Yes, I fully understand that this surgery was somewhat elective. I did not require this surgery to survive, but it was highly suggested by a medical professional in order to live life to the best of my ability. On the other hand, it was not cosmetic, by any means, so it’s somewhere in between.

Anyways, I say all that to say this- I was laying in bed last night, unable to sleep thanks to the throbbing throat, and I started trying to think of things. Remember, I like lists. So I decided to think of things that I am grateful for. Pain will make you really appreciate the good things in life. Or at least help one to put in perspective that which is not so good.

Those of you who have been around the blo-ock (blog block- tough to combine) know that I usually save the grateful list until Thanksgiving, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Ok, on to today’s list.

I’m very thankful for:

1) My parents. They have gone above and beyond to help me feel comfortable. I imagined last night what it would be like to not have a family to take care of you post-surgery and well, it made me nauseous.

2) Living in the same city as my family. I’ve tried living 100 miles from them and it just didn’t work out in the long run. And I’m glad.

3) My job. Because not too many jobs get a week off in fall.

4) My insurance plan. There are a lot of people on earth who suffer through pain MUCH worse than this and are unable to financially take care of the pain. As much as I can complain about my job, they have set us up with a good program. I’m completely uneducated on health insurance, so I have nothing political to say now; I’m just saying that my plan worked for me.

5) My friends. So many people have sent such quality prizes over, such as jello, movies, stool softener- you know, all the components of a big party. Plus many emails, text messages, and blog comments wishing my quick recovery. And I realized again how lucky I am to have such loving friends.

6) A bed. I know, shouldn’t be that big of a deal. But at 3am, when you’re doing the best you can to ignore pain, the fact that you have a comfortable bed is worthy of thanks. This whole thing would be much worse if I wasn’t able to sleep in a bed.

7) Frosties from Wendy’s. They’re just good. Chocolate and vanilla.

8) Magic wand- the kitchen version. It has turned many a chunky items into smooth Annie-acceptable meals.

9) My voice. Somewhat alieny, but mostly the same. The good doctor said that my vocal cords were a little swollen but nothing worth removing for a biopsy. So the concern about my voice seems to be unnecessary. In fact, the only reason the alien situation exists is because it hurts to talk so I keep my jaw clinched most of the time.

10) Seasons of my fav TV shows on DVD. Whoever came up with that idea- genius. Tonight I begin one of Haley’s staple shows, Alias.

Umm….well, I wish I could list some more, but that’s all I’ve got now. Today has been the most painful, though my uvula is normal sized so I can breathe again. Mom talked to the doctor today and the worst day is supposedly still to come- Thursday. Joy. There’s nothing like thinking it’s the worst then finding out you are 3 days from the worst. Fantastic. Just keep praying, please.

Ah…. another warm cup of chicken broth. Thank you, Mama.

Until next time…… be grateful.