Hi lovelies! I have a bit of a long winded story but hopefully one that explains why I’m not around.
I’m sure that it has been noticed that I am not up to date on blogs and social media interaction is next to non existent, for this I must apologise.
At the start of September I gave you all an update on my health which, if you haven’t already, can be read here. My health is getting there and I am glad to still be getting content up but I have been absent for a much more important reason than my health.
If you don’t already know, my daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate. She has undergone a number of surgeries (when she was a baby and a toddler) however we have been waiting on her next surgery for about a year now. She was meant to get another surgery a couple of years ago however she wasn’t interested in it and we, along with her surgeon, were happy to leave her until she was ready. The surgery that we have been waiting on was scheduled to take place between the ages of 8 and 10. She decided that while she was getting this one she would have both done at once.
The surgery that she has been scheduled for is a bone graft in her gum. As she has a cleft palate she also has an incomplete gum. To give her a complete gum they will remove bone marrow from her hip to preform the graft. The surgery she has been putting off is more of an asthetic surgery which is why we gave her the choice as to wether or not to have it done before now. I have to say that my daughter is an amazingly strong person and even with people asking about her cleft she is not subconscious about how she looks, we all felt that to force her to have this other surgery could cause her body image issues and so we left it up to her. She is a wonderful child who cares about her art, singing, animals, the environment and the needs of others more than she cares about how she looks. She believes the spirit matters more than anything else when it comes to people.
Not long after the update referenced above we had a routine hospital appointment and were told she was 4th on the list so we expected her to be seen after Christmas, oh boy were we wrong!! A week later she received a letter for a pre op assessment and a date for surgery. As she is having multiple surgeries I had to make the arrangements for them to be carried out at the same time. Not only was that my responsibility but it seems organising her tests that are taking place while she is in surgery were up to me to organise also. She is deathly afraid of needles so after the last attempt we decided the best approach was to wait until she is under to do the tests. I have spent years working with these doctors and had been assured, at every appointment, they would sort everything out….I am the one with vials that were delivered to my house rather than the hospital she is having the surgery in. Her medical care is spread between 4 hospitals so for the past couple of weeks we have been run ragged and when I happen to be at home I am shattered so the computer is the last thing I want to look at. My cups of tea, yoga and knitting are what seem to be keeping me sane at the moment.
My girl will be going for surgery in just over a week so I am doing my best to have as many posts scheduled as possible, I have to say that for being a gamer it is soooo difficult to look at my PC and lothe it but alas that is where I am at the moment.
Seems this year has been fantastic for the blog but all I can manage in my personal life is to have one complex situation after another 😁 Ah sure if life wasn’t keeping us on our toes we would get bored!
I want to thank all the authors for their invaluable guest posts recently and urge you all to go enter the giveaways!!
I intend to be back in the middle of November with a post about something not book related but is something that is exceptionally important to me. It is something I am very much in to raising awareness of and feel that a blog post might reach a higher number of people.
Thank you all for your continued support and thank you all so much for your patience.