My oh my, what a summer it has been.
And oh how it FLEW!!!
Seriously, wasn't it just June like five minutes ago??
Our summer was chock full of swim meets, and track meets, practices, friends, going to the lake and so much more.
I feel like my kids would tell you it was a pretty great summer, and even though school "started" (we'll get to that in a minute) yesterday we still have some plans to drag the last we can out of these care free days.
I've mentioned it before, and since it's been awhile since my last post, anyone who's been reading probably figured out I've had some health issues over the past several months.
It has been one of the weirdest, exhausting, frustrating, and enlightening experiences of my life. Remember back in April, when I blogged about letting my boys take care of me? That, my friends, is when it all started.
Since then I have had almost constant abdominal pain, and an almost daily low grade fever.
I could tell the loooonnnnggg version of this story, in which I go back to my Dr. again and again (starting to question whether or not to change Dr.s... which I am) where I am scanned, and scoped, blood drawn, and poked and prodded with little to no results.
Where I learn... if you want something done you have to do it yourself, and consult the always alarming, but very informative, GOOGLE.
I played detective on my own behalf, and went back to my Dr. armed with articles and my own diagnosis.
Here is where I interject my opinion that Dr.s should have, beside their diplomas and certificates on their walls,... a copy of their report card. Because the theory I came up with, I learned later, was actually noted on a CT scan done late April and my Dr.... didn't mention it.
Have I mentioned I'll be changing Dr.s???
This whole ordeal, which I don't mean to be vague about there are just soooo many details, culminated in surgery mid August.
The final diagnosis?? An umbilical hernia, which was being irritated by chronic appendicitis.
So I have stitches in my belly button, and no appendix, and I feel better than I have in MONTHS!! (unless of course I sneeze...because WOW that is painful!)
But now I am looking around and seeing all of the things I wanted to get taken care of this summer, still unfinished.
My garden is an overgrown mess, however is producing monster zucchinis and a bazillion cherry tomatoes, no thanks to me.
I spent several hours of my post-surgery time organizing and planning for our upcoming school year, something I had put off until now.
The teenager had to start yesterday because he's taking some college classes (yikes!!) online. But the little ones are getting a reprieve, since when you homeschool there is no substitute, we're taking a few days to ease back into the real world.
I started to get a little overwhelmed yesterday. I have hours and hours of things to do, projects I wanted to start, and finish, a camera full of pictures to post here, planning to do for our homeschool group...
You know how it goes, Mommies aren't allowed to get sick. And even when you have a wonderful family, which I do, and amazing friends, which I do, there are still things that you want to get done.
But that's ok.
I'm taking my time. I'm following Dr.'s orders (the competent one who did my surgery) and giving myself time to really recover.
I'm taking time to be thankful that although my garden may be a mess, and my projects half finished I have a husband who has gone to work every day, come home and cooked, cleaned and been a fantastic Mr. Mom. I have a Mom who spent 2 nights on the daybed in my guest room, took care of my kiddos, brought me food, and matched up the worlds largest pile of socks. I have wonderful boys who have cleaned up the house, taken care of me, and tended my flock of crazy birds.
I've come to the conclusion that I'll probably never "catch-up" because as we all know time doesn't wait. So I'll be doing what I can now and moving forward. And of course sharing it with you!
Because I feel good again, and I can't tell you how amazing it is to say that!