Got out and about on the streets yesterday and today. Not far, but a short loop nevertheless. And, was able to do this without hobbling. Something that GV is doing is working. There is still not insignificant sensitivity hence walking lightly is key. But, considerable progress has been made.
The trach hole still hasn’t closed any further. All the other “issues” are proceeding in their respective repair phases, but the trach hole, for me, is an open issue (no pun). Until that hole is an un-hole, it’s difficult to not be bothered by it.
The fact that it remains open certainly makes communicating in public different. Passing people to whom I’d normally say hi, with a winter coat on, means it’s easier to smile. Always thought it was strange when saying hi to someone and rather than saying hi back, that person would just smile. Now I’m the one smiling back. It’s important not to be stopped long enough to enter the “how’s it going” phase. But when caught it’s a smile and a nod (just a little weirder).
I did take the occasion today to get a couple of errands done. For those, it took carefully unbuttoning the winter coat, unzipping the chin-high zipper-front fleece sweater and sliding the hand to the neck to get those fingers over the hole. If you are prepared to talk it’s one thing. Caught off guard is another. At Trader Joseph’s, getting asked things like “one bag or two” is an easy finger motion. When the cashier just starts chit chatting, then it’s either undoing the coat/sweater or just smiling.
I’ve gotten real good at simply mouthing “thank you.” But I’m sure it again all boils down to patience. Then again, I do have two work appointments on Thursday where talking is imperative. Both appointments I’m sure will be a trick if that hole is not closed. (why does that guy always have his hand on his throat when he’s talking?)
Changing topics, with luck, I remembered that today is our anniversary (w/GV). Sitting in the freezer is our traditional certain bottle of champagne that we have every year. Although this year it will be all GV. I may stick my tongue in it (not the bottle) to keep the tradition alive.