Today is the day! In about 8 hours that my right hamstring will get reattached to my sits bone deep in the pelvis. Around 1:30 pm Pacific time.
I have been limping, feeling pain, and moving more and more slowly for several weeks.
The usual marching, speedy, springing woman that I normally feel like has gone away for awhile, at least physically….
….and a new very slow person has replaced her.
I must admit. I’m a little anxious about the pain.
I saw photos of how they do this. It wasn’t exactly looking….gentle.
The surgeon cuts into the leg, slices across, goes underneath the gluteal muscle mass (that all gets lifted up with some kind of metal device), then the pelvic bone gets grazed up so it bleeds (this doesn’t sound peaceful) and then the shredded end of the hamstring that is detached gets pinned with two titanium pins onto the bleeding bone.
Three days ago, I lay on a bench up in the choir loft of a gorgeous brilliantly lit church, the sun pouring through the colored glass and making the whole interior of the place glow with golden luminescence.
My leg was throbbing. Underneath the friendly, articulate, amused voice of David Whyte, who was standing far below (he has two working legs, I note) with a microphone….
….my mind would shout sometimes even through his eloquent words “oh god, 72 hours until the knife cuts the back of my thigh and goes deep into the place that is already throbbing right NOW”.
David chuckled once, mid story, sun beaming towards his face like a spotlight, and picked up his podium with both hands, moving himself several feet to his left.
“I can only take so much light”, he joked.
I wonder if that’s how MY mind functions.
Because it is strong, stable, kind, loving and relaxed….and then….it appears to offer a slide show of dangerous Coming Events.
Me in a wheelchair, me laying face down for 6 weeks with drool coming out of my mouth, me crying because I can’t go outside, me not being able to get up to go to the bathroom with crutches, me with the entire right leg cut off, me realizing that this whole body thing is on its way out.
- this is going to hurt
- what if they can’t repair it (the worst thought)
- I’ll never be the same
- my life is over as I’ve known it
- I’m going to shrivel up like an atrophied raisin, my muscles will shrink and petrify, and I will never come back to my athletic energetic self
- this is going to heal
- what if they can repair it
- I’ll always be the same (especially the me that isn’t even a body)
- my life is just beginning, with a new leg
- I’m going to bloom like a juicy grape, my muscles will grow and loosen, and I am already back to my athletic energetic self
I just waved my arms around while lying on my back in the bed, laughing, my heart beating and my body getting warm enough to take off my sweatshirt.
Much love, Grace