Monday, August 10, 2015

How In The World Did This Happen!

I was a fairly healthy child growing up. No medical problems. Oh sure I had a few sniffles, measles, and mumps, but I managed to avoid chickenpox, and tonsillitis and appendicitis and broken bones etc. Even as an adult, I was alway strong and yes I had a few surgeries and a broken ankle, but for the most part I was healthy. Not prone to flues and colds etc. BUT let me tell you that since I have returned home from Arizona, it has been one thing after another! I know we had a busy winter and it was a long tiring drive home and me in my infinite wisdom thought it wouldn't bother me to jump in the car by myself just 10 days after returning home and drive 1500km back to Ontario by myself to join up with friends for a quilt retreat. It was just a week and I could always catch up on my sleep later...
After returning home I had to return back to Northern Ontario just a mere 1900km jaunt but I was flying so it was not too bad right? 12 busy days with very little sleep tending to family affairs was tiring but I could rest when I got home...I rested alright!
The very next morning after arriving home I awoke with a vicious cough that turned into pneumonia that plagued me for the whole month of June. I have never been so wiped out...between the meds and the illness I was totally useless! For 4 solid days I hardly left my bed and I was more than a little grateful for such an attentive husband! God Bless him.

I was not totally recuperated when we turned around and drove back another 1500km each way to Ontario for our grand daughter's grade 8 graduation. It was tiring but so worth it...she looked lovely and also was awarded The Math award for the school, The Music award, an Honor Roll award and General Proficiency award (highest marks in the school). Well done Emma. I wouldn't have missed it for the world!

I was blessed to be able to have a very close friend come back home with us for a week. We had planned on making a quilt together during that week. The pattern was called BFF and we really have been bosum friends for many many years. We shared fabrics and so our quilts were pretty much going to look very similar. AND we were determined to finish it in that week before her husband came to pick her up and take her away on a much deserved vacation for both of them. We spent hours yakking, reminiscing, laughing, cutting, sewing, pressing, and yes ripping! So many hours that we stayed up til 2, 3, and even 4 in the am working on our quilts. We didnt quite get the last borders on, but it wasn't for lack of trying and  I have to say they were close to being finished. 

Denise and her husband left to finish their vacation and the next day I absolutely crashed. I had a pinched nerve in my neck,( taking a fall while demonstrating something I'm sure was a bit instrumental) and a headache that lasted for 10 days resulting in many meds, a day at the hospital on iv, cat scans, more meds, massage therapy, my blood pressure was totally out of whack causing very weak, almost fainting spells. Oh and just when I was starting to come around from that viscious headache I fell down the stairs on the deck and planted my face on the metal chaise! Thankfully just bruised knees, a lump on my jaw and stiff shoulders and back, but nothing broken. Sheesh!
I just couldn't figure it out??? I could always keep this kind of pace before and carry on, but Mr O sat me down and explained that I had crashed; hit the wall; and then reminded me I was not 21 anymore and that I needed rest because I had 5 people coming to stay with us in just a weeks time and if I did not rest I would either be in the hospital or totally unable to cope. 
How does this kind of thing sneak up on a person? I think sometimes we think we are invincible, unstoppable, and stronger than we think. Well let me tell you I have had a rude awakening!
Remember that line in the Wizard of Oz...Dorothy you're not in Kansas anymore...
Well Wendy you are not a young woman anymore! I'm not ready to put out to pasture but I sure can't keep the same pace I used to. I always used to tell my kids and grandkids this little saying, when they stayed up too late and were dragging their butts the next day..." You can't expect to prowl with the owls at night and then soar with the eagles in the morning." Well kids...your Nan has had to take her own advice these days. So if you were wondering where I have been, now you know....for the most part in bed or at the Dr's. 


Linda H said...

Wendy, so sorry to hear you've had some "down time". I thought you've been quiet in Blogland for a while. Get some quality rest and be good to yourself. Take good care!

Louise Porter said...

Please take care of yourself
You have me worried

HollyM said...

You really need to slow down girl! Take care of yourself.

Jackie said...

Wendy, I am so sorry to hear that you have been really sick ! I will tell you like I tell my hubby, you really need to listen to your body....
Slow down and REST when your body tells you... Don't over do it!! Take care my friend, cause when you start being sick.... it never seems to stop...
Take it easy & listen to your body.