Wow, this summer has been exhausting! I don’t like to complain but…it was super hot again. Sometimes you just want to hide in the house with a huge container of iced tea! As a little side note, I am amazed at how hard it is to find a sweet tea outside of Florida and Georgia, it’s a mainstay around here, every restaurant has it!
Lots of stuff has been going on here at the farm, writing not so much. I have started playing the cello, I know, WHAT? But it is something I have always wanted to do and I had this amazing opportunity so why not give it a try. I will have to keep you posted, I love it and so far the dogs are not howling when I practice! We lost a barn cat and two chickens, so sad but we do struggle with coyotes at times. We have a new horse, Wizard, a big sweet goofy guy! And my 88 year old Father passed away. Even though he lived a good long life it’s something you are never prepared for, things will never be the same. I don’t have a large extended family, so it is a strange emptiness when both your parents are gone.
So I’m trying. Going with the flow, trying to find the positive. I mean life still goes on and the farm doesn’t stop for anything or anyone. It is grounding in a way, the routine of it can be comforting when everything else seems out of control.
Went to Cincinnati for a week of work and play, we had a blast. But I had this ache in my mid back that just wouldn’t go away. I just figured it was from riding in the uhaul and age, we are all getting older! It seemed to hurt in my ribs which made any strenuous breathing difficult. When we got back, I saw on CBS Sunday Morning that the best thing for back issues is acupuncture and yoga. Great! I already do yoga and I made an appointment with an acupuncturist I had seen years ago. Went for three weeks, there was some improvement and I loved the massage. Things were going well until the pain came back more severe now in my left hip. My breathing was getting worse, at this point I could hardly bring my horses in from the field without getting winded. Figured I should probably get an X-ray and see what’s going on. So I went to a highly recommended chiropractor, got some X-rays, got some adjustments. The X-rays looked pretty tame considering the pain I was having, I thought there should be a zig zag in my spine or something! After about a week, I started to get a dry wheezy cough which , of course aggravated my back even more. Then came the fever and chills. So off to the primary care Doctor I went. Antibiotics. After much research I believe I have been nursing a kidney infection and I think it is causing me to become a bit anemic hence the difficulty breathing. I honestly don’t get sick often, and I try to take pretty good care of myself so this is all new territory for me. I literally felt like I was dying for about two weeks fatigue, weakness, just wanted to sleep, no appetite, fevers chills, shortness of breath, heavy feeling in my legs, sharp pain in my back and hip that takes my breath away, YUCK! Not to mention it’s my favorite time of the year and there’s tons of stuff to do and cook and the weather is beautiful! But let me just say I am so grateful to Jerry and Scott for helping me around here, I don’t know what I would have done without them! Today I am starting to feel like myself again so hopefully that means I am on the road to recovery!