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I am a below knee amputee. More importantly, I am also Mommy to two boys, a very active 10 year old (Robby) and an mischievous toddler (Timmy). I have learned that being a parent with a disability can create some unusual and sometimes humorous situations. This blogger is available for hire! Let's talk and learn how a blog can expand your business.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Rest at Mom's

Well I'm waving the white flag and admitting that my concussion is going to force me to slow down. I continue to struggle, and if I don't take care of myself I am only going to lengthen my recovery. I need my brain, and I need to be able to work on the computer.  Therefore, I'm going to unplug this weekend and hibernate. Hopefully a few solid days of sleeping and rest will help my brain heal and reset.

As much as I love my boys, they do not provide an environment conducive for complete rest. I've decided that I'm going to travel to my Mom's today. She is excited to play with Timmy for a few days, and I'll be able to completely decompress and rest.  

Have a great weekend. Hopefully I'll have my brain back on Monday.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Birthday Surprise!

Yesterday was Scott's birthday and despite it being a relatively low-key affair, he had a good day.  Robby was excited to help him celebrate and serenaded him with "Happy Birthday" at every opportunity. Timmy was happy to participate in the celebrations, although I did learn that he can no longer be trusted with a secret. My little guy couldn't wait to tell his Daddy that we bought him a pair of shoes for his birthday. We definitely need to work on secret keeping!

Despite Timmy spilling the beans about the shoes, he did not know all of the surprises I had planned. The shoes were actually a pair of summer sandals, which Scott is going to need when he and Robby go to Fort Lauderdale in April for the Night Ranger concert.  Both Robby and Scott were absolutely gobsmacked when they learned about the trip. I wish I had a camera rolling to film their reactions.

Thanks to my ill-fated trip to New Orleans earlier this month and the airline credit I received as compensation for my trouble, the concert getaway quickly came together.  I love how things work out sometimes! I was so frustrated spending the day in the airport and never ma,ing my trip, but seeing the boys excitement about their concert trip made my time mulling around the airport well spent.  

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Case of the Stupids.

Typing and looking at the computer is difficult, so my blogs may be shorter than normal for the next few days. I'm frustrated because my work is heavy with computer screens. It seems that every aspect of my life has been impacted by my bonk on my head, and I am not happy about it.  I am a much better caretaker than I am a patient.

Yesterday I became lost driving Robby home from school. I forgot Timmy's name (again) and I couldn't remember what time Robby needed to be picked up from art class. I had to send a lengthy email to my mom to explain to me because it was too many words and numbers for me to comprehend.  Simple words, such as sneeze, have been difficult for me to recall. (I kept calling it nose screaming until Scott was able to decipher my meaning.)  I feel stupid, and I'm so frustrated!

Today I'm going back to the doctor, so hopefully I will have more answers about a potential timeline for my inabilities. Of course, this is all assuming I will understand what he is saying to me!  Wish me luck.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Broken Eye Socket

On Sunday I sustained what I assumed to be a minor bump to my eye socket. While the pain was intense and I was dizzy and disoriented after the blow, I brushed it off because of the absence of blood. Unfortunately the symptoms persisted and yesterday I went to the doctor to get it checked.

It turns out that my "minor bump" was strong enough to fracture my orbital lobe (eye socket) and to cause a concussion.  The pain continues to be intense, and I am sporadically disoriented and jittery. I'm going to have to slow down over the next few weeks, which isn't easy for me.  Wish me luck!

Monday, March 05, 2018

Windstorm Recap

The windstorm on Friday was wicked strong. We made it through unscathed (with the exception of a large tree in the woods) but my goodness, it was scary. I don't think I've ever seen the trees sway so violently for such an extended period of time. Branches bombarded our roof and littered our yard throughout the morning and afternoon. Several times I was ready to pack up and head to a hotel, but the fear of driving in those conditions kept me home.

Being home alone with the boys certainly added to my anxiety.  As flights were cancelled and the winds persisted, I began to lose hope that Scott would return as scheduled. Somehow his flight was one of a handful that was given the okay to fly, and he took a bumpy ride home from Ohio. He admitted that the turbulence wasn't anything he wanted to experience again, but having him home helped to quell some of my storm anxiety.  

Saturday the winds persisted, keeping us inside for much of the day. By Sunday everything had calmed and we were able to play outside. Timmy and I spent a few hours picking up sticks while Robby and his friend rode their bikes through the neighborhood to survey the damage. After a few hours, Timmy and I had gathered two small mountains of downed limbs and sticks, and we only covered about 1/5 of our yard. I'm pretty sure that we have enough wood for our fire pit for several years.  

Today my little helper and I will continue to pick up sticks and branches. Thankfully he is at the helping age where he enjoys pitching in and doing chores. I know that it won't last long, but I do plan on taking full advantage of the stage!