Hi Friends! I bet you are wondering, “What has happened to StoneGable?” You might be thinking… I don’t get a newsletter in my inbox every morning… or… where are the new pictures… or … why has the same topics been on the Upcoming Post sidebar image week after week? Well, it has been a tough road for me lately. And one I would never want to walk… or should I say wheel again! So here’s a little update…
On December 13th I had surgery on my ankle to fix a fracture and to fuse two arthritic bone together. One on my ankle and one on the top right side of my left foot. I must admit, I was not prepared for the l-o-n-g recovery of a bone fusion. I went from the hospital to a rehab hospital to learn how to maneuver with one leg as I could not and still can not walk on my left leg. I was in the rehab hospital working 3-5 hours a day learning how to cope in a wheelchair. I had wonderful care but let’s just say that I have never been so happy to leave a place in my life!
Then I went from the wheelchair to my upstairs bedroom, where I have spent almost all of my time these last 7 plus weeks. I have gained such an appreciation for people that have disabilities and are shut in’s.
I never knew the feeling of refreshment and rejuvenation a shower could give until I had my very first shower over a week after my operation! I was not cleared to shower until the cast and boot came off of my leg. But this was one doctor’s order I was not going to obey. My wonderful Bobby rigged up a way for me to sit in the shower and not get my cast wet.
The simple act of a showering, something I did daily without a thought made me feel alive! I wonder how many others with ailments and disabilities could use a life infusing shower too!
My friend Katie would come once a week and change my bed. By the end of the week, the sheets had worked loose from the bottom of the bed and ended up almost around my neck during the night. I looked forward to Thursdays because that meant that the bed would be made and new, tucked in sheets would be on the bed! Making my bed every day has taken on a whole new meaning!
Cooking was another hurdle. Thank goodness for my friends. For 7 weeks they have faithfully come with baskets of scrumptious food to feed us. Feeding our souls as well as our bodies!
It gets very very lonely to mostly live in one room by yourself all day. I looked forward to visits from friends and family. They were a lifeline to me! They made me laugh and interact! We chatted and watched Victoria on PBS together and had lunch together. We prayed together and we shared life. This is what kept me sane! My dear blogging friends Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse and Kelly from My Soulful Home were fabulous about calling and cheering me on!
This past Tuesday, I went back to see the surgeon and to get my cast off. As Bobby and I were driving I couldn’t help but comment on how blue the sky looked. I forgot in that short time how blue the sky really was! And how good a chilly breeze felt.
The cast came off and a boot now is my left foot’s companion. I am disappointedly still not able to walk on my left leg. One thing this ordeal has taught me is patience. God has me in His waiting room! I have another week yet before I can leave the wheelchair behind and walk with a walker. Every day seems like it holds 1,000 hours!
I’m looking forward to doing the things I love best… taking pictures, going to Bible Study and church, arranging a vignette, walking my yard, driving to Barnes and Noble, getting packages off the front porch, going to lunch with friends, making soup on a cold day, visiting my children and so much more.
I’ve not even been able to walk my new grandson Anderson in his stroller yet!
But I don’t feel sorry for myself… I am spending my days working on StoneGable and now podcasting (a new love in my life)! I love studying the Book of Romans!!!! I have more time to talk to family and friends on the phone and am spending such sweet time with Bobby.
I still have a little bit of a way to go, but hopefully, things will start improving fast! You can expect to see new and fresh images in my posts next week. And new podcasts too! I even am going to Bible Study and am meeting friends for lunch. I have a hair appointment that I am really looking forward too! I now know that yes, I am getting a little gray! YIKES! And I have a mani and pedi scheduled. Oh such luxury!
I think my passion for blogging has increased by leaps and bounds during this time. I miss photo shoots and decorating and all that goes with it so much! I love what I do so much and I love all of you! Thank you for being so faithful during this very unsettled time in my life. You are really the very best!!!!!!!
I have big, big plans for StoneGable in 2017. Plans made with you in mind! I’m so excited to get started!