Sometimes, it's best just to accept things and move on. Deal with what I can change rather than fume over things that are not changeable.
So, I found a new surgeon - who agreed with the first one that surgery is imperative and explained the reasons very clearly. I feel a million times better about her as my surgeon. So does Shyla.
- I want to do daily sunrise hikes with Shyla (starting whenever my body is ready after surgery).
- I want to do some animal tracking in unvisited nearby places and find some new trail camera sites.
- I want to teach both dogs new tricks (I'm making lists for each of them).
- I'd love to try some new photographic techniques - but this list is getting long.
I know the pain is going to be tough at first because the surgeon will be cutting bone, and I am not looking forward to that. I probably won't really start on my "list" until I get over the acute part of the recovery. My "list" isn't a way of denying the hard parts of the recovery. Rather, it's a way of trying to stay upbeat through it all. It's a strategy that has worked well for me in the past!