Thank you to those of you who have checked in on me. A lot has happened.
I have had both knees replaced, which has been a MUCH longer and harder recovery than I ever anticipated. But I don't regret it. To walk without pain is a gift.
My son has had health issues that have required ER visits that during a pandemic are extremely difficult. Because he is an adult, he is required to go in alone while we sit on a bench outside in the cold. Often in the middle of the night. Not being able to be there for someone who requires 24/7 care is a nightmare.
Speaking of nightmares, we lost a very close relative last summer. It was devastating and unexpected. And it took me down. This person's final gift to us was an inheritance that has cleared our debt. So after all of these years, we are finally debt-free. Being happy about that amid the circumstances has been an emotional roller coaster.
COVID has not helped. Too much time alone to think. My husband and I have been vaccinated but, unbelievably, our son is near the bottom of the priority list. Thanks, Governor. So we remain in COVID jail until he is protected.
This will likely be my final post. Don't worry, I'm fine. I'm enjoying my grandchildren and looking forward to another one this summer. There is hope on the horizon and God will provide. Sunshine always follows the rain.
Thank you, friends, for hanging with me for the past 10 years! You kept me focused and you gave me hope that I would one day be where I am now. It wasn't the journey or the ending that I planned, but life rarely is. All the best to all of you as you continue your own journey.