Back from the Abyss
Caroline is much better following two visits to the pediatrician. The antibiotics are nearly gone. That's always a happy day. . .when that bottle is empty and thrown away.
Edison survived the end of school. He had a great awards day on Thursday. We were, and are, very proud of him. His first year of middle school went very well.
But with a sick child, and the end of a school year upon me, I was forced to suddenly come to grips with two children at home. Not one, but two. In most cases, they are fine, and function independent of each other. Not last week. They were inseparable. . .which I love. But, when one gets grumpy, they both react. Let's just say one was still recuperating, and the other declared himself "bored" or "overworked" after just one day.
Friday was also a day of "reckoning" for me, I guess you'd say. I went to a new doctor that I will begin seeing on a regular basis. He is an internist. Very thorough. We spent the better portion of the morning together. We had some long talks. We have more talking to do, but he's pushing me to get my life and health in order. I wanted to type "back" in order, but it's been so long, I can't type that in good conscience.
The rest of Friday afternoon was spent in tears. . .off and on. E-mails and phone calls from lots of my friends (Jeannette, Melany, Sheila, Beth, and others) were so encouraging -- and yet, I kept on crying. I really do have an enormous task in front of me -- but I'm taking it one day at a time, and three gallons of water at a time.
I'm really not drinking 3 gallons of water every day - but it sure feels like it!
The main thrust of my visit to the doctor was to address my hernia. More tests will be run next week, and I will proceed from there. It's going to be an interesting summer, to say the least!
On Saturday, Caroline introduced me to a phenomenon that Edison was courteous enough not to do. She stripped down -- removing her diaper -- proceeded to uh. . . let's say. . ."drop a load" in her bed, and wallow in it.
At the very moment that we discovered this -- I kid not -- my parents arrived to deliver her new table & chairs, and to say "hello." I was not in a "hello" mood. In fact, I was livid, and quite germophobic. It was the most disgusting thing I've ever seen, smelt, felt, grabbed, scrubbed. . .you get the picture.
Ironically, after cleaning up this disaster, we chose to take the kids out for dinner. Mexican food, of all things. After dinner, we bought ceiling fans for the new house. Fun.
Sunday was good. Kind of lazy. I like Sundays like that. We watched the Indy (some) and Coca-Cola 600 (most of it). Enjoyed it. I hate that Jeff Burton was pushed way back. He has become my favorite race-car driver. I don't know why. I might have a little crush on him. Who knows?
Monday - even more relaxation. Mark mowed the lawn at the old house. The kids and I stayed home and enjoyed a cool afternoon. Went to a graduation cookout last night. Had a great time there. Came home. Put kids to bed. Fell into bed exhausted.
All in all, it was good weekend...just busy. But, I realized, now that she's better...that I'm back. Back from the abyss. Back from the pit. Walking in victory. Feeling the sunshine on my face, and it's good.
Oh yeah, and I actually took some time this evening to scrap a picture. I've been contemplating the idea of "negative space" on a layout. One of the new girls over at BSD posted this layout, and I loved it. Here's my tribute to her great work.
Though I don't miss the 52 mile (round trip) drive to therapy every week, I really do miss seeing Jan and Missy. We need to schedule a follow-up visit, just to catch up with them.
Note to self: Do this before the surgery. Otherwise it won't happen!