April 2012 was not my favorite.
It all seems not so bad now that it’s over, but in the middle of it?
After the tonsils and adenoids came out, we had a good week plus and then there was bleeding. Lots and lots of bleeding. Clots in the sink kind of bleeding. Did I mention that Macy was the only one home with him at the time? Before you start judging my parenting, don’t worry…I’ve already beat myself up over it. Repeatedly. I was close by and was home within 2 minutes (during which time she had already gotten him started gargling ice water) and we were on the phone with a nurse at the doctor’s office within 6 minutes and out the door to the hospital shortly thereafter.
And then, because I clearly have issues, I couldn’t sleep that night. I was certain Keller was going to choke to death on his own blood, so I had to go in and check on him every 5 minutes.
The next day is when things got really awesome.
Water started pouring in my family room window. Whilst I was cleaning up that flood, one of my children (hint: Bennett) flooded an upstairs bathroom. And another one of my children (hint: Campbell) gave his brother a swirly, making a lesser flood in a 2nd bathroom. At one point I cried so hard that I had to puke in the sink. (Not my finest moment, for sure.) During the puking, Keller came in and told me he was bleeding again. The adrenaline stopped the gagging and I ran to get ice. Only some left a barstool pulled out.
And that toe is broken.
And then Macy got shingles. She’s 11, not 80!
There were a couple of days where the pain was so bad that she couldn’t even put on a hoodie, so that was fun.
Did I mention that washer broke during all of this? And six people make A LOT of dirty laundry. We were getting by with a much smaller washer in the basement and doing twice as many loads…until I broke my toe and couldn’t navigate 2 flights of stairs and Macy could no longer haul baskets up and down.
But then…THEN, in the middle of all that, I got to be a part of SNAP! (which I have not yet posted about because it was such a blur and I don’t even know where to start). I was surrounded by 325 INSANELY talented women. I got to work to the point of delirious hugging with some of my very best friends. I got toes so swollen that my shoes didn’t fit for 3 or 4 days. I got to reconnect with people who inspire me and make me want to be better…to DO more.
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I was reminded to choose joy.
So, now I’m laughing…crying gives me a headache.