Monday, September 13, 2010

It has been WAY too long!

Heeelllooooo my dear friends! My dear dear patient friends! Have you given up on me?! 

Well, I am pleased to announce that I officially back on my game after one seriously miserable recovery from the ole tonsilectomy. Not fun! I am told one day I will forget the pain of exposed nerves in the back of my throat zinging pain up into my eardrums every time I swallow, eat, drink, sleep, wake up, think, etc, and I will be glad I had them removed and swear I would make the same choice again. Let's just say...the jury is still out on that one!

Of course there wasn't just the 3 weeks of laying around, which I must admit, sounded heavenly prior to surgery. There was also a crumby cold, a bit of the flu and now a cold again! Fabulous! I also have, with all my time to think, been missing my Little D so much I can't seem to breathe right in some moments. I fall asleep trying to remember the way it felt to hold him, remember the sound of his voice, remember the way his face looked when he tried to make his eyes find me, feel him all around me. Anything. Then I dream of his sweet little kisses and wake up a little better than I was when I finally drifted off. I miss him. A lot. Really A lot. I have been on a bit of a hiatus from this here bloggity blog. I needed to Re-focus. Re-purpose. Re-define. It has been good! I have a LOT I want to share with you! Which I will start with tomorrow!

Here is the deal. This last weekend I went to my sisters house to watch her 4 children for her while she, being MUCH stronger than I am physically, went to run the Red Rock Relay with her hubby.

See this sweet sister of mine, in the middle of my tonsil misery, adopted my children as her own and hauled them off to Moab, UT on their vacation for almost a week. The kids had a riot. Lisa....well, she is insane. In a good way, but REALLY REALLY insane! :)

Her, 6 kids, a dog, in her RV, husband gone all day to work. Yep! Crazy!

She had my vehicle because it is ginormous and can fit a small country in it....which she happened to have with her. So it worked. A man came to her trailer, after watching her load all 6 kids into the trailer after a bike/scooter/backpack/stroller/hike. He, I am sure, had been watching her...probably in amazement, since that is how most of us watch her. Then curiosity got the best of him and he HAD to know what this "" thing was all about (Logo stickers in the windows of my vehicle).

 She explained it belonged to her sister. He vowed to check it out (Hello Sir!). I am thinking he wanted to check it out to make sure that whatever happened in his life he never ends up living her life uncommmon. As it contained 6 children under 10, a dog, kids bathing, running wild, loud TV, etc. Not exactly peaceful! That and because he wanted to see why this woman could do all of this and look like she was having the time of her life. Cause that's Lisa. She is GOOD at chaos. Me...not so much.

Wanna know how I know that?!

Well, this last weekend I learned an incredible amount about Lisa's life!

This weekend I had an eye opening experience and felt more of a drive to commit to relaxing more, taking care of myself better, serving others more, defining myself by my roles in my life rather than feeling I lack definition because of them, etc.

Somewhere amidst 5 children (Jake couldn't miss school), one who prefers his mother over anyone else in the world and would not give in to my charm (HA!) for a day and a half and who insisted on making sure I knew he DID NOT appreciate me being there for the first day and a half (I did win him over in the end! And now I am his forever!), Little 5 year old Caroline puking 6 times, no sleep, family dog dying in the laundry room (cancer), burrying family dog in the back yard, comforting kids about the family dog, having 5 extra neighbor kids in and out of the house, picking up after the tornado (Caroline), did I mention NO SLEEP?!....

Somewhere in all of that I learned that I have such a great appreciation for Lisa's life. Her kids are good....GREAT! They are amazing! I love them like they are my own! I have a greater understanding of the selflessness required of her...of all of us, as mothers, and how important it is that we all learn to create a moment of peace for ourselves, etc. And help each other whenever we can! There is A LOT that I learned.

And for the record, I would drive back down this weekend and do the same thing all over again (after a good nap, of course)! I loved it. And I lost 3 lbs. Which Lisa thinks is hilarious!

Plus, now after such a crazy weekend, I get to leave my kids with Lisa in November for TEN DAYS and go on a cruise with my hubby, and not worry about it! :) Hahaha! Right Lisa?!

I can't wait to get going with a few ideas I have brewing in my nogin! For now....I have 2 more hours until Mallory gets home. I think I need a nap! I MUST get over this cold so I can get on with life! :)


Courtney said...

I had my tonsils out when I was 16. And supposedly, the older you get, the worse it is. And it was bad! I couldn't eat or drink anything. I couldn't even swallow my own saliva. My poor boyfriend had to babysit me when my parents had to go back to work and he would beg me to just take one sip of drink. And I threw up on the floor right in front of him. He's still with me 5 years later too!

I ended up dropping 12 lbs in 5 days from dehydration and was admitted. But the dr was like, "oh don't worry. That's just water weight. You'll get most of it back." Thanks. But anyways.

Once I got those meds in me (because I hadn't really had any because I couldn't keep anything down) I felt wonderful. Hospital food has never tasted so good! I had my dad pick me up a big ole container of Popeyes mashed potatoes and devoured them when I got home!

I know it's hard to believe, but getting your tonsils out will be worth it. I used to get strep throat and other infections all the time. I don't think I've had one since. I thought I was dying for a while after the surgery, but I'd go back and do it in a heartbeat now!

Hope you get fully recovered!

Gear Gang said...

So I have to disagree. I am pretty sure you accomplished just as much physically as I did last weekend. In fact, maybe even more because in the relay I had some one to hand of to, you on the other hand, DID NOT!!

I love you forever, thank you, thank you for all you do for me.

MyR said...

I think it's funny you lost 3 lbs too! haha! Who needs to work out...just go babysit!

Brian and Kayla said...

Hahahaha. I heard about this fiasco. This was really great. I love reading your words. I miss you so much. I hope to see you at Thanksgiving.

Brian and Kayla said...

By the way, I used to get sick way too often and then realized that I didn't take a multivitamin/supplements. This fall at the first hint of a cold I started taking a multi and vit.C and even a little airborn. I did it everyday and the cold never turned to much and went away in about 3 days. It will seriously help Amy. Especially the vit. C and is worth the immune system boost. Make it part of your daily life and you'll catch a lot fewer colds.


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