It’s been awhile since I shared a personal post, so I thought it was time. While I have been meaning to make this a more regular thing I don’t want them all to be so down, but that’s where I’ve been lately.
Thankfully I’ve gained a bit of perspective after a rough week, and while I want to share what has been going on personally I also have a note at the bottom if you want to skip to that. 🙂
I shared previously that I broke my pinky toe in two spots. It was incredibly painful and very swollen and my orders were strict rest, ice, and a boot to wear mostly to keep my weight off my pinky toe. Now I know it sounds like the easiest thing to break-but I challenge you to walk around without putting weight on your pinky toe. It’s not as easy as it seems and it’s certainly harder when you add a healthy dose of pain and swelling to it!
I had a followup this morning with my orthopaedic doctor. The good news? It’s healing well-faster than expected which was attributed to how much I’ve been resting it. the bad news? While it’s healing well the doctor said that I need to stick with the boot for the next 2 weeks to be sure it heals properly.
After that I’ll need physical therapy! I could hardly believe it-seems like you wouldn’t for a pinky toe, but apparently you do. Who knew?
The kids and I recently had mostly good dental checkups-it’s always a fun thing to get 5 of us through routine care. We split it up into the 3 younger kids and my oldest and I (my husband goes separately) to make it easier. Unfortunately, Nathan will need to get his wisdom teeth out this year. It’s not a rush, but they recommend doing it now while he’s young so the recovery is easier. I had mine out when I was 14 and my husband had his out in his early 20s. I remember the recovery being pretty simple, but being out of it for a day or two and only eating liquids for a bit. I think I may plan his surgery for over the summer so we don’t have to worry about the recovery time. Have you or your kids have the surgery? Would love to know what the recovery time was like for you or them.
Speaking of the summer I have to get busy planning ours! As a work at home parent I need to be sure the kids have something to do this summer! While I’m not a fan of a fully scheduled summer vacation I think they need some balance of downtime and stuff to do. Since I work that needs to be camp or something similar so they can burn off some energy and I can count on some quieter work hours. What are your summer plans?
One of the things I’m most guilty of is focusing inward when I am having a tough time. It’s part of the depression I struggle with and is certainly not being made better by the cold I’m struggling with or the fact that I’m hobbling around.
Last week was a bit rough in that department so I spent some time resting, reading, and binge watching TV. Turning inward and spending time ‘off’ can sometimes help me, but it didn’t last week.
Unfortunately, the things I rely on the most to get me out of my funk are things I just can’t do right now. (walking, visiting a local garden, etc.)
Instead of turning inward I am trying to turn outward and help other people. That’s where you come in. I would love to know what I can do to help you.
Have something happy to share? Tell me!
Struggling with something and need to talk about it? Let me know.
Have something you wrote or made or did this week that I can share? Share it with me.
Have a question I can help with? Ask.
Need a letter in the mail? I’m you’re girl.
So what can I do for you this week?
Donna Freedman says
When I broke a toe it affected that entire side of my body: Your gait changes and it strains your muscles. Which, in turn, affects the OTHER side of the body as it picks up more of the slack. Maybe that’s why they want you to have p.t.
Had my wisdom teeth out in my 30s; one of them had a root that curved under so the dentist had to break it and take it out in pieces. I was there for more than three hours. The experience was somewhat painful but not insurmountable; in fact, I was naive enough to go to work the next day and have my boss say, “You’re here? I thought you’d take a sick day.” D’oh!
Bonus: I, too, developed dry socket. Again, it hurt but it wasn’t agonizing. No doubt your son will sail right through it thanks to the resilience of youth. I always say that dental procedures are God’s way of saying, “Oh, go ahead — have a milkshake for lunch.”
Hope you’re feeling better soon, and I’m with you on the disconnect/inward-turn/binge-watching thing. Sometimes you need to focus ONLY on you, rather than deal with your own issues at 10 p.m. after everything is done and the kids are all in bed. At such times there’s very little focus left.
I have enjoyed your blog about getting rid of clutter. You have made it manage able and I thank you for that.
The snow/ice/sickness this winter has been brutal! Hopefully we’re all on the path to some spring weather and healthy families! That’s a great idea to take time off-I may end up doing the same.
That sounds awful Robyn. I remember the surgeon telling us about that.
I think for me it’s generally about not being able to change things I wish I could or move forward when you have to stay in neutral.
Thank you, and same goes for you!
Thinking of you… and hoping the next 2 weeks in the boot go by quickly. Hugs!
Right there with you, Kelly. I’m coming out of the winter gloom, not helped by weeks of sick kids, sick me, snow days, etc. I just signed the kids up for two weeks of camp in August since it’s the only break I get. I try to work as much as I can in May & June so I can fully take July off (except for a little social media promotion) and get back to it in August.
Hang in there!
Robyn Wright of RobynsOnlineWorld.com says
It is amazing what that little pinky toe can do to us – glad you are recovering though. Luckily my son never had surgery, I’ve had my wisdom teeth out in late 20’s though and it sucked! I got dry sockets and was miserable. Ugh.
Depression – I hear ya! I struggle with it as well and things have been very stressful lately with my son moving out once again. It sounds like you need a balance somewhere in between sort of hiding by yourself and turning energy to others. Both are avoidance (I do it too – my therapist calls me on it all the time.) You have to find a way to deal with your feelings and accept them for what they are and figure out what is triggering you right now and what you can or cannot do to change them.
I’m always here if you want an ear to bend!