I posted on my blog recently about some upcoming surgery scheduled for the end of this month. I've never had any kind of major medical procedure, other than natural childbirth. So I'm a bit freaked out and trying to plan for recovery. I've delivered 3 kids, but it was a "natural" recovery - not from an illness or medical issue. How long will I be in pain? How much help will I need? How quickly will I bounce back? I have no idea!
I've stocked the freezer with easy-to-heat meals for the family, like meatballs, meatloaf, and shepherd's pie. I'm scrambling at the Evil Day Job to get as much done as possible since I'll be out the rest of the year. I'm going through my paperbacks and Kindle to line up some great reads. I've got several knitting and crochet projects planned. I *hope* to be able to write at least after a few weeks, but this year has already been a bust.
So maybe... 2016 is supposed to be an unplanned vacation for my writer-self too. Maybe I need to use December as recovery in more ways than one.
It's been a difficult year. In the twenty-plus years I've worked for this company, I've *never* hit my out-of-pocket max on our health insurance, until this year. Between Middle's ACL reconstruction, That Man's double MRI, and now my hysterectomy, I'm sure our medical insurance will be glad for the year to roll over too. Publishing has been rough. Writing has been rough. Add in politics, and I'm afraid we're in for another few rollercoaster years. It's made me stop and think about what I write. What I want to say. Who I want to be, both as a writer and a person.
I'll have lots of time to think in December. And plan.
The only other times I've been off work this long (4-6 weeks) was after having each kid, and I wouldn't call getting up every 2-3 hours with a newborn much of a vacation. Hopefully I'll recover quickly on the physical side, and can use the rest of my leave to really plan out a great 2017.
Next year will call for action on all fronts. I need to be rested and prepared.
Any pointers for recovering from surgery? Any favorite freezer meals? Or better yet, any pointers on how to get teenagers to help out more? I'd love to hear it!
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Posted by: Joely Sue Burkhart
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