Has it really been almost a year since I wrote something here? SO many things have been happening in our world, and I’ve been riding the continual wave of change. Yes, we are all still alive and well, for the most part, I guess.
In March I finally made it in to see an orthopedic doctor and after a dozen or more x-rays, he determined I have severe arthritis in both my knees which will in the near future need to have knee replacement surgery. For now, I see him every 90 days for injections in each knee and take a prescription for Voltaren once a day. After the first set of injections in March, I had 6 or 7 weeks pain-free, but once the medication was absorbed the pain came back with a vengeance. I can’t ever remember a time where I hurt so much and was unable to walk more than just a few feet without wanting to pass out from the intensity of the pain. Luckily, the injections and prescription for Voltaren I got in June and again in September seem to be doing their job, I’ve been able to be in the BAT with Jimmy now since the middle of June.
Speaking of the BAT, we’ve been all over again. I am so thankful for the company Jimmy works for. They take really good care of him, Lily & I are able to go with him when we want and they try to get something to haul when he needs to go to Vermont and I need to get to Texas. The best part of the first 3 weeks I was with him was the 2 days we were able to be in Vermont and visit with his parents and sister & her husband. Jimmy hadn’t seen his folks for a very long time and with both of them having health issues, we’ve been worried. Even though the health issues aren’t going away it was good to see them face to face and have the overactive imaginations somewhat pacified. No, I’m not making light of how worried we have been, but I know personally I feel a bit calmer and my imagination isn’t working overtime after seeing them.
Right after getting back from Vermont, we were able to score a load going to Seely, TX, which meant we were able to spend a couple days with the kids, grand, and great-grand. OMGoddess! Phia is growing so fast and talking up a storm! Not just a few words, either. She’s saying complete sentences, counting, and knows her ABCs!! We called them for her 2nd birthday in September and were able to video chat with her so we could wish her a Happy Birthday sing-along before she blew out her candles. She was looking at the video chat and her Papaw asked her who I was and with no coaching, she said that’s Abi … yes, dammit, I cried.
As usual, things continue to be crazy hectic in our world and I don’t see that changing anytime in the foreseeable future, either! Today we are on the way to Houston but won’t have time to stop in Nacogdoches this trip. We have asked for a load later on in November to possibly see them for Thanksgiving. I don’t know if that will happen, it all depends on how freight is moving. It seems it’s easier to get a load GOING to TX, but getting something coming out is next to impossible. At any rate, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and petitioning my Deities for intercession if that is where they want me to be at that time.
I’m not sure if I’ll continue to ride with Jimmy once winter sets in. Since he mostly runs the northeast and it’s much colder up there than in NC, he’s worried about me slipping as I walk across what tends to be icy parking lots at the truck stops. I stayed in Hope Mills last winter and we’ve been discussing this coming winter. I have options … I can stay in Hope Mills, or I’ve been invited to spend some time in TX with Justin and his family. We’ll have to see …
I’ve rambled enough for this time. I’ll TRY to post more often, but you all know how easily I can be distracted.
Love you to the moon and back!