I rarely check the email account dedicated to my blog anymore, but I did today. Two things caught my attention. The first was a receipt from WordPress for the automatic renewal of my blog domain, and the second was a post from RDP saying the word for today is “ramble”. I immediately thought about contacting WordPress to inform them I no longer wish to continue with Grammy Writes. I haven’t posted since the middle of June and have lacked the motivation to do so. Then I asked myself why—why not revive something I once enjoyed? So, I decided to have another go at this thing I created, and what better way than to “ramble” on and on about why I stopped.
Life gets difficult sometimes. As we get older, the things that slow us down can take a toll. One of the things that has plagued me for several years is nerve pain in my feet. Every treatment option the doctors could think of has been tried and failed. Surgery was the last resort. The procedure, called a tarsal tunnel release, was done July 7th on my left foot. I was told I would be non-weight bearing for four weeks, and after that I could walk with a post-surgery orthotic and special shoe. In three months, they said, walking would not be a problem!
Well, today is August 23rd and I’m still not walking. For various reasons, the special orthotic I need won’t be available until September 9th! Have I spent the last seven weeks feeling sorry for myself? YOU BET! Am I sick and tired of sitting, lying, using a knee scooter or wheelchair 24/7? YES! Is every inch of my body weak and sore from prolonged immobility? ABSOLUTELY!
I am, of course, counting the days until September 9th! 17 more days! When I tell my friends and neighbors how much longer this confinement will last, they all express sorrow at the unplanned delay. But yesterday, I spent some time with my granddaughter. I told her I wouldn’t be able to walk for another 17 days. Her face lit up, and she said “That’s great, Grammy! 17 days is not that long!” I can’t begin to tell you the total about-face that did for my perspective! It really isn’t that much longer, is it? There truly is light at the end of the tunnel! I have no reason to pout and be miserable when, with a slight attitude adjustment, I can do what I can for now and look forward to mobility soon!
As far as the blog is concerned, I finally realize I don’t have to walk to write. And while I can’t take new photographs right now, it’s not as if there aren’t plenty of old photos to share, like this one that works for Lens Artists Challenge – It’s All About the Light. So, thank you for letting me ramble, and we’ll see if this newfound inspiration continues!