Someone asked me how it was going yesterday at church and my answer was “complicated.”
Seasons of Life
We all know that there are seasons of life. However they are not always the seasons that we expect.
Growing out of our youth and becoming young marrieds who have children(if we are so blessed) is expected. We then live through the exhaustion of babies and toddlers. Then comes a season of teaching and training through the middle school and high school years. Slowly through the years we age and no longer are young in body.
None of this is unexpected.
What I didn’t expect was to go through tough seasons that last for years. I recently read a newsletter from another blogger that talked about “Season’s of Years” This really resonated with me. Season are over relatively quickly. 3-4 months or so. Seasons in life though can be MUCH longer.
Honestly the first 40 years of my life really were pretty easy. The last 4 years?
Not so much. Those years have seemed to last for decades.
The adventures that our family has walked through in the past 4 years have been more like nightmares. It has been hard. However it has taught us that you can't look at someone and know what they are going through. Often the battle is bigger on the inside and invisible.
We have fought against
- Physical pain
- Mental problems
- Emotional Pain
- Chronic Health issues
It has not all been bad there are MANY MANY blessings that we have reaped and continue to reap. We’ve grown to rely on God more, we are closer as a family and are becoming the people that God wants us to be.
I took a break from blogging during those years because I had NO energy or words to describe our lives. When I picked it back up in February of this year, it felt like getting back to normal. A big thank you to my readers for coming here and listening to my ramblings on children, food, gardening, photos, organizing and all the rest in the past 8 months.
I love this job. It is how I process life and hopefully share some of what I have learned along the way.
Another new adventure: Hip Surgery . . . again
One of the past “adventures” we had was in January of 2011. I had surgery on my hip to repair a torn labrum. I had been having trouble with pain and it was getting increasingly difficult to walk, sit, stand or do ANYthing.
After surgery and 6 weeks on crutches, I was much better. While my hip was never normal again I was able to function and do most of what I wanted every day.
That has changed.
6 weeks ago I went to see an orthopedic doctor because my hip pain was increasing. I honestly think that is why I've become an unwilling morning person.
The pain was causing me to wake up earlier each day and while that has caused me to make my mornings in to an awesome time of work, it has not been totally by choice. The doctor said my hip joint was deteriorating.
Kinda depressing at 43 years old.
He gave me 2 choices.
- Try physical therapy and see if I could get relief from strengthening my muscles.
- Have hip replacement surgery.
I chose PT for a month and now the pain is actually worse. So last week we saw a second orthopedic doctor and he confirmed the need to do a hip replacement. It is scheduled it for mid-December.
Part of me is scared to death. Part of me is excited to have the pain gone and to be able to do normal things again. Things like carry my granddaughter and walk around the store for more than 10 minutes.
Things I'm not taking for granted right now.
Preparation before Hip Replacement surgery
I am working on a plan for the next 6 weeks. To keep my sanity, I will need to have meals in the freezer, school plans prepped for the 4-6 weeks of recovery and a plan to keep the house cleaned. I also need to get our Christmas prep and shopping done in there as well.
I'll be sharing our plan on how we will survive this adventure in the next few weeks. If you have any helpful hints, please leave them in the comments! I'd love to hear them.
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