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This is the story of my first shower since surgery. It happened several weeks ago. After having stitches burst open in one of my previous surgeries, I did NOT want that to happen again. To say I was a bundle of nerves was a complete understatement.
Here's how it went: After getting the wheelchair as close to the bathroom door as possible, I used my walker to get in the rest of the way. We didn't foresee me ending up in a wheelchair, so that door frame wasn't made wide enough. After sitting down, I knew I could get the left foot in with no problem. It was just the right foot I was worried about. I kept telling Mama, "I don't know HOW I am going to get this foot in here! It just feels so tight!" I literally felt as if I could not move it.
For those who don't know, your leg is really weak after being in a cast. I continued, "This seat isn't right! I think it needs to be catty-cornered to give me more room."
Mama moved the chair as I said.
"This STILL is NOT going to work!" I yelled, panicking more by the second.
"It will be okay," Mama said
"I don't know. I just don't know! I don't want the stitches to burst! I don't want the stitches to burst!" I said through tears.
Mama said, "It will be fine. Nothing will happen to your foot. The quicker you get it in there, the better it will feel because the pressure won't be on the heel anymore."
Logically, I knew what she was saying, but I was in full-blown panic mode.
We finally got the foot in the shower, but I was still going at it, talking to myself.
"This stupid chair doesn't give me enough room! My foot feels weird. And it hurts!
"I need medicine." Clearly, I thought my mom was taking too long, so from the shower I yelled, "Codeine!"
Mama came with medicine and a drink in hand. Maybe I would live through this. Maybe.
After swallowing the pill, the plastic shower curtain became my enemy. "The stupid shower curtain won't stay shut!" I was still crying and breathing heavily and talking to myself. If I was going to get through this, I had to calm down.
So, every time my foot would hurt, I said, "Help me, Jesus! Please help my foot to stop hurting! Help me, Jesus! And I didn't whisper either, this was almost a wail. Who am I kidding? It was a wail at times.
A little bit of time passed, and I was washing off. Okay, this was not so bad.
Then, I remembered my foot, "God, PLEASE don't let the stitches come out!"
I heard His reassuring voice, "I am protecting your foot. It's not like other surgeries. I've got you."
Ah. What a sobering thought. Through my panic attack, I was so busy screaming, I forgot God had me.
Mama was able to come in and help me quickly wash my hair. And the first shower was over.