It has now been two weeks since Emily underwent surgery to remove her right lung. After a week of recovery at the hotel, Emily and I [Miles] returned to Mount Sinai Hospital for follow up tests and a meeting with her doctors to review progress.
Over the past week, Emily has had gradual improvement each day. Although Emily has many amazing qualities, patience is not one of them. She has frequently experienced irritation over her body’s unwillingness to undergo complete recovery overnight (there is a mental beauty in that she equates a 24 hour bug with lung removal surgery). Consequently, Emily’s insatiable will drives her to work harder each day. She has improved her daily walks to three miles. After reading that climbing two flights of stairs represents a large milestone in recovery, she immediately did it that night (this was only eight days post-surgery). Despite these accomplishments, she has often had a look of frustration.
As we walked through Mount Sinai for her follow up appointments we were able to recall the past two weeks… the pre-surgery waiting area; the ICU; the walkway she rolled down days after surgery; the hospital exit from which she emerged only six days ago. For the first time, Emily was able to grasp how far she has come in such a short period. She was proud of her body and could see that she is moving in the right direction.
Emily passed all tests and her doctors were more than pleased with her progress. The surgery can result in many serious complications, but Emily has had none of them. A blood clot in her neck dissipated with aspirin; neck spasms have been calmed with hot and cold compresses; and nerve pain from the epidural site has subsided. Due to disruption of the nervous system on her right side, she is left with two conditions which may improve over time. One is a slight drooping of her right eyelid (a tad bit seductive in the right lighting). The other is an occasional bout of heavy sweating on just the left side of her body (a tad bit less seductive in all forms of lighting). It is quite amazing to see her walk three miles and have sweat completely drench only one side of her shirt. I find it absolutely fascinating…except for when she sleeps at night and unleashes a tsunami of perspiration for both of us to enjoy. I am also quite thankful for daily maid service at the hotel.
We will post more details soon on our life here in New Jersey. For now we just wanted to assure all of you who have been asking that, yes, Emily is still killing it, both physically and mentally. She spends most of her day either walking, lounging in her recliner watching The Good Wife, or enjoying vivid, painkiller induced dreams (e.g., riding on the back of a motorcycle with Tim Allen as adoring fans watch them perform tricks).
Thank you all for your cards, prayers, and well-wishes. You can reach us at: Courtyard Marriott, 540 Washington Blvd., Ste. 1002, Jersey City, NJ 07310
Love to all. Live in the Moment.
Miles & Emily