I am now back home, trying to get things back to “normal”. I was gone for a month. That is a long time for plants, cleaning, and a cat. I was lucky enough to have a friend to look after the cat and to water the plants, but we had extraordinary heat hit the area while I was away, and there is only so much that can be done to an apartment that is not air-conditioned. So, everything suffered, including my friend. Normally, July is not so hot – well, sorta, but this was exceptional. And, I caught an infection in the rehab center that was circulating throughout the facility. So, it was tough.
I immediately “overdid” when I arrived home on Monday morning. But I managed to lick the infection and slowly – doing a “little bit” each day – have gotten things under control – sorta.
The EXCELLENT news is that I have had my one-month checkup with Dr. Mandrino; all x-rays have come back excellent; and he told me to drop the cane. Period, end-of-story. So, I have “girded my courage to the sticking place” and done it. So far, I have made to the turn-around (3 blocks and back) and gone to the grocery story (next door) without problem. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me. My life has been on hold since September 27, 2018. (sigh) Now, I can move forward once again (whatever that means). I feel younger already!!
Missy has started purring again; the plants are thriving – sorta; and I have groceries in the house. Another friend is helping me in other ways, with an air-conditioner and housekeeper. And, a third friend helped me tremendously when I was in Rehab to get my medicine from home to help me with the infection.
I am very blessed to have this help during my hour of need. Now, I must find fun ways to repay each one of them. It is important not to have “expectations”- of family, friends, acquaintances. I delight when I am pleasantly surprised by a phone call or a word of encouragement. Life is a delicate balance. I guess that is a “duh” statement. But, as I get older and really need help, it is important to have good friends. Treat them with respect.