This week's Writer's Workshop has me going back in time....to a July of the past. The instructions given were:
Recycle a favorite post from July of any year that you have been blogging.
So...I hit the archives looking for July posts.
What the heck??
What was happening every July that kept me from posting on my blog? I had to dig in the archives of my brain to figure out this mystery.
2006---This one is easy. My little one was 7 months old. He had spent a week of every month in the hospital from February to May due to heart rhythm problems. He spent nearly the whole month of June and one week of July in the hospital. Clearly, I was resting!
2007---I was ill. Very ill. So ill that I did not post on my blog at all. Not once during the whole year. When I finally broke down completely in August (thanks to total paralysis), my husband called 911 and after my first ambulance ride, I spent 4 days in ICU due to critically low potassium. My levels were 1.3. We're talking cardiac arrest levels, people. We're talking intense pain and loss of function. I have no idea why I am still alive. The ER doctors had my potassium levels checked three times. They couldn't believe it. I suffered no permanent heart damage and no kidney damage. I.am.so.stubborn. (That's what no health insurance looks like.)
2008---We were testing and planning for my little one's upcoming heart surgery. We traveled in February for testing/second opinion. Full workup in February, local MRI in May, and in July, we traveled for second opinion testing/MRI. We were also right in the middle of testing and evaluations with Early Intervention for Autism. We started intense therapies in August.
That brings us up to 2009. Finally, a July post. A few July posts. I chose the one entitled, July Equals.......New Pediatric Residents. I found it extremely fitting since all of my July history seems to be taken up by medical issues. In this original post I wrote,
Anyway, I told the bouncie house story to the resident and she is looking at his medical chart on the computer, trying to sort out his CHD and the surgery he has had. She makes the statement that he should be okay since he's 'fixed'. Then she listens to his heart.
I don't think she was prepared for the 'Chitty, Chitty, Bang-Bang". And to be honest, I haven't thought to ask about the heart sounds since Eli had his surgery. I have no idea what it sounds like now. She handled it well, though. Then she stepped out to go over my list with her attending physician. (Read more...
Just for kicks, I checked 2010. I found this post. An 'online friend' lost her battle with breast cancer. I wrote this little story for her daughter. I wrote,
The woman prayed and tried to understand God’s plan. She did not want to leave the man, her princess, and Eden. But, she trusted God and knew he would take care of her family.
One late spring day she took God’s hand and went with Him to Heaven. It was a day to rejoice and a day to grieve. The world did not stop, so the woman’s family lived on without her, but forever in their hearts. (read more...)
And, finally....2011. This is how I hope to spend the month of July for many years to come:
Thanks, MamaKat, for the trip down memory lane. It's always good to remember, even if the memories are difficult ones.
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