Follow my blog with BloglovinMost of America will remember Christmas 2015 as the Christmas of #MakingaMurderer. (Yes, we were sucked in by the phenomenon too, and of course I have strong opinions!) However, we’ll remember Christmas 2015 a little bit differently.
At Casa Dilday, our holidays consisted of pre-op appointments, lab work, surgeries, and LOTS of hours spent in matching pajamas in our matching recliners. (Oh, and throw in one ambulance ride trip to the ER just for excitement!)
Mark’s surgery had been planned for quite some time. He suffered a torn rotator cuff about 18 months ago and was scheduled to have it (along with a torn bicep tendon) repaired in late December. We were NOT, however, planning synchronized surgeries, nor double the doctors bills. But – regular blood work at my annual physical showed one teeny tiny gland wasn’t working properly and needed to come out. I never knew that “parathyroidectomy” was a thing.
Although I can think of lots of things I’d rather do than go under the knife for Christmas, being the “glass half full girl” that I am, I’ve compiled a list of the silver linings that shine through in an experience like this.
- We are healthy. These procedures were minor in the scope of things.
- We are loved. Our family, friends and neighbors SHOWERED us with meals and other offers of help.
- We are insured. Enough said.
- Paid sick leave. Seriously. Knowing our jobs were not in jeopardy and we could take the time needed to rest and recuperate was a comfort. It made me think of all of the hourly workers who are one illness away from catastrophe.
- Teenagers. Ethan got his driver’s license just in time to be our everyday errand boy. It was a life saver. Having Grace home for Christmas helped too.
- Downtime. Getting Mark to “chill” is virtually impossible. Tethering him to the “Iceman” for hours on end forced him to take a load off. After the crazy year I’ve just had at work, I needed a little downtime too.
- I love our home. Being at home for two solid weeks was a JOY because of all the renovations Mark completed this fall.
- Marriage. When we were married 23 years ago we didn’t opt for the traditional vows, so we never actually said “in sickness and in health.” But I think its sort of implied. We did promise “in all circumstances of our life together to be loyal to you with my whole life and all my being.” I think we passed this test.