This has been such a weird, not-the-norm kind of week for me.
If you didn’t already know, I had my appendix removed last Sunday evening. I really hadn’t felt well all week but couldn’t quite put my finger on what was wrong. On Saturday, I felt just…poorly. I had a lot of abdominal cramping, but chalked it up to normal girlie issues and kept on plugging along. I even started prepping the walls to paint our school room Saturday afternoon! (And yes, our school room looks just the way I left it: a disaster.)
I ironed clothes on Saturday evening, and still felt that gnawing cramping that just wouldn’t go away. I slept very little on Saturday night and got up Sunday morning thinking I should go to Urgent Care. They sent me directly to the Emergency Room where a CT confirmed I had an angry appendix in there.
So in a very routine surgery on Sunday evening, my appendix was removed.
(And just as a side note, I have zero recollection of writing that post last Sunday after my surgery. Did I do that on my phone?? I have no idea, but I am thrilled with my correct usage of punctuation, spelling and grammar in my drug-induced state!)
I’m leaving out all of the awful details of how painful it was. And how I just couldn’t get on top of the pain. And how I’d rather birth a baby any day (and I’ve had four – so I know that pain well!) than have appendicitis-type pain.
This has been a hard week for me though, in more ways than one.
I’m not a person who gets waited on too often. I’m the one that does the waiting. I was a bedside nurse for 9+ years and that involves a ton of waiting on people. And of course, I have 4 children and a husband and I consider it my privilege to wait on them.
But I’ll be honest that I’ve had a really hard time with other people waiting on me. My mother or mother-in-law or my husband has brought me meals in bed, washed our clothes, changed the sheets, and taken complete care of my 4 children (except feeding the baby). I’ve done absolutely nothing in the taking care of my family and my home for 7 days.
And that is just really odd to me.
Running our household and taking care of my family is usually a 24/7 job. And I’ve been off duty now for a whole week.
Needless to say, I’m very ready to get back at it. I’m ready to cook dinner, wash a million loads of clothes, take the kids outside and finally get to painting the schoolroom.
And I’m ready to get back at it here at Mama’s Laundry Talk. You know, y’all are a very faithful crowd of readers here and I’m so grateful you stick around. Hopefully this will be a more ‘normal’ week with Laundry Deals and other laundry-related posts. I’m not making any promises, but I do hope to post a few good laundry reads this week.
This week has shown me many things: I have a family who loves me in a real, genuine way and I am so unbelievably grateful for them.
Also, I cannot accomplish everything I want to do, as there is simply not enough time in the day. I don’t know why I’m so hard-headed and can’t grasp this concept.
Most importantly, I am reminded that God loves me in my weakest and ugliest moments. And the number of ugly moments for me this week? WAY too many to count. But I’m grateful that He gives me second chances to do things over in a better way.
Thanks for being faithful readers, y’all. We’ll get down to some serious laundry business later this week.
Kia @ A View From Here
Sending *hugs* your way hun. Appendicitis sucks. I think I’m glad I got mine out of the way many years ago 😉
Glad you are feeling better! 🙂
So glad to hear that you are feeling better! I was *very* impressed with the post-surgery blog post – and was hoping that you would take it easy for a bit. Here’s to getting back to the normal routine, something that I am thankful for after a week at my mom’s. Don’t get me wrong – we had a great time – but there’s just no place like home and your normal routine!
Dave Higgs-Vis @ Folkabout Baby
So glad to hear you’re feeling better and back to normal! Hospitals are never fun.
I’m glad to hear you’re on the mend! God has a way of letting circumstances remind us of the truly important things in life, and to just let go of the rest. I’ll be praying for you.
Happy to hear you are feeling better.
Glad you are back and everything is ok! I am a reader but I have never commented. I have a topic I’d love you to write about though, that just came up in my home today: teaching children to do laundry. Any advice or hot tips? The ages I’m working with are 14, 12, and 9. Thanks!
Welcome back, Lauren!
I had an emergency appendectomy a few years ago, too!
And I am a giver not a taker so having “help” was so hard for me!
Praying for your continued healing.
Just a quick note to see how you’re feeling. Noticed that you haven’t been online for awhile now…
Allie – You’re so thoughtful. Thanks so much for thinking of me!
Carrie @ Busy Nothings
Honestly, I’ve been a bit busy and haven’t been stopping by your blog as I should, but when I got your update via email today, it stopped me in my tracks and I had to come see what was happening with Mama! So glad to hear that they got it taken care of and that you are on the mend. I know it’s not easy for mom’s to let others take care of them, but the fact of the matter is, you need to! After surgery you’re not just going to pop back up like nothing happened – but that’s ok! Take it a day at a time, accept help, and I totally understand why the blog is going on the back burner. My mom raised 5 kids, and I’m quite sure she would laugh if I asked her if she could have managed to write a daily blog at the same time! 😉 Hang in there – we’re still around!