My SIL went home on Tuesday, to everyone’s relief. We were a bit nervous that she would not be able to handle it, but so far, all is well. Another ten days and she gets that cast off, and then, we hope, begins rehabbing her ankles with USE.
Since then, we have put the house back together, mostly, washed TONS of sheets, and every pillowcase we own, it seems. We just have to return her bed to her spare room – it fits in the truck, but it keeps raining (a good thing, really!) so it stays in our spare room, and the regular furniture that goes there remains in our living room.
I learned a lot about myself this month.
It is good I am not a nurse. It is good I am able to live in a house that provides me with enough space to have my OWN space where I can go be grumpy when people overwhelm me. It is good that knitting calms me.
I don’t like my routines disrupted.
I don’t like worrying about money. I don’t like when plans get thrown out the window with no plans to replace them. I don’t like coming home to people who expect meals to get made immediately, and I don’t like coming home to tons of dirty dishes. A tried her best, but it was a losing battle. It is amazing how one more person in the house can create this chaos in our eating and cleaning routine!
In point of fact, I was quite a cranky bitch a good part of the last month.
Now, as things return to normal, I wonder what I can do to prevent reacting that way should this need for us to care give ever arises again.
I haven’t come up with anything just yet.
But I am extremely appreciative of what I do have. And I am appreciative of the fact that A is now able to work on her own business as we planned she would a month ago (she had quit her job and was working out her notice when the accident happened. So we had a few weeks of no income from her as she was not able to do her own work and take care of her sister.) She will have a rough few weeks working to hit some deadlines, but it can be done.
I even made lasagna yesterday, and am THRILLED that it will last for a couple of nights worth of meals!