My current foot situation sucks.
Did I mention how unprepared I was for the recovery period? How cavalier I was about the whole thing? How few questions I asked the surgeon? How silly I feel about my overall lack of preparedness? That not being able to take a full-on shower for a month is more stressful than one might think?
The procedure needed to happen. Now. Or later. It was needed.
I want to be an active person and this is the price I have to pay to ensure this is possible.
But the reality of the situation has taken us all by surprise. (Okay, maybe just me and Dan.)
There have been a few moments during the past three weeks when attempting to do something very simple (and failing) has caused a handful of hot, fast tears. Then I grow up and deal with it. Still, it's hard not to do all the things you are used to doing.
Dan became an instant single parent, responsible for every major task. During the past few weeks there have been school meetings and supply shopping and grocery needs and cooking needs—and when you are suddenly unable to contribute to the greater good of the family, it's really an eye opener.
For all of you single parents out there, I think you are heroes. For all of you who are doing temporary single parent duty—whether because of a spouse on deployment, or some other event, such as work travel or family illness—I think what you do is also nothing if not heroic and amazing.
My situation is temporary—and God knows it's not a major, life-threatening issue—but it's made me want to figure out ways to help, if even in the smallest of ways, other families who are in a bit of a bind. Maybe it's an extra meal. An extra ride. Just some small way of helping out a family who could use an extra hand. Or foot.
So let's talk creative ideas today. From service organizations to things you've done to help others who are getting back on their feet, what are some simple ways to help people out while they are recuperating?
By all means, share in the comments today. I'd love to file some ideas away to retrieve for future friends, families or neighbors in need.
And again, to my family and friends who've been taking such good care of me, thank you. Honestly. I am so grateful for everything.