Inside the Mind of Isadora

Some Positive Thoughts on Health and Aging

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A birthday will always remind you of your age. In my mind, I feel like I’m ageless.

But, on July 20th, I realized I wasn’t. I was having another birthday and this time I felt it.

When you’re flat on your back ( literally ) you’ve got lots of time to think about life and aging.

Did I forget to mention I had back surgery?

No?

Well … yes. I did.
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It was on June 25th. I was admitted 2 days prior because I’m

on blood thinners. They had to get those INR numbers in the right

range or I could bleed out during surgery.

INR stands for international normalized ratio. The INR provides some information about a person’s blood’s tendency to clot which is often described as how “thin” or “thick” their blood is. A normal INR is approximately 1.0. People taking the blood thinner warfarin typically have a target INR of 2.0 to 3.0. info from web md

 

I had the back surgery and a long hospital stay in a private room in ICU

because I’m a higher risk patient of developing blood clots. My body seems to like doing that.

My transit to the blissfully euphoric white light years ago was brought about by those little rascals.

Due to that, I’m on blood thinners and have been for years. After surgery, my blood had to be

brought back to the INR level I had been at before I went into the hospital too.

Extreme monitoring was needed. IMG_1863

In the beginning, I was too sick to care about where I was.

I was on lots of pain medications and tethered to tubes and monitors.

Once I started to heal and feel better, I wanted to go home.

After awhile, I begged the doctors ( my primary physician, my hematologist

and my surgeon) to let me go home. I wanted my pillow, my bed,

my cozy pajama’s, my privacy and my personal space.

In a hospital, pillows are huge marshmallows. Your head is propped up

even if you don’t want it to be. The bed crunches from the vinyl liner

they have under the sheet. The room is ice cold. People pop in constantly. And, those hospital gowns

will not get you on the best dressed list in any fashion magazine. They are made in a one size fits all style.

My gown reached the floor and around me twice. The ties were never the same size which led to a lopsided angled effect.

You never sleep in a hospital. They come in and take your blood pressure, your temperature, draw blood (lots of blood), check and replace your IV fluids, bring inedible food, give you your meds and start the cycle all over again. Basically, you get about 1 1/2 hrs of sleep at a time.

If it sounds like I’m complaining. I’m not. I had excellent care from my doctors, nurses, cna’s and, even, food servers and cleaning staff. They were compassionate, sensitive, kind, understanding and humane. But at home, I had my comforts, my good energy, my quiet spaces and my lovingly caring hubby.

Now, I’m home and healing. I’m continuing to mend slowly. I can see progress everyday. I had lost the ability to do things for myself. I’ve regained about 60% of that at the moment. I can’t sit, stand or walk for any major length of time. I can’t bend, twist or lean side to side. It takes me an hour to shower and dress. I remember whizzing through that. No chance of that now.

I’m supposed to be patient and forbearing for about 6 – 8 weeks. It seems easy but it really isn’t. I know I’ll persevere. I have a renewed respect for my past abilities that are currently limited. I’ve resigned to accept the idea of others doing things for me. I’ve had more time for creative things, reading, listening to music and watching some very good documentaries.

My focus is on keeping my thoughts positive while recovering from this. In a way, I feel like the tortoise in the story of the ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’. I may not get there quickly but I’ll get there eventually.

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The Tortoise and the Hare (Disney 1934)

Some Positive Thoughts on Health and Aging

Throw out NON-ESSENTIAL NUMBERS. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them.

Keep only CHEERFUL FRIENDS. The grouches pull you down.

Keep LEARNING. Learn more about computers, crafts, gardening or anything that is new and stimulating. Never let the brain be idle. ‘An idle mind if the devil’s workshop.

Enjoy the SIMPLE THINGS.

LAUGH often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breathe.

Tears will happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who’s with us our entire life is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH WHAT YOU LOVE, whether it’s your family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, etc. Your home is your refuge.

CHERISH YOUR HEALTH …. if it is good preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve seek help.

Don’t take GUILT TRIPS. Take a trip to the mall or to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where a guilt trip is.

Tell people you LOVE that you LOVE them whenever you have the opportunity.

REMEMBER

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
But by the moments that take our breath away.

