I've gotten some notes from friends who are concerned that I am "putting up a brave face" that everything is fine, when it would be better to share the difficulty. Well, in truth, there is difficulty but it all seems part of the journey. I don't expect to feel "normal" for a long time. And, I don't need to. What I'm feeling and doing is fine just as it is. The new slower pace of living provides an opportunity to focus on the details of life. There is a kind of pleasure in this.
No need to rush around and do anything. I have enjoyed being able to cook and prepare food standing in my nice kitchen. Life is good. And, I'm glad I had this surgery done when I did. Each part of the experience is interesting in its own way. Thank you to everyone sending good wishes.