Patricia posted a note for stephanie that says:
Hi Stephanie, I am 74 and had AVR OHS 18 months ago. I understand everything you have been writing about and experienced most of it. It helped when I realized that my mind was working as though I was the old me, but my body did NOT appreciate what had been done to it. That being said, my body knew what was needed to heal and I had to relax my expectations. I just needed to get out of my own way and accept the miracle of a chance of a longer life even if it might be a little different. My mother had the same procedure at 71 and lived another active 16 years so I knew it could be done. You have some of that Nevada grit, energy and independence that I saw when visiting my Grandparents in Gardnerville. I remember the hot, dry, still summer days and the dusting of snow and cold in the winter. It's beautiful in that valley and if you have to recover AND ride out a pandemic, it can be a pretty place to sit and watch the Sierras. Is that crazy cowboy casino, Sharkeys still open? Not doctor recommended, but they had huge ribs. Yum! One of the best things I read on this site was: "I have made it through 100% of my worst days". You can and will do it. Be as easy on yourself as if you had found a wounded bird. A little compassion, care and time and you will be fine. So happy you have come this far.
Meredith Bray posted a note for stephanie that says:
Hi Stephanie, for whatever reason I can't comment on your post (web glitch, not you), so... Keep writing! I've recently started writing actual handwritten letters to old friends, and it is SOOOOO therapeutic! It's relaxing - thinking about what I'm going to write, sitting quietly while writing, using my best penmanship to address the letter, and the excitement of waiting for a response :) I've rekindled some lost friendships this way too, which is an extra bonus. So don't stop writing!