Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It's Been Awhile

I lost my blogging mojo for a while. Partly because I seldom use the actual computer anymore, preferring my iPad. Partly because I lost the central vision in my right eye back in May due to a hole in my retina, which made it difficult to see the screen. And mostly because I struggle with feeling like I have anything to say. Then today I got a letter from a friend asking if I would ever start up again, and I thought, yes, yes I believe I will. So here I am.

In the last seven plus months my oldest child turned 14, I had eye surgery, I've lost nearly 50 pounds (actually I lost most of that in the six months prior to January), run my first 5k and just generally lived life.

The eye thing: it was very weird. The last Saturday in May I was attempting to read the newspaper, but was really struggling. It was late that night. I decided I was tired and went to bed. Things did not improve the next day or the next and driving was becoming difficult. I saw an ophthalmologist on Wednesday. They did a retina scan and I knew immediately, from the behavior of the tech, that there was a serious issue. Thursday I saw a retina specialist who recommended vitrectomy surgery, which I had done on June 25th. For 72 hours after surgery I had to keep my head in a face-down position. It was brutal! Other than that recovery went fairly well-I was driving and working out again after only one week. I go for follow up this week to see how things are doing. I'm still struggling a little bit with my vision, which I've been told is normal. There is a chance that I will never fully recover my central vision, although I'm hopeful that with time I will.

My daughter participated in Girls on the Run this spring. At the end of the program they run a 5k with an adult buddy. I agreed to be her buddy with some trepidation, but my husband was going to be overseas at the time so that left me to do it. In the course of training I discovered a new passion. I've learned to never say never, because I adamantly professed for years that I was NOT a runner. Now, I have the goal of running a half marathon next spring.

This summer I'm participating in Daisy Yellow's Index-Card-a-Day challenge and loving it. This project allows me to experiment and let go of my inner perfectionist.

We've had the most unusual summer weather this year. Yesterday we broke a record set in 1900 for the lowest high ever recorded for the day. It was 74 degrees. This does not happen in Texas in mid-July! That 1900 temperature was 89 for a little perspective. I'm guessing we may have broken another record today.  Of course, by the end of the week we will be well into the 90's again, but we will take cool temperatures while we can get them.

Ramadan is in full swing. I chose not to fast this year, with the exception of the day or two the kids will participate. I wanted to be able to maintain my running and work out program which would be impossible while fasting.

Below are a few random pictures from the past few months. Enjoy.


Redbeet Mama said...

Welcome Back Marianna! It is so good to see you! What a year you had! I am glad things worked out and you are training to run. That is amazing.

I am still using the Christopeherous Curriculum. Isn't awesome how you inspired that!

How is that pool of yours? It has been crazy hot here in Philly. Today it will feel like 109.

Namaste, Nicole

Susan said...

I've missed you. ♥ But, my you've been busy! I'm so sorry to hear about your eye and subsequent surgery. I hope that you have regained all of your vision. I am so impressed with your weight loss and fitness goals! It is so nice that you got to be your daughter's buddy in the Girl on the Run program and gained a whole new passion. I had not heard of Daisy Yellow's Index Card A Day challenge; I'm going to take a look at it. Our summer weather was also unusual this year. I love your photos! The first one of the cat with his paws crossed is so funny. And is that you in the next one? You're very pretty!


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