My mother had surgery 2 weeks ago, for those that don’t know. She is 88 years old. The surgery was necessary, and was only supposed to be an overnight in the hospital and a week of recovery.
Yeah, not so much.
Let’s just say the past couple of weeks have required me to spend a lot of time at my parents, which is 90 miles away from me, which required Mr. Judy to take some extra vacation time and work from home so he could take care of our furkids. There has been very little sleep, a ton of stress, and hopefully the final realization from my mother that they can no longer live in the house I grew up in.
So I’m going a little rogue this Friday with the Friday Five from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run, and just sharing five thoughts about the last couple of weeks.
Mr. Judy is a keeper
I’ve kept him for almost 31 years so far; I guess I’ll keep him around a while. He sent my mom flowers (without me asking him to), and they definitely perked her up.
I came home to the bouquet of roses (already in the vase!) yesterday afternoon, and he cooked me dinner.
But I expected to come home to Bandit sleeping in our bed
I know Mr. Judy pretty well. I am the disciplinarian in the family. He is the softie. All of our dogs have been rescues, and all of them have slept in their crate their first year with us. I’ve written a lot about how important crate training is in the early days with Bandit.
My reasoning is this: even with a well adjusted dog, you just never know when they may have to spend some time in a crate. If they are familiar with it, if you make it a good experience, then if that day comes, they won’t freak out.
Bandit has come a long way, but two months is not long enough.
My husband told me he was laying on our chaise downstairs with Lola, and had Bandit on the bed on the floor. No problem. I seriously expected to come home and find out they’d all been sleeping together in the bed, and Mr. Judy confessed he thought about it — probably knew I’d kill him if he did it!
Have I hit bottom yet?
Seriously, every time I think things can’t get any worse, they do. I haven’t slept well in like a million years. I was confined to my parents house until the aid come because both my parents are at risk to fall. Indeed, my father did fall once while I was there; no one is quite sure what happened, despite there being 5 adults in various parts of the house, no one saw it happen and my dad wasn’t really clear on what happened.
Thankfully it wasn’t serious.
In addition to all that, I screwed up big time. I was giving my mom one of her meds every other day. I thought I was so careful: I drew up a chart, Mr. Judy created an even better one the weekend I was home, I double checked it with the discharge papers from the hospital and the pill bottles.
She was supposed to get it daily.
So my mom fell again that weekend I was gone, totally freaking out my sister, who thought she was screwing up.
If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you didn’t see my photo of the Shin Tekk (not an affiliate link). They approached me about reviewing the Shin Tekk. I’ve only been using it a couple of weeks, and I am not ready to review it yet, but I must say my ankle seems to be normal again.
I also can’t say that it’s because of the Shin Tekk yet, but it definitely seems to have made a big difference.
I was provided with the Shin Tekk free for review purposes, but I am not associated with the company.
I’ve been using this hashtag a lot lately. It’s soooo true. It’s been very challenging to get my runs in in the last few weeks, and even when I do, even when they’re miserable (and a few have been), I feel so much better afterwards.
I don’t know what the future holds, although I know for certain that there will be a lot more trips to my folks, and a lot of time trying to find the right situation for them going forward.
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