Last Blog Post
Today is vaccine day!
I said I would stop this blog when I got vaccinated, so this is my last post.
This morning before getting excited over our 2:00 vaccine appointment, Don and I had to check out of our hotel and meet the plumber at the house. We've been gone 80 days and we have dead trees and busted pipes from the big Texas freeze last February.
We may have leak issues in the house, but it feels great to be back home and to see blooming azaleas! Don put on a mask and greeted our Hero/Plumber. A few neighbors stopped and chatted outside. It's been so long since we've talked comfortably face to face. It was cold and quiet and "pandemic-y" when we left in January. Now it seems like everyone, (including our plumber) has been vaccinated!
Don started in, assisting Kerry in the search for broken pipes. I moved soggy boxes from the garage to the sunny patio, beside the dead oleanders. Oh why didn't we sort through all those boxes of travel slides and files, during those lockdown days!
It began to look like our problems could take days to fix. We filled buckets of pool water for toilet flushing and we set up a washing station in the sink... kind of like the system that amused us when we stayed in Guatemala, a few years ago. I looked at our unopened suitcases and was glad we couldn't use the washing machine.
Don and Kerry worked together all morning. When Don was up in the attic I hollered reports to Kerry, in the garage.
At one point, Kerry cut a hole in the ceiling and disappeared. He found some treasures.
There were beer bottles, from a happy construction crew 23 years ago.
And there were 6 busted pipes.
But suddenly it was time to rush off for our vaccine appointments. It was almost too easy, walking into our doctor's office and going back into the examining room together. It only hurt for a moment and we rubbed vigorously, like we'd been told.
I can't believe how quick and safe it felt. I sort of regret that we didn't have the big, line up for a vaccine experience. After 12+ months of pandemic, it seemed like we should jump through more hoops for the shot. And we just have one shot with Johnson and Johnson! That seems like cheating. But that's okay! We are done and I can't believe it!
We don't need rewards. Being vaccinated is a gift and I'm grateful for that.
We did however, celebrate our vaccines with carryouts from Freddie's! We brought some back for Kerry, who worked all day... and will be returning tomorrow.
So, this house is a mess of unpacked bags and boxes. We still have no water. But I'm sleeping in my bed tonight and I am vaccinated.
I'm so grateful to be here today. I know my year has been an easy one compared to almost everyone I know. My rants have been silly at times, but they've helped me make it through the year.
I have no idea who has even seen this crazy blog. I do it for me, so it doesn't matter. But for anyone who ever runs across this Not So Happy blog, feel free to make a comment. Share a complaint or two and let me know how you're doing.
Cheers to the light at the end of the tunnel! I'm done!
One More Thing!
Okay, it's been 2 days since I posted and ended this blog. I said I was done, but I really want to end with a different focus.
Tonight, we celebrated on Zoom with "the kids". A year and 2 days ago, we 6 Zoomed for the first time, with a Tiki theme. Today, we Zoomed for the first time as a group of 7. Our theme was "Yay for Vaccines!" As of yesterday, we have all had shots!
I started this blog in 2016, with cancer complaints. I learned that patience and flexibility help a lot! Mostly I learned how to accept support from family and friends.
Just over a year ago, I restarted this blog, with complaints about the covid pandemic. I already knew how to isolate and adjust. I knew to appreciate my health and to work hard again, to stay healthy. But more than anything, the pandemic reminded me that communicating with those we love, is the most important and healing thing we can do.
Tonight, we toasted to vaccines and good health! We cheered for Baby Charlotte's 6-week birthday! I am so at peace knowing our family has become closer this year. I'm so grateful that we all have stayed healthy!
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!