I am well on the road to recovery, now, I think. My meds are back to less than what I was taking pre-op, and my movement is better. Though, I still can't walk for very far, and shopping is literally a pain.
I was hoping to be able to give up my Blue Badge by next year, but we shall have to see. The amount of pain has definitely reduced, which is such a bonus.
So, that's the moans over.
Now, we are just looking forwards. Firstly, to Christmas. Unusually, for this time of year our cards are all written, and presents are all bought or made. We've had to watch the pennies carefully, but it seems we have done it, and with not too many arguments, either!
Christmas this year will hopefully be much different from last year. Family tensions seem to have reached a good level now, which is so much better all around. NBG (Nan's best girl) wants to be here for Christmas morning, and wonderfully, her mum and dad have agreed for her and NLD (Nan's lolly dolly) to stay over on Christmas Eve, so they can wake up here. Christmas Eve will be spent with all of us here, having what we all hope a lovely, cosy evening with dinner, DVD, popcorn and new jammies, first. Mum has to work on Christmas morning, and lunch is planned for mid-afternoon, and thankfully, mum can then relax and enjoy the day, bless her. She couldn't relax last year, as she had to go to work in the afternoon. That is a downside of working in the care sector. Dad can just enjoy his girls until mum gets back from work.
And, then on Boxing Day my boy arrives, together with his son, by tea-time! Yes, more excitement. And, it means that we really will All have a bit of time together. And, they are here for a few days, and we can enjoy them.
The wee one is 3 ¾ and will shortly be getting hearing aid, due to his right ear not being formed fully at birth. They have now found out that his hearing is greatly reduced, and the hearing aid will used by his left ear. It is thought (and, I would agree) that this loss of hearing is impacting upon his social and speaking skills, but he is very good at lip reading. If I could interfere here, I would want dad to look into NWB (Nan's wee boy) having some contact with other children with hearing loss. My reasoning is that, as he has this issue, and is thus far isolated from his peers, he may find his community with other children with similar issues.
But, if there is one thing I have learned over this past 12 months or so, it is that I need to keep my own counsel. Only give an opinion when it is asked for. Of course I have found this hard, but actually my children are adults. And, as I am heading out of my mid-middle age, they are heading towards theirs - ergo, able to make their own choices. I am so proud of my children, they are good people.
You know me, I may take ages to write in here again, so if you're looking in, I wish you a very Happy Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year. x