During our last alignment of Mercury retrograde Feb 16-Mar 10, my long awaited knee surgery was scheduled for February 27 -a day past the mid-point of Mercury Retrograde. The general advice is to avoid surgery during this period if possible but let common sense prevail. Julie’s thoughts that being past the midpoint at least by a day helped the cause. My knee had deteriorated rapidly in 3 months prior so I decided to go ahead and felt okay with it all.
The good news is that despite some challenges the surgery was a success and I was home the next day. Serendipitously, who could have predicted that the world would be shut down, and surgeries like mine cancelled indefinitely just 2 weeks later? That was also a blessing. The very next morning, I found that I had more strength and movement than I thought possible so soon after surgery. It was very encouraging.
The Mercury retrograde challenge was not catastrophic – just irritating and annoying. I will name a few….
Unlike arriving for surgery, which was nurturing and attentive, being discharged from the hospital was veiled in confusion. No one seemed to know when I was to be released. When finally known, I was expected to leave within an hour. The ‘going home’ instructions were contradictory and confusing. Luckily, family and friends took care of it all. In the last 2 weeks of retrograde energy, I experienced an allergic reaction to the bandage dressing as well as the coating on the prescription drugs. Both were low grade, hard to detect and lingered for the entire shadow of Mercury retrograde. Lastly, the crucial post-surgery exercise routine had a bumpy start. Due to the Pandemic shutdown, the six weeks of in person physiotherapy was delayed until they figured out how to do sessions via video conferencing. Everyone knows that doing the exercises post-surgery is very important. There is a short window of time to get a full range of motion back before scar tissue sets in. I was working with the initial set of exercises for 3 weeks – officially putting me behind. However, I seemed to have caught up to myself since then.
In hindsight, given the condition of my knee and the necessity for surgery, the post-surgery healing setbacks were nothing compared to not having surgery at all. Today, I have the joy of movement and I am so glad I went ahead with it – aligned as much as possible with a positive outcome.
Perhaps the greatest healer of all for me during these past few months, have been the well wishes, prayers, and healing energy sent by family, friends and colleagues and so many of you. I feel blessed to be surrounded by so many caring people and deeply appreciate everyone’s kind thoughts.
With love and light