Saturday, November 7, 2009

Uncharted Waters

Dan is officially at home now. We cleaned out his truck last Friday night. It was not fun. I knew this day was coming but that didn't make it any easier. I drove there after work and packed up my car in the dark and in the pouring rain and we came home. We had a late dinner at his favorite Grand Rapids restaurant, Arnie's. That was the only pleasant aspect of the evening.

This past week he has spent much of his time sitting in the recliner in the living room. Getting upstairs is "like climbing Mount Everest" to put it lightly. His back surgery is set for November 19th. I am looking forward to it.

I feel like we are entering a new phase of our lives. We are entering into "uncharted waters" and I don't like it. No one asked me what I like. No one asked Dan. I didn't want to end the last chapter.

I am afraid to spend any money as we don't know how this is even possible financially. He has no disability money to look forward to. I even asked the Physician Assistant yesterday at our appointment if we should just file now for permanent disability and he told me not to. We need to do the surgery first and then evaluate. I pay my mortgage with what? I am thankful I don't have a car payment. I can only stretch meals so far. Four people eat a lot of food. Four cats eat a lot of cat food and don't even get me started on the amount of cat litter they use!

I am taking this new chapter day by day. That is all anyone can do. When I think of Christmas coming and Stefanie's birthday on it's way, I get a scared feeling in my veins. I know the girls are not children waiting on Santa but still,,,,I don't want to totally disappoint them. And I do know they can take disappointment.

Well, off to the grocery store. I have my list, my coupons, and my returnables. Life will be good again.


Far Side of Fifty said...

One day at a thing at a time. I know you have not been down this road before..but you have to have hope that it will all work out for the best! :)

Dedene said...

Oh no, Dan's having surgery! Well I sure hope it goes well and takes care of his problem.
Taking it day by day is certainly all you can do for now.
Bon courage!

K said...

I really hope the surgery helps.

I'm so sorry for all of this.

Good luck and I'll send lots of positive vibes.

Rachel M. said...

Hi Jan - I'm catching up on my blogs and just saw this. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

T said...

Oh Jan, I am so sorry I am so far behind, and just catching up. No matter how hard you prepare yourself for these things, you will never really be prepared.

Please take one day, one hour, one minute at a time. That is all you can do. It won't be easy, but you can do this.

I hope and Pray Dan has a successful surgery.