Before I began this post - I checked back on my reflection of 2016 and I summed up the year by answering 20 questions. It was fun. This year feels different so I am going to use a few emojis.
😱. In January we got a new President. *sigh* I try to avoid political topics in my blog. But a face 'screaming in fear' seemed to be the only emoji that seemed to sum up my reaction to Trump as our President. And as of December 31, 2017 - this man has done nothing in his first year in office to change my mind. Screaming fear of what he will do to our country and our future haunts me. I thank God in my prayers that our founding fathers had the good sense to create 3 branches of government - to act as checks and balances for 'mistakes' - for he truly is a mistake, one that we must survive ... hopefully.
😌. In April I turned 70! I thought a 'relieved' face seemed the best choice for that birthday. Although I still have problems with the size of that number ... I am pleased to have reach it and I hope for many more years in this life. You only get to go around once - so I am relieved to have reached 70 and I want to complete the circle and not get cut short.
😞. In May I awoke one morning to a sore swollen knee. I had problems with this knee in 2013 - and it resolved with PT - but not this time. Eight weeks of PT and I still walked with a cane. I think 'sad' face fits this extended event that ate up my summer.
😿. In June our dear dear Max died. Max was one of two cats, brothers actually. For 9 years of his life we treated him for degenerative kidney disease with fluids to flush his kidneys. At age 11 he lost his battle with that disease, but he was a bit of a success story - as most cats don't last that long. It never is easy to say goodbye. We miss him still. However his brother, Wally, seems to have come out of his shell and is an entirely different cat ... friendly, outgoing, enjoying life completely. Go figure. Guess they weren't as close as we thought.
💝. In July my son and his wife announced they were expecting a child. HOLY COW! I am going to be a grandmother! Me! I had given up that hope a while back. A heart wrapped in a bow seemed to sum up this wondrous news. And it is still a bit unbelievable to me, despite the fact my daughter-in-law is clearly growing another person inside her body. February can't come fast enough for us.
😡. In September, after 8 weeks of PT - with minimal improvement - an MRI revealed that the left knee had a miniscus tear and could only be fixed with surgery. In some ways it felt like I had wasted my summer and that was frustrating. But now I had a real diagnosis, so taking a positive action to fix the problem - well - it changed my angry face into 😐 - neutral face! Get the darn thing fixed!
😁. In October and November I was back in PT and improving. But the beauty of recovery was that I now had time to knit and knit and knit - to my heart's content. And I finished a large number of projects. During that time I realized that despite my sampling of other related crafts (weaving and spinning) over the years, knitting continues to be my true love. 💗💖💟💖. Without knitting I would be lost. My knee might not be fully functional, but my hands are fine - I can knit!
💪. In December I was discharged from PT. I am better, but not perfect. I am working towards perfect - and both the doctor and the therapist said it might take a year. In the meantime, I am doing my exercises, going to the gym and joining an exercise class in January. When this knee finally starts feeling like the other knee, all the other parts of my body will be up to speed as well.
That was my 2017! Highs and lows. Normal really. I will say that after this year - I understand better what physical set backs do to a senior citizen. This knee repair was minor, but it set me back more than I care to admit, and the struggle to regain what was lost just takes more time at this age.
I have often started and stopped exercise programs over the years. This time the seeds that I have planted in 2017 to improve my health I will continue to cultivate in 2018. Now I don't feel I have a choice - not if I want to continue to live a normal life!
I learned a few lessons from you this year.
Who knows what 2018 will teach me.