Sometimes the postman is just what the doctor ordered. (Angels among us....)

I'm hurting.

I'm not gonna lie, sugar coat it or pretend I'm Wonder Woman.  I am hurting.

I walked into school this morning after an incredibly painful and fitful night.   I've been living (unknowingly) with a broken hip and a crushed hip joint.  I knew I had done some serious damage to myself while climbing that mountain, but when others were telling me that it was just a sciatic issue or ligament damage it seemed a bit easier to bear.

(When someone shows you an x-ray of a blown apart joint and tells you that you SHOULD be in excruciating pain, all of the sudden it feels okay to take down the armor and succumb to what ails.
And now, at twelve days and counting until my hip is replaced I find myself listening to my body.  And it's telling me it HURTS. )

My incredible new teammates rushed into my classroom this morning and insisted that "enough is enough."  They called the office, helped me tremendously in preparing for a sub, and sent me on my way.  They reminded me that a healthy Mrs. Smythe is what I need to think about, and to let go and follow doctor's orders.

Therefore, I am.

I will prepare my home and my heart for the next six weeks of rehabilitation, and remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

And when I opened my door today to see this package from one of you, I cried for the fifth time today.

Comfort comes to you in all forms- from near AND far.  It's something the doctor might not have ordered, but that the angels knew I needed.

Thank you, my friend.  Thank you, indeed.


Lorraine said...

Oh no! I've been so busy with my son's wedding, I'm just now catching up. I only have your old school address, and I'd love to send you a card. I'm hoping all goes well for you.

SanH said...

I really hope you feel better soon and it looks like you have people caring for you far and close.

Anonymous said...

Good for you for letting a sub step in - I know it must be hard, but you have been super tough for long enough. GOOD FOR YOU - go home, rest!

That package you got is well timed and truly awesome. A lot of people love and adore you.

And again, good for you for listening to your body, and knowing something was wrong. Even good doctors can assume that THEY have it right - but only you know your body. I can't imagine how you managed these last weeks! WOW.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Anonymous said...

Oh ouch!!! My mother-in-law and mother have each had a hip replacement surgery and it is a much longer recovery than just 6 weeks, more like 6 months. But then you are younger so it may be faster for you.
I hope you heal well and quickly. Sending you lots of thoughts and prayers.

Jenny Hart Boren said...

Perhaps I missed a post or two after the fallen log debacle, but didn't your doctor order x-rays? And if you were x-rayed but the prescribed treatment wasn't helping, wasn't another look by a radiologist in order?

All right, enough of that. Hindsight is always twenty twenty, right? I'm terribly glad you finally got a proper diagnosis and will be having that crunchity old hip replaced. These new-fangled joints are NOT your grandma's hip replacements--they are excellent. It also looks like you'll have somebody sweet to lean on afterwards. Double bonus! Things are looking up!

Mrs. E said...

I don't know how you've done it! I'm glad to see you are in caring hands!

Ellie Mae said...

What an awesome friend you have to send that package!

I can't believe you've been going and going on a broken hip and crushed joint!!! Just crazy! You are incredible. I understand about the pain getting harder to bear since you found out it's not just needing PT to fix it.
Rest and get ready for the surgery and may you have a quick recovery. Based on your last weeks of endurance, it might not be so bad for you. Hoping so!

How is your stock of vodka? lol After the pain meds, of course :)

noexcuses said...

Let me know if you want any shoot 'em up movies...I'll fedex them overnite! So glad you are taking care of you prior to surgery. I'm sure you will be back in action in no time!

Gigi said...

You went in to work KNOWING you had a crushed hip, etc? You truly are Wonder Woman.

Bless your co-workers for sending you home; that's where you need to be until you are completely fixed up and ready to go.

You tell me what you like to read and I might find something to help you pass the time during recovery.

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness! So glad someone helped you rest! :) Hope you feel better soon! Try to enjoy the quiet (if there is such a thing in your house)

Japolina said...

Oh Vodkamom! I'm sorry that you are in such pain. One of my girlfriends had her hip replaced two years ago (she was 50) She is like bionic now. Hang in there! xoxo

SkylersDad said...

Sometimes it is the hardest thing to let people step in and help take care of you. I hope that your rehab goes well.

Cora said...

I wish you lived closer. I feel the irresistible urge to make you dinner and bake you brownies and run them on over ASAP.

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