Since my last post, I turned 40(!), took an outstanding vacation (fully planned, including some truly amazing surprises, by The Husband), and scheduled my first (non-oral) surgery. "Rollercoaster" is a pretty good description of my feelings over the past month!
On Turning 40
I'm surprisingly less angst-ridden than I'd expected to be. Mostly, I'm shocked that such a large-sounding number applies to me. I don't feel 40. I'm not sure what I feel, but it's not 40. On the other hand, achieving such a milestone brought me such a fantastic celebration, I certainly can't complain!
Back on Christmas 2011, The Husband surprised me with his plans for my September birthday: a seven-night cruise on the (at the time) not-yet-launched Disney Fantasy! I spent the next nine months following the ship's story, as it was completed at Meyer-Werft, delivered to Disney Cruise Line, and took its maiden voyage. We sailed on the 27th voyage of this beautiful ship, and I could not be happier with The Husband's choice.
But that wasn't his only surprise! He also booked a night at Wilderness Lodge at WDW for us, so we could attend Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party the night before our sailing, AND he upgraded our outside stateroom to an outside with verandah! Having the ability to spend time sitting on the verandah and watch the sea go by made the trip that much more special and relaxing.
On That Surgery
I've written a bit about the problems I've had with my ankle since early in the year. After heavy-duty anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and both off-the-shelf and custom orthotics, the pain hadn't really improved for more than a day or two at a time. One MRI later, I've been diagnosed with a tear in my posterior tibial tendon, which requires fairly significant surgery (4 separate procedures) to repair. Recovery from these procedures is pretty daunting as well: 6 weeks non-weight-bearing on that leg, several more weeks in a walking boot, and a hefty amount of physical therapy. Full recovery likely will take the better part of a year. I'll be getting on with that exciting chapter in late January 2013. I think I'll have to find something stylish and fun to do with a cast!
So that's my rollercoaster ride for late September and most of October. I'm starting to look forward to the holidays now, and have already pulled out last year's Thanksgiving menu to get started!