(The Givatayim Spa aka Paradise)
The last 2 weeks have been really wonderful. I've been feeling great. Although I haven't had another blood test, my intuition tells me that my hemoglobin levels & red blood count are back to normal. And my hip is also feeling good. For the most part, the pain in my groin has disappeared. Sometimes I almost forget; then a quick movement, running up the stairs or standing up from squatting down to retrieve something from a low cabinet reminds me that my muscles are still not quite up to full strength yet. Having said that though, the PT Angel told me that I can probably stop coming to see her weekly. This week, she taught me how to sit on the floor and get myself back up. Quite an accomplishment at not even 3 months post-op.
Also I've been doing a great deal of walking. Walking to PT, walking to the gym at the mall, walking in the park. I've spent the past week walking back and forth across Givatayim. It's amazing really and I find myself awestruck during my "treks" that I am actually able to walk so far without any pain. I can't remember when I could do that. It must be years. My only regret is that all the people I love who lived in Givatayim are no longer there. (I think of you guys when I'm walking.)
The other regret, well no, it's not really a regret. Before I decided to have the surgery, so many people said to me "I don't know why I waited so long to do it." This is very true. For a long time, it was not clear what my problem was, only that I had intense pain which prohibited me from walking. When I was finally diagnosed nearly 2 years ago, all the doctors said I should wait because I was so young. So I waited 18 months. But who knows what the future holds? I decided it was silly to wait, when I wanted to be back where I should be now. (By the way, thanks to all of you reading who encouraged me to take the leap! You know who you are...). Now I am.
The other wonderful thing I've done this week is to hit the jacuzzi at the gym after my workout. I know, I know. Prof. Palmtree warned against going to the pool for fear of slipping but I decided that I could risk it. (Only one more week to go anyway.) I've always loved the jacuzzi in Givatayim. It's very large with powerful jets. Best of all, in the time that I've been away, it's been renovated. Now the room is done up in bamboo, wood and stone. So tranquil. You could almost pretend you are in Bali or some other tropical island. Plus every time I've been there, I've had the place all to myself.
It's like my own private paradise. Life's good.
(Entrance to the jacuzzi)