Thank You All

coffee talk

I had intended to go through every comment on this post and respond to each one individually, but I just don’t have the energy for it. I don’t even dare start because I will feel badly for those I don’t respond to. I hope you’ll forgive me.

Instead, I decided to write this post to thank you all and let you know how much your outpouring of support means to me. Please know that I read every single comment. Some made me laugh, some made me cry (in a good way, I promise!), but every one made me feel loved and supported and not so alone.

People who have never commented before came out of the woodwork to lend their encouragement and express their concern. Others of you are such regular fixtures in my comment section that even though I haven’t met you, I consider you a friend. Besides the 50+ comments on the post itself, there were private emails and Facebook messages. I truly have the most amazing online community here. I don’t even want to call you “readers” because it sounds so impersonal. That sounds like you do all the taking and none of the giving, but that is so not true. You are so much more than readers. It’s like having virtual neighborhood, and I love that.

I spent all day Sunday resting. My family had plans already, and I happily encouraged them to go ahead without me so I could be alone and wallow in my misery take it easy. It was truly wonderful and therapeutic, emotionally as well as physically.

It might surprise you to hear that I’m an introvert, although I like to say I’m the most outgoing introvert you’ll ever meet. Ha! Even though I love to socialize, I recharge by being alone. Sometimes when it’s been too long, I crave alone time like some people crave chocolate. So being home alone on Sunday was just what the doctor ordered. Literally! (The doctor actually told me to tell my husband that he was on duty, so I suppose taking the kids out of the house for the day was a good way to handle that!)

I laid on the couch all day in complete and utter silence. (I’m not one to run the TV or radio for background noise; I love silence.) I alternately dozed, read a novel, surfed Facebook, poked around on my blog, organized all my recipes into categories . . . and wrote that post, of course!

I even allowed myself to binge on Fritos and Lipton French Onion Dip (I know, gross!!! But it was Super Bowl Sunday. Junk food is a requirement, is it not??)

The worst of the pain from the cortisone shot was gone by Sunday night. I was starting to feel encouraged, but at the same time, reluctant to get my hopes up.

Yesterday I got up, and my foot felt pretty good. I thought maybe I’d gotten over the hump and maybe the cortisone shot was going to be effective after all.

I made muffins and went to work on the computer, but by mid-afternoon I was having pain again. I have no idea if it was residual cortisone shot pain or plantar fasciitis pain returning, so I laid down and finished reading my book while the kids played outside in the snow. I spent most of yesterday afternoon and evening on the couch again.

I’ve been doing my essential oils, stretching, the back exercises and the chilled water bottle. I’m drinking lots of water, taking Vitamin D and my magnesium/calcium tablets. I’m trying to do everything I can think of to keep it from coming back.

The weather has prevented me from going to physical therapy, which is frustrating. I would love to get her take on everything that has transpired over the weekend, but I guess there’s time for that. Really, at this point, all I can do is wait and see.

I’m still feeling a bit down in the dumps — not so much about the future of my running hobby, but more just from laying around so much. It makes me feel like an invalid, and right now I’m more focused on getting back to my normal energetic self. I am eager to get back to doing something — ANY kind of exercise, anything to get those endorphins going. But I don’t want to do too much too soon, and so I wait.

My nose is looking pretty gruesome. I know it probably has to get worse before it gets better. My skin does not scar well, and I am really afraid of how it’s going to heal. Again, time is my friend. All I can do is wait and see, and if it’s bad, perhaps a brilliant plastic surgeon somewhere can improve on it. For now I’m thankful that the weather is such that I can’t really go anywhere anyway. Cuz really, no one wants to see this!

We got almost a foot of snow yesterday and we’re expecting more tomorrow. It’s been a CRAZY winter, but ironically that is not getting me down. I love snowy winters. I just hope that come March 15th, it decides to be spring. Lingering winters are what get me down. But for now, I’m welcoming the snow. I mean, really, who can complain about this!?? (That was a few weeks ago, we have a lot more than that now!)

farm in the snow

I really just set out to write a post to thank you. I didn’t mean to go into another long update. But then again, brevity was never my strong suit!

So back to my point. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of your sweet comments and words of support and encouragement. I wish I could sit down and have a cup of coffee and chat with each and every one of you, but I guess this will have to do!

I will leave short updates on my Facebook Page, so if you want to keep apprised of my progress, follow me over there! Because Facebook is a jerk, it doesn’t automatically show you ever update from every page you “like” so if you want to get updates, click on the little settings (wheel) icon and make sure to mark as a favorite, add to an interest list, subscribe, or whatever Facebook’s latest ploy is.

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10 Responses

  1. Hang in their Jo-Lynne and keep sharing – I so look forward to your posts. You are human and allowed all the ups and downs just like everyone else. Don’t beat yourself up, take care of you, and the rest will follow.

  2. I’m so sorry that you’ve been going through all this mess! I am praying for your recovery and your sanity during this process of healing.

  3. I don’t know where I am going to put more snow. I posted pics on the PSMM Facebook page. So yeah, totally agree about March 15th. Can’t come soon enough!

    In any case, just wanted to let you know that while I never had the cortisone shot, I did have a bad twisted ankle one time. The pain got worse before it got any better. But PT and stretching did help, so stick with it if you can.

    I am so glad you were able to take some time for yourself. You work so hard, that you deserve the break. Enjoy more of those.

  4. “chin up buck-a-roo” (what my mama still tells me when things are just all wrong!!). Hang in there. Will be praying for you.

  5. Glad you’re on the mend, dear. When your nose is better/not sore, think about gently rubbing coconut oil, olive oil, or beeswax on it. I make a simple lotion of those three, and it is so healing for skin. Just a thought. Melt them together and let it harden. Lovely on dry skin too.

  6. Hey I just read your original post. Did the doctor check to be sure you don’t have a staff infection?? This happened to me years ago when I was getting cortisone injections on my knee to treat bursitis. After one treatment I woke up and couldn’t get out of bed, could barely walk – it was scary. I managed to drive myself to the doctor’s office and they confirmed it was a staff infection. Refusing to get any more injections the only option was surgery to remove my bursa sack. Sorry you are going through this especially because you are so active. I know how it feels- had double knee surgery to remove the same bursa sack!! Don’t ask. 🙂

    1. It’s on the mend, so i don’t think it’s an infection, but I was concerned about that at one point. It is still not right, but the debilitating pain I was experiencing last week is (thankfully) gone.

  7. Hi there! I just ran across your site this morning looking for first-person accounts of how to help my FIL get off Nexium. Voila! your post(s) on the subject. So okay, I feel more confident. In reading your accounts, I didn’t notice you mention essential oils as being a part of the solution to your digestive upsets. Are you open to trying a great digestive blend? It offers almost immediate relief before, during and after a meal. Thecompany who makes it is doTERRA (now the largest Eo company in the world). I’d love to send you some to try~

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