I must say, I have learned a thing or two about doing things lying down. Just to illustrate, I learned my first day back on solid foods that eating a bagel from your chest is a BAD idea. Not only did I forget it was there and let it get dried out and crusty, but the crumbs went EVERYWHERE. My mom and I had a good laugh when "an itchy velcro strap on the back of my hospital gown" was really a big, dried crumb from my bagel!
I finally figured out, too, that turning on your side and lowering the bedside table to eat meals is much easier than bringing the table over you while you're on your back and trying to manage a dinner tray higher than your line of sight. So, if any of you are ever restricted to bed rest, be sure to consult me for further advice--I'm becoming a professional at things I never knew I didn't know.
I'm also feeling very grateful for my mother, who has been the most remarkable nurse I ever could have asked for. Between changing my bed pan, giving me a bed bath, and getting up at all hours of the night while the nurses came in and out to monitor things, I've really been humbled by her selfless service and love for me. We had some good laughs and I am sure we will both remember this time forever.
Again, I love you all and have been shocked by the gigantic wave of love and support we seem to be getting from all directions. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers--they are certainly working!