Tuesday, May 12, 2009

When life hands you lemons, give them back.

How can a person be expected to write anything of substance when his or her life is a mess? This week, I was supposed to be off work. Instead I'm required to attend eight in-service classes, complete six internet lessons and tests, get a TB skin test and a Respiratory Fit test. In the meantime, my son just learned that his landlord is required by the county where he lives to repair and remodel the house he rents. The landlord has thirty days to complete these repairs. My son learned of this just yesterday and work began today and my son and his roommate have to get everything of value out of the house by tonight and guess who's moving into my house as of now with his puppy?

My husband and I leave on Friday for our daughter's college graduation. We will drive home next Monday, bringing both daughters back with us - they plan to stay with us for three weeks. I was expecting a busy visit, but not this busy. As soon as my daughter's leave, I have to get a cast applied for a fractured heel and torn medial collateral ligament. I'll have the cast on for at least six weeks. I was supposed to get it on last week, but I didn't have time so I'm walking around on a broken bone.

Last night, when I was bordering on hysteria, my husband said, "What are you worrying about? Some people have cancer." You know, he's right. He's absolutely right and I need to get over myself. Unfortunately, I didn't have the courage to tell him then and there about our son's situation. He'll find out when he gets home from work, unless he reads this blog. I sort of think the hysteria shoe will be on the other foot. Oh my God! I forgot about my parents. They're coming next Tuesday! %$#@!!!!!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

The phrase 'what doesn't kill us makes us stronger' is running through my head right now! Hang in there, Julia.
Tessie

Anny Cook said...
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Julia Barrett said...

Thanks Anny - You are the voice of experience.

Fran Lee's Romance Blog said...

Sounds like you have a lot on your plate, dear! Why give the lemons back? I love lemonade as well as the next guy, and you deserve something out of all this! You just go with the flow...it'll all work out in the greater scheme...even if it's totally messed up this little area of life. ;P

Amber Skyze said...

The saying, 'This too shall pass', comes to mind when I think about your situation. Like your DH said, it's nothing fatal. Yes, having a lot of people in the house can be unnerving, but you'll get through it. Before you know it those kids will be gone again and you'll be missing them! :-) And like Anny said, you are a WOMAN, we do what we gotta do. We can handle anything!
Hope your foot heals quickly for you.

Anny Cook said...

My prayers are with you. You CAN handle it--one day at a time.

Betty Hanawa said...

And when you're alone and lonely in the nursing home in your so-called golden years, you'll look back at this time period and think, "OMG, I love this nursing home! It's quiet. I don't have to cook or clean. I can wear my pajamas all day and no one complains." giggling wildly

Have fun over the next few months. It's all grist for the writing.

Julia Barrett said...

Betty, shoot me before I get into the nursing home!

Dee Brice said...

Ohmigod, can I identify with what's happening in your life. Got home from RT to discover my mother was in the hospital with a broken hip! Nothing as frantic as having the whole family move home, but stressful still.

Dee Brice said...

BTW a nursing home is NOT quiet. That's where my mom is now and getting a night's sleep is nigh on to impossible!

Dee Brice

jean hart stewart said...

Wow, what an upheaval in your life. Maybe you can get the cast put on and act more of an invalid than you are. Just let others do some of the coping for a change. Jean