This past week has been constant action. It began with me in Orlando working at the conference and attempting to deliver a motivational speech. From there I flew to Ohio where I attended my husband's family picnic and spent time with my in-laws. Our first day home happened to coincide with my ten year Ampuversary which was wrought with emotion. To add insult to an already difficult day, a swarm of yellow jackets decided to become intimate while attacking me. Any modesty I was feigning evaporated when I ended up in the emergency room with my feet in stirrups as a team of doctors debated if all of the stingers had been removed.
Yesterday was the Fourth of July, and to be honest, I
really didn't care. It only took my boys seeing me waddle down the
hallway to realize that there was not going to be any Yankee Doodling in
our house! After spending much of the morning fidgeting to find a
comfortable sitting position, I finally gave up and we headed to the
pool. Despite the crowds, we had a great time. As a bonus, the cool
water felt wonderful against the tracker jacker welts. For the first
time since the assault, I wasn't in pain.
We decided to forgo our
tradition of crashing a neighboring town's picnic, and spent the
evening relaxing at home. I just couldn't fathom sitting on the grass
and contending with bugs and the heat. Although we missed the fireworks,
a quiet night at home was just what we needed. I did soothe Robby's
disappointment by picking up a small assortment of fireworks which we
can detonate at my Mom's house. Thankfully it didn't take long for him
to accept that we had to wait to set them off. After all, pyrotechnics
and living in the woods do not mix.
While we did not participate
in our traditional Fourth of July traditions, we had a nice day.
Swimming in the afternoon and spending the evening doing nothing holiday
oriented was just what we needed. I rationalized that sometimes
traditions need to be broken, especially when the obligation of
participation becomes a source of stress and frustration. We had an
uneventful holiday and that is okay with me!
I plan on spending
the majority of the weekend at the pool, seeking relief from the pain
and itchiness of the stings while playing with Robby. Hopefully my
melancholy mood will start to become more upbeat and cheerful. The pain
from the stings, coupled with the emotions surrounding my Ampuversary
and extreme exhaustion from traveling, have worn me down. The warm and
happy sunshine, coupled with the healing properties of the cool pool
water, will help to lift my spirits!