get testy, it would be now. But, we both work hard to stay closely connected and supportive of one another as we muddle our way through these issues. Somehow, we’ve managed to stay on track, maintaining a decent attitude while striving to keep our solid relationship solid and meaningful.

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, for the best ultimate long-term results, we both are letting go of the worry, stress, and concern and simply moving forward, grateful for what we do have instead of what we don’t. That’s not easy to do, but the results we’ll reap will be many.

I just returned from a walk with the physical therapist. We’re both pleased I could walk for about 10 minutes. The only thing holding me back is the pain in both legs. Otherwise, I’d certainly be able to do at least the 40 minutes I’d been doing at home.  

Soon enough, I’ll be back at it even after losing a little ground due to today’s surgery that will keep me down for about 48 hours. We’re both optimistic. We’re both hoping we can go home well before the weekend.

May you have a fun and playful April Fool’s Day if you partake in its pranks and playful antics.

Be well.

Photo from one year ago today, April 1, 2018:

Last year’s Easter Fair in the bush with various styles of artwork on display. For more fine details, please click here.

Comments and responses Second surgery today…Movin’ right along…April Fool’s Day…

    • Jessica Reply

      Thank you for taking the time to wish me well. Your readership means the world to us.
      Warmest regards,
      Jess & Tom

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