Saturday, May 21, 2011
Sometimes life has a way of slowing us down when we least expect it. Mine is about to be put on hold. Temporarily! Over the past year I have had problems with my left shoulder. My doctor and I have tried some things that haven’t made much difference. Monday morning I will have surgery to correct the problems that have intensified over the last few weeks, leaving me with less and less use of my arm and more and more pain as the days have gone by.
A recent MRI showed that a large calcium deposit that has built up on the front of my shoulder area is compromising the tendon and a bone spur at the top of my shoulder is making a ‘dent’ in my rotator cuff. It needs to be removed before the ‘dent’ becomes a tear. When I saw the specialist this week I expected that surgery in would be the plan. I just didn’t expect it to happen so soon. Just before I arrived at the doctor's office a cancellation in the doctor’s surgery schedule for next Monday opened a spot right away.
Over the last few days I have been busy cancelling appointments and commitments and getting things ready for the time I will be ‘on hold’. This is a day surgery so I will come home Monday afternoon or evening. My sweetheart is taking time off work to be with me for a few days. I’ve given him permission to work on his ‘honey-do’ list while I rest! My arm will be in a sling for a week and I won’t be able to drive for at least a month. I’m busy getting things ready so my only focus over the next weeks will be to rest and recover! And, when the time comes, I will do some little projects. I have several things ready – things that can be done pretty much with one hand. I have a stack of books I never have time to read – I have a million photos on my computers that need to be edited. I won’t run out of simple things to do. When the time comes. But first I plan to rest.rest.rest. And heal.
I’ve been asked what is happening with Daffodil. Nothing at the moment. The roof seams have been recaulked and one coat of roof seal has been applied. The second coat and other exterior work that needs be done are at the mercy of the weather. She must be watertight before the transformation on the inside can be done. Time will come soon – we believe – that work will begin in earnest and progress will be made. Then, one day she will be the beautiful, little trailer she was meant to be. I’ll share photos and updates when that happens. I’ll be able to be part of the project again. One of these days.
Before then I will do what I need to do to recover from surgery. And heal. I’m keeping that goal in mind. I can’t wait for that day! I have places to go. And people to see. And things to do.