Just a quick post to put in an appearance here on the blog and update you on stuff around here.
We’ve all heard the variety of quotes about how in life we juggle lots of balls and sometimes we have to drop one or two in order to self care and better cope. Well that’s been me. Too many balls were being juggled for me to cope with so I’ve had to drop some – the blog, my art, my housework!! I’ve dropped a few rubber balls and put my attention to the glass ones. Here’s a quote that explains.
When juggling as much as you are, remember that some balls are glass and some are rubber. You can’t drop the glass balls. ~ Nora Roberts
On Saturday 15 April I got out of bed, had a leisurely cup of coffee, and was on my way to my yoga mat to do my morning yoga and pilates when I checked my phone and there was a text message from Mum’s personal mobile alarm advising she’d had a fall. I called her personal alarm and spoke to her and this time it wasn’t an accidental bump of the button (that’s happened twice), it was real. She was on her bedroom floor and couldn’t get up. She said she didn’t think she was hurt. So then all the messages between siblings and deciding on my youngest sister going over first as she was closest (though she was still 15 minutes away from the end of a hike in bushland). She got there and couldn’t get Mum up. We said to call an ambulance and then I picked up another sister who lives down my way and we went over. I live around 45 minutes from Mum’s house. On arrival at Mum’s, no ambulance there yet. Mum still on floor. 2.5 hours from when they were first called, still no ambulance, so my sister phoned again and the 000 ambulance person talked us through how the three of us could get Mum up. We managed to do it thankfully and we cancelled the ambulance. We were low priority and it would have been many more hours before one came and then they would’ve wanted to take Mum to emergency at a hospital to be x-rayed and checked over. They would’ve been ‘ramped’ and Mum would’ve been waiting there for many more hours. We decided we would observe her and if any concerns we would contact her doctor on Monday. Monday came around and Mum had a very sore coccyx and couldn’t sit comfortably so the doctor was contacted, I took her for an x-ray, and thankfully no new fracture or break. It’s a soft tissue injury that will take some time to heal and improve.
By the way, Mum’s personal alarm is from LiveLife and is worth every cent. Along with a button Mum can press to alert us if she needs help, it has fall detection so will alert us if she falls regardless of whether she pushes the button or not. It has a sim card in it so we can call it if she’s not answering her phone. Thankfully Mum is really good at wearing her ‘necklace’ (as we call it).
I stayed longer at Mum’s last week than usual. There’s also been a lot of family events and medical appointments of my own. It’s been a lot. I’ve had to self protect and drop some rubber balls. It’s not likely that I’ll get back to my regular routine for a while actually, because I have another stint over at Mum’s next week and I have a trip to NZ to get ready for and I’m running out of time to do that. There’s also some more family events and more medical appointments coming up. So rubber balls will be dropped where needed so that I can get things done that need to be done.
Love my blog. Love my art. But self care needs to take priority at the moment because life is really quite demanding right now. Only 2 weeks and a couple of days till we board an aeroplane for the first time since 2019!
Hope you’re all well. I’ll be back here again as soon as I can.
Ciao for now,
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