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Some Trips Are Longer Than Others

Hi there,

I know – it’s been a while. I’m not sure if you’re still passing this way – and it’s certainly understandable if you’ve changed routes. After all, there hasn’t been anything here to see for more than a year.

But if you’ve stopped by – it’s good to see you. Clearly I’ve been gone – and I’m tentatively back. In the interest of abbreviating a very long year – I got sick. If you listen to my hematologist, rheumatologist and every other ologist I’ve seen – I didn’t know how sick I was. The year has been a blur of blood transfusions, biopsies, a bilateral hip replacement and a brain that went wonky because my blood was so compromised. I had to get multiple assurances that I was clear-headed enough to even try writing again. The thought of appearing more nutty than I usually do was a bit too much for me to handle.

I’m better now. I’m a version of me again – one I sort of recognize and occasionally don’t. I lost a year of mobility and engagement with the world. These days, my body is a cranky participant in my efforts to get a bit stronger – thinking it prefers being sedentary to the aches and strain of movement (honestly, I can’t even call it exercise – it’s more like wishful thinking with a beat). But, I can tell you that the return to normalcy is greeted each day with an emotional ‘thank you’, even if my body and I occasionally disagree. There are no more hospital beds, occupational therapy tools and elevated seats. I can put on my own socks thank you very much. I can engage in the most mundane activities – driving, food shopping, laundry – and I think each is pretty damn fantastic. Musing over the monotonous with a significant amount of delight.

And yes, there’s also some fear – fear of a recurrence (the autoimmune world is at best dystopian, at worst just plain freaky), an awareness of how much I am unaware of – I could explain the list, though I don’t think I need to.

So, I’m going to re-enter the community and see how we do. The musings won’t be this intense – they weren’t before and life doesn’t ask that of me now. I’m just going to keep my eyes open and my heart full – and we’ll see what happens next. Thank you for stopping by – see you soon.

56 thoughts on “Some Trips Are Longer Than Others

  1. Welcome back!!! I saw the email alert and dropped what I was doing to read your story. Good luck with your ongoing recovery. The regulars, lead by DK, are still around and I’m sure everyone will be happy to hear from you.

  2. So happy that you are back! “Losing” a blogger that you enjoy reading is like having a friend unexpectedly disappear from your life. I’m sorry that you were facing medical challenges, but I’m glad that you feel good enough to dip your toe into the blogging pool again. Looking forward to more.

  3. Welcome back, Mims! So great to see you writing again. I’ve been waiting for the karma truck and its delightful words and am so glad it has returned. Many, many hugs!

  4. What a year you’ve had my friend. I’m so happy to see the rubber meet the road once again though. To say your wit and wisdom have been sorely missed would be a definite understatement. Like you, it’s been damn near a year for me too since the shade went up on my own space. Can’t believe just how fast this last year went either. I’m sure yours went a whole lot slower and I’m so sorry for all you’ve had to endure. I do hope it brought you some measure of comfort knowing you have such a strong support system filled with love. Think of you so very often and will always run to the door when I hear your truck coming down the road. Never fear on that account. xoxo

    1. Ah WW – time for you to get back to this too – you had quite the following!! I have been blessed with an amazing support system – and yes it definitely got me through some tough days. Thank you for hanging in with me…xox

  5. So very happy to see this notification pop into my in-box. I’ve missed your musings, sweet friend, but know that we’ve kept your parking spot open. *Always* happy to see the Karma Truck comin’ around the bend. You. Are. Loved.

  6. I’m so sorry you’ve had to endure so much this past year, but glad that you are returning to your former self, a bit older, but aren’t we all? Keep moving forward.

    1. Hi Joanie – how good to hear from you! And thank you for your warm thoughts. Yeah, we’re definitely older – and it makes me happy to see you thriving (and your grandson is absolutely precious)…

  7. Hi Mimi

    So wonderful to hear from you! Life is all about baby steps and learning to recognize the beauty of each moment.

    You will be in the thoughts and I look forward to hearing from you whenever you drive the truck by! 😃
    Tina

  8. What a path you’ve been on! I have been away too but largely through feeling like I have run out of things to say about Torah, if you can imagine that well, if you can do it, maybe ai can too. I am so glad you can see “normal” up ahead. Keep healing.

    1. I thought your perspectives were so insightful and on point. In these times of such anxiety and concern, I hope you will consider offering your voice. It needs to be heard…

  9. Welcome back! I’m glad that you have exited the other end of the tunnel and are feeling “normal” now. Normal can be a wonderful place to be. Hugs!

  10. Dear friend I’m here, we’re all here, just missing you and sorry to hear how sick you’ve been. Sending love and hugs for continued healing, and looking forward to spending more time with you here again. 😘👏❤️🙏

  11. OMG, She’s Baaaaaacccck! You were so missed, and had no idea what you were wrestling with. As to: “I’m better now. I’m a version of me again”. You were always the Greatest version. Welcome back Mimi.

  12. Oh my sweet friend…I am so glad you’re back…any version is better than no version. I’ve been hanging around, hoping you’d show up and so grateful you are doing better. Blessings!

  13. Ohhhhh!! Welcome back in so many ways, dear brave one. Your ‘musings’ have always touched many….I’m certain anything you post will continue to be heart-centered and valued by all who pass this way❤️❤️

  14. Was so happy to get the notification that you had posted. Sorry about the year you have had — hopefully 2020 will be a year of positive change for you. Speaking of which — what is your address? Want to add you to holiday card list.

    1. Hey Chip – yeah, it’s been a lost year, but it’s one I came back from, so it’s all good, I need your address too – I’ll send you mine in a DM on facebook. Hugs, m

  15. Very good to hear that you survived the hard time, and are reclaiming your own independence and joy. Best wishes for an easy winter, strength and inspiration.

  16. A warm welcome back! I was so happy to see you in my (new) inbox – it made my day and put a smile on my face. Then, it took me a day to figure out how to log back in to WP so I could savor your words! What a year, wow. So sorry you have had to endure all of that. I am just glad to hear that you have come out the other side of a really long and rough year. Truly hoping that as 2019 winds its way out…that 2020 rings in for you, and all of us, a year of renewed energy and some peace. Big hugs to you my friend! ♥

    1. Hi BonBon – I love to think of you smiling and happy – always. Yes, a tough year, but 2020 will be better, no doubt. Thanks for stopping by – sending you much love…

    1. It’s far too early in the morning for shocks to the system of any kind, my friend 😉. I didn’t mean to startle – all is ok and there is much laughter and joy on the horizon. Thank you for checking in and for the warm welcome..

  17. Welcome back, Mimi! I am so sorry to hear of your medical woes, but it is wonderful to see you in good spirits and posting again. Warm wishes for the holidays. John

  18. Welcome back Mimi! We have missed you so much and I’m so glad to read a post from you! I’m sending you huge hugs and lots of prayers as you continue on your path…we are all here for you with loving support! You look fantastic by the way! You are always you, shining with love and your honest, caring blog posts! xoxo

      1. I am grateful to have helped to prompt you back into writing. Your blog inspires and ignites a loving force to all of us. Much love and gratitude to you dear Mimi! xoxo I wish you health and healing in 2020!

  19. Mimi I was pursing old posts and thinking fondly of past bloggy friends. For some reason, your blog fell off my reader, but here we are. I am glad you are back and recovering. Hugs!

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