Sunday, April 20, 2008

As Our World Spins....

Well, our whole world has changed many times since I last posted! A couple of the major earth-shattering changes I'm going to leave out because I don't have the mental energy to get into it. The more recent ones are that my dear hubby had foot surgery April 10th and I've stepped back into the fuller time working world temporarily. The funny thing is, for some reason I don't really feel like I put in 39 hours (versus my normal 9) last week. Except I have this weird sensation, kind of like when I had a couple D&C's, like I would have been put under and periodically woken up to find a whole day or a couple of them have passed and I don't really feel like they have! Also, we found out on Eric's post-op appointment with his surgeon last Tuesday, that not only is he off work for 6-8 weeks, he is non-weight bearing on his gimpy foot for at least 6 weeks!!! That means, he can't pick up the baby and stand with her, carry her, go heat up a frozen bottle for her at night when I'm at work. This puts a whole new perspective on our lives. Every time I leave for work on a week night (school night), I need to pump a bottle right before I leave and leave it at bedside, along with diapers and wipes, so my husband can feed her a "ready" bottle during the night. A freshly pumped bottle can be left at room temp for 8-10 hours, so this works out nicely. Only, it adds a little to my evening routine!!! (On the weekends, our 2 oldest daughters can get up and heat a bottle for him)

Just getting Eric out of the house is a huge challenge, although it is progressively getting easier. I have to hang onto him from behind to ensure he doesn't fall down the steps as he is hobbling down with 2 crutches and one foot. The first time we did this, I went down the stairs backing up in front of him!!! This is a big guy, at least 2 1/2 times my weight. What were we thinking? That I would be his cushion to land on as he plows into me on his way down, taking me with him to the bottom? I could just see it, as the dust settles, I would still be clutching to the fistful of pants that I managed to grab ahold of on the way down, just feeling victorious that at least I got a good hold of him and didn't let go!!!

Eric has almost fallen a couple of times now while crutching about the house. He had two bones, or a joint, fused together in his foot so if he puts any pressure (by falling, walking, driving-yes, he was in a delirious state, due to cabin fever, and yesterday wondered if he could ask his surgeon on Tuesday for permission to drive!!!!!) and the bones shift at all or just plain old separate, he messes up his whole surgery. *side note: I think I did get through the haze of delirium and make it crystal clear, I hope, why driving just ain't a good idea*

Okay, enough about that! Now, I'm really excited about my sister's and my business. We got a call the other day.....I was debating if I should wait until after Tuesday morning's meeting to say anything just so I wouldn't jinx us, but decided against it....from some lady. She said that this Senior Center where we've been twice now to introduce our services would like us to be the exclusive....wait. I better not say cause I'm sure I won't remember exactly what she said and then I will not only jinx us but will make a fool of myself and come back on here after Tuesday's meeting and say that it was just some weirdo trying to make a sneaky sale (we've had that happen several times...just on the phone though, no one has gone the the lengths of setting up a meeting)! More on Tuesday or whenever I get on here next to post.

7 comments:

Joni said...

Hang in there!!!

Shellie said...

Wow! Life sounds way too full right now. I hope all goes well with the meeting and you survive this time!!!

Darla said...

Thank you and thank you! :) The meeting went well. It was a woman whose company has worked with the Senior Center before and had just been back there last week to ask if there would be any one company they would like to see displayed on magazine jackets there. The director there gave her our name. What we will do is sign up for 2 years to have 8 different magazines displayed on a wooden magazine stand/rack with a clear jacket holders holding the 8 different monthly magazines. On the front cover is a nice 7"x7" color advertisement...it will even have a photo on it...with our ad on it. In the back of the magazine jacket is a pocket that we can keep filled with our brochures for people to take. What great advertising! We are excited to see how that goes. It will take at least 2 mos before the order is ready and shipped to the Sr. Center. We'll keep you updated! It's a very busy Senior Center so hopefully that will attract some business! :)

houseofdanes said...

Darla, it's been so long since I've been on here. I so have sympathy for your hub. I had surgery on my foot where I was non weight bearing for 8 weeks and it was hell. I did end up falling three times and had to be re xray'd to make sure my tendon that holds my arch up didn't snap back up my leg under my cast. I think I gained 30lbs during those 8 weeks, that was when I averaged at least 30 or more miles a week running, never ran again :(

Love your new page... where did you find new pages? I want one :)

miss chatting with you.
tam

carrie & troy keiser said...

I hope that you figure out how to keep your house-bound hubby off his foot! I remember when I broke my foot last summer how hard it was no not drive and carry on normal life! :) good luck with the business venture hope it is a good meeting!

Darla said...

Tammi-It's so ironic that you wrote on here because I was just thinking about you this morning. I had Mac outside, it was a cool, sunny morning, Mac just had a bath yesterday and is super shiny and soft, and....he's finally gaining some weight! I remember mentioning to you a long time ago that we just didn't know what to do to make him gain weight. We were at Sam's Club a week or so ago and found some canned food that is nearly pure beef (smells and looks just like pot roast)with beef gravy and veggies. Now every day, in addition to what we already gave him (which was a bit more than he should have had) we give him a can of the beef. He loves it, needless to say, and we are starting to fill him in between the ribs!
Re: the new background, I went to a blog site that Carrie told me about. It's a link on her blog. CAn't remember the name of it but will go look and will come visit your blog and tell you! :)

Carrie-good to hear from you! Thanks for the well wishes. :) Hubby's doing better now about relaxing around home.

Christine said...

I hope your hubby's foot feel better soon.