Here I was, going through my semester at full speed. Eagerly waiting to know about the position I applied for, trying to somewhat win over my students, working on an essay to potentially send out for publication, and starting to feel as though I was getting back to my old self in terms of ambition.

And then I was hospitalized with appendicitis and had to have emergency surgery.

I don’t know why, but I thought the recovery time after an appendectomy would be shorter. I thought it was a simple matter of “After a week, you’re good to go!” No. More like two-four weeks. And not being able to lift anything over ten pounds.

Checking emails takes a lot of effort, let alone doing laundry or other seemingly everyday tasks. All I want to do is rest.

I’m starting to think that’s what I’m supposed to do. Slow down, rest, and recover.