I've been looking forward to this week all summer long...a week of visiting with my sister's family, enjoying the last week of summer before sending the kids back to school, one of them for the last time!
All that changed on Thursday evening. All I did was bend over to snap a cow's chain to her collar, when something "flew into" my back. If I didn't know what that meant before, I sure do now! By Friday morning I was unable to sit or walk at all, and on Friday evening was diagnosed with a herniated disk in my lower back, and another one bulging, pressing on a nerve that I'd rather not even know I had!
It's a helpless and humbling experience, to be laying on a mattress in the middle of the living room floor while someone else does the dishes, cooks the meals, does the laundry, gathers and washes the eggs, sweeps the floor, and basically does everything for me.
I am SO VERY THANKFUL for my family, who have been really good sports so far. Jim has had to rely on others to help in the barn...Jenna has taken over the laundry...Eric's been getting up extra early to help before cross country practice...my sister who lives nearby spent Friday with me, cleaning, and even picked, shelled and froze my lima beans...my visiting sister's family (on their vacation) has taken over the daily tasks that we take for granted! My Mom mopped my kitchen floor and went for groceries...my Father in law mowed the yard...my Mother in law brought us a whole lot of yummy food... (Olive Garden!!) and the list goes on.
I am SO VERY THANKFUL for all the people who have cared for us by providing meals! My refrigerator is FULL and overflowing.
I am SO VERY THANKFUL for pain meds!
I have no idea how long this will go on, but after only five days, I'm going crazy! I really want to just get up and go! The earliest I could get an appointment with a specialist is next week.
I'm going to take a break from blogging until I'm on my feet again, or at least until I'm able to sit for longer periods of time.
What do you do when things don't go as planned?