 

Choices – Inspiration and motivation.mp4

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

23 thoughts on “Some Positive Thoughts on Health and Aging

  1. Happy Belated Birthday, Isadora! You’re a Cancerian, like me. 🙂

    I’m so sorry that you weren’t well on your birthday, but I’m glad that you’ve lived to see another year. I’m also happy that your healing is coming along nicely. Wishing you an excellent recovery.

    Continue to have that forever-young mindset. 🙂

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    • AND … a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you my fellow Cancerian. May your coming year be filled with all of the love your heart can hold. ❤
      I'm truly blessed to be in the care of such professional experts. Day by day, I continue to heal. My hope is to be always be forever-young in spirit. Thank you for the birthday wishes and good wishes.
      Blessings …
      Isadora 😍

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  2. Dear Isadora, Happy Birthday! I’m so sorry to hear all the trouble you have been through. Now you are on the recover road, so things are getting better little by little. Take care!

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    • Yes, Elizabeth, I’m healing and getting better day by day. Little things seem so much bigger. I feel very grateful each time I accomplish a new task. Patience has become my ever present word.
      I appreciate your birthday wishes so very much … thank you !!! 😍
      Isadora

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  3. Isadora such a challenging time you are having. Wishing you much healing and hope you are on the mend soon.

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    • I am mending everyday and healing each day more and more. I have accepted that patience will get me there
      eventually. Slowing down was difficult for me. But, I’m seeing that age can wake your reality of where your body
      is and should be gracefully accepted. Thank you for your good wishes. 😍

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  4. Happy Birthday dear Issy. Wow what a rough ride you’ve had but it sounds like you’ve been very well looked after. So glad to know you’re now home and on the mend. Take it easy and get stronger every day. Hugs and love to you. xx

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  5. My dear Izzy, I am sure you will persevere and you will soon be back to 100%! Being out of the …luxury of a hospital is bliss – I know! But in a way, with situations like that we change our perspective and come to see a little clearer, so may your path to complete healing be an enlightening one. May this be the best gift for your birthday. Sending you my warmest wishes and healing thoughts and a big hug for the birthday girl! 🙂 xx

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    • Yes, Marina, little things seem so much bigger. I feel very happy each time I accomplish a new task. Patience has become my ever-present word. Everyday is a new day to enjoy and be grateful for. Thank you for the wonderful birthday wishes.
      Your kind words touched my heart. ❤️
      Blessings,
      Isadora 😍

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  6. Here’s to your continuing return to health and being pain free Issy ❤

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  7. Happy Birthday!!! Not the way one hopes to spend their day, but hey … one has to do what one must do. May your attitude continue to drive you forward. Thoughts of healing and comfort to you.

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  8. Happy birthday Izzy, it looks as though you could have been in my hospital,, the tubes and wires leading to unknown machines. Every morning the blood trolley ladies did their rounds and every time they stopped at my bed. I must have been bled dry. But like you Izzy, I could not praise these people enough… Anyway I do hope all things are heading in the right direction now and your body and mind are getting better… take care.. 😉

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    • hahaha … I felt that I was being followed by vampires. 😷 I love the name ‘Blood Trolley Ladies’. Although, there was a fella that was very bad at his job that was part of the blood people. When he would walk into my room, I’d ask him to go away. Of course, he never listened. He tried to tell me some stories to distract me but it didn’t help. He informed me he had learned and practiced his technique on service men. It didn’t make me fill confident especially since it hurt like h-ll.
      I hope that your health is always improving. Take good care. I appreciated your birthday wishes. I hope to celebrate a great many more. 😍
      Isadora

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  9. Happy Birthday, Dahling! I remember recovering from my back surgery and it was no picnic…but I did. Eventually. You’ll feel like a champ when you take your first solo walk around the block. The little things won’t seem so little and everything will feel like such a hug accomplishment. Getting rid of the hospital bed I had in my house was THE BEST! Well, no, getting rid of the staph infection that developed in the wound was THE BEST! I guess there were a lot of THE BESTs.

    Anyway, good to see you around the old blog-o-sphere, my dear, Izzy! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • You are so right, my dear friend. My ability to shower by myself was a milestone. I celebrated as if I’d won the lottery.
      Little things seem so much bigger. I feel very grateful each time I accomplish a new task. Patience has become my ever present word.
      Thank you for the birthday wishes and good thoughts. You brought joy to my heart. ❤️
      Namaste ❤️

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  10. Happy Birthday, Issy! Each day brings you closer to recovery … until then, with grace, enjoy the gift of receiving! ❤

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