Well, I am happy to say that I now count myself as a pituitary tumor survivor. It has been just over a week since my endoscopic surgery, and all in all I am doing quite well, I believe. The restrictions which the doctors have placed on me during recovery are very limiting - no driving, no bending over, no lifting anything over 5 pounds, but I am happy to comply as these doctors took such good care of me! My daughter, Kim, came to Canada from Mexico to look after me (and my husband), and my daughter-in-law, Jessica, has helped out since Kim left on Sunday. You are not kept in the hospital for very long if you have good home care as there is such a shortage of beds in our hospitals.
The way this tumor was discovered is that I began to painlessly loose my eyesight, especially in my right eye - not good for a passionate painter/photographer. I am excited to say that my eyesight is restored - if not 100%, then I think definitely close to it. I won't know the full extent of recovery until I have my eyesight tested again in about 6 weeks. I have never seen so many doctors, had so many tests, and given so many donations of blood in my entire life! However, I am extremely grateful for the incredible thoroughness and compassion I found amongst the medical profession in this city.
So... since I am unable to go out to take pictures (and indeed I won't feel up to that for a while I am sure), I thought I would post some which I took about this time last fall. In this part of Alberta, most of the trees are ones which turn yellow. There are just a few which have touches of red or orange- nothing like the eastern maple trees which blaze with reds and oranges. In the one photo, you will notice the mountains in the distance. The Black Angus is a very striking breed of cattle which have such an intense black color that they were amazing against the yellow leaves.
I hope to post a new painting by next week - when my headaches stop, and I can bend my head forward to draw and paint longer than a few minutes at a time. You cannot believe how many things we do with our heads in the "down" position!!!
Thank you to all who stopped by and left me good wishes and get well notes on this blog and via e-mail. It meant a lot to me. :-)