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Slowly getting back to normal.

Friday, December 27, 2013

It takes a while to get back to normal when something sudden happens. I wasn't expecting to have such a sick kid, nor was I expecting it to take so long to get him well again.

I've fallen out of the habits I had that brought me so far along.

I stopped daily blogging, which kept me real.

I stopped my daily walks because I couldn't leave the house without him and he still can't go too far without wearing out.

I haven't really grocery shopped in the last month. Only recently I got a bunch of veggies to fill my drawer again and that's because I gave my husband a list.

I haven't been planning meals like I should and that causes eating out too much. We had Chinese food twice this week alone.

The holidays hit all at once as soon as we were out of the hospital ($40,000 for that week long stay just for one bill that I saw go through. I'm really thankful for insurance!), Thanksgiving, my Daughter's Birthday and Christmas (which we're still not done with because we caught a cold and haven't been to my mom's house to finish so they don't get sick).

What I have started doing again:
Snacks. Instead of all that chocolate I've gorged myself on, I'm going back to nuts and fruits and veggies.

Meal planning. I have made dinners the last two days. The last of the leftovers will be gone in the next day or so, we'll be eating real lunches again instead of leftover Chinese food.

Cleaning. Fortunately the dishes have been getting done by the proper people and I've convinced my husband to make my daughter do her job instead of letting her slack and him do them. I got the rearranging bug yesterday and did over 5000 steps while not leaving the house because I wanted to rearrange my bedroom and make things orderly again. I even got the vacuum in there too. I'm working my way from the back corner to the doorway, so my home will be clean again. I had it there once and felt calm about it, I will get there again.

Fun time. I have played games with the kids and we're working on our third puzzle together. I had been the cranky no fun mom for a while, now I feel like I'm getting back into the fun groove with them. My husband took them out sledding on Christmas day and I think he wore them out. At least it was fun while they were doing it, but it reminded us that our son just can't handle as much as he'd like still.

Me time. It sometimes is as simple as a long hot shower (love apartment living for extra long showers!) to reading a good book to wind down (I'm working on book two of the second series in a grouping of two sets of stories that relate to each other) to doing a bit of art (see my last blog for my latest).

Husband time. We were having ignoring issues before everything hit, but now we're on our way back to having snuggle time and laughing with each other again. We're working like greased cogs again and remembering to have us time when we can get it.

When the kids go back to school, I'll be able to make more time to do some of these things. My daughter goes back on the 2nd and I'm sending my son back again on the following Monday so he's not overwhelmed by all the kids being crazy after the holiday. I like to get certain things done when no one's home and since someone's been home for the last month, I've not gotten certain things done. I'll have the floors clean again and all the corners will be clutter free again.

Little by little, I'll be back where I belong and the weight will be back down too. Not paying attention to me caused the holiday weight gain and I can physically see it again. I don't want to be uncomfortable with my body again, so the normality I had will get it gone again too.
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    I'm so glad things are looking up!
    1512 days ago
  • TANYA602
    You got thrown for quite a loop and you are seeing your way clearly to the healthy side of where you need to be. I've missed catching up with you and am glad to hear you are making time for yourself as well as taking care of your relationship with your husband. Here's to a better start to 2014.
    1514 days ago
    It's hard when someone in the family gets that sick. You dealt with what was more important at the time, your son. You know how you feel when you can't do what you need to do. So good to see you getting your groove back. You know what you need to do and you are learning to do those things in different ways. It's hard to make such a big shift. You are doing a terrific job. Keep up the good work.
    1515 days ago
    emoticon You are an amazing lady.
    Your son has been in my prayers. Glad to hear he is doing better. Wishing him healthy recovery.
    1515 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Best wishes for your son and getting back into the groove very soon. I am glad to hear that things are moving right along and your son will be back in school soon.
    Hang in there!
    1515 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Wishing your son all the strength he needs for getting back to school--will he need to start out with half days or try handling whole days right away?
    Soon things need to get to a stand still when someone in the family is hospitalized when we need to be with them. It continues when they arrive home, especially when it is one of the children who needs much assistance. I know we had our son in the hospital for a severely long surgery, followed by a long recovery period both in the hospital and then at home. I just felt do what I could the rest will get caught up, and yes it did eventually.Glas you can slip in some me time by reading and painting--it is important for your own welfare to take at least some time for yourself. Wishing you and your family a safe, and healthy new year in 2014.
    1515 days ago
  • KAREN608
    I'm glad things are starting to get back to your new normal again.

    It is weird how a house can go from tidy to disaster without our help.

    May the strength return to your son soon...

    and may 2014 be a good year.
    1515 days ago
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