Well, here we are. It is the middle of the summer and there are long days filled with beach adventures, water parks, backyard burgers and sleepovers. And that just describes my middle schooler’s activities.
For me, it’s been about gardening, visits from family and friends, beach walks, and time well spent with my husband sharing a nice bottle of wine and an al fresco dinner.
It has also been about dealing with a diagnosis of Rhuematoid Arthritis. I knew something was off. On a daily basis since the beginning of the year, I kept slowing down. One morning in early summer, I just could not move. How scary is that? I just could not move. My husband took me to the ER and they did a lot of blood work. It was determined that my RF (rheumatoid factor) was way off the chart. I have followed up with a wonderful Rhuematologist, and we are working together to get this under control.
The support I’ve had from my husband, Ralph, and my best friend, Darrese, has made all of this very manageable. As D put it one evening, “Ralph, you will be the emotional support. She needs you! I’ll be the physical exercise and nutritional support. And Diana, all you have to do is show up!” For the first time in a very long while, I just handed it over to others.
I’m the reliable one. You know that girl. She’s the one that can multitask and still throw a party for 20 people. She’s the one who would rather get it done herself than ever inconvenience anyone around her. Yeah. I’ve been reminded of how fragile, yet resilient life can be. Balance becomes the key to so many dilemmas. And so I’m learning about balance and I’m learning to laugh a lot more about all of my life’s imperfections.
There you have it! I am blessed with the most loving group of family and friends! They remind me always that love really does exist and that laughter is best when your cheeks hurt the next morning.
So life will definitely throw things up in the air! Where it all lands depends on our attitudes!!
La Zingara is an Italian Gypsy Woman, one whose Spirit yearns for a connectedness to the World around her! That’s me!!!