If you follow my studio Instagram account (yes I have two accounts, one for family day to day antics and another for art journal and things that happen in the studio), you might have seen this image from my art journal (not sure what to call it) documenting the 52stories project I had just finished. If you want more information about 52stories go here, here, and here. Hopefully, this doesn't feel like a sales pitch with all these extra links.
Back to the real story...
Samantha had to have some minor, according to her, surgery on her wrist. I think it was a little more than minor, but when you are a super-healer like her, nearly everything is minor. Her body has an amazing ability to heal and repair. Unlike anything, I have seen or experienced.
After a series of unfortunate scheduling mishaps, she was finally scheduled for a late day, the last patient, surgery and despite her fasting and dehydrated state, the nurse was able to find a vein on the first try. That alone is miraculous in my experience. As you can tell she was not very thrilled that I was taking pictures, she never is, but I hope someday she will appreciate having her stories documented. The surgery took a little longer than anticipated because the doctor fixed a couple of other issues he had not seen in the MRI, but he was pleased with how she did and deemed the surgery a success.
When I finally got to see her she was alert and feeling great, also something that has only happened once in the many surgeries I've had. Now, you might say this is her story, no one cares about what has happened to you. However, I am the storyteller and my narratives will always be clouded with tidbits of my life and coming out of surgery without vomiting or nausea is an amazing thing. So grateful she has her father's genes.
She was anxious to leave the hospital sooner than later. There was a minor setback with her prescriptions, but she was discharged in record time. She was disappointingly sedated and normal. I enjoyed talking to her and spending quality one on one time. She would have preferred a different activity, but I will take what I can get. As soon as we walked in the door at home she fixed herself a plate of beans, rice, and taquitos, thanks to our sweet aunt. This is another thing I would never do immediately after surgery. I feel sick for days from the anesthesia and medications, but not my super-healer. She felt hungry and ate. Remarkable.
She spent the next few days trying to relax, something she is not very good at. She was stir crazy very quickly, but she was also a good patient as we tried to help her recover. Loaf was thrilled to sit and color with Samantha when she would get home from school. For the most part, she was very careful with her arm, but being a little girl she did forget on occasion, but Samantha was prepared for that as well with her quick reflexes.
One evening shortly after surgery, Rock was teasing her mercilessly so Samantha took him to the ground and started tickling him. He was very gentle and let her have her fun, but it was still impressive to see how much strength she had so quickly after surgery.
All the time at home recuperating was filled with beautiful flowers, which she insisted on arranging with her ice packed hand. An ice cream party with the babies one day after school was especially sweet and wonderful when a vein of fudge was found. New photos and videos uploaded to the family Google photos provided moments of laughter and memories. Her sisters were wonderful to help her wash her hair and pamper her. It was wonderful to see the children rally around her, offering support and love.
I loved walking in on her piecing a quilt. It's not her favorite of the sewing projects, but it brought a smile to my face especially seeing the photo of her great-great-grandmother working on a quilt of her own wall. For the first two weeks post op, she endured the brace and tried to do as much as she could. After her first appointment, she was cleared for light activity and no physical therapy. She was healing so well and is so active that the doctor told her to be careful because the incision still needed to heal, but that she could resume normal activities as she felt strong enough. She has full range of motion and the pain has been eliminated with the removal of the bone and the tendon repair. I am so thankful for her body's ability to heal.