Thursday, December 24, 2009


I have not posted anything in over a month ... and this one will be short ... okay, okay ... shorter in comparison to previous posts. I am 9 days post-op back surgery. The timing could not have been worse. I was waiting for our daughter to have her baby boy; I planned to be over there to care for our 3-year-old granddaughter. A degenerative spinal problem suddenly became 'acute' with severe pain. The vertebra was slipping, the disc needed to be removed, the spine required stabilization with screws and the severe narrowing was pinching the sciatic nerve. The healing period is very slow and I am still experiencing a great deal of pain. I am NOT patient ... but I have had some time to think about my situation and all my blessings.

One year ago today, our daughter and son-in-law learned that the baby she was carrying had died. This Christmas Eve day she is 36 weeks pregnant, with an apparent healthy little boy. A blessing! Little Someone (the big sister-to-be) is healthy, bright, beautiful and loved unconditionally. A blessing!

The Duck has been so very attentive ... doing laundry,
shopping, cooking and cleaning. He is caring and compassionate.
There are some things I'm sure he would rather not have to do, but he is
cheerful, helpful, protective and positive. A blessing!

Our two children are healthy, both are intelligent, caring individuals. They are independent and self sufficient. Their spouses are our family as well. A blessing!

My surgeon is gifted and caring. He listened to me ...he heard me. He has helped me to manage my pain, knowing how very frightened I am about addictions ... of becoming like my mother. A blessing!

I will not be able to spend this Christmas Eve day or tomorrow with my family. I am blessed that I have a family! I will be eating my Christmas meal with my husband in our lovely home. I am blessed to have a husband who loves me, to have food on our table and a roof over my head.

Friends have brought meals over for us, they loaned me DVDs to enjoy while I am not able to work in the yard as I would love to be doing; I cannot carry anything weighing more than 5 pounds. I am blessed.

It's so easy to get caught up in the 'craziness' of this season ... where sometimes presents seem more important than being present. I hope that each of you have the opportunity to realize your own blessings. Merry Christmas dear friends and as Tiny Tim said "God bless us everyone!"


Bz said...

Very nice post (& not too long!). :-)
Sounds to me like your family must be very blessed to have you too!
Merry Christmas~

Robynn's Ravings said...

Oh! I'm so sorry about the back surgery and I know you wanted to be there for your daughter!!! Hope you are healing and that she is doing well, too. Can't wait to hear all the news. I'm back tracking as life side-lined me too, though nothing as crazy as what you've been going through! Miss you, Sandy!