The Recovery

On April 11, 2016, I had a double by-pass operation and all appears to have gone well. I spent another week in the hospital recovering and I must have done well enough as I was released to my own home in San Felipe Baja Mexico. Two dear friends and neighbors came to get me at the hospital and scooped me up and tucked me in the car and drove me to El Centro CA to spend the night before crossing the border the next day and the, to me, long drive down the coast and through the mountains and over the dry lake to my little house in the little Pueblo, San Felipe, I call home.

Upon arrival we had a meeting with my caretaker Maria who was contracted to take care of me and stay over night at my house just in case I need assistance. This turned out to be an excellent arrangement. She is experienced in caring for people and is a kind and gentle person. She speaks a little english which is fine with me as I got to use my Spanish and that made me use my brain. A week passed quickly and with many visits from neighbors and friends I began the process of healing.

May 2nd, I had a follow-up visit in La Jolla CA with the surgeon and I got a lot of questions answered about my health and the progress I was making and got positive encouragement from him and his staff that I was doing very well and to keep on with the regimen and to make an appointment with the recommended Cardiologist in El Centro CA in two weeks. The trip back to El Centro was uneventful and a good night’s rest prepared me for the shopping the next day and the trip back to San Felipe.

I didn’t realize how much effort I had been putting out on this trip to La Jolla when I got to my house I was exhausted and my old back injury was giving me a lot of pain. The following day my back was giving me more pain than the by-pass operation did and I had to use some pain medication to calm it down. When the following day arrived, thursday, I felt much better and I was ready for my hair appointment in town. I got to get my hair done and I felt much better about myself even though in my opinion I look like something the cat has been playing with I’m still pale and drawn looking. While in town I got to talk to some friends and that always cheers me up.

So, now I’m resting at home; I’ll have Maria come in two times a month for a while to keep house for me and I’ll see the Cardiologist in El Centro. One of these days I will be well enough to get back to driving my car again and going about my usual schedule. I hope.

As for selling my house here in San Felipe; I have taken it off the market and I’m reconsidering my options. There are many advantages to living in San Felipe and I have many caring friends here and at this point it is unlikely that I will leave here. I may go on trips and vacations, but San Felipe is home. I hope when needed I return the kindness and love I received when I needed it.

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5 thoughts on “The Recovery

  1. Good to hear you are recovering and that you have friends around you.

    • I have been very lucky to have good friends willing to help me in recovery it has made all the difference.

  2. Barbara Lane

    So glad to hear you’re doing well. I’ve been thinking of you, wondering how your recovery was going. I always say “we get by with a little help from our friends” is the gospel if ever it was written. Thanks for the update – I will continue to hold you in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Get well soon. Thank your friends for me and give them all a big hug. I am so thankful you had them during this time. Love Sam

  4. lev

    This is such great news
    We all have been waiting to hear from you/ or a family member on how you were doing – so scary but now here we are so relieved to hear that you pulled thru – really happy that all went well

    Also the news that you will stay on in san felipe is good news although the dream of jalisco can be just that – where would you find so many people who know you and you them. Plus all know the pains and aches so can be there with concern and help should anything happen.

    It seems less urban isolation and more villagey then in san francisco where if one of us was ill no one would notice.unless we didn’t show up to work

    !!welcome back!!

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