2011-09-19

Gratitude Monday

I'm taking a page from my cousin Leah's book today and talking about gratitude.

I am grateful to live in Canada, where an elective surgery for replacing my hip with an artificial one is covered by health care.

I am grateful that Alberta Health Services & the Red Cross have a program called STELP (Short Term Equipment Loan Pool). So that I can get a walker and a bathing seat and grab bar for the tub, along with a raised toilet seat and handles to go with it, all without paying for it. I can then return it all in 3 months or less when I am finished and the next person can use them.

I am grateful to have good friends that are willing to take me to hospital and bring me into their home afterwards, so that I have help for the first few days after my release. They have already been helpful, running around with me to get the various pieces of equipment that I need, sitting in the Dr.'s office to learn what is going to happen with the surgery and afterwards. They will continue to be helpful for the next couple of months also, helping me with grocery shopping and whatever else I can't do alone.

I am grateful that my wait for surgery isn't any longer than the Dr. originally said it would be. Oh and here is an article on where I am having it done.

I am going in on Friday and probably won't post for awhile. I will let The Bag Lady know how things went, so check out her blog for news.

In the meantime, have a good week everyone!

12 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

Steal away. I'm glad you're getting this done. I know things will be fine.

the Bag Lady said...

We are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful country!

Good luck with the surgery and heal up quickly.

Hilary said...

I'm grateful for your good friends and our health system too. Take good care, Reb. I'll be sending you positive, healing thoughts for a speedy recovery.

messymimi said...

Glad you are getting this done, and you will be in my prayers for it to all go smoothly with a quick recovery.

spokalulu said...

Best wishes, Reb!
I'm grateful you are my friend.

Reb said...

Thanks Leah. From your lips - er, fingers...

Sis, we do and I will try.

Thanks Hilary, I'll need all the good wishes I can get :)

Messymimi, thanks so much.

Karen, I am grateful you are my friend too.

Frank Baron said...

I trust all will go well, Reb. Best wishes from this corner for an uncomplicated surgery and speedy recovery.

See you when you get back. :)

Reb said...

Thanks Frank!

solarity said...

Best wishes for a good recovery. All the people I know who've had joint replacements are very grateful the technology exists.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Dianne said...

I will be thinking of you and sending out good thoughts for a quick recovery

lots of love and hugs

Reb said...

Mary Anne, thanks. That's what I hear too.

Dianne, thanks.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Just thinking of you and wondering how your recovery is going. Hope you're recuperating and doing well